Ben Avon thoughts of a second round... Said Monty
by andrewdoggett » Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:16 pm
Route description: Ben Avon via Gleann an-Slugain
Munros included on this walk: Beinn a'Bhuird, Ben Avon
Date walked: 05/01/2013
Time taken: 8.9 hours
Distance: 39 km
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Monty was up for a good hoof in the Cairngorms and suggested we pop up Ben Avon and Beinn a'Bhuird... Okay then...
We thought we'd be okay for time; with daylight 8am till 4pm at this time of year... It was going to be close but the walk out is along a track so no great drama in the dark... It would all depend how much snow was up there whether we get this done or not but we decided to give it a shot...
The drive up from Bridge of Allan took a little under an hour and a half and we were underway at 7:50 am... A couple of cars come the other way and provide some light for this picture looking back toward the start with the hills behind...
Monty sets a fairly rapid pace up the glen and we're through the 12 km mark in under 2 hours... I'm feeling the Xmas Turkey already!! Going to be a tough day then... Ahh well...
We're finding patches of snow now, and it's soft and strength sapping; in general the snow is soft and we're sinking into it with each step, sometimes up the waist haha... Traversing the left side of the alt isn't that pleasant so Monty suggests we go straight up before the Beallach and knock off Beinn a'Bhuird first... So we do...
We even found a yeti on route...
Once up the side of the glen it was undulating and gently slopes to the summit of Beinn a'Bhuird with no difficulties; just more strength sapping snow... Monty needs some help finding the top as we're in the clag; fortunately sat map is to hand... And it's no bother...
So this is a special munro for me; I think the first I've ever climbed with a munroist!! Haha Monty is now famous and his number is 5184 (though he thinks it's 5584). He's always had trouble counting; remember Kintail? Haha
Then it's off to Ben Avon; we stop for some lunch on the way; care is required at the top of the descent to the beallach where it's icy and steep but we're soon through that and down to the beallach where the wind is pretty strong... We'd been spared the 65mph winds forecast on MWIS until this point!
Monty is walking at about a 70 degree angle through the beallach to stop himself being blown over... It's bearable though, and not too hard to walk in... As we climb the other side toward Ben Avon the wind subsides again...
It's not long before we're at Ben Avon; and we scramble to the top... I stand at the top, but Monty doesn't join me; he's too busy shouting at me to get down; he's not used to the breeze in the hills as he's a summer walker only really... Turns out he didn't make the top of this one on his first round either; only his hand did.... Ah well bless him...
Time for Monty to put his goggles on as we'll be into the breeze on the way back... The traverse down the beallach isn't too bad... We see a rescue helicopter circling on the south face of Cnap a'Chleirich... Hopefully everything was okay; though there a couple of cars in the car park on our return so we were a little worried...
The walk out is pretty unenjoyable... For me... My legs are in a whole world of pain they've very rarely been in before... Maybe two pieces of toast for three days isn't the right preparation for a walk this size... Either way Monty takes great pleasure in my pain and scampers off ahead to the finish with 10km to go leaving me hobbling in on ma crutches some 15 minutes later haha... Best he left me; I was in agony; needed some mental strength and choice words for the Gorms to finish this walk...
That's it for the Cairngorms for me then; a good hoof where we saw not a soul all day... Overall though; they aren't my favourite hills in Scotland and I wonder if I'll ever walk here again... Different strokes for different folks; you can cover some serious ground here if you want to; and they can be good for losing yourself in... But they're just not my favourite hills...
Chalk this one up as a rare Monty win then... Haha...
by mrssanta » Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:07 pm
!! Just setting the tone for the way its going to be this yearA rare Monty win
A nice long walk with good company to start the year. Superb.
by Fudgie » Sun Jan 06, 2013 7:19 pm
by gammy leg walker » Sun Jan 06, 2013 8:38 pm
!! Just setting the tone for the way its going to be this yearmonty wrote:A rare Monty win
Oh dear this could get very messy.
Its a long walk for a short day,well done both of you.
by Graeme D » Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:04 pm
by Scotjamie » Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:00 am
gammy leg walker wrote:Oh dear this could get very messy.
I agree with GLW - start of the yeti vs monty competition.
by andrewdoggett » Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:45 pm
Worth a recap (ignoring Skye becuase they were in large groups)...
Round 1 - The Brothers and Sisters...
I basically carry Monty over 5 munros...
Yeti 1 - Monty 0
Round 2 - Ben Wyvis... and some other little hill...
Monty basically stops moving and the second summit has to walk to him...
Yeti 2 - Monty 0
Round 3 - Character Building on Beinn Dearg (Ullapool)
Monty sums this one up in his own words... "I struggle to ascend the final 80m and to add insult to injury Victoria runs past me to the summit of Seana Bhraigh hahaha"
Yeti 3 - Monty 0
Round 4 - Torridon...
Monty collapses on the first hill and begs me to turn round after two
Yeti 4 - Monty 0
Round 5 - The Mullardoch Round...
Monty only manages a pathetic 1/3 of the walk achieving just 4 of 12 munros...
Yeti 5 - Monty 0
Round 6 - Bidean Nam Bian & Friends...
Yeti struggles; still dead after the enormity of Round 5 the week before and Monty chalks up his first win
Yeti 5 - Monty 1
Round 7 - Ben Avon...
No contest; a win for Monty...
Yeti 5 - Monty 2
It's like I'm making a game of it slowly letting Monty back into it because I got bored hahahahahaha
by Benjaminnevis » Mon Jan 07, 2013 3:35 pm
Yeti stayed sober the night before. Monty got seriously drunk and was still drunk in the morning. Monty should not have been walking to the shops never mind bagging munro's. Challenge abandoned
Yeti(Red Card) 0 - Monty 0
Round 2- Ben Wyvis et al
Monty was hammered
Yeti 1 - Monty 0
Round 3- Character Building .........
Monty walked all 40km and 5 Munro's in one day. Yeti and his entourage walked 15km in the night before and camped out. Therefore Monty wins the challenge.
Yeti 1 - Monty 1
Round 4- South Torridon.
Monty was ill after 3km and could barely walk. Monty playes the Joker. Challenge abandoned.
Yeti 1 - Monty 1
Round 5- The Mull....... Round
Yeti 2 - Monty 1
Round 6- BideanNem et all
Yeti was a mere shadow of his former self. This is the start of his decline
Yeti 2 - Monty 2
Round 7- This walk.
No Contest. Yeti's decline is looking terminal
Yeti 2 - Monty 3
Therfore it looks like Monty is winning.
Once upon a time in the dark reaches of the past Yeti done a big round that not even Monty could do (on the day mind you). It seems like the old (still a youngster) boy is going to harp on about that round, I can't quite bring myself to repeat the name, as he continues his decline into obscurity
by andrewdoggett » Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:26 pm
monty wrote:Once upon a time in the dark reaches of the past Yeti done a big round that not even Monty could do (on the day mind you).
You busy talking yourself into a third walk along the northern shore in as many years? Haha
Seriously though, when we're out in the mountains together I swear you look at me funny... It's like you're looking at me through glass... You can see me, but you cannae touch me...
by mountain thyme » Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:49 pm
by SMRussell » Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:10 pm
Love the second photo