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Touring in the sun! and a classic

PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:43 am
by coachmacca
I started to write a long and good report but just lost the lot so here is the abridged version !

3 Days, great weather, great country and great people
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Drive through Glencoe with the Big Bookil doing a supermodel pose as usual - I'll be back in summer to bag you and your wee mate :wink:
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Stoppped at Craft & Things for coffee cake and to buy 2 books - Affleck Grey's " The Big Grey Man of Ben MacDui" and the Complete Writings of Mallory - goo reading ahead!

Kinlochleven for some Ice Climbing fun at the Ice Factor - great team, great fun, scary stuff at first but you soon learn the technique and exaust yourself getting higher and faster!
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Then on Day 2 we headed to Culloden Battlefield to revisit my Clan Grave - not been here since the 80's - new centre is very impressive. From there it was lunch, Loch Ness and a drive before back for dinner, wine and a sleep ahead of Shiehallion :D

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Red Flags showing the English lines

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Clan Graves and the Memorial Cairn - the clan graves are mass graves force dug by locals under English direction.

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One of 3 Mackintosh graves - we were in the front lines across 2 groups and lost alot.

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Memorial Cairn

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Cottage used as a field hospital (for the english only :( )

Onwards to .......

Schiehallion - stunning views, amazing weather and wee sip of its namesake beer courtesy of a boy who'd carried it up. Took the WH route, not many others on the hill and an easy walk so plenty of stopping for snaps and coffee to take it all in :D

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Panorama looking South

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Sam Nearing 2/3 of the way with the Summit "hump" in view

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View West

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Sam and I at the Summit with a wee bottle of Schiehallion Beer :clap: :lol:

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Views NorthWest from the summit

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Me explaining the importance and history of Schiehallion to a boy who works for the JMT that we met at the summit - it was he who had the bottle of Schiehallion :clap:

Wind picked up and temperature dropped on the descent so gloves and hoods were a must!
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Headed home with big grins and another Munro bagged but wanting nothing more than to stay and do more!

Hope you enjoy folks.

Re: Touring in the sun! and a classic

PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 6:43 pm
by grenfell88
Nice report mate :thumbup: cracking photos too :clap:

Il need to get myself up to the Ice Factory, looks awesome :D

We need to meet up some time soon for a trip up the hills.

I was away on Wednesday there, check out my report. Its called 'Number 13 - Unlucky for some'

Re: Touring in the sun! and a classic

PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:36 pm
by johnkaysleftleg
Some great pics there :thumbup:

Re: Touring in the sun! and a classic

PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:42 pm
by wilkiemurray
Nice report - enjoyed that and some great pictures - looked like a fun filled few days away :clap:

Re: Touring in the sun! and a classic

PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:50 pm
by mr_ash_37
Nice one, well done and good luck with your progress. It's been a good few days for the hills lately, long may it continue!
I was out tues also on beinn bhuidhe, beautiful day, check out my short report. I would recommend it when still snow topped.
See you out on the hills. Cheeeeers

Re: Touring in the sun! and a classic

PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:46 pm
by coachmacca
johnkaysleftleg wrote:Some great pics there :thumbup:

Thanks again JK - sorry I know I don't get onto Flikr enough to return your kind comments but I'll make sure and do it!

You been out this week?