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Ben Tirran in a new year blizzard

Ben Tirran in a new year blizzard


Postby Ranger » Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:53 pm

Route description: Ben Tirran by Loch Brandy and Wharral, Glen Clova

Corbetts included on this walk: Ben Tirran

Date walked: 02/01/2012

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 14 km

Ascent: 1000m

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Sunshine and showers MWIS said. 60% CoCFM apparently.

Utter, utter, nonsense. Visibility up high started bad and got worse. We used the corries - Brandy and Whirral, as handrails to ensure we didnt get lost on the plateau. Still needed the compass to reach the trig point after waiting 20 minutes for a sight of Loch Whirral - from the top of the crags above - for alignment! :shock:


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Unexpected dusting of snow - very nice!
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Good path, a wee bit misty, but sure to blow over....
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And then there's the sunshine, as promised, all will be good soon!
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Loch Brandy, wind was now howling, but mist rising a bit, still no sun though!
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Weather closes in, and stays in!
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Interesting little defile, a gash in the crags above Loch Brandy
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More defile. A place for summer bivvy. Not today though. Still no sun!
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An hour of blizzard later, we make the trig point of Ben Tirran.
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Back in the corrie, the 'sunshine' (forget that) and 'showers' has become a 3 hour snow storm. MWIS at its infuriating worst!
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Re: Ben Tirran in a new year blizzard

Postby Tomsie » Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:58 pm

Thats quite a drift at the trig, well done doesnt look easy.
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Re: Ben Tirran in a new year blizzard

Postby Ranger » Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:38 am

Tomsie wrote:Thats quite a drift at the trig, well done doesnt look easy.

Probably the worst blizzard I've been in - bit of a good-weather walker mind so thats not saying much :lol:

Glad it was only Ben Tirran I was climbing. My pal had to take his glasses off as they were balling up with snow - on the inside of the lens as well as the outside! :shock: :lol:
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Re: Ben Tirran in a new year blizzard

Postby Alastair S » Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:05 am

Ranger wrote:Sunshine and showers MWIS said. 60% CoCFM apparently.

Utter, utter, nonsense.

That 60% also tempted me out & like you I got 3 hours of snow & nae views. They were also way off with the winds. 50 - 80mph predicted when in fact at 818m it was only 25-35. Still it was good to get out :lol:

My pal had to take his glasses off as they were balling up with snow - on the inside of the lens as well as the outside! :shock: :lol:

Ski goggles needed I think :lol:
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Re: Ben Tirran in a new year blizzard

Postby kevsbald » Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:07 am

Cracking defiles!
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Re: Ben Tirran in a new year blizzard

Postby Collaciotach » Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:17 pm

Ach if you had a Celtic scarf on it would have been wall to wall sunshine :lol: .... good report , pics and a Hoopy New year :lol:
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Re: Ben Tirran in a new year blizzard

Postby mountain thyme » Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:23 pm

Collaciotach wrote:Ach if you had a Celtic scarf on it would have been wall to wall sunshine :lol: .... good report , pics and a Hoopy New year :lol:


:D
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Re: Ben Tirran in a new year blizzard

Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:30 pm

mountain thyme wrote:
Collaciotach wrote:Ach if you had a Celtic scarf on it would have been wall to wall sunshine :lol: .... good report , pics and a Hoopy New year :lol:


:D


Showing :mrgreen: your :mrgreen: true :mrgreen: colours :mrgreen: now :mrgreen: Mountain Thyme :lol:
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Re: Ben Tirran in a new year blizzard

Postby chopper1982 » Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:42 pm

good effort mate looks pretty wild from the pics!
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