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Ben Rinnes

Ben Rinnes


Postby fatal6ert » Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:02 pm

Route description: Ben Rinnes

Corbetts included on this walk: Ben Rinnes

Date walked: 25/11/2011

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 7.5 km

Ascent: 541m

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All week the weather forecast had promised Sunshine though with high winds. Given the short days
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I decided to go for something close to home and thought Ben Rinnes followed by Corriehabbie Hill should be do-able.
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Corriehabbie Hill from just above Ben Rinnes Car Park
Well the sun didn't show up and the temperature took a dip overnight (though as it is November I can't complain)

Although the summit of Ben Rinnes could be seen on the drive towards Dufftown it was out of sight by the time I arrived with only Roy's hill being visible from below.
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Path up to Roy's Hill - Ben Rinnes Summit in cloud beyond
Set off from the car park at the bottom of Ben Rinnes at 09:10 and followed track that became less and less clear as height was gained and snow fall intensified.
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Snowing
Only wildlife seen was Grouse - though still a few around. Hung around at the summit for a while but views weren't up to much so went back down the same route.
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Summit
As I got lower it was clear that Corriehabbie Hill was also in cloud by now
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On the way down - you can just make out Tap O Noth and The Buck
so thought I would keep it until another day and retired to Dufftown for a bacon roll.

Trying out new shoes with a view to using them on the 2012 TGO challenge - performed well - feet stayed dry throughout and didn't slip even on icy rock.
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Suitable footwear? North Face Hedgehog XCR 3
Let me explain choice of footwear - I take a size 13-13.5 WHY DO SO FEW MANUFACTURERS SUPPLY ANYTHING ABOVE A 12???? THANK YOU NORTH FACE AND ALTBERG for making shoes/ boots in man sizes!

Sorry about quality of the photos - forgot my camera and had to rely on the i-Phone (also forgot trusty trekking poles :-( )
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Re: Ben Rinnes

Postby malky_c » Sun Nov 27, 2011 10:01 pm

Certainly changed a bit over the last couple of days! I was on Carn Mor on Wednesday and there was no snow at all. Looked over to Ben Rinnes and thought I should probably go up it again.
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Re: Ben Rinnes

Postby mrssanta » Sun Nov 27, 2011 10:33 pm

fatal6ert wrote: WHY DO SO FEW MANUFACTURERS SUPPLY ANYTHING ABOVE A 12???? THANK YOU NORTH FACE AND ALTBERG for making shoes/ boots in man sizes!

Totally agree they also don't make ladies sizes above an 8. mens ones are wide wide.
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Re: Ben Rinnes

Postby BlackPanther » Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:25 am

mrssanta wrote:Totally agree they also don't make ladies sizes above an 8. mens ones are wide wide.

I agree 100%, I'm unlucky to have to wear ladies boots size 9, no shop in Inverness stocks such size! :(

I was on Ben Rinnes almost exactly a year ago, the summit was covered in snow, a bit better weather though... It's a nice viewpoint and a good hill to do in winter.
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Re: Ben Rinnes

Postby kevsbald » Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:38 pm

I like that dog. Maybe we could hit Corriehabbie hill together next time I'm in Pitmedden.
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Re: Ben Rinnes

Postby fatal6ert » Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:07 pm

kevsbald wrote:I like that dog. Maybe we could hit Corriehabbie hill together next time I'm in Pitmedden.


Sounds a good idea. Dog's getting on a bit now though she's still quicker than me :D
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