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Ben Cruachan and Stob Diamh
by skye2304 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 7:02 pm
Route description: Ben Cruachan and Stob Daimh
Munros included on this walk: Ben Cruachan, Stob Daimh
Date walked: 22/11/2009
Time taken: 9 hours
Distance: 14 km
Ascent: 1610mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Parking is a little sparse by the side of the road, next to the railway station. The start of the path actually goes under the rail line - thru the dank little tunnel you see on the path up to the station!
As is the norm for walks in this area, the approach up to the Dam is enjoyable with views over Loch Awe.
Looking at Ben Cruachan's profile you might think the climb to the top is a little steep. If it is you don't notice it. The approach up the south ridge is long and tiresome but not as bad as I thought it might be.
Once you summit, you realise it was all worth it and those reports that say this is one of the best ridge walks in the Highlands - are spot on.
The ridge itself is not fearsome. The northern aspect is precipitous, the southern aspect a steep slope.True, there are one or two easy rocky bits on the initial descent from Ben Cruachan. Even under snow, these were Ok. A very windy day might put you off.
My only downer was the final descent back to the dam road. That last mile or so down the slope and along the dam was an 'orrible bog!
But take nothing away from what I thought was a perfect, early winter's day outing.
Another one I would definitely recommend doing again.
by Paul Webster » Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:22 am
- mountain coward
by skye2304 » Mon Feb 01, 2010 1:07 pm
The camera, for some bizarre reason, insists on stopping down to f/2.8 on any landscape mode. So everything, except the very near, is blurred (as you can see from my recent photos). I am definitely no expert but I think I am going to have to bin it, get my old camera out and put this one down to experience... unless anyone knows a way round it? (no, it doesn't have a manual F-setting)... days like this in Scotland, are far to few to mess up on!
by Milesy » Mon Feb 01, 2010 1:52 pm
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by LeithySuburbs » Mon Feb 01, 2010 1:54 pm
I suspect you are accidently focussing on the nearpoint (such as trig point) - this will usually put the distance out of focus. Try focussing on something far away (infinity in photo terms) then move the camera to the desired position to frame the shot. This will probably involve holding the release button halfway down (it should beep when it has found something to focus on) while you move the camera. Once in position, fully depress the button. Of course this may be totally irellevent b*ll*cks for your camera .
Anyway, try it out - hope it helps
There will also probably be a chapter in the manual on focussing if you have it.
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