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First Walk Report - Perfect Day on the Hills

First Walk Report - Perfect Day on the Hills


Postby grenfell88 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:51 pm

Route description: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Ghlas, Ben Lawers

Date walked: 15/01/2013

Time taken: 5 hours

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After a disappointing trip up Beinn Ime on Sunday I was dying to get back on the hills again. So I checked MWIS and saw that the forecast for Tuesday seemed pretty decent, so I put in a holiday at work and off I went.
I decided to go for Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers after eying them up whilst walking Meall nan Tarmachan a couple of weeks ago...

After wheel-spinning most of the way up the ice covered road, I eventually reached the Ben Lawers car park at about 08:00.
First glimpse of Beinn Ghlas did not look so good but the clouds cleared as time went on.

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Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers by Grenfell88, on Flickr

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Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers by Grenfell88, on Flickr

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Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers by Grenfell88, on Flickr

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Meall nan Tarmachan by Grenfell88, on Flickr

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Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers by Grenfell88, on Flickr

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Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers by Grenfell88, on Flickr

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Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers by Grenfell88, on Flickr

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Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers by Grenfell88, on Flickr

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Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers by Grenfell88, on Flickr
Finally reached Beinn Ghlas summit with a cracking view of Ben Lawers.

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Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers by Grenfell88, on Flickr
Summit Shot.

I didnt hang around for very long on the summit as it was freezing, just took a few shots and off i went towards Ben Lawers.

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Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers by Grenfell88, on Flickr

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Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers by Grenfell88, on Flickr

That "amazing" view I had of Ben Lawers didnt last for very long, i got half way up an couldnt see a thing :shock:
As I approached Lawers summit I had a quick look at my GPS only to notice it said 'Low Battery' :thumbdown: Not so good.
So just took a couple of shots and headed back down and over Beinn Ghlas again.

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Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers by Grenfell88, on Flickr

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Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers by Grenfell88, on Flickr

Once I got back to the car I looked back up and there wasnt a cloud in the sky. Typical.

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Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers by Grenfell88, on Flickr

Had a great day. Looking Forward to my next trip.... wherever that may be.
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Re: First Walk Report - Perfect Day on the Hills

Postby The Rodmiester » Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:58 pm

Some brilliant photographs there :D . GPS eats batteries, best turn off and on, that's what I do when just needing my position on the hill :)
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Re: First Walk Report - Perfect Day on the Hills

Postby Steven001 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:08 pm

Your pictures are excellent!

Did you take a tripod with you for the self portraits or was there someone else with you?
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Re: First Walk Report - Perfect Day on the Hills

Postby grenfell88 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:22 pm

The Rodmiester wrote:Some brilliant photographs there :D . GPS eats batteries, best turn off and on, that's what I do when just needing my position on the hill :)


Thanks :) Il be sure to do that next time, plus carry extra batteries
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Re: First Walk Report - Perfect Day on the Hills

Postby grenfell88 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:25 pm

Steven001 wrote:Your pictures are excellent!

Did you take a tripod with you for the self portraits or was there someone else with you?


Thanks mate. I use my walking pole that I have screwed a bolt into the top. I just stab the pole into the ground and attach the camera. Only the two photos of me were taken with the digital camera. The rest were taken with my iPhone
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Re: First Walk Report - Perfect Day on the Hills

Postby grenfell88 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:26 pm

:thumbup:
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Re: First Walk Report - Perfect Day on the Hills

Postby coachmacca » Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:35 am

Brilliant photo's Grenfell! VERY jealous the summit pic looks awsome and the snow superb!

Great idea re the camera and results are brilliant.

Glad you got to hit the both after seeing them the other week. And well done for finsing the car park, unlike me the other week...
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Re: First Walk Report - Perfect Day on the Hills

Postby laconic surf » Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:33 am

Mate, that looks amazing :clap:
Ghlas/Lawers tends to be some of the first munros that folk do and in the summer, so its unusual to see such fantastic winter shots from there. Truly stunning scenery, love the one of the ice axe in the shadow of the sun 8)
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Re: First Walk Report - Perfect Day on the Hills

Postby dogplodder » Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:55 am

This is a great first report and the photo at the end is positively alpine looking! :mrgreen:
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Re: First Walk Report - Perfect Day on the Hills

Postby grenfell88 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:32 am

coachmacca wrote:Brilliant photo's Grenfell! VERY jealous the summit pic looks awsome and the snow superb!

Great idea re the camera and results are brilliant.

Glad you got to hit the both after seeing them the other week. And well done for finsing the car park, unlike me the other week...


Thanks mate :)
Haha I made sure I was paying attention so I didn't pass it. I had to park just outside the car park, if I had went in I don't think I would have got back out because of the snow.
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Re: First Walk Report - Perfect Day on the Hills

Postby grenfell88 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:33 am

laconic surf wrote:Mate, that looks amazing :clap:
Ghlas/Lawers tends to be some of the first munros that folk do and in the summer, so its unusual to see such fantastic winter shots from there. Truly stunning scenery, love the one of the ice axe in the shadow of the sun 8)


Thanks mate :) yeh I was really lucky to get some fantastic views.
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Re: First Walk Report - Perfect Day on the Hills

Postby grenfell88 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:35 am

dogplodder wrote:This is a great first report and the photo at the end is positively alpine looking! :mrgreen:


Thank you :mrgreen:
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Re: First Walk Report - Perfect Day on the Hills

Postby balgonie » Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:32 am

grenfell88 great pics of your climb and as for the bolt on your walking pole for your camera 'priceless' ill be looking into rigging something like up on my pole good idea have you patterned it yet???? :-D
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Re: First Walk Report - Perfect Day on the Hills

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Fri Jan 18, 2013 7:23 pm

Great first report and pics :thumbup: First of many I hope.
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Re: First Walk Report - Perfect Day on the Hills

Postby grenfell88 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:39 pm

balgonie wrote:grenfell88 great pics of your climb and as for the bolt on your walking pole for your camera 'priceless' ill be looking into rigging something like up on my pole good idea have you patterned it yet???? :-D


Thanks mate. I already have a patent on it ;)
Would you like to buy one? Haha
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