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Knoydart... And now just one remains...
by andrewdoggett » Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:18 pm
Munros included on this walk: Luinne Bheinn, Meall Buidhe (Knoydart)
Date walked: 14/07/2013
Time taken: 10.7 hours
Distance: 38.9 km
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I've three left in Knoydart... I debated options... My walking partner was away; my wife to be not able to take time off; and Monty hadn't replied... It would be some finish starting at Kinloch Hourn and doing the lot in one day... That appealed... We'll see, I'd definitely like a nice sunny finish and the forecast was a 60% chance of cloud free munros...
I set of at 4:45 and was walking by 7:30... The fist part of the path along Loch Beag was picturesque... And I was enjoying it... Not a soul in sight, and no mobile reception which would remain the case all day... For the geeks in you I was also testing Viewranger on my iPhone, a new app that you can buy OS maps to accompany...
Along the Loch I just lost myself in various thoughts... I'd scattered my dogs ashes in The Lost Valley in Glencoe the previous day; and I was thinking she'd love this walk...
In an hour and half I'd made the beach along the track to Barrisdale... The tide was in so the beach wasn't up to much... But all was good... So isolated... There were a couple of boats fishing in the Loch but other than that nothing...
I'd opted for an ascent straight up the northern face of Luinne Bheinn... It was steep and painful, and from sea level it was 940 metres straight up... Pathless, in long grass... Ouch, where had my hill legs gone... Note to self, don't venture into Knoydart without your walking legs!!
In the few glimpses of the landscape I had, it was gorgeous... Though the walk I completed mainly in the clag...
I knocked off the two munros... There's a fairly good path linking them... So I clearly didn't take the normal ascent haha...
And then the moment of truth... I was at the high point of Mam Barrisdale... Did I ascend Ladhar Bheinn and get the round compleat... I debated... 4km and 550 metres of ascent... Hmmmm Definitely doable... Even though by now it was 3:00 I figured I had enough light.... I started up... I paused after a few metres... THe wind had picked up, and it was claggy at the top... No I decided, this isn't how I want to finish this greatest of journeys... I imagined myself on the summit in the sun with a beer... There's no point in leaving one of the most beautiful hills till last and then not seeing it... What price I'll end up here in the clag anyway haha...
Decision made... It'll be another 15 km back to the car anyway... And I've covered 24km already... So I head down... And typical, the sun comes out haha...
I look back at my ascent route, I went up Luiine Bheinn on the left hand side of this picture... In hindsight I'd go up to Mam Barrisdale and ascend from there, there is a path... Though it's not marked on my map...
I take a last look back at Ladhar Bheinn, and wonder when I'll be back...
I also wander down to the loch side and speak to some people in the hut. I wonder if there's a boat down Loch Beag... That would be good for the final trip; and save a good 8 km in terms of carrying the party food down the loch haha... Alas, no boat... There used to be one the lady says... But no longer...
I walk back along the loch, drive home, and have a chinese... And that's it; just one red pin left...
by wilkiemurray » Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:59 pm
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by SusieThePensioner » Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:36 pm
I enjoyed your report and some lovely photos
This gave me a lump in my throat.........I'm sure she was there with you in spirit and, ready for your final one.andrewdoggett wrote:I'd scattered my dogs ashes in The Lost Valley in Glencoe the previous day; and I was thinking she'd love this walk...
by GillC » Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:38 pm
by gammy leg walker » Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:11 pm
Had a lump in my throat when you said you scattered Wiskys ashes in The Lost Valley there can be no finer resting place for your friend.
by Bod » Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:52 am
ps...thoughts with you on your day to the Lost Valley, happy memories
by ianaird » Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:39 pm
Take the tent and really enjoy it!!
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