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Ben Vrackie - Sunshine at last for Gammy Leg Walker

Ben Vrackie - Sunshine at last for Gammy Leg Walker


Postby Stretch » Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:18 pm

Route description: Ben Vrackie, near Pitlochry

Corbetts included on this walk: Ben Vrackie

Date walked: 06/11/2011

Time taken: 3.3 hours

Distance: 9.5 km

Ascent: 720m

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After a pretty grueling struggle up the two Aonachs on Saturday I was looking to do something more relaxing on the Sunday and just enjoy the fine weather without causing my tired legs too much more pain. A plan was hatched late Saturday with GLW and we landed on Ben Vrackie. As anyone who stuck their head outside on Nov 6, 2011 can tell you, the weather was perfect. The frost made for a nice touch on the fall foliage as we started up the easy path to the hillside. This was a popular choice for many folks today - both car parks were full. No bother, everyone we passed was in excellent spirits and pleasant greetings were numerous. The first glimpse of Ben Vrackie was pretty impressive - very nice corbett indeed. Below us the fog filled Perthsire, especially over the Tay. Gammy and I had a good chat all the way to the lochan and then the path turned to steps and the ascent began. The previous day's walk caught up to me at several points along this section, but with the fine views we still made good progress and made the summit in an hour and a half. We were joined by probably two dozen folks. The view over to Beinn a Ghlo was spectacular, as was the sight of Schiehallion in the distance. With the breeze making our ears cold we dropped down and had lunch out of the wind as people continued to trickle up and down the well-made path. After lunch, an easy stroll took us back to the car and onto the Moulin Hotel for a great tasting pint - Ale of Atholl for myself.

I thoroughly enjoyed this gem, very nice walk and one that would be great in winter. The fall scenes really made the day for me though. Thanks again to Gammy for the great company as usual. I'm pretty sure this was the first time in all our walks together that the big bright globe in the sky shined down on his hairless dome! :clap:

Frosty start.jpg


Great view of Ben Vrackie ahead.jpg


Ben Vrackie.jpg


Ben Vrackie above Loch a' Choire.jpg


Popular choice today.jpg


Myself and my pal Gammy Leg Walker.jpg


Beinn a Ghlo.jpg


Across to Schiehallion.jpg


Nice colors.jpg


Fall in full force.jpg


Fall in Perthshire.jpg
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Re: Ben Vrackie - Sunshine at last for Gammy Leg Walker

Postby gammy leg walker » Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:06 pm

[quote="Stretch"] I'm pretty sure this was the first time in all our walks together that the big bright globe in the sky shined down on his hairless dome! :clap:
:lol: :lol: The old saying goes"no weeds grow on fertile soil" :lol: :lol:
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Re: Ben Vrackie - Sunshine at last for Gammy Leg Walker

Postby rockhopper » Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:33 pm

:lol: ...and I seem to recollect the second time this year that gammy has found the sun :? what's the world coming to ?
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Re: Ben Vrackie - Sunshine at last for Gammy Leg Walker

Postby dooterbang » Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:36 pm

I heard you spent most of the day in the Moulin Inn :)
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Re: Ben Vrackie - Sunshine at last for Gammy Leg Walker

Postby Graeme D » Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:54 pm

dooterbang wrote:I heard you spent most of the day in the Moulin Inn :)


It's where I spent a large chunk of my stag weekend! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Ben Vrackie - Sunshine at last for Gammy Leg Walker

Postby kinley » Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:42 pm

Some nice autumnal colours there Stretch - a fine wee hill.

Once you're back in Tn - remember that gaiters are no longer for wearing! ;)
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Re: Ben Vrackie - Sunshine at last for Gammy Leg Walker

Postby morag1 » Wed Nov 09, 2011 3:58 pm

Lovely photos. Might take your advice and try this one in the winter, cheers :D
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Re: Ben Vrackie - Sunshine at last for Gammy Leg Walker

Postby Hoolie69 » Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:56 pm

Lovely shots! We were up there on the Monday, just as beautiful then too! Highland Perthshire in autumn is hard to beat! :)
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Re: Ben Vrackie - Sunshine at last for Gammy Leg Walker

Postby ChrisW » Thu Nov 10, 2011 9:56 am

That looks a lovely little hill Stretch, hard to believe you managed that much sun with you and gammy together, the hassle of the move must be upon you now, good luck with that mate...I'll be following along shortly :lol:
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Re: Ben Vrackie - Sunshine at last for Gammy Leg Walker

Postby Stretch » Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:01 am

Cheers again folks.

Chris, moving home is certainly a bit of a hassle, an expensive one to boot, but I'm really excited about heading back. Good luck with your move when the time comes!
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Re: Ben Vrackie - Sunshine at last for Gammy Leg Walker

Postby ChrisW » Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:29 pm

Stretch wrote:Cheers again folks.

Chris, moving home is certainly a bit of a hassle, an expensive one to boot, but I'm really excited about heading back. Good luck with your move when the time comes!


Thanks Stretch, I've found a great house and I'm back in Scotland early (though not sure what day it is right now :lol: ) the house is to the west of Calgary close to the Olympic Park and just 40 mins from the rockies :D we'll be leaving here 18th December for xmas with family in England before making the move 29th Dec.....its all go from now onward I guess :crazy:
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