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And after the rain.......comes sun

And after the rain.......comes sun


Postby PeteR » Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:48 pm

Route description: Fionn Bheinn, Achnasheen

Munros included on this walk: Fionn Bheinn

Date walked: 26/08/2012

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If my day on the Deargs on the Saturday had been something of a trial in worsening weather, walking in sodden boots and ending up descending down through a forest of bracken and trees then the Sunday was looking much brighter as I poked my head out of the tent at the Broomfield campsite early that morning.

Blue sky :D :D Oh yes, this was more like it :D :D :D
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Good morning world!

Making my way off Beinn Dearg the day before and my plans for the Sunday were being shelved in my head. I’d planned to do Sgorr Ruadh and Beinn Liath Mhor and possibly the Corbett Fuar Tholl. S*d that, I was wanting something a bit easier for my second days walking :lol: :lol:

So, as I was enjoying my breakfast of beans and sausages an alternative plan was hatched to finish off the Fannaichs, with the easy walk up Fionn Bheinn :D :D A nice, leisurely early morning getting myself sorted with my tent and stuff and then I was off. Engine light still on the car (have since discovered it is the knock bolt sensor, which means as much to me as Einstein’s theory of relativity, or why MrsR feels the need to watch E! TV :lol: :lol:)

Anyhow, I was eventually parked up at Achnasheen and getting ready for my short walk up Fionn Bheinn. I can’t say I enjoyed putting on my sodden boots from the day before :shock: Hopefully I can get them to last till winter, when my new winter boots can make an appearance :think:
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Sgurr a Ghlas Leathaid from Achnasheen station

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Early view of Clen Carron hills

Apart from very wet boots my other misfortune from my Deargs doing was a bad case of chafing :wtf: Oh my, was I chafed.......and in places you don’t mention in polite conversation :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Note to self for the future.......Vaseline :lol: :lol:

My gait must have resembled that of John Wayne or some other old spaghetti western actor as I headed off. Thankfully it did ease off as the day wore on, but boy was I sore when I started :shock:
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The initial route of the climb up, to the boggy plateau

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Sgurr a Ghlas Leathaid from the initial climb up

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Achnasheen on the way up

The initial climb up onto the boggy plateau was nice and straightforward......save for stepping in to a stinking boggy section at one point :wtf: This really wasn’t my weekend :( That aside the path winds up close to the Allt Achadh na Sine, where there are some nice sections of water tumbling over the rocks :D :D :D

The view of Fionn Bheinn as I headed onto the plateau was a little uninspiring :o Something of a bland, round, grassy lump :( The delights, as I was to discover once I had navigated the bog and apparently pathless climb up the side of the hill, were to be found on the other side of the hill :D :D
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Mmmmmm, is that it?

Got an inviting taster of the mighty Slioch on the way :D :D :D :D
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The mighty Slioch

I’ll let the pictures from near and on the summit tell it all from here :D :D :D
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Beinn Liath Mhor, I believe

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Looking up to the summit

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View down the Fionn Bheinn ridge

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Loch Fannaich and the Fannaichs

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The Fannaichs

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Ah, An Teallach!

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Sgurr a Ghlas Leathaid

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View to the south

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The trig on the top

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Slioch and those majestic hills of the Fisherfield

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Torridon, torridon. Eighe and Liathach

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Can't wait to get close up and personal with these two

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An Teallach and a bit of the Fisherfield

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Another view south again

I would have stayed at the summit a bit longer, but despite the sun there was also a keen breeze, so I was all too soon on my way back down. I decided to just return the way I’d come, which meant going back through the boggy plateau :shock: An uneventful return trip, with good views all the way back toward Achnasheen and the hills of Glen Carron and beyond.
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Fionn Bheinn and a nice little water feature on the way back down

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Making the most of the view on the way back down to the road

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And again...

Overall, despite looking a bit unappealing from the bog Fionn Bheinn is a good little hill, with great views all round if you are lucky with the weather as I was on my visit :D :D :D :D
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Re: And after the rain.......comes sun

Postby simon-b » Sun Sep 09, 2012 7:25 pm

Nice to see you got the views this time Peter, some excellent pictures there. Were your trousers still soaking from the day before, or did you have a spare pair?
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Re: And after the rain.......comes sun

Postby pigeon » Sun Sep 09, 2012 7:32 pm

Great pics pete :thumbup: Vaseline is an essential in my book,in the rucksac at all times :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: And after the rain.......comes sun

Postby Alan S » Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:50 pm

Nice on PeteR 8) The views from this hill look stunning :D
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Re: And after the rain.......comes sun

Postby PeteR » Sun Sep 09, 2012 10:38 pm

simon-b wrote:Nice to see you got the views this time Peter, some excellent pictures there. Were your trousers still soaking from the day before, or did you have a spare pair?


Cheers simon-b. It was spare trouser time on this hill, so it made sense to step in the bog within 10 minutes of the start and make them filthy :lol: Great views from this hill though, so all the "fun" of the day before was easily forgotten :D
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Re: And after the rain.......comes sun

Postby PeteR » Sun Sep 09, 2012 10:39 pm

pigeon wrote:Great pics pete :thumbup: Vaseline is an essential in my book,in the rucksac at all times :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


Cheers pigeon. A good hill this one, once over the bog. Great views from the top. And vaseline is packed now :lol: :lol:
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Re: And after the rain.......comes sun

Postby PeteR » Sun Sep 09, 2012 10:41 pm

Alan S wrote:Nice on PeteR 8) The views from this hill look stunning :D


Thanks Alan. Views really are great from the top :D The full 360 degree effect, as it stands out on its own :D
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Re: And after the rain.......comes sun

Postby simon-b » Sun Sep 09, 2012 10:45 pm

PeteR wrote:
simon-b wrote:Nice to see you got the views this time Peter, some excellent pictures there. Were your trousers still soaking from the day before, or did you have a spare pair?


Cheers simon-b. It was spare trouser time on this hill, so it made sense to step in the bog within 10 minutes of the start and make them filthy :lol: Great views from this hill though, so all the "fun" of the day before was easily forgotten :D


At least you remembered to pack your spare trousers, if not your waterproof ones!
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Re: And after the rain.......comes sun

Postby ChrisW » Sun Sep 09, 2012 11:07 pm

What a fine wander Pete, one for me without a doubt. What are all those folks doing in your camp-site, shouldn't they all be at work or something :lol: Good to see you getting some sunshine too. :D

When you have 5 minutes take a look at this description of how a knock sensor works http://www.engineblox.com/?p=65 :lol:
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Re: And after the rain.......comes sun

Postby PeteR » Sun Sep 09, 2012 11:14 pm

ChrisW wrote:What a fine wander Pete, one for me without a doubt. What are all those folks doing in your camp-site, shouldn't they all be at work or something :lol: Good to see you getting some sunshine too. :D

When you have 5 minutes take a look at this description of how a knock sensor works http://www.engineblox.com/?p=65 :lol:


Cheers Chris. I'm hoping I may have turned the corner on the weather front, as it was sun all round yesterday too when I was out :D I read the article thanks, but thankfully car engines are still a mystery to me :lol:
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Re: And after the rain.......comes sun

Postby pollyh33 » Sun Sep 09, 2012 11:27 pm

Phwoarrrr PeteR, that's a fine collection of pictures you have there :clap: :clap: Fantastic!!!

Had to laugh when you said you just went back the way you came- did you use up all your sense of adventure tokens the previous day? :lol:
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Re: And after the rain.......comes sun

Postby PeteR » Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:21 pm

pollyh33 wrote:Phwoarrrr PeteR, that's a fine collection of pictures you have there :clap: :clap: Fantastic!!!

Had to laugh when you said you just went back the way you came- did you use up all your sense of adventure tokens the previous day? :lol:


Thanks polly. I think the Big Man took pity on me and gave me a day to remember :D It's maybe not an exciting hill to walk, but being apart from the surrounding hills allows the views to be all the better I think :D

The adventure tokens are all restocked now :lol: Used a couple on Saturday (much to my walking companions disgust), but it was a stroll in the heather by comparison to the Deargs :lol:
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Re: And after the rain.......comes sun

Postby gammy leg walker » Mon Sep 10, 2012 7:53 pm

Ah,thats much better,what I hear you say,read my other post 1st. :lol: :lol:
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Re: And after the rain.......comes sun

Postby PeteR » Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:44 pm

gammy leg walker wrote:Ah,thats much better,what I hear you say,read my other post 1st. :lol: :lol:


:lol: :lol: Cheers gammy. This was just to tonic after the day before. And it's well over 3,000 so it won't be taken away :lol:
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