by Frigate » Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:36 am
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Ghlas, Ben Lawers
Date walked: 23/08/2012
Time taken: 5.33 hours
Distance: 10.7 km
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Not having seen a report recently from the sneaky peaky midweek club I decide to make the Oh Sod It club and took a day off to join them.
Low cloud and rain on the drive up through Callender and Glen Ogle, it did not bode well but we pushed on and by the time we arrived in the carpark at Lawers it was dry and clearing.
Having walked the gentle slopes of Mount Keen the previous Saturday the more serious uphill event was the cause of much selfdoubt for the girls. It is really that one? its awfy steep are you sure? (good job Lawers is masked by Beinn Ghlas to start with.
Off we go through the sculpture park and into the nature reserve - this isn't bad not so steep after all. As we clear the upper fence people can be seen on the by-pass path, do we go that way? No, look at the path zig zaging up the hill in front of you - gulp. Slow and steady, lots of we breathers, no problem.
Stop for breakfast at 870m shoulder before the final steep climb to Beinn Ghlas summit, that slows the pace down a bit and we are overtaken by a group of younger, fitter walkers. Press on at your own pace - its not a race.
Joy and happiness at the summit of Beinn Ghlas and what stunning views, 2 hours 10 minutes.
New boots OK, feet OK, onwards to Ben Lawers with the treat of a wee descent to ease the legs - if we go down don't we have to go back up? Yes, its why its called hill walking and when you can't go up anymore you are at the top (of that one anyway).
At the base of the climb to Ben Lawers the leg burn starts for the ladies, just think of all that money saved on the Jane Fonda workout regime.
Split the final climb into three parts by prominent features, take lots of wee breathers, go past the burning leg muscles and finally see the trig point appear.
Wha Hoo made the top, what views, that wind is cold where's my jacket. 3 hours 10 minutes.
Take a few photos and head down the eat side to get out of the wind for lunch.
Charlie and I had considered carrying on round An Stuc, Garbh and Greigh but it was no time to leave the ladies on only their second Munro outing and as we sat eating lunch the cloud base and temperature dropped. We could see rain approaching so it was time to get moving again. As we started to descend Ben Lawers the rain turned to soft hail and was very cold. A demonstration to the girls how quickly things change and why it is necessary to hump the right kit even in good weather.
Forgotten now were the tired legs as the girls lead down the by-pass path and back to the nature reserve area where the sun made an appearance and it warmed up again.
Back to the car in 1 hour 55 minutes making a total walk time of 5 hours 20 minutes, very good going for the second and third munros for the girls.
Off to collect the just reward in the Coachhouse bar for a grand day out in the hills and then an Ashmans curry.
by Huck Finn » Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:55 pm
Some of my pics from the day -
- Mmmmm ??????
- Team Frigate
- Lunch on the Lawers :-)
- Peek - A - Boo
- Frigate - you forgot to mention the Snake ?
by Frigate » Fri Aug 24, 2012 6:54 pm
This had us hunting for more wildlife and we found this exhibit.
What genus is it ---- a soor yin.
Think I must have a slow worm gene as I get legless on occasion
by pollyh33 » Sat Aug 25, 2012 3:14 am
The MWSPC better watch out
by skuk007 » Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:29 am
by skuk007 » Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:31 am
by pigeon » Sat Aug 25, 2012 3:20 pm
by Frigate » Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:37 pm
pollyh33 wrote:Cracking report from the OSICs !!!!
The MWSPC better watch out
Thanks Polly, I could get used to the short week
by Frigate » Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:42 pm
skuk007 wrote:Nice report and great pictures. Looks like a perfect weather day. Where next?
Thanks double 0, weather was a bit mixed but perfect for walking, Can't understand it they want to a flat walk next!! Time for a next training stage of the West highland Way but I guess I'll find something vertical nearby.
by Frigate » Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:44 pm
pigeon wrote:Clippers looks a bit worried in some of those picks Was that the bear visiting the woods again Well done again ladies,fair racking them up noo
Never knew a loose bootlace could be so much fun