A failed attempt to get to 100
by Steve B » Fri Dec 30, 2011 1:44 pm
Munros included on this walk: Sgiath Chùil
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The only days I had available were Wednesday and Thursday and with the shipping forecast on Wednesday morning finally convinced me it was too wild out there. So Thursday it was.
I left Glasgow at 06:20 and after a Bacon Egg Roll and Coffee from the Bake House in Killin was organised and walking from the suggested car park just after 08:30.
I took the bridge over the river near the farm and headed up the track to the pump house. Full water proofs were required by the time I had got to the pump house.
The walk up by the river is really nice with a lot of impressive waterfalls. A couple of Grouse were put to flight.
Picking my way across the hill and disturbing a lot of Deer in the process I gained the ridge towards Sgaith Chuil just by the last outlier (530m).
The going got harder and harder in the wind and my new goggles were brought out for there inaugural Munro. I had not used goggles before and if anybody is doubting there benefit, stop. They were brilliant.
I had random views of what the day was going to be but eventually progress in the wind became more and more difficult. The snow was coming across horizontally and the walking poles were heading in the same direction. I could see a plume of sprindrift being blown from the top of the ridge ahead and thought that by the time I got there, in another 200 metres it would be approaching the foolhardy side of risk. So reluctantly I decided to keep the objective for better weather.
Once out of the wind lower down the sun made an appearance and I was able to take in some views whilst munching a sausage roll. More deer putting in random appearances.
It was full on rain again by the time I was back on the track and all the way to the car.
Despite this I would still call this a good day. It is good to experience the elements in this kind of mood every so often. Keeps your feet on the ground (or not in this case!!).
by pollyh33 » Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:02 pm
This hill is a big of a slog in any conditions but you got the really dangerous end of things
Well done though for having the intelligence to turn back and live to fight another day. On the plus side- your tummy was nice and full
Have to agree with you about the goggles, once they're on you don't want to take them off!! No more watery eyes- yippee!!
by PeteR » Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:03 pm
by pigeon » Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:05 pm
by Mountainlove » Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:31 pm
But it is also a good time to see if you could have done with different equipment etc...best way to learn I think!
by Steve B » Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:42 pm
I will be back there when hopefully there has been a long cold snap and more settled conditions. Glen Lochay was delightful and will be the way I tackle these next time.
And yes Pollyh33 I was replete with food! How can you still eat so much after the last few days festivities , I do not know. Despite the extra weight the wind still had the best of it!
Trust you all, and all of the WH members have a great New Year whatever it brings.
by kevsbald » Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:04 pm
by jonny616 » Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:49 pm
by Johnny Corbett » Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:51 pm
by Steve B » Fri Dec 30, 2011 9:02 pm
Kevsbald. The Bakehouse is just after going across the bridge on the right. Looks like a shed. I had not noticed it before but will stop there again when next in the area with an early start.
by iainwatson » Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:18 pm
were the goggles expensive?,i'm looking for a pair for the horizontal icy shards that winter throws up
by EmmaTowle » Sat Dec 31, 2011 10:54 pm
by rocket-ron » Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:15 pm
Was out on friday my mate fell through ice. Soaked up to his waist. Had to turn back 20 km walked with 1000m of ascent
by Redrock » Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:29 pm
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