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Fiarach

Fiarach


Postby soulminer » Sun Nov 11, 2012 4:55 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Fiarach

Date walked: 11/11/2012

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Attendees- Doogz, Nelson, Alan and Me
We all decided on a shortish walk this week. Climbed the Pap of Glencoe last week-was to be in conjunction with Sgurr nam Fiannaidh,but a whiteout kicked that in the teeth :crazy: After much debate we picked Fiarach- short drive, easy walk and all back at a reasonable time.
Parked at Dalrigh, forgot how busy a little car park this is. There were three guys, and a Cocker Spaniel, just leaving as we parked- then a few more just before we left :)
The usual hilarity ensued with Nelson on the receiving end of most of it :lol: Crossed the bridge and took the track to the right, followed it up to the railway bridge. We passed the group with the Spaniel just before reaching the locked gate- hung a left and followed the fenceline.
Some fine views opening up around us

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Ben Lui in the background

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A steep pull up the first section, veering right still along side the fenceline, up again and onto the 'Plateau'- or as it was descibe - 'The ***king boggy bit' alongside the Lochan. The bog wasn't that bad,but dodging the stewn wire was a bloody menace.

A wee look back before the Lochan

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Ben More And Stob Binnein in the background

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A short walk to the point of convergence of the fences, a bound up and we are on top of Fiarach- just under an hour and a half. A slow steady pace. It was a tad windier up here :shock:

Doogz in the usual stance :)

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Me silhouetted against the horizon

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The view across to Tyndrum and the hills above

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Across to Ben More etc

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Fiarach summit with Ben Lui just visible

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We huddled down for a bite to eat, and some shelter from the wind- would have stripped the skin from your bones :shock: Then a few more photos on the descent.

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We decided to loop our walk and struck off following the fence on the other side of Lochan Fiarach, an dropping down to the railway bridge more directly :lol: then back to the car.
A great wee walk for a short Winter day- plenty of interest in the walk itself, and plenty to see around you.
Last edited by soulminer on Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:29 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Fiarach

Postby Graeme D » Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:46 pm

I agree, this is a very worthwhile little hill. :D
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Re: Fiarach

Postby hills » Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:24 pm

I really enjoyed this walk, great to see it again. 8)
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Re: Fiarach

Postby Collaciotach » Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:27 am

There is merit in these smaller hills, this time of year especially .. good report :D
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Re: Fiarach

Postby dogplodder » Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:49 am

Good for you getting out but no collies though. :? I'm surprised by the lack of snow down there apart from on the high tops. But nice pics and I like the way the Scots Pines have been shaped by the wind. :D
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Re: Fiarach

Postby rockhopper » Mon Nov 12, 2012 1:54 pm

weather certainly turned out better than forecast :roll: sounds cold - nice to see the light snow caps on the surrounding hills esp Ben Lui peeping through - cheers :)
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Re: Fiarach

Postby heatheronthehills » Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:02 pm

Fantastic photos, I especially like the one silhouetted on the horizon, very atmospheric. Had hoped to go walking yesterday but sinusitis and accompanying antibiotics put paid to our plans :( Looks like it was a fantastic day for walking.
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Re: Fiarach

Postby soulminer » Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:34 pm

Graeme D wrote:
this is a very worthwhile little hill


That's what we thought after we did it,not so sure before :lol:

hills wrote:
I really enjoyed this walk, great to see it again


We read a few reports for inspiration- including yours, definate bullseye :lol:

Collaciotach wrote;
this time of year especially


You are right- short drive, short walk = maximum pleasure for shorter days.

dogplodder wrote :
I like the way the Scots Pines have been shaped by the wind


There are a few like it scattered about, very photogenic :lol: No dogs in Doogz car :wink:

Rockhopper wrote :
Weather certainly turned out better than forecast


Thought there might be a wee inversion in the area as forcast looked promising, but no such luck. Big sunshine round Oban/Arrochar, again -wrong. Look at the forcast for the area and disregard it :lol:

heatheronthehills wrote :
Had hoped to go walking yesterday but sinusitis and accompanying antibiotics put paid to our plans


All that Inverpolly air must have taken it toll on you :lol:
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