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Foggy express to Buachaille Etive Beag
by Frigate » Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:12 pm
Route description: Buachaille Etive Beag
Munros included on this walk: Stob Coire Raineach (Buachaille Etive Beag), Stob Dubh (Buachaille Etive Beag)
Date walked: 20/01/2013
Time taken: 4.75 hours
Distance: 8.1 km
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Although there was low cloud and mist the tops of the hills came and went in vision which precluded the need for any serious navigation but it did obscure what would have been great panoramic vistas all dressed in white
3 guys in the car park were walking into Coir' Eilde to find some ice to climb, much rather them than me after Saturday's tragic events.
Lots of spin drift snow being blown about, strange really the wind was strongest around the bealach area and not on the tops although it was still windy there. The path even though covered in new soft snow was really good with lots of rock steps (like climbing into Mordor). Which one to do first Eni, meeni, mini mo.
When exposed to the wind the windchill was fierce even the sweat inside my berghaus jacket froze
Top of ridge in flat light made picking out where previous walkers had compacted the snow difficult so it was hop along time, one firm foot fall followed by one soft one.
On the way down from the bealach it was like being on another mountain, silence - no wind and just the patter of powder snow on the jacket.
A grand day out and a great mountain, must take the ladies in better weather
by pigeon » Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:41 pm
by mrssanta » Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:43 pm
by Silverhill » Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:46 pm
by Gavin99 » Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:01 pm
by Ian Bayne » Mon Jan 21, 2013 5:50 pm
by Frigate » Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:39 pm
pigeon wrote:Well done Kev,nearly at the ton now.This is a good one for the ladies come spring,summer
Just need two more inbetween the gales this weekend, may persude the ladies to turn out if there's a bar lunch in it
mrssanta wrote:what a shame about the views, but your ice axe is a lovely colour!
Matches the wife's Hunter wellies but they are too small for my plates of meet
Silverhill wrote:Brr, that does look cold! You made good time despite the snow!
Didn't stop except for photos, had a snickers bar which was like eating a stick of rock - break a bit off and gum it to death
Gavin99 wrote:Nice one Kev , it certainly was a bit chilly in the wind today . I like your ice axe too
Thanks Gav, first time not playing catch for a while, pity my camera wasn't bright purple as well may not have lost it then.
Ian Bayne wrote:Nice one Kev looks bloody cold though Getting close to the big one Definatley a nice boy navy colour on the axe
Couldn't get an 'apple barrel' green one like my last pair of boots
by rockhopper » Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:05 pm
by Graeme D » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:34 pm
by Frigate » Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:47 pm
rockhopper wrote:shame about the lack of views 'cos they're very nice but at least you got out and about - well done - cheers
Thanks RH, that is one hill I would definitely do again
Graeme D wrote:Nice one! Don't be like me and get stuck on 98 for what seemed like an eternity. Come to think of it, now I've been stuck on 140 for an eternity. Hey ho, no rush I guess!
Worried now, after Fridays bad weather decided to stay close to home and only ventured in the Ochil hills. Still a good training walk in deep snow.