Guerilla's In The Mist
by Fudgie » Sat Jan 14, 2012 2:18 pm
Route description: Ben Donich, via Rest and Be Thankful
Corbetts included on this walk: Ben Donich
Date walked: 14/01/2012
Time taken: 3.15 hours
Distance: 7.5 km
Ascent: 575mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
When the alarm went off I questioned my sanity but after some breakfast I was good to go and I set off at 6:45am. The road was fairly quiet and I made great time up the A82 until I got stuck behind two lorries. I said a prayer as we approached Tarbet that they would turn right even though they were fairly wide and I knew they would be going straight on towards Arrochar. I eventually got past them before the Rest and be Thankful and quickly arrived at the car park.
It was still quite dark as I got my gear on but at ground level, the visibility was good so I could see a reasonable distance. Sunrise wasn't for about 50 minutes at this point but the light was beginning to improve and I turned off up the path and started gaining height quickly. I reached the gate that doesn't lock and before long I was on to a flatter part of the walk and so far I was making good time.
I passed the odd patch of snow and before long I arrived at the section that requires a tiny bit of scrambling and as I stopped for a breath, I could see that the rocks were covered by a thin layer of ice which would make climbing down tricky. I took my time and carefully made my way over the rocks although at one point I sat down to slide slowly off the rock and before I knew it I had slid off and landed on the path without even trying.
From here to the summit conditions underfoot became tricky and quite often I walked on the grass next to the path as the path itself was treacherous. I reached the summit after around 1 hour 40 minutes and the view was minimal although it still wasn't too cold. It had been a waste of time packing the tripod and filters but I would have kicked myself if I had left them behind and the summit had been clear. I inhaled my tomato soup and set off back down the hill whilst taking my time to avoid slipping.
About a third of the way down I could hear the sound of crunching gravel coming up and as I peered into the clag, I saw 5 large shapes appearing and each was holding a long dark shape in their hand which looked a lot like a rifle. They drew closer and it was obvious that I was were correct about what they were carrying. They plodded on past me after I warmed them about how slippy it was and it was surreal to watch them disappear again into the clag. They were all carrying backpacks although one or two were almost as big as the man himself and I was glad that I didn't have to carry quite as much.
I met another few folk on the way up and because the path was dry by now, I made good time back to the car and surprised myself when I realised that I had done the return journey in just over 3 hours. I've realised my mistake in overlooking Corbetts and there are another couple close to the one that I fancy attempting soon. The pictures below are a mixture of phone and camera although some didn't come out at all because of the weather and I've only put a few up here.
by Gavin99 » Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:27 pm
by Johnny Corbett » Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:29 pm
by Fudgie » Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:52 pm
I enjoyed that today Johnny and I've got my eye on other Corbetts in the area. I'll also add this one to my 'go back and do on a clear day list'
by daveh » Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:31 pm
by Fudgie » Sat Jan 14, 2012 11:10 pm
daveh wrote:Beinn an Lochain is a fine hill on a clear day and is my favorite hill in the alps.
Thats my next target Dave and it's only 45 minutes away so it's quite handy
by Redrock » Sat Jan 14, 2012 11:21 pm
by pollyh33 » Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:06 am
by Fudgie » Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:11 am
Normally when I was going to the football in the afternoon I wouldn't even think about getting up very early but I'm glad I dragged myself out of bed. I shall be doing it more often.
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