Beinn an Dothaidh
by xpfloyd » Sun Feb 05, 2012 6:27 pm
Munros included on this walk: Beinn an Dothaidh
Date walked: 04/02/2012
Time taken: 3.5 hoursRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
When we got to the bealach the weather started taking a turn for the worse with the snow getting heavier. Fairly quickly we couldnt tell the difference between the snow on the ground and the sky. It was like walking blind, by far the worst whiteout I have ever been in. Initially we were following the GPS through the whiteout and this got us to within about 100m distance from the summit when the battery low warning came up and it switched off. (Note to self - Bring spare batteries next time!!). We continued in the direction we had been travelling for a short time onto what felt like the summit ridge due to the crazy winds that we were now in but we couldnt find the summit cairn. Walking about the ridge effectively blind trying to locate it wasnt an option so we decided the safest thing to do would be to retrace our footsteps and head back. Just as we were heading off we spotted some footprints in the snow from someone elses visit. We decided to follow these steps for a minute or two and see if they led to the top and that we would turn back if we lost the footprints. Thankfully after about 10m we found the summit cairn. We quickly took 2 pics bracing ourselves in the wind and made a sharp exit.
The route back to the bealach wasnt quite as straightforward as we had hoped. Our footprints in the thick snow were already filling in and in places were gone. With a bit of compass work now that we knew where we were on the map again we headed back towards the the bealach. Although im confident in my navigation skills when its clear I was way out my comfort zone in these conditions. The bealach was a welcome sight when it appeared again.
We decided very easily that Beinn Dorain would have to wait for another time as there was no way we were attempting it in these conditions.
Sorry for the lack of pics.
by mrssanta » Sun Feb 05, 2012 7:30 pm
by Gman27 » Sun Feb 05, 2012 7:45 pm
I swear the day when i can actually see something on a summit will come even if i have to wait till july!
by xpfloyd » Sun Feb 05, 2012 7:47 pm
by PeteR » Sun Feb 05, 2012 7:50 pm
by xpfloyd » Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:01 pm
PeteR wrote:Great effort to persist and find the summit cairn, but wandering around blind would definitely not have been a good idea. The summit of this one is a real hazard in mist and clag, so you did really well to find the other prints and also to get down safe
Yeah, walking off the edge would not have been cool so we had all but gave this one up. Just a stroke of luck that we were so close to it when we seen the other tracks.
Forgot to mention in my report but the GPS is showing half power today. Must have been something to do with the cold that it was acting like they were flat.
by quoman » Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:34 pm
by pollyh33 » Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:55 pm
I still have this hill to do and I was thinking of heading up for a wee solo walk quite soon. However after reading your report I'll leave it until springtime- too scary just now!!!
by xpfloyd » Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:57 pm
by Fudgie » Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:13 pm
by ChrisW » Mon Feb 06, 2012 1:29 am
by skuk007 » Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:16 pm
Not that I would go walking in the snow but I'm sure my navigation skills would be put to the test also if I was every caught in really thick clag. Not a nice feeling when you know your comfort zone is leaving you. I still try to occasionally use the map and compass even on the clearest of summer days.