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The one that slipped away
by fipriestley » Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:07 am
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Bhuidhe
Date walked: 28/01/2012
Time taken: 7.5 hoursRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Power walked the 5 miles or so to get to the hill (in hindsight thinking a pair of trainers would have been better for this bit!).
Started up the hill, managed the scramble navigating the rocks no problem, beginning to recognise scenery from Smiffy's report There was definitely more snow this week though!
Although not raining, the mist came down and visibility dropped.
Needed to get ice axes out and I did have to cut a few steps (aagh! still no micro spikes ) Slow progress getting up and it became harder to see.. turned to whiteout and I was relying on stepping in to the footsteps made before me. Although I'd checked out the map before this outing, I hadn't appreciated the long ridge at the top - like false summits, I think.. couldn't see much in front of me but it felt like each climb would see me at the top but instead there was a flat or a dip then another climb.
Caught up with others in the group on a flat and it was decided to call it a day as we were running out of time. One of the group had already made it up the next climb which did turn out to be the last one, and I did briefly think of running up and back to catch them up again (like I had the energy! ), but instead headed back down with the group. Means I get to try again, hopefully with views next time - can't have it all though, there was no wind at all today!
Returned the same way we went up. On the way back down I got to sit and slide in the soft snow, wheee! Fine getting back down over the rocks, but then twice I lost my footing and had to stop myself with an ice axe arrest This was my first time for real ie hadn't intended to go so wasn't a controlled slide, and trying to kick out steps while hanging on to the anchored axe so I could get back onto the path was a new experience
Another great day out and we just about made that deadline for getting back home!
by pollyh33 » Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:21 am
Can't believe you did the scramble in those conditions
I really enjoyed that part but I did it on a dry sunny and still found it a wee bit scary
Thanks for posting such a smashing report.
by pigeon » Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:11 pm
by quoman » Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:30 pm
But atleast you can do it again take a bike the next time for the road in/out i never done that when i did the hill last year the walk back about killed me it was pouring wi rain all day
by fipriestley » Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:13 pm
pollyh33 wrote:Thanks for posting such a smashing report.
Thanks Polly! Glass half full, I'm not toooo disappointed - pleased with what I did do and enjoyed the rock scramble
pigeon wrote:If in doubt bail out,surely you'll get a better day next time.Good on you for giving it a go
Thanks Pigeon - hope so. Only slightly gutted as I wasn't in doubt that I could do it, just ran out of time!
quoman wrote:take a bike the next time for the road in/out i never done that when i did the hill last year the walk back about killed me it was pouring wi rain all day
Hi Quoman! Don't mind that bit, been power walking for years but it was tougher on my feet in boots! Shame about your weather but well done for getting this one
by smiffysmc » Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:29 pm
Glad our report was of use. We went after seeing xpfloyds report, that's what's great about the WH forum. The more up to date reports the better
by jonny616 » Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:36 pm
by Redrock » Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:39 pm