by gammy leg walker » Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:46 pm
Route description: South Glen Shiel Ridge: 7 Munros
Munros included on this walk: Aonach Air Chrith, Creag a'Mhaim, Creag nan Damh, Druim Shionnach, Maol chinn-dearg, Sgurr an Doire Leathain, Sgurr an Lochain
Date walked: 14/07/2012
Time taken: 12 hours
Distance: 27 km
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Saturday morning had me parked up at the bottom of the ridge waiting for the others to arrive,plan was leave my car here and take Bod"s car to the Cluanie,everything went smooth as a nut and soon Me,Bod,Val & Gavin were all ready for the off,the conversation then went something like this.....ME...."tell you what Bod,best if I put my car keys in your glove compartment so they dont get lost" ....Bod......"fine idea Wille we dont want them to get lost" ......Gavin & Val...."aye thats a good idea" and of we set everyone looking forward to this one,all chating away,weather looking set fair for the day .Now you would think one of us would work out this wont work........but no.......well someone did eventually work it out 7km into the walk & half way up Creag a"Mhaim,ME ......ME to Bod.......mind my keys Bod.......Bod : then all of us ach never mind no point in someone walking back we can worry about how we get back later,and so summit (no 1) .We had a 10/15min break here and started to work out how to get back to the Cluanie,1st plan me,bod,gav all hide & val stands and thumbs a lift,2nd phone a taxi,3rd bod/val phone a friend,4th we walk...........but more of this later,bags back on and head for munro no2,nice easy stroll along the ridge with the cloud cover burning of all the time. .35min later and we are all on the summit of Druim Shionnach .No stopping here apart from a wee pic stop,and off to no3,by this time the cloud had burned of giving fine views in front. all still going strong at this stage and soon summit no3 is in the bag. .We took another 10/15 min food stop on this one and met up with 2 other walkers and explained our wee problem,but they were in the same boat,so no help here,bags back on,all still in high spirits heading for no4,well all apart from Val,by this time plan no1 Val thumbing a lift,had grown arms & legs,she now was going to unzip the bottom of her trousers and flash a leg(this would work)Val not so sure.Not sure why,but I found it a real slog between 3 & 4,with the others opening up a wee gap as we walked and the 4th munro looked like a fair distance away with the tell tale signs of lactic starting to build up in the legs. never mind,there is know way I am giving up,just get the head down and put one foot in front of the other,bailing out is not an option,not after 3 failed efforts over the last three years,one foot in front of the other always works and no4 is bagged. .Another wee break for pics/food here and of and running heading for no5,all the time the views front & back were fine. .The break here did me the world of good,jelly babies,sports mixtures,toffees,lucozade sport & now my legs have wings and the views help also,the walk from 4 to 5 for me was the best of the day,feeling better,banter great,weather stunning & best of all,I now know this ridge is all but,for any unforseen circumstance nearly done,its a great feeling,and in know time no5 is done. Again we dont stop here apart from some taking a few pics and moving on and then the day that started as a farce all came together in the space of 2mins,as we dropped of SaDL we met alone walker heading the other way at a fine speed,but he stopped to exchange hello"s,and then said to Bod I know you,then to me I know you,and then the same to Val,it turns out to be Rocket Ron"s best mate Garry Wilkinson who uses this site and is on FB,so we explain or wee problem,no worries he say"s,my van is parked at the walk end & my bike is at the Cluanie so I will give you a lift back when your finished .The walk to no6 never tasted so sweet. .A long break was taken here,more jelly babies,sports mixtures,toffees & food,water,then bags back on for the last ridge walk of the day .We all agree its a slog to the last one,weary legs now taking its toll on everyone of us,but a great sense of achievement for us all. .Never ever have I had a feeling such as this,tons of emotions running through my head,finally nailed my nemiss after 3 years & 3 attempts,my thanks must go to Bod,Val & Gavin without you this would never have been possible,thanks to everyone of you again,I also need to thank Alan & James who were with me on my 1st failed attempt,to Alastair,Andy,Alan & James who were with me on the 2nd failed attempt,but kept me going when we ended up climbing The Saddle &Sgurr na Sgine in minging weather,thanks & last but no means least a thanks to Pauline,Graeme & Thomas who did climb the South Ridge in appalling conditions at the WH meet,the self same meet where I bailed before I even got to the meet because of the weather(how bad did I feel when I saw you had done the ridge) and I was sitting on my arse,but made me all the more determind to eventually beat my nemiss,many thanks to all GLW.
by LeithySuburbs » Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:51 pm
by trekker53 » Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:26 pm
by basscadet » Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:51 pm
I did these when I was still too niave to know what I was letting myself in for.. had no idea what I was tagging along on, so every top I was like 'there is still more to go?'
by Johnny Corbett » Mon Jul 16, 2012 3:53 pm
by ChrisW » Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:02 pm
Best wishes to Elizabeth, I hope she feels better again soon....I'm sure your antics in the hills bring a smile to her face
by jonny616 » Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:51 pm
by pigeon » Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:11 pm
by Stretch » Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:15 pm
by rockhopper » Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:16 pm
by simon-b » Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:42 pm
I'm due for a trip to the West Highlands so this report's a good motivator, Glen Shiel and Kintail are now high on the list of candidates for my next Scottish venture.
And the car keys? Well, as you first thought out, at least they were safe in the glove compartment
by mrssanta » Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:29 pm
by Scotjamie » Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:37 pm
and wish Elizabeth well from this unruly lot!
by Valerie » Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:48 pm