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Schiehallion-take 2!

PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:50 pm
by coldwetandhungry
It's half term and we decided we were going to have a second shot at Schiehallion in...safer weather. Last time we got to around half the way up (well I say that I don't really know and I might be exaggerating just a little). We drove up from my auntie's house on the borders up to Schiehallion and set off without much further ado, because Auntie Sheila had to be home before it got too late.
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Began walking up the excellent path, remembering just how wet it had been last time and shuddering a little. As it happens, it was almost the complete opposite of how it had been, if maybe a little windy. By this time Dad, Sheila and Sheila's dog Pippa were racing ahead, leaving me and dear old Mum plodding along afterwards. Pippa was very worried that we were not walking together, and kept racing between the gap. We were all trying to figure out just where we had given up and gone home the last time, with no luck at all.

After a while, we began to get lots of rocks and stones, and some nasty false summits. I was sure we were getting close to the top. At last I spotted a cairn rising up over the last false summit, and rushed towards it. I could see Dad and Sheila waiting for us. Dad asked me to come and look at an 'interesting optical illusion.' As I got closer, a huge lump of rock rose up ahead of me. And I was so sure i had reached the top! Dad's 'interesting illusion' was explained. According to Dad, we were actually on the summit, and that bit only looks higher from here, and that is why people always climb it. Humph.

We had to keep plodding on of course, but i was getting really annoyed with all these horrible false summits by now, and it didn't help that we were actually trying to negotiate a very large and scary boulder field. The dog was not amused and kept having to stop and find another route, her having no hands and all. I was getting very sore ankles but was being very good and not moaning wink wink. At least there were no more false summits. Sheila and Pippa were racing on ahead, but Dad( the kind and lovely soul that he is) stopped to wait for us. Not much later Sheila appeared on the summit, closely followed by her canine friend.

now it was just a matter of keeping going and not falling over, and after a few minutes, we were all sat on the top. Dad cracked out the espresso maker and Mum revealed the stove and meths, and then we all began a heated search for the kettle. Mum was certain that she had put it in and began to blame Dad for taking it out of her pack, before realising that she had in fact probably taken it out herself. No tea, just coffee. Blech. We sat for a while and ate leftover hog roast sandwiches, which are really very good. Dog whined and whined for us to get going again, so we did. I felt very chuffed because I raced ahead accompanied by Pippa, and the others had to run to catch up. Pippa got very agitated because we weren't all together, and kept running back and forth again. We got back to the car in no time at all, and went for a cuppa in Loch Tummel inn- very nice but not exceptional. Sat at a table outside and froze a little. Sheila went back to the borders and we carried on north to grandma's house, for pie and beans. Very nice. Having a nice rest day (which probably includes a bike ride, some swimming and a village fete somewhere) and then tomorrow we are off to the Cairngorms. Whoopee-do. Here are some pictures :)

just setting off... wish us luck!


looking back- huge damage in the trees, probably wind but we dont know

some hills :)

a nice wee rest on the top

Re: Schiehallion-take 2!

PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 5:12 pm
by monty
What a great report. I must admit false summits are not my most favorite of things :lol: :lol: Its a lovely mountian and congratulations on getting to the top this time. :D

Re: Schiehallion-take 2!

PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:48 pm
by coldwetandhungry
thank you very much :D :D

Re: Schiehallion-take 2!

PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:32 pm
by mrssanta
well done chuck. :clap: You may have some of my photos when I get them off the camera. :lol:

Re: Schiehallion-take 2!

PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:11 am
by KeithS
Well done to all of you. It's a nice mountain to climb. Maybe next time you should do the packing and not trust Mum and Dad to remember everything :lol:

Re: Schiehallion-take 2!

PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:24 am
by Clach Liath
Good report CWH - like your style. You need to get your mum to provide you those pictures!

Re: Schiehallion-take 2!

PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:34 pm
by mrssanta
ok so I'm sorry it has taken so long but here are your pictures. I took a lot of pics of wild flowers, as there were lots of different ones, so any help with identification would be appreciated.
It was very sad I didnt bring the kettle. No tea, just coffee which I don't really like. lukewarm as well. Rudolph had brought the espresso maker and I had the stove and the milk. and lots of tea bags too.
hearts ease

small white flower


looking over towards ben a'ghlo

some kind of speedwell?

more heartseases

cloud berry

over to ben lawers group

beinn a'ghlo with glen tilt on its left, right in the middle of the picture

the rather horrid boulder field at the top

CWH on the summit

the three of us on the summit, with pippa the dog

the coffee pot on the stove

powering away downhill

we were there - from the Loch Tummel Inn

Re: Schiehallion-take 2!

PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:06 pm
by coldwetandhungry
sorry about the wait for pictures, but i've added them now

Re: Schiehallion-take 2!

PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:59 am
by rohan
The small white flower is bearberry I think.

Re: Schiehallion-take 2!

PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:03 pm
by Johnny Corbett
Well done at your second attempt and in better weather by the looks of it. You got some nice photos there. Read you mums report on your Cairngorms trip, that was a good one and well done, that was a good effort :thumbup: