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Ben Avon, Beinn a' Bhuird - stumps for feet

Ben Avon, Beinn a' Bhuird - stumps for feet


Postby 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: 1380m

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So the weekend of the WH Braemar Meet had finally arrived. With an unbelievably good Friday forecast, I had to do something substantial. Ben Avon with Paul Webster and Stu (Gable Gable End) seemed like an appropriate choice.

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It didn't take long to warm up and from 10am it would be shorts and t-shirt weather all day 8) . 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 :roll: ).

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Fairy Glen

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Open moorland en route

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Beinn a' Bhuird

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.

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Ben Avon summit

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Beinn a' Bhuird from Ben Avon

Returning to The Sneck I announced my intention to continue on to Beinn a' Bhuird, which was greeted with raised eyebrows :shock: :lol: . 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.

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The Sneck

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.

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Dubh Lochan

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.

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walk out Gleann an t-Slugain

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 :D . Cheers for the Lagavulin, Bod :thumbup: . Cannae wait for the next meet although I have resigned quizmaster duties :lol: .
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Re: Ben Avon, Beinn a' Bhuird - stumps for feet

Postby gammy leg walker » Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:53 pm

Fine effort LS,looks like the good weather we had was enjoyed at Braemar also.
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Re: Ben Avon, Beinn a' Bhuird - stumps for feet

Postby basscadet » Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:55 pm

Aye, its a long way that.. A huge effort there, especially in that heat :thumbup:
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... :D
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Re: Ben Avon, Beinn a' Bhuird - stumps for feet

Postby scoob999 » Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:56 pm

Great report Leithy :D
Still got these to do and i just hope i get the weather you got :D
Nice meeting you on saturday night :D
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Re: Ben Avon, Beinn a' Bhuird - stumps for feet

Postby Bod » Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:12 pm

Superb Leithy, well done, a cracker of a report. Think I might just polish the last dram of Lagavulin tonight and raise a glass in your direction :) :) :)
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Re: Ben Avon, Beinn a' Bhuird - stumps for feet

Postby Graeme D » Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:46 pm

Ah! Stumps for feet? I did wonder where the smell of something festering was coming from in the bunkhouse! :?

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. :D
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Re: Ben Avon, Beinn a' Bhuird - stumps for feet

Postby Scotjamie » Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:03 pm

Great report on a long hot walk Dougie.

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.
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Re: Ben Avon, Beinn a' Bhuird - stumps for feet

Postby mountainstar » Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:22 pm

You lucky so and so....just a sample of what I missed :(
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Re: Ben Avon, Beinn a' Bhuird - stumps for feet

Postby 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 :wink: .

Cheers for all the nice comments folks :D .
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Re: Ben Avon, Beinn a' Bhuird - stumps for feet

Postby jonny616 » Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:31 pm

Great report. Glad you all had a good time with great weather :D
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Re: Ben Avon, Beinn a' Bhuird - stumps for feet

Postby monty » Tue Aug 14, 2012 9:25 am

Whats wrong with you guys? Another big walker emerges. i am going to have to do bigger walks now :lol: :lol: :lol:

Good effort young man. Hope your feet hurt. :wink:
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Re: Ben Avon, Beinn a' Bhuird - stumps for feet

Postby Stretch » Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:21 pm

Dang, hate I missed this. I would have joined you guys for this route as I missed out on Ben Avon when I was up that way on a wildcamp. Looks like you ordered up some fine weather for the meet, Dougie!
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Re: Ben Avon, Beinn a' Bhuird - stumps for feet

Postby HighlandSC » Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:44 pm

Good stuff :)

Is this the first WH meet that's had decent weather!?
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Re: Ben Avon, Beinn a' Bhuird - stumps for feet

Postby old danensian » Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:59 pm

Good effort Dougie - knew I'd miss a belter.

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.

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Re: Ben Avon, Beinn a' Bhuird - stumps for feet

Postby ChrisW » Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:22 am

Great effort Leithy, another massive round putting my merge efforts to shame :lol: beautiful photos and I can well understand why you wanted to carry on with such a perfect day :clap:

Is there some sort of long distance competition going on within the site that I'm not aware of :crazy:
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