After a short break in Oban and Inverary I had been itching to get up a mountain all week. Fortunately the weather was to be good on friday and a plan was hatched. Fizz wasn't too excited but I had made a list at the start of our week off and it was on the list to go for a walk. Her resistance was futile. As a few have noticed before on WH Fizz isn't the most fond of the mountains so I take great pleasure in her pain when the going gets tough. I reckon she dislikes it partly as she isn't quite fit enough and although I've bought her a nice pair of boots she always wears her old leaky ones. Wet feet and tired legs are not fun I'll admit that. I'll keep trying though! She will learn to enjoy it.
Anyways I digress. We started off slightly later than I'd have liked but there was still a frost on the ground. The style at the ruin was iced over and quite slippy. After fighting through the fallen trees to the top of the plantation on the right of the burn and getting onto the ridge of Beinn Luibhean the going got tough. Fizz struggled on and I smiled. Haha. However the steep slope was worth the hard work as the views over Loch Restil were fantastic. Once onto the ridge further up the severity of the slope eased and the summit was getting closer. We stopped for a wee rest and took time to admire Beinn Ime. Fizz was not too excited at the prospect of the 1011m munro. I however couldn't wait. It was to be my first 1000m+ mountain. We soon made the summit of Beinn Luibhean and took a short rest whilst taking some photos. The wind was blowing and we decided to descend to the belach before having a snack. Picking our way down the terraced ground was good fun and out of the wind it was pleasant. We sat with a view of Ben Arthur and watched the crowds on the summit. After our break we set off across to Beinn Ime. I spotted two other walkers, the first of the day and I suppose a benefit of our route up the corbett first. They were heading up Beinn Ime after following the burn to the belach. My competitive streak surfaced and I decided to steepen our ascent to overtake the pair. However, Fizz wasn't to fast and after chatting to the father and daughter we let them move ahead again. Before we knew it we had reached the path on the shoulder and eventually the summit. We shared the shelter with Donald and his daughter and talked about mountaineering in general, clubs and his adventures. He'd been airlifted off everest at 6000m and had quite a cv. Made me feel like a right amateur but at the same time he was an encouraging chap. After he and his daughter had left a wee fella from Glasgow and his dad who had come up from the arrochar side were also good company. The wee chap took our photo before I returned the favour for him and his dad on his first munro before we set off too. There was only one other chap on the summit and we were all treated to the sight of a passing seaplane. It was a great day and hopefully Fizz seeing some wee kids and nice folk out on the mountains will get her a wee bit more into it. I'll keep trying! We took way longer than we should have and I shortened the walk as I would have liked to bag Ben Vane too but never mind. It still was another good day. To top it all off we managed to see the meteor shower later that night. What a sight! What a fantastic little planet we live on.
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