Ben Avon, Beinn a' Bhuird - stumps for feet
by LeithySuburbs » Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:46 pm
Route description: Ben Avon via Gleann an-Slugain
Munros included on this walk: Beinn a'Bhuird, Ben Avon
Date walked: 10/08/2012
Time taken: 9.6 hours
Distance: 38.2 km
Ascent: 1380m9 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
It didn't take long to warm up and from 10am it would be shorts and t-shirt weather all day . The long walk in was a delight with the heather starting to bloom, blue skies and great company (I would miss the distraction of gassing away on the walk out ).
The excellent underfoot conditions meant progress was quick and, after a lunch break just below The Sneck, we reach the summit tor of Ben Avon in about 4 hours. Stuart and myself partook in some inelegant scrambling while Paul sauntered to the top. Views were aplenty and we lingered a while.
Returning to The Sneck I announced my intention to continue on to Beinn a' Bhuird, which was greeted with raised eyebrows . With conditions being so good and feeling fit, it was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. Farewells were said at The Sneck and I set off up the short steep pull to the summit plateau of Beinn a' Bhuird. The sweat rained off me and I must have looked a state to the other 3 walkers I passed.
The grassy plateau made for easy walking despite the searing afternoon heat. A summit photo later and I set off round the top of the corries to Beinn a' Bhuird's Southern Top.
The first signs of tiredness were now showing but I was still feeling pretty good.
I picked an easy descent beside the Ear-choire Sneachdach stream before joining the path marked just below Carn Fiaclach. After easily hopping the Quoich Water I rejoined the outward path. I knew the walk back would mean sore feet but the easy gradient meant my pace did not slow too much and breaks were short lived.
Having said that, the last few kms were a struggle and I was glad to return to the car. This was a wonderful day out - the longest distance I have done entirely on foot and I was glad to give my feet a rest on the MTB the next day.
The evening was spent with great company in the Fife Arms and then back at the bunkhouse . Cheers for the Lagavulin, Bod . Cannae wait for the next meet although I have resigned quizmaster duties .
by gammy leg walker » Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:53 pm
by basscadet » Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:55 pm
being the woos I am, I took the tent and made a weekend of it with a couple of other hills thrown in for good measure
Did you go off the back of the sneck to look at the climbing there? Its just awesome...
by scoob999 » Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:56 pm
Still got these to do and i just hope i get the weather you got
Nice meeting you on saturday night
by Bod » Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:12 pm
by Graeme D » Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:46 pm
Great stuff Dougie. Always great to get back from these events and see what other parties were getting up to when they weren't on the bevvy.
by Scotjamie » Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:03 pm
Now I know why you were re-hydrating so much in the Fife Arms afterwards
Well done on organising a really good weekend, quiz and all.
by mountainstar » Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:22 pm
by LeithySuburbs » Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:11 pm
basscadet wrote:A huge effort there, especially in that heat
I needed to tag on Beinn a' Bhuird to overtake you .
Cheers for all the nice comments folks .
by jonny616 » Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:31 pm
Good effort young man. Hope your feet hurt.
by Stretch » Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:21 pm
by HighlandSC » Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:44 pm
Is this the first WH meet that's had decent weather!?
by old danensian » Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:59 pm
Folks round me normally groan on the top when I say "I'm just going to ..." and suggest we add another one or two fine spots to a good day out.
by ChrisW » Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:22 am
Is there some sort of long distance competition going on within the site that I'm not aware of