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50 Shades of White

50 Shades of White


Postby Meatball » Tue Oct 30, 2012 2:02 pm

Munros included on this walk: Ciste Dhubh, Mullach Fraoch-choire

Corbetts included on this walk: Am Bathach

Date walked: 29/10/2012

Time taken: 8.5 hours

Distance: 19 km

Ascent: 2100m

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This report is written tongue in cheek, please take it that way.

I think of munros as female.
When the weather is good (ie good mood) and you are allowed good views there is a lot of satisfaction to be had. When the weather is poor (ie a bad mood), there is a lot of suffering to be had!

There was no real plan, I was just going with the flow. A'Chalaig and Mullach Fraoch-choire then see how it goes. iPod on and Oasis and Chilli Peppers time!

I didn't fancy the straight up the front so I went along the path to Glen Affric then went up the shoulder with A'Chalaig and Mullach Fraoch-choire showing off their summits, these twins could be a lot of fun today. The route up is pathless and grassy which was hard going. 100m from the summit clag city. The summit cairn of A'Chalaig was almost the end of me as it was so icy. The path from there was obvious, albeit very slippery. Just before the summit of Mullach Fraoch-choire there was some pinnacles to scramble on but the rock had no grip and it was freezing so I just stuck to the path. The summit of Mullach Fraoch-choire was equally clagged in. I retraced my route back to an obvious cairn that marked the down path which took me to the valley floor where I popped out of the clag.

No views from either sister, I'd been teased, I'd gotten sweaty for no reason.

My legs felt ok and it was only 1200hrs so Ciste Dubh was on with a possiblity of Am Bathach.

Ciste Dubh had been described as inhospitable from the front by quite a few people, so I would try a cheeky approach from behind. As a coincidence James Blunt came on the iPod. The going was rough (no path again) but I got there in the end, albeit totally exhausted with total jelly legs.

The sisters must have been jealous as they flashed me their wares from a distance. I will retry them again in the summer, to see if they will be more accomodating then.

I felt duty bound to follow all the curves on my way down and to be honest it was quite satisfying. Near the bottom it got a bit soggy and it was clear that this way was more popular and plenty of people had covered this ground before but I persisted and kept my promise. Am Bathach was pretty much game over, I could could get myself down but I was sure that even if my life depended on it I couldn't get myself up.

I endured snow showers and freezing cold on the way down as I was thinking of doing this report....clearly I was in the bad books for telling all. Clearly there may be repercussions to follow.

Serious mode - My timings
Start walking 0730
A'Chralaig summit 0930
Mullach Fraoch-choire summit 1100
Valley floor 1200
Ciste Dubh summit 1330
Am Bathach summit 1430
Car 1600

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Last edited by Meatball on Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:05 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: 50 Shades of White

Postby lolsmit » Tue Oct 30, 2012 2:23 pm

Probably the most "uncomfortable" walk report I've encountered.

Any Stranglers on your iPod (Nice & Sleazy maybe?!)

The pictures of the area were a welcome relief.
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Re: 50 Shades of White

Postby Meatball » Tue Oct 30, 2012 2:28 pm

lolsmit wrote:Probably the most "uncomfortable" walk report I've encountered.

Fair enough.
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Re: 50 Shades of White

Postby LeithySuburbs » Tue Oct 30, 2012 2:51 pm

:lol:

I'm no prude MB, but even I was reading that very surreptitiously here at work in case anyone was looking over my shoulder :o .
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Re: 50 Shades of White

Postby Meatball » Tue Oct 30, 2012 2:53 pm

LeithySuburbs wrote::lol:

I'm no prude MB, but even I was reading that very surreptitiously here at work in case anyone was looking over my shoulder :o .

Fair enough.
It's gone now anyway.
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Re: 50 Shades of White

Postby Meatball » Tue Oct 30, 2012 2:59 pm

Ciste Dubh would make an amazing winter hill but I think the other two would be best for a hot sunny day.
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Re: 50 Shades of White

Postby IreneM » Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:49 pm

Jings......I'm too late and I've missed it! :(

Now I'm wondering what I've missed! :roll: :eh:
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Re: 50 Shades of White

Postby pollyh33 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:49 pm

Loved your report Campbell, glad to get an opportunity to read it on TH :lol: :lol: :clap: :clap:


Shocked to see your shades are missing in your photos :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Re: 50 Shades of White

Postby pollyh33 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:50 pm

IreneM wrote:Jings......I'm too late and I've missed it! :(

Now I'm wondering what I've missed! :roll: :eh:



Worry not Irene, its on TH :D
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Re: 50 Shades of White

Postby Meatball » Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:53 pm

pollyh33 wrote:
IreneM wrote:Jings......I'm too late and I've missed it! :(

Now I'm wondering what I've missed! :roll: :eh:



Worry not Irene, its on TH :D

Shhhh!
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Re: 50 Shades of White

Postby monty » Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:18 pm

Hey Meatball. Dont be baggered into removing the report. I read it and although it wasn't the best report I have ever read it certainly wasn't bad. :lol: :lol: :lol: Put it back up. It was just different, and in fact I too thinks the hills are female. Mind you thats probably because i haven't seen one for such a long time if you know what i mean :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: 50 Shades of White

Postby LeithySuburbs » Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:30 pm

monty wrote:Hey Meatball. Dont be baggered into removing the report. I read it and although it wasn't the best report I have ever read it certainly wasn't bad. :lol: :lol: :lol: Put it back up. It was just different, and in fact I too thinks the hills are female. Mind you thats probably because i haven't seen one for such a long time if you know what i mean :lol: :lol: :lol:


Yeah, I certainly didnt take offence and never intended you to remove it (although you already had by the time I posted). My reply was supposed to be in jest as well :) .
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Re: 50 Shades of White

Postby Meatball » Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:36 pm

I'll maybe have Paul read it and let him decide...
Monty, quick on the hills is good...
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Re: 50 Shades of White

Postby lolsmit » Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:07 pm

LeithySuburbs wrote:
monty wrote:Hey Meatball. Dont be baggered into removing the report. I read it and although it wasn't the best report I have ever read ...

Yeah, I certainly didnt take offence and never intended you to remove it (although you already had by the time I posted). :) .

Exactly...and, what badgering?

Premature elimination?!
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Re: 50 Shades of White

Postby spiderwebb » Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:32 pm

Fine report by me, pics brought back memories, been a while since I did these.

So are we saying the Hills are not female ? :wink:
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