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Ben Ledi hail and fail

Ben Ledi hail and fail

Postby luckyguy68 » Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:05 pm

Date walked: 25/04/2012

Time taken: 3.3 hours

Distance: 7.4 km

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This was one of those get out for a walk or sit in on my day off and look at four walls. I chose Ledi as it was realtively close to home and the path up was a well established one.
The other purpose of getting out was to put the MWIS forecast to the the test. I havent been out when hail and wind gusts of 50 mph were forecast :shock: Things got off to a promising start with fairly good visibility, light winds and dry underfoot.
Once i hit the 600m mark it was stepping into a different world :lol: The clag came from nowhere as did the wind. I was already waterproofed up and added the balaclava and goggles and winter gloves (that i thought i had said tata to them until next winter :shock: ) It was really a struggle from there on in. I managed to get to the foot of the last false summit though by now things had got much worse. I had been clean blown of my feet twice and had nothing around i could have used for a shelter. The clag was thick and the path was now suddenly hidden by snow. I tried to get my bearings on the map but it was raining, standing was difficult and map reading with gloves on is not the easiest. I was a bit disorientated as to the best route up at this point. I then decided to do the right thing and turned round. I have many more days to get to the summit. Being on my own and not having passed any other walkers for an hour added to my anxiety :lol:
On the way down the first half hour was a battle. I tried to make myself aerodynamic but to be honest i just couldnt stand up with the verocity of the gusts :( . Once i got back down to that 600m mark i was back in the land of the living though it was now pelting down with rain. I did have a spring in my step by the time i got to the car and was glad i had ventured out.
I learned a heck of a lot about reading the weather conditions. I now know what hail and gusting winds mean when you are above a certain height. Main points being don't venture out :lol:
No photos. Could'nt do the hill justice with the half dozen i took. I will make ammends in the summer. Should we get one.
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Re: Ben Ledi hail and fail

Postby mrssanta » Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:42 pm

you will feel better for venturing out, and you had an adventure and tested out your gear!! :lol:
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Re: Ben Ledi hail and fail

Postby adamarchie » Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:14 pm

Good job, luckyguy, nothing like a good taste of the wild elements every now and again! No hill is dull in a howling white-out :D It sounds like you made the right decision at the right time given the conditions and your uncertainty as to the nav.
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