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Ben Chonzie (from Glen Turret)

Ben Chonzie (from Glen Turret)


Postby Frigate » Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:50 am

Munros included on this walk: Ben Chonzie

Date walked: 22/01/2012

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 12.7 km

Ascent: 570m

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Decided on the Glen Turret approach because of high Westerly winds forecast. Arrived at the dam in a wind lashed downpour - hang on a minute it was dry on the way up the glen. The wind was driving the water over the dam into the car park, just a taste of what is to come. Moved the car and got booted and spurred, set off up the track into the wind. According to Charlie"s meter it was 30 gusting 38 mph at the lochside. At the lochend the rain started - straight through the cragghopper trousers and running down the shins into the boots -nice, to late for the goretex. Keep walking if it does not improve at least we have been out and still deserve a self-congratulatory pint. As we gained lochan Uaine the wind died and the sun came out, spirits reviewed as the trousers and nether regions dried out, lets press on and see how far we can go. Only then as we stopped for a light bite did we see the spindrift and long tails of snow blowing off the ridge - hmm. On up through the boulder field in a heavy snow shower to gain the ridge and what we thought was the full force of the wind. Push on down the northside a little in the hope that the wind would be a little less violent, 40 gusting 55 mph. Time to reappraise the weather, very windy but bright clear skies 30% cloud, fence line/posts to the summit, feeling good - you fools. Joint decision to try for the top, on we go, as we gained height the wind became constant, the snow hard and icy - on with the spikes and stagger on. Then we noticed the light fading, cloud building, adjacent hills disappearing, like a scene from the Lord of the Rings, then the snow hit us. Take cover - where!, all who have walked this hill know it is 'as bare as a badger behind' as they say. Lie down tuck everything in and wait, which will happen first clear skies or heatloss and return down the hill. After 15'ish unpleasant minutes Charlie pops his head up as it clears and there not 200m away are the shelter stones at the top. One downside of the clearing skies is a renewed vigour in the wind and as we stagger two paces forward, one back to the summit. Time for pats on the back all round,one photo, check windspeed with the anenometer (54 gusting 68 mph in a very shuggly hand) and run away. Going down took as much care and effort as the ascent if not more, target the boulder field and shelter off the ridge. Find a spot for a well deserved soup and sandwich, then the long walk out - 3k,long? yes after all the energy expended in staying on our feet. Watched several water spouts dancing down the length of the loch a we trudged out in heavy rain. One last gauntlet to run was the torrent of water coming over the dam in the wind to make the relative comfort of the car. Boots off, crank up the heating and take a rest, also a time for a little reflection: did we exceed the limits, were we lucky? WHO EVER SAID BEN CHONZIE WAS A BORING HILL! Photos on the walk report by Huck Finn.
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Re: Ben Chonzie (from Glen Turret)

Postby Huck Finn » Fri Feb 24, 2012 11:38 am

Good report, but we need to get you sorted out with a camera :D


Looking at the photo below you would think we were out for a nice spring walk :lol: Pity photos do not give an idea of how strong the wind is.

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Frigate on the top
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