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Forgotten gear, but unforgettable memories

Forgotten gear, but unforgettable memories


Postby lomondwalkers » Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:16 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn a'Chrulaiste

Date walked: 15/01/2012

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 6 km

Ascent: 650m

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Finally some high pressure over Scotland, so there was only one place to go.....Glencoe, and the Corbett behind the Kingshouse promised to give some stunning views if the forecast turned out to be more accurate than Saturdays seemed to be.

I got picked up rather bleary eyed at just after 6am, and by 7am it occured to me I'd forgotten the good camera!!! Then when we parked up, on opening the boot, I realised I'd forgotton... my boots!!!! :crazy: :crazy: :oops: :oops: I had on a pair of Rockport Boots, so decided that the Vibram sole would hopefully be grippy enough on the fairly easy terrain, and the fact they aren't waterproof would be ok as the ground was well frozen today..... :lol:

As we started off, the sun was starting to rise in the distance, giving a stunning pink glow to the East, and the moon to the South in the middle of the valley between the two Buachailles. Already I was cursing forgetting the camera :(

As height was gained, and daylight broke through, the views became breathtaking, with an pink Alpine glow on the tops of all the hills around us. I've always felt Glencoe is one of the most stunning places in the country, now I was thinking it has to be one of the most stunning places in the world!!! Several times we had to just stand and stare, taking it all in. After all the shocking weather we've had, this was what it's all about 8). The beautiful Buachaille Etive Mor just across the other side of the a82 held the stare the longest, but move your eyes West slightly and I was hearing my old Geography teacher Dougie McBride telling us all about glaciers and U-Shaped Valleys. What a perfect example of one between the two Buachaille's!!

As yet more height was gained, it was like someone was slowly drawing a curtain back over the Mamores to eventually reveal Big Ben, again looking stunning in the Alpine glow. Eventually we dragged ourselves to the summit of what is a fairly easy, and possibly overlooked hill, given the other sweets in the candy store of the area. This is most definitely one for the views!! Sadly there was a thin layer of cloud around the summit, so the actual summit views were somewhat limited, but we did get some views through it over Rannoch Moor and over the Blackwater Reservoir, but we weren't half spoiled on the ascent so we didn't complain.

Once we refuelled at the summit, we decided to descend the way we had come up, as we knew the terrain SHOULD be ok given my lack of proper boots!! All was going well until SPLOOSH!!!!! Thigh deep in a small bog. Thankfully I had the camera so no photographic evidence was acquired :lol: but on a cold day like today, my feet were feeling a wee bit fresher than was comfortable for a while, not to mention the smell :sick: We had a good laugh about it the rest of the way down and it just added to the day :D

A lesson in preparation learned, don't go to bed saying, ach I'll have plenty time in the morning to get organised!!! Thankfully it didn't spoil what was a truly magical day in a magical place 8) Here's some of the many photos that were taken along the way...
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Re: Forgotten gear, but unforgettable memories

Postby lomondwalkers » Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:16 pm

Photos are backwards :lol:
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Re: Forgotten gear, but unforgettable memories

Postby ChrisW » Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:23 pm

Love this report Lomondwalkers, it has a real 'raw' feel about it, you still got some cracking pics but I'll bet you wished you had that camera. How long did it take to clean those Rockports :lol:
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Re: Forgotten gear, but unforgettable memories

Postby SusieThePensioner » Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:20 pm

lomondwalkers wrote:I got picked up rather bleary eyed at just after 6am, and by 7am it occured to me I'd forgotten the good camera!!! Then when we parked up, on opening the boot, I realised I'd forgotton... my boots!!!!


Oh dear Dave, I'll be polite here and say, how stupid of you to forget boots and camera!! :shock: :lol: :lol:

The sunrise would have been fantastic on your DSLR, absolutely amazing!! Never mind, at least someone had his camera and they're brilliant :thumbup: Loved the report as well and so glad you had a good day :D

lomondwalkers wrote:Photos are backwards
What's happened to you, you're falling apart :lol: :lol:

lomondwalkers wrote:but move your eyes West slightly and I was hearing my old Geography teacher Dougie McBride telling us all about glaciers and U-Shaped Valleys. What a perfect example of one between the two Buachaille's!!

Well done, and did you see any hanging valleys??? :roll:
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Re: Forgotten gear, but unforgettable memories

Postby quoman » Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:19 pm

good report there lomandwalkers some nice pic's there to that will be you on the M&M direct web page for a new pair of rockies :lol: :lol:
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Re: Forgotten gear, but unforgettable memories

Postby pollyh33 » Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:26 pm

He he he, ya big *****! How hard did Derek kick you? :lol: :lol: :lol:

So glad you decided to make the most of your blond moment and go up this hill instead. Your photographs are super-mega-fantastic even with your not-so-good camera :thumbup: :thumbup:

Is it just me or can anyone else see a smoke blowing dragon in picture 6 :? :?


Oh and A+ for your excellent application of geography!
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Re: Forgotten gear, but unforgettable memories

Postby lomondwalkers » Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:24 pm

ChrisW wrote:Love this report Lomondwalkers, it has a real 'raw' feel about it, you still got some cracking pics but I'll bet you wished you had that camera. How long did it take to clean those Rockports :lol:

The Rockies havent made it into the house yet :lol: Been enjoying your reports from your new playground Chris, what a stunning part of the world :mrgreen: 8)

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lomondwalkers wrote:I got picked up rather bleary eyed at just after 6am, and by 7am it occured to me I'd forgotten the good camera!!! Then when we parked up, on opening the boot, I realised I'd forgotton... my boots!!!!


Oh dear Dave, I'll be polite here and say, how stupid of you to forget boots and camera!! :shock: :lol: :lol:

The sunrise would have been fantastic on your DSLR, absolutely amazing!! Never mind, at least someone had his camera and they're brilliant :thumbup: Loved the report as well and so glad you had a good day :D

lomondwalkers wrote:Photos are backwards
What's happened to you, you're falling apart :lol: :lol:

lomondwalkers wrote:but move your eyes West slightly and I was hearing my old Geography teacher Dougie McBride telling us all about glaciers and U-Shaped Valleys. What a perfect example of one between the two Buachaille's!!

Well done, and did you see any hanging valleys??? :roll:

I was gutted I forgot the camera Susie, but it didn't spoil the enjoyment one bit. I don't think I've said wow so much in my life 8)

quoman wrote:good report there lomandwalkers some nice pic's there to that will be you on the M&M direct web page for a new pair of rockies :lol: :lol:

Cheers Quoman, M&M should now market them as tough enough to tackle Glencoe in Winter :lol:

pollyh33 wrote:He he he, ya big *****! How hard did Derek kick you? :lol: :lol: :lol:

So glad you decided to make the most of your blond moment and go up this hill instead. Your photographs are super-mega-fantastic even with your not-so-good camera :thumbup: :thumbup:

Is it just me or can anyone else see a smoke blowing dragon in picture 6 :? :?


Oh and A+ for your excellent application of geography!


He probably didnae kick me hard enough Polly, no doubt I'll forget something on our next adventure. I blame it on turning 40 :lol:
I think the dragon you're seeing is a Bookilsaurs, or maybe even a Pollysorearse :lol:
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Re: Forgotten gear, but unforgettable memories

Postby pollyh33 » Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:32 pm

lomondwalkers wrote:
He probably didnae kick me hard enough Polly, no doubt I'll forget something on our next adventure. I blame it on turning 40 :lol:
I think the dragon you're seeing is a Bookilsaurs, or maybe even a Pollysorearse :lol:



Naw, its rear end isn't big enough!!!

So the first thing we need to do it type up a tick list of what we need to pack and see if that helps??? A wee bit over the top? :?
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Re: Forgotten gear, but unforgettable memories

Postby lomondwalkers » Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:47 pm

pollyh33 wrote:So the first thing we need to do it type up a tick list of what we need to pack and see if that helps??? A wee bit over the top? :?

Believe it or not, I already do that :lol: Quite clearly it doesn't guarantee I lift the stuff :problem: :lol:
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Re: Forgotten gear, but unforgettable memories

Postby pollyh33 » Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:51 pm

lomondwalkers wrote:
pollyh33 wrote:So the first thing we need to do it type up a tick list of what we need to pack and see if that helps??? A wee bit over the top? :?

Believe it or not, I already do that :lol: Quite clearly it doesn't guarantee I lift the stuff :problem: :lol:



I'm impressed!!! You have an actual printed kit list (is this carried over from your days in the paramilitary youth group???)??
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Re: Forgotten gear, but unforgettable memories

Postby Jock McJock » Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:05 pm

I can't laugh at you, done exactly the same thing last year. Had a grand plan for a high camp in Glencoe that would take in Bidean etc. Got to the car park in Glencoe, opened the boot..........no boots!!!! :( :( :( Couldn't beleive it! About the only thing that I really couldn't do without. And unlike you, no back up, I was wearing trainers :lol: :lol:

Nice report and some cracking pics there. Think that really is an overlooked wee hill. Stunning views all around, nice one :D
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Re: Forgotten gear, but unforgettable memories

Postby lomondwalkers » Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:30 pm

pollyh33 wrote:I'm impressed!!! You have an actual printed kit list (is this carried over from your days in the paramilitary youth group???)??


Naw Polly, it was Tammys idea coz i kept forgetting bits and bobs :lol:
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Re: Forgotten gear, but unforgettable memories

Postby lomondwalkers » Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:31 pm

Jock McJock wrote:I can't laugh at you, done exactly the same thing last year. Had a grand plan for a high camp in Glencoe that would take in Bidean etc. Got to the car park in Glencoe, opened the boot..........no boots!!!! :( :( :( Couldn't beleive it! About the only thing that I really couldn't do without. And unlike you, no back up, I was wearing trainers :lol: :lol:

Nice report and some cracking pics there. Think that really is an overlooked wee hill. Stunning views all around, nice one :D

Cheers Jock, glad I'm not the only one to make that error :lol: Musta have been a right gutter with a high camp planned :( Still, gives you the excuse to go for it again this year 8)
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