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Cocktails & Corbetts!!
by dooterbang » Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:39 pm
Route description: The Brack and Cnoc Coinnich, Ardgartan
Corbetts included on this walk: Ben Donich, The Brack
Date walked: 27/12/2011
Time taken: 6 hours
Distance: 17 km
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Leonide was designated driver so on the journey up we had to endure some extremely dodgy music from Twilight, she howled out that score all the way to Ardgarten - excruciating
Luckily i had brought a CD for the journey home
Myself, Leonide, Graeme and Gordon arrived at the visitor centre car park at Artgarten 9.30am, David and Ross where already kitted up and waiting.
Our plan was to simply do the Brack, following the WH route, but as usual with our little group we ventured off and ended up doing Ben Donich too
Follow the path 2k West through the woodland
till you come to this sign
A steep narrow path asends for 500m through the woodland
before the views open up - looking North to Beinn Ime
Now free of the woodland we decide to continue SW and head straight for the summit via Elephant Gully -
i think we all had a go at impersonating an Elephant which Gordon won hands down....he is from Gourock!.
Incidentally his and Graemes webbed feet came in handy ascending the steep wet gully to the summit
Elephant Gully - Cobbler & Narnain NE
A wee scramble
Ben Lomond East - my mate Woodsy was up this with his partner and the dog, Buckfast cocktails no doubt
Ascending the Gully to the summit prevented no real difficulties, but could present problems if your not used to pathless wet ground, and was an interesting detour - we all thought how much fun this would be if covered in Snow.
When all at the summit it was time to pull out the goodies - thankfully Gordon kept his trunk in his trousers!!
Being Xmas and way up high on the hills it seemed that everyone was up for mixing drinks
First it was Kronenberg with Vodka, Guinness & Apple Lucozade soon was added...and surprisingly it tasted great
We decided to name this new cocktail "The Brack". .i wondered if the local drinking hole served this up
Ross showing off his new seating pad - santa got him it
AA meeting at the Summit
View West to Loch Long.....and is that another summit?????
A quick check of the map identified Ben Donich and we all decided it would be worth the 5k detour to "bag" the bugger.
Off we went NE
Getting ready to asend the SE face of Ben Donich
Summit in the distance
It took us no time at all to reach the ridge that led to the summit but by now the weather had changed - the clag had appeared and wind was up.....i kept looking about as i'm sure Gammy Leg Walker was probably in the vicinity
From Beinn Donich simply retrace your steps for 2k before turning South another 2k and you pick up a path through the woodland. Follow the path for 6k which takes you back to the start - the end in our case.
A belter of a wee walk for our group - thanks to Gordon (elephant man) for suggesting it.
We all enjoyed a beer in the local pub - no "Brack Cocktails" on offer though
Thankfully Leonide allowed me to pop my CD in the player and we all got tuned into Nicolas Jaar on the way home
Next trip is Saturday followed by a walk on New years day - should be interesting
by Johnny Corbett » Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:48 pm
by mountain thyme » Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:54 pm
by dooterbang » Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:00 pm
If possible wait for snow and do it via Elephant GullyJohnny Corbett wrote:I've still to do The Brack
Your fancying everything these days oldgirl - just get up tae framptons and sort yerself oot, plenty tae fancy up theremountain thyme wrote:thanks for that . always fancied the brack..l will need to start thinking about the corbetts now! haha
by mountain thyme » Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:02 pm
Your fancying everything these days oldgirl - just get up tae framptons and sort yerself oot, plenty tae fancy up there [/quote]mountain thyme wrote:thanks for that . always fancied the brack..l will need to start thinking about the corbetts now! haha
You couldnay fancy anything in there! once was enough
by dooterbang » Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:05 pm
Nice one Mr monty. Is that me in the same ranks as yerself - doing Corbettsmonty wrote:Great summit shots no pun intended
by SusieThePensioner » Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:27 pm
by dooterbang » Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:34 pm
....and shakenSusieThePensioner wrote:Really enjoyed your report and photos, particularly as I found myself laughing at the "cocktail" of comments along with the pics All nicely stirred together!!
by Johnny Corbett » Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:37 pm
If possible wait for snow and do it via Elephant Gullydooterbang wrote:Johnny Corbett wrote:I've still to do The Brack
And take Kim with me?
by dooterbang » Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:38 pm
Johnny Corbett wrote:If possible wait for snow and do it via Elephant Gullydooterbang wrote:Johnny Corbett wrote:I've still to do The Brack
And take Kim with me?
Yeah, but blindfold her
by SusieThePensioner » Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:41 pm
dooterbang wrote:and shaken
That obviously would have been me if you hadn't been so mean and denied us seeing the photo of you from your previous report
by Gavin99 » Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:13 pm
by Collaciotach » Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:16 pm
I will be abstaining till new year .... bagging that is
by rockhopper » Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:44 pm