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Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers - my first solo Munros!

Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers - my first solo Munros!


by anxious-ambler » Sun Sep 09, 2012 4:44 pm

Route description: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Ghlas, Ben Lawers

Date walked: 09/09/2012

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 10.5 km

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Re: Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers - my first solo Munros!

Postby dogplodder » Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:39 pm

Ben Chonzie is not dull as dishwater - see my report of the last time I did it to prove my point! :D

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=17365
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Re: Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers - my first solo Munros!

Postby anxious-ambler » Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:34 pm

chickadee wrote:Well done! I am still to do a Munro, let alone one alone, but I think about it a lot and I totally understand why you'd be worried, I would be too! I do solo low-level walking but going up high still scares me a little. That's definitely an inspiring report, I need to get out there and finally do one or two myself. :D


Thank you!! I'm glad it has inspired you to get out there and get bagging....let me know if you'd like to share the fear at any time :)

dogplodder wrote:Ben Chonzie is not dull as dishwater - see my report of the last time I did it to prove my point! :D

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=17365


Wow, that's a great report dogplodder! I certainly didn't believe it could be 'dull as dishwater' and was surprised this walker felt so strongly that way. Ben Chonzie is definitely one I'm looking forward to - although I'm so desperate for views like you got, I'll need to pick the right day! Cheers for that!
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Re: Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers - my first solo Munros!

Postby foofis44 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:40 pm

Nice! great walk (well what I've done of it) I've only climbed ben lomond and Ben ghlas because the wind! Had to turn back, walked about 10 meters onto the ridge then nearly fell! can't do much hillwalking because I live the other side of Scotland but well done!
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Re: Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers - my first solo Munros!

Postby The Rodmiester » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:25 pm

Excellent stuff anxious-ambler! I bet your thrilled to bits having achieved the double. I had done a lot more munros than you before attempting my first solo, but you will remember this day for maybe the rest of your life. I admire your bottle, good luck with next climbs and take care! Mountain people normally look after mountain people on the hill at least I have always found that, and long may it continue. Brilliant first report, a lot better than my first efforts, that's for sure, I look forward to the next one.
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Re: Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers - my first solo Munros!

Postby Klaasloopt » Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:06 pm

Well done Anxious. A little fear is a good thing, it keeps you safe. I know from experience how a big bad mountain's frightening grip can disappear when fellow walkers show up. You've whitnessed it and wrote it down convincingly :thumbup:
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Re: Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers - my first solo Munros!

Postby colgregg » Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:06 pm

Yep. That's the way I remember Ben Lawers. No views.
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Re: Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers - my first solo Munros!

Postby Scotjamie » Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:57 pm

Also my first two munro's, about xxx years ago, and your great report reminds me of my own experience. Well done, you are hooked. :wink:
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Re: Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers - my first solo Munros!

Postby Andrizzle » Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:06 pm

Great first report - very inspiring to hear about your solo adventure!! Well done!
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Re: Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers - my first solo Munros!

Postby anxious-ambler » Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:04 pm

Andrizzle wrote:Great first report - very inspiring to hear about your solo adventure!! Well done!


Wow, there I was checking the latest Scotland walk reports and the last thing I expected to see was one of mine pop up :D Thank you very much! I've done a few more solo Munros since then, some good some bad. Ben Chonzie (no 13) on my own I loved, Meall Chuaich (no 23) I enjoyed, recently An Socach (no 36) I liked, but Meall Ghaordaidh (no 24) I totally got the fear and didn't do another Munro, solo or otherwise, for a whole year afterwards! Depending on my state of my mind, Munro adventures can either help combat my anxiety or they can totally fuel it.

I also realised I missed quite a few comments on this report, which is probably very bad etiquette, sorry :(
So thank you for these, and sorry I didn't see them 4 years ago! Much appreciated:

Scotjamie wrote:Also my first two munro's, about xxx years ago, and your great report reminds me of my own experience. Well done, you are hooked. :wink:


colgregg wrote:Yep. That's the way I remember Ben Lawers. No views.


Klaasloopt wrote:Well done Anxious. A little fear is a good thing, it keeps you safe. I know from experience how a big bad mountain's frightening grip can disappear when fellow walkers show up. You've whitnessed it and wrote it down convincingly :thumbup:


The Rodmiester wrote:Excellent stuff anxious-ambler! I bet your thrilled to bits having achieved the double. I had done a lot more munros than you before attempting my first solo, but you will remember this day for maybe the rest of your life. I admire your bottle, good luck with next climbs and take care! Mountain people normally look after mountain people on the hill at least I have always found that, and long may it continue. Brilliant first report, a lot better than my first efforts, that's for sure, I look forward to the next one.


foofis44 wrote:Nice! great walk (well what I've done of it) I've only climbed ben lomond and Ben ghlas because the wind! Had to turn back, walked about 10 meters onto the ridge then nearly fell! can't do much hillwalking because I live the other side of Scotland but well done!
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Re: Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers - my first solo Munros!

Postby Jamie64 » Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:51 am

A great read - I appreciate your honesty. Sounds like you win out in the end over your fear. I had a similar slightly unnerving experience on way to Ben Cleuch a few days ago, as mist brought visibility down to 50ft, and I was walking on no more than sheep trails. Lessons learned.

I’m heading up to Ben Lawers tomorrow. 🙂
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Re: Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers - my first solo Munros!

Postby Mal Grey » Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:24 am

Nice one. Solo in the hills does feel very different to being with a group, bringing its own challenges, but equally, different rewards.
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Re: Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers - my first solo Munros!

Postby onsen » Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:42 pm

:clap: wild & woolly walk...well done.
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