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busy day at Glencoe

busy day at Glencoe


Postby fipriestley » Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:20 am

Munros included on this walk: Sgorr Dhearg (Beinn a'Bheithir), Sgorr Dhonuill (Beinn a'Bheithir)

Date walked: 14/01/2012

Time taken: 6 hours

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Laybys were all busy right along Glencoe, as we headed for the (almost) empty car park in Ballachulish. Bright and dry, not too chilly, paths are well sign posted
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Looked pretty clear up ahead although the clouds did come in by the time we got up there :o As we climbed the ground was quite boggy in places and eventually turned to snow and ice. Nice path through the woods on the way.
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heading up the middle, then to peaks left and right
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woodland path over stream
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ground getting softer, hill tops disappearing


The last part of ascent between the two summits was hard snow, so the ice axe came out. I was trying to follow the steps made before me but did cut a few myself when I lost sight of them - I'm booked for winter skills training in Feb, but pleased with my head start :D
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cut steps on way up, controlled slide on way down :)


Longer walk to the first summit, almost doubling back but at height now. Views gone, there was a colder wind (a mild breeze compared to last week though!) and light rain.
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looking round to first summit, now disappeared


Nice walk back down then up to the second summit, didn't need crampons but did have to be careful going over the narrow ridge. :shock: Although still no views or sunshine, this summit was pleasantly still and calm
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cornice
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narrow, snowy, rocky ridge :)
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all was still - even OK to take gloves off :D


Great day out, and I never felt the affects of only having a few hours sleep before hand (had been out partying again! :lol: )... but was glad I wasn't driving home, grateful to catch a few zeds instead :lol:
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Re: busy day at Glencoe

Postby dooterbang » Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:34 am

Wouldnt catch me partying before a walk :shock: :lol: 8)

That ridge looked well dodgy.

Must do these again at some point.

Thanks for posting.

p.s wait till your as old as Monty and see that partying catch up with you :lol:
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Re: busy day at Glencoe

Postby fipriestley » Wed Jan 18, 2012 1:15 am

dooterbang wrote:Wouldnt catch me partying before a walk :shock: :lol: 8)

...

p.s wait till your as old as Monty and see that partying catch up with you :lol:


That's 2 weeks in a row.. I'm in danger of thinking I can keep this up! :lol: :lol:

Ridge was great - once on the other side and looking back :D
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Re: busy day at Glencoe

Postby quoman » Wed Jan 18, 2012 1:56 pm

Nice one Fi

Aye that ridge does look a bit dodgy

gloves off at the summit must have been tropical weather compared to ben lomand :lol: :lol:
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Re: busy day at Glencoe

Postby kevsbald » Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:17 pm

I found that ridge descending to the bealach to be very exposed in places.
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Re: busy day at Glencoe

Postby Collaciotach » Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:11 pm

Thats my part of my beat Beinn a Bheither ,have to inspect that path regularly..... is hard work :D
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Re: busy day at Glencoe

Postby scoob999 » Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:36 pm

What a difference a day makes eh, we were at glencoe on sunday, it was a beautiful day :D
That ridge looks a bit scary with the snow on it :shock: i still have these two to do and i hope the weathers a bit better
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