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The Pass of Drumochter - time to park up and explore!

The Pass of Drumochter - time to park up and explore!


Postby Bod » Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:58 pm

Route description: A' Mharconaich and Geal Charn, Drumochter

Munros included on this walk: A' Mharconaich, Geal-charn (Drumochter)

Date walked: 08/01/2012

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 11.2 km

Ascent: 732m

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It was midnight and one Sunday was left before getting properly back to work. Valerie and I made our minds up that a good walk was required to stretch the legs. Could we manage a couple of munros and still get back to do things at home the following night?
The answer was to begin our trips to the Pass of Drumochter. So used to driving straight through and further north, even the car flew straight past Balsporran Cottages, but on return after spinning around outside North Drumochter Lodge we were parked up, togged up and ready to roll. In the carpark we met two familiar looking characters (spiderwebb and skoob999).....and a great day followed. I will let the pictures do most of the story telling with this one, what fun and friendship was had ... :D :D :lol:

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Just what was needed to start off the walks of 2012, after an attempt on Ben More (Mull) on 30/12/11 and another recce of an alternative route on 02/01/12. Thanks again to spider and skoob99 for their company round these two fun mountains, and hope you enjoyed the rest of your walk after leaving us on A' Mharconaich :D
Last edited by Bod on Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:59 pm, edited 4 times in total.
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Re: The Pass of Drumochter - time to park up and explore!

Postby rocket-ron » Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:15 pm

Well done guys. I reconized dave land rover on the way back up the road from lawers
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Re: The Pass of Drumochter - time to park up and explore!

Postby Collaciotach » Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:28 pm

Nice one .......was there on Saturday and the wind was horrendous but clear tops between blizzards :D managed to get both my mits blown away while i was taking pictures ! .....did nt see them did you :lol:
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Re: The Pass of Drumochter - time to park up and explore!

Postby Johnny Corbett » Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:45 pm

Good to see you both out and about :) , i did the exact same route when i did these two without the view though. I had planned on doing the four by visibility was poor :(
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Re: The Pass of Drumochter - time to park up and explore!

Postby Bod » Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:58 pm

Collaciotach wrote:Nice one .......was there on Saturday and the wind was horrendous but clear tops between blizzards :D managed to get both my mits blown away while i was taking pictures ! .....did nt see them did you :lol:

No we didn't see them :lol:
Did find a camera though (skoob999 has posted on that....), and I reckon I saw your steps....cheers :lol:
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Re: The Pass of Drumochter - time to park up and explore!

Postby jonny616 » Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:23 pm

Great you & Val are out & about making friends. I was walking there when you did Oss & my mate Harry lost his camera in November. What are the chances. We nearly climbed the first munro twice looking for it.
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Re: The Pass of Drumochter - time to park up and explore!

Postby scoob999 » Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:47 pm

Hi Bod
It was great to walk with you and val, a good laugh and i hope we can walk with you again sometime.
The weather deteriated on the way to Ben Udlamain the wind was making it difficult to stand up so we abandoned our attempt at Sgairneach Mhor and to say it was a slog back to the car would be an understatement! :(
And managed to get my feet soaked crossing the river :lol:
All in all a good day :D
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Re: The Pass of Drumochter - time to park up and explore!

Postby rockhopper » Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:53 am

Nice way to round off your festive break - forecast for the day certainly didn't look great but looks like you got the best of it - cheers :D
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Re: The Pass of Drumochter - time to park up and explore!

Postby Collaciotach » Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:23 pm

Bod wrote:
Collaciotach wrote:Nice one .......was there on Saturday and the wind was horrendous but clear tops between blizzards :D managed to get both my mits blown away while i was taking pictures ! .....did nt see them did you :lol:

No we didn't see them :lol:
Did find a camera though (skoob999 has posted on that....), and I reckon I saw your steps....cheers :lol:


The footsteps of the Gaidheil are eternal 8)
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Re: The Pass of Drumochter - time to park up and explore!

Postby Graeme D » Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:37 pm

Fine looking company indeed to walk with Bod! :lol: And a fine way to spend your last day before returning to the coalface for the Term from Hell! :twisted:
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Re: The Pass of Drumochter - time to park up and explore!

Postby gammy leg walker » Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:59 pm

2 fine wee hills with snow on the ground Bod,love the pic of Loch Echrit(spelling)
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Re: The Pass of Drumochter - time to park up and explore!

Postby PeteR » Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:33 pm

A nice report Bod :D Great pictures too :D I really enjoyed these two when I did them just before Christmas. It looks like you all had a good day on the hills, So far 2012 has been a hillwalking disaster for me, but I've everything crossed that I can finally get started this weekend :D
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Re: The Pass of Drumochter - time to park up and explore!

Postby Redrock » Sun Feb 12, 2012 4:15 pm

How come I missed this one, Bod! :-? It looks like you had a great day out amongst the snows of Drumochter! :D I'm fascinated by the way snow can look so blue at times! Valerie told me about the burn you had to ford - I hadn't realised that it was a raging torrent! :lol: Cheers! 8)
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