Miniature hairy ones on massive Beinn Fhada
by dogplodder » Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:21 pm
Route description: Beinn Fhada (or Ben Attow)
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Fhada
Date walked: 20/08/2005
Distance: 17 km4 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Beinn Fhada from Sgurr Fhuaran of the Five Sisters
It was Andrew's idea to climb Beinn Fhada and he had brought along his two Shelties, Blaze and Bramble. We parked at the end of the road and followed the right of way east up Gleann Choinneachain below the craggy north face of Sgurr a'Choire Ghairbh.
Sgurr a' Choire Ghairbh (Beinn Fhada's west top) from A' Ghlas-bheinn on a duller day than the day we climbed Beinn Fhada
Zoomed shot of Loch Duich from near start of walk
Blaze looking back down the path in Gleann Choinneachain
We had to cross the Allt Choire an Sgairne
Burn easily crossed on boulders - even for the Shelties who unlike labs prefer to keep their paws dry
Coire an Sgairne
Walking up the zig zag path
Blaze and Bramble waiting patiently while the rest of the group caught up
Looking back the way we came
Above the zig zags we joined the stalker's path south up the corrie on to the ridge of Meall a' Bhealaich then south along the ridge on to the wide summit plateau of Beinn Fhada.
Claire and a glimpse of Loch a' Bhealaich from Meall a Bhealaich ridge
At the top we met a guy who offered to take a photo of us at the summit.
Group at Beinn Fhada summit
Our friendly photographer heading off towards the crags of Coire an Sgairne
View east down Gleann Gniomhardh to Glen Affric
View south to the Brothers ridge and Ciste Dubh
View north over A' Ghlas-bheinn towards the distant Torridons
Leisurely lunch in the sun with stunning views of the Sisters to the west
Before leaving the top a last look east towards the Alltbeithe YH at foot of An Socach
Start of the descent over the summit plateau of Plaidh Mhor
This was a beautiful day of brilliant blue skies and vivid green mountains and I'm not sure why it has taken me so long to write it up! But since Blaze is no longer with us I do so now in honour of a great wee dog who so loved to walk the hills with Andrew - both here in the Highlands and on holiday in the Lake District.
Blaze in his preferred position, up close to Andrew, this time on the South Glenshiel ridge
by gammy leg walker » Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:46 pm
by dogplodder » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:11 pm
gammy leg walker wrote:Very poignant end to this TR dogplodder,great pictures,and more so braw pics of the best friends any person can wish to have.
Thank you Gammy. I felt quite emotional writing it up and Blaze wasn't even my dog! But you're right they're the best friends anyone can wish to have - so devoted and loyal.
by soulminer » Fri Nov 09, 2012 5:42 pm
A fine hill is Fhada, always remembered as a sunshine day on a snowy hill- No 200, or as Doogz put it Ben A'two'Hundred. You always seem as though you are at your happiest 'on high' and long may it remain
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by dogplodder » Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:12 pm
soulminer wrote: A fine hill is Fhada, always remembered as a sunshine day on a snowy hill- No 200, or as Doogz put it Ben A'two'Hundred. You always seem as though you are at your happiest 'on high' and long may it remain
I looked for your report on it. If you didn't do one, could you get it done now - as I want to see the "sunshine day on snowy hill" please.
by dogplodder » Fri Nov 09, 2012 8:33 pm
dogplodder wrote:I looked for your report on it. If you didn't do one, could you get it done now - as I want to see the "sunshine day on snowy hill" please.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Don't think I've ever seen such stunning photographs and the write up was pretty entertaining too!
by shredder » Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:24 am
You certainly got a good day for it.
by simon-b » Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:09 pm
by dogplodder » Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:15 am
shredder wrote:A non hill walking friend said seeing these photos was almost enough to make her take up hill walking!
Almost enough..... but not quite!
by johnkaysleftleg » Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:43 am
by rockhopper » Mon Nov 12, 2012 1:57 pm
by dogplodder » Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:36 pm
simon-b wrote:Great report, DP, well worth bringing back those memories from seven years ago, especially of the little dog. You had better weather that August than when I did Beinn Fhada the same month this year!
It was in the old days when we got proper summers.
by dogplodder » Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:17 pm
johnkaysleftleg wrote:Wonderful pics and great report Sorry to here about Blaze but I'm sure he had a great life being up in the hills on plenty of occasions.
rockhopper wrote:enjoyed your report and a nice way to bring back the memories for you - cheers
by dogplodder » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:36 am
"The photos and the comments on Blaze were really wonderful. It was so nice to see our beloved boy enjoying himself with Andrew. Thank you."