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Walking put into perspective

Walking put into perspective


Postby Frigate » Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:17 pm

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Chabhair

Date walked: 05/08/2012

Time taken: 5.75 hours

Distance: 12.7 km

Ascent: 1043m

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Managed to drag a willing Huck Finn away from the sailing and back to the hills. We were to do this route last week but the lure of a sail to Inchkieth and a chance to explore the gun emplacements etc was too great to resist.
Also the wives have decided to walk the West Highland Way early next year and have started training, so as an introduction they were to walk from Inverarnan to Tyndrum whilst we went upwards.

The girls managed to complete their walk in 5 1/2 hours and were waiting in Paddy's for us, well done ladies.

The weather was warm and humid with very little breeze and this made the walk up by the falls a bit of a sweat bath. Once up to the moorland and following Bein Glas burn the path was quite boggy with lots of soft peat wallows. We found a quad bike track that paralleled the path, not so boggy but very soggy walking over the compacted grass and sinking 50mm into water with each step.

It was here we caught up with a lone walker and stopped to pass the time of day, exchange information etc. The normal topics came up - weather, state of the path, walking fitness/aches and pains, over the course of the walk we met this gentleman three times and each time a little more information was gleaned. It transpired that James Farrell was in training for a fund raising walk up Ben Nevis for a charity dealing with Kidney Transplants. James himself was a recipient of two kidney transplants, had had a heart attack and was fitted with six stents due to narrowing of the arteries. Makes the few extra kilos I carry and the aching knee small fry.

WELL DONE JAMES!!!!

The faint path that leads up to Tarmachan is not difficult to find inspite of the WH route description that states "just before you can see Lochan Beinn Chabhair turn off up hill", if you cant see it how do you know it's there?

The walk up through the crags and along the ridge is the best part of the walk.

Returning by the same route as the ascent is not very interesting but there is not a great deal of choice.

Photos coming courtesy of Huck Finn productions
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Re: Walking put into perspective

Postby bootsandpaddles » Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:03 am

[quote="Frigate"]The faint path that leads up to Tarmachan is not difficult to find inspite of the WH route description that states "just before you can see Lochan Beinn Chabhair turn off up hill", if you cant see it how do you know it's there?

By looking at the map??? :roll:
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Re: Walking put into perspective

Postby Huck Finn » Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:38 pm

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Re: Walking put into perspective

Postby Frigate » Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:08 pm

bootsandpaddles wrote:
Frigate wrote:The faint path that leads up to Tarmachan is not difficult to find inspite of the WH route description that states "just before you can see Lochan Beinn Chabhair turn off up hill", if you cant see it how do you know it's there?

By looking at the map??? :roll:


I could have used :-
Celestial navigation but no stars or sun and no real horizon to draw down to.
Dead reckoning from the Drover's Inn but would needed a lap top for recording the plethora of course corrections and I would have become bored with pace counting.
Multitude of GPS types but I do not own one.
Menelaus theorem but its all greek to me.

Perhaps I should have used common sense and not referred to the ambage of the statement
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Re: Walking put into perspective

Postby jimfarrell » Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:36 pm

thanks for the kind words lads, but the real stars are the donors and their families.
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