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Ben Challum (more or less!!)
by 2dalmatians » Sun Apr 22, 2012 9:19 pm
Route description: Ben Challum, near Tyndrum
Munros included on this walk: Ben Challum
Date walked: 22/04/2012
Time taken: 5 hours
Distance: 11.5 km
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Today I turned back with only about 10-20 minutes walk to go. The weather was fabulous, the hills were stunning covered in patchy snow but I just didnt feel safe walking along the ridge and up the last section after the south summit. I havent used crampons before and I havent any real winter walking experience or skills, and most important of all I have my family who are more important than anything else to me, so why take the risk? I didn't.
On the way back down I gave a lot of thought to my decision. Sure I was disappointed intially however I got thinking and realised that for me it's not about getting to the very highest point on the hill. It's about doing something that I enjoy and taking satisfaction from the simple activities involved. The preparation, choosing the hill, packing my bag, the exercise and feeling good about pushing myself. So 5 hours, 11.5k and another great day out in the Highlands is more than enough for me.
Note:- If I ever do compleat all 283 then I promise I will go back to Ben Challum and touch the cairn
by Fudgie » Sun Apr 22, 2012 9:33 pm
by Mountainlove » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:28 am
The picture where Ruby blends in is great- just like Where is Wally
by DarrenJeffrey » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:36 am
I started off the bagging last year and very quickly realised that whilst I enjoy the acheievment of reaching a summit it is more about being in the outdoors for me. I enjoy the planning through the week, making my sandwiches up, packing my bag, heading off at silly o'clock in the morning, the nip in the air and the constant battle with the clag
Each to there own fella. if you feel you have bagged it, you've bagged it
by ngm1scot » Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:22 pm
by Johnny Corbett » Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:02 pm
by martyn » Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:00 pm
I do most of my mountain-walking on my own on Skye, especially in and around the Cuillin(s), where my rule of thumb is 'don't go up what you can't safely reverse' so I think your call was absolutely right for you. "Safely" also depends on confidence and whether one feels 'on form' on the day as well as on the more objective stuff about weather, daylight, gear etc. Two Saturdays ago I comfortably reached the Cuillin Ridge above Coir a Grunndha on my own but then backed off from continuing to Sgurr nan Eag when the snow showers got heavier and more persistent than were forecast or I was expecting. If I'd troubled to carry my crampons, I might have pressed on but I couldn't, even with hindsight, say so with any certainty.
The previous weekend, with two more experienced friends, I had quite happily (and very carefully!) down-climbed from the south top of Bla Bheinn to the bealach en route to the north (Munro) top down a snow-filled and fairly iced-up gully.
If you are into "bagging", I'm not sure you should claim a summit unless you have actually stood on it. Put it another way, you will have another opportunity to have a great day on Ben Challum.
....did Munro complete the Munros if he did not climb the In Pinn on Sgurr Dearg?
by DarrenJeffrey » Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:08 pm
Johnny Corbett wrote:Totally agree with Monty you got to reach the summit before you can claim it's bagged and sorry to disagree with Darren but it's a bit like hiking to basecamp and claiming you've climed Everest Good report and good decision to return. It's a nice walk this one so you'll enjoy it twice as much when you return
I understand why some would think that you have to be on the summit to have bagged that hill, the logic is there but I think that if your not far off and turn round for safety reasons then if you feel you've done enough to feel you can tick that one off then no one can argue with that.
Again it is each to their own.
What would happen if you hit the top of the hill but couldn't see the cairn or trig for thick clag, should we fumble around in the hope we accidentally touch it so we can say that hill is "truly" bagged?
by rickp » Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:50 pm
I also agree with people that want to walk in the countryside and soak up everything it has to offer.
I with many others though set out to reach summits and also enjoy the countryside,but if i do not reach that summit i would return another day to do so,i certainly would not claim it because of a "that will do" attitude.
That said,well done on your attempt 2dalmations and you,ll get it next time i,m sure.
by 2dalmatians » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:42 pm
However in saying that I usually eat them anyway so I will probably be back at some point if nothing else I will be able to look Monty and Johnny C in the eye when I claim I have bagged this one!
by jimandandrea » Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:39 pm
by ScottishLeaf » Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:43 pm
(You got 9/10ths of the way there, for me you could count it... but only just! )
Like the last picture the best, it almost looks like you've cut two different pictures together... a nice countryside image... then a whopping great mountain randomly thrown in!
by Frigate » Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:15 am
Went back in Dec 2011, even more snow on the hill, but a beautiful clear cold day. Felt like a really good achievement until somebody ran past us on snow shoes on the final ridge. Some good photos on the WR by Huck Finn.
by Del246 » Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:14 pm