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"Wee Guy" battles through blizzards and bags his 27th Munro!

"Wee Guy" battles through blizzards and bags his 27th Munro!


Postby davedanson28 » Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:47 pm

Munros included on this walk: Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn), Stuc a'Chroin

Date walked: 17/11/2012

Time taken: 7.25 hours

Distance: 13.5 km

Ascent: 1145m

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After three weeks resting we headed out despite the not so good forecast (the wee guy was chomping at the bit). As it so happened the weather stayed dry most of the day, very cold and a bit windy with a couple of good blizzards thrown in for good measure.
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Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn) and Stuc a'Chroin were the chosen targets for this adventure. We got the kit all packed up on Friday night and was on the road early on Saturday morning (0700), two hours’ drive found us in the layby (we used the WH maps for this one) ready for the off. A couple of empty cars already there and a few other people just heading for the hills as we pulled up. We quickly got kitted up and set off up the track passing through the big house’s ground, we were climbing higher and higher quickly as there is a very good track most of the way to the base of the first Munro, Vorlich. The wee guy, only 6 is always off to a flier with me struggling to keep up, this hill was no different (hence the name “mountain goat” in previous reports). About 250m from the summit we stopped and got the waterproof and warm gear on, the snowflakes where coming down quite heavy and the temperature was dropping rapidly, especially with the wind chill. I think the gusts must have been around 30mph at times; wee guy had rocks in his pockets again to keep him on the ground! We met a few people on the way up, some turning round and heading down, others passing us by. As usual all were very impressed with Kyle and Marley. Soon we reached the summit of Kyle’s 26th Munro, pure magic! Another fantastic achievement considering he is only 6 years old. He celebrated in style by finding a sheltered spot out of the wind and having a nice cup of tea, quality.
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You cannae beat a brew!
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Batteries recharged and hungry for more, we spotted the next target, Stuc a’Chroin.
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It looked great, very rocky. Kyle is very much into scrambling it seems, not to sure Marley is, but off we went.
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It was on the way there that it really decided to start snowing which Kyle thought was great. Soon we found ourselves pushing up the final gulley to the ridge which took us to the summit. Once on the ridge we were very much in a white condition, following the compass and hoping for a break in the weather, then there it was……the sun pushed through slowly but surely. We almost got a clear summit shot.
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This was number 27 for Kyle, he was over the moon, and I was touched as ever, proud is an understatement, some boy!
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Time ticking on we had to get down, it was 2.30 so only really had a good couple of hours left of daylight.
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We made good progress before the proper white out set in……it tested our skills which was good, Kyle loved it, apart from snow in the eyes (goggles required).
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We contoured our way around the hills, discovering two lost walkers in the process, they said they had got disorientated in the snow, we helped them back to the track we had come up originally before regaining our momentum and made it back to the car at 4.30, just in time. Once in the car we had a quick reflection of the day and well, both summed it up with WOW, what a day, where next. Good hills these, we will certainly return one day!
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Re: "Wee Guy" battles through blizzards and bags his 27th Mu

Postby BobMcBob » Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:29 am

Wee Guy is going great guns! Very impressive, well done to him. And to you for keeping up by the sound of it :D. Lovely photos too, wish I had the chance to get up there at this time of year.
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Re: "Wee Guy" battles through blizzards and bags his 27th Mu

Postby davedanson28 » Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:37 am

Thanks Bob, yeah it is tough keeping up with him at times, trying to teach him to slow down a bit! :lol: You will just enjoy it all the more when you next get up here! Thanks again. :D
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Re: "Wee Guy" battles through blizzards and bags his 27th Mu

Postby Fudgie » Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:24 pm

Marley looks so unfazed by it all :lol:
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Re: "Wee Guy" battles through blizzards and bags his 27th Mu

Postby davedanson28 » Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:36 pm

Fudgie wrote:Marley looks so unfazed by it all :lol:

Cheers Fudgie, and yeah he certainly seems to be! :crazy:
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Re: "Wee Guy" battles through blizzards and bags his 27th Mu

Postby tomyboy73 » Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:09 pm

Well done to you both and looks like you had a great day. A wee bit of snow`s good for you. :lol:
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Re: "Wee Guy" battles through blizzards and bags his 27th Mu

Postby gymman47 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:58 am

Well done to both of you and looks like you both had a great day out ! Well done the wee man.

JP

ps. I'm hoping to go up these 2 this Saturday thanks for the pictures.
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Re: "Wee Guy" battles through blizzards and bags his 27th Mu

Postby ceaser » Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:34 pm

well done the wee man ,you must be really proud of him gymman ,beats them sitting about the house with an xbox any day !
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Re: "Wee Guy" battles through blizzards and bags his 27th Mu

Postby davedanson28 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:00 pm

tomyboy73 wrote:Well done to you both and looks like you had a great day. A wee bit of snow`s good for you. :lol:

Cheers, and yes snow is great! :lol:
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Re: "Wee Guy" battles through blizzards and bags his 27th Mu

Postby davedanson28 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:03 pm

gymman47 wrote:Well done to both of you and looks like you both had a great day out ! Well done the wee man.

JP

ps. I'm hoping to go up these 2 this Saturday thanks for the pictures.

Thanks JP, it was a cracker of a day. :lol: Hope you enjoy them and get a break in this WET weather. :(
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Re: "Wee Guy" battles through blizzards and bags his 27th Mu

Postby davedanson28 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:08 pm

ceaser wrote:well done the wee man ,you must be really proud of him gymman ,beats them sitting about the house with an xbox any day !

Very proud of him indeed. :clap: He is defo an outdoor boy.....he is always camping, climbing or fishing. :lol: :lol: Thanks for the comments.
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