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Ben Donich - great tonic for the hillwalking blues

Ben Donich - great tonic for the hillwalking blues


Postby PeteR » Thu May 02, 2013 10:21 pm

Route description: Ben Donich, via Rest and Be Thankful

Corbetts included on this walk: Ben Donich

Date walked: 02/05/2013

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It’s all a bit sad and pathetic really, but for reasons that I won’t go into (MrsR and I had had words :crazy: :oops:) I was on a self- imposed exile from the hills. While the actual cause of the exile had been easily resolved, and despite MrsR’s protestations I should go a wee walk, my desire to get back out on the hills had been somewhat lacking since :? So much so that I had even packed all my walking gear away :(

In the end though the self- imposed exile lasted for all of a fortnight :lol: :lol: :lol: (I’ve been kept off the hills longer by foul weather :shock:). My last outing had been an aborted attempt at Ben Donich, where I had turned back due to the lack of visibility, path disappearing in the snow and the weather deteriorating on the day. So it seemed fitting that I made a return to Donich to mark my return to the hills :D

Initially I wasn’t oozing enthusiasm, but after a bit of fannying around at home, using the forecast as another excuse I eventually left the house around mid-day, which is unheard of for me. Didn’t start walking until 1.15, which must be my latest start ever. As it was the route would be completed in 3.5 hours, and would have been considerably quicker had I had my a**e in gear on the way up :crazy:

Photos are a combination of both visits, giving a contrast in the conditions both days. All-in-all this is an easy walk and even the scramble, which looked dodgy the first time round in the snow and clag, was a doddle. So much so I may have persuaded MrsR to give the hill a go during the spring bank holiday weekend at the end of the month :D
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Start of the walk second time around

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"Donich Gate"

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Loch Restil and Stob Coire Creagach

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The path up the hill, a bif boggy in other places along the way

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A bit snowy on the way up first time round

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Snow clad on the first attempt

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A bit of clag as I made my way up

Weather-wise second time round thick clag had been replaced by enthusiastic wind and clag higher up. The snow had gone, and so the path was easy to follow. I was surprised how little I recognised from my first clag filled trip just two weeks earlier :shock:

It was straightforward up to the short downward scramble, where the boulder section looked interesting. Had a little “explore” on the return :wink:
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Approaching the most entertaining part of the route

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Time to stop on the first attempt

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Second time around - the view down the scramble

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View back up the scramble

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One of the rock features near the scramble

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View back to the rocks and scramble on the way to the summit

From there it was a simple walk to the summit, where I was able to enjoy extensive views of……clag :crazy: To be fair the cloud did part for all of 30 seconds at one point. Just long enough to capture the next bank of cloud fleeing across in front of what little view I did have :lol:
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Almost at the summit

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Summit trig

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My summit "view"

Standing at the summit, face into the wind, in the vain hope I might get a view, for a brief few minutes I stood there taking a good pounding as the wind hit me hard, but I was absolutely loving it :D :D Here’s a short video of that experience.



With no expectation of views opening up I was eventually on my way back down, enjoying a delightful horizontal April snow shower :? Toward the bottom this was then replaced by a brief break in the clouds, giving a great view back up to the summit of Donich, as we as to the surrounding area :D :D I could also see the dark clouds gathering for the next instalment of weather :lol:
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Back at the scramble

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Finally, the cloud starts to break

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Loch Restil again

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Toward the main Arrochar "Alps"

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Darker clouds gathering in the west

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"Water damage" on the lens.....well, it was a tad damp at times :-)

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View back to Ben Donich summit

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View west toward the Fyne area

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View of Restil through the trees

Then it was a just short walk back to the car. All in all Ben Donich gave a good short walk, and was just the therapy I needed :thumbup: :D :D
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Re: Ben Donich - great tonic for the hillwalking blues

Postby lomondwalkers » Thu May 02, 2013 10:37 pm

Ben Donich is a braw wee hill, one of the first I've done. The wee scramble looks nasty from your first visit :shock: Mrs R will love it if she goes 8)
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Re: Ben Donich - great tonic for the hillwalking blues

Postby Graeme D » Thu May 02, 2013 11:03 pm

PeteR wrote:It’s all a bit sad and pathetic really, but for reasons that I won’t go into (MrsR and I had had words ) I was on a self- imposed exile from the hills. While the actual cause of the exile had been easily resolved, and despite MrsR’s protestations I should go a wee walk, my desire to get back out on the hills had been somewhat lacking since


Aha, that old routine!! :lol: :lol: :lol: Been there more than once!

A nice hill that I have had my eye on for a long time but never got there yet! :roll:
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Re: Ben Donich - great tonic for the hillwalking blues

Postby Fudgie » Fri May 03, 2013 9:43 am

One of the few hills I need to return to on a clag free day :lol: I got caught out a wee bit at the scrambly section with ice assisting my descent :shock: Definitely waiting for better weather to go back to it 8)
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Re: Ben Donich - great tonic for the hillwalking blues

Postby Collaciotach » Sun May 05, 2013 8:58 am

Grand report and even better therapy :clap:
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Re: Ben Donich - great tonic for the hillwalking blues

Postby rockhopper » Sun May 05, 2013 1:10 pm

Have also had a long layoff, Pete, so you have my sympathies - good way to get back out though despite the late start - cheers :)
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Re: Ben Donich - great tonic for the hillwalking blues

Postby PeteR » Tue May 07, 2013 10:05 pm

lomondwalkers wrote:Ben Donich is a braw wee hill, one of the first I've done. The wee scramble looks nasty from your first visit :shock: Mrs R will love it if she goes 8)


Thanks lomondwalkers. I think MrsR will love this hill until she gets to the scramble :lol: Then I may have a challenge :lol:
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Re: Ben Donich - great tonic for the hillwalking blues

Postby PeteR » Tue May 07, 2013 10:10 pm

Graeme D wrote:
PeteR wrote:It’s all a bit sad and pathetic really, but for reasons that I won’t go into (MrsR and I had had words ) I was on a self- imposed exile from the hills. While the actual cause of the exile had been easily resolved, and despite MrsR’s protestations I should go a wee walk, my desire to get back out on the hills had been somewhat lacking since


Aha, that old routine!! :lol: :lol: :lol: Been there more than once!

A nice hill that I have had my eye on for a long time but never got there yet! :roll:



:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: I'm sure there's a few of us been there a few times Graeme.

Donich's a good little hill. Provides a perfect short walk. Definitely one to consider :D
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Re: Ben Donich - great tonic for the hillwalking blues

Postby PeteR » Tue May 07, 2013 10:11 pm

Fudgie wrote:I got caught out a wee bit at the scrambly section with ice assisting my descent :shock:


That was my concern first time round Fudgie :shock: Glad I turned round a returned once the snow was all gone :D
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Re: Ben Donich - great tonic for the hillwalking blues

Postby PeteR » Tue May 07, 2013 10:13 pm

Collaciotach wrote:Grand report and even better therapy :clap:


Thanks Colla. It was more misty therapy on my latest walk :lol: Added bog in too :lol: Just need to write something up now
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Re: Ben Donich - great tonic for the hillwalking blues

Postby PeteR » Tue May 07, 2013 10:23 pm

rockhopper wrote:Have also had a long layoff, Pete, so you have my sympathies - good way to get back out though despite the late start - cheers :)


Thanks RH. These lay offs are not good :( If your Mullardoch trip comes off though you certainly trump me on the "re-introduction to the hills" stakes :lol:
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Re: Ben Donich - great tonic for the hillwalking blues

Postby kevsbald » Wed May 08, 2013 1:32 pm

Good wee hill.
There must be something in the air - I got into trouble for NOT going on the hill last night. :crazy:
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