The darkest day- nightmare on the Fannichs
by tomyboy73 » Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:56 pm
by weaselmaster » Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:02 pm
Enjoyed that - honest account of the slip ups we can all make - it was just as well you waymarked your rucksack otherwise it could have been really grim- I share your anxiety when leaving the sack on a more remote route It is also quite a thought to do a big route like that solo when things go wrong.
by celt54321 » Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:42 pm
by Fife Flyer » Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:00 pm
Bet you have never been so pleased to see your car
It will take some report to beat that this month, well done excellent read & photo's
There are plenty of lessons you will learn from the experience & you won't do ever again
Prime example when I forgot my water/drink & only realised when I got my rucksack out of the car, never done it since & it is one thing I always make sure I have
by KeithS » Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:21 pm
by Collaciotach » Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:23 pm
Glad you got back safely
by Ibex » Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:56 pm
The photos of An Teallach and the bedewed dragonfly are amazing!
We all have an internal compass malfunction at times. I ended up in the wrong valley in the Lakes once.......
by laconic surf » Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:16 am
When it rains, it pours eh?
Glad you got back safe
by Mountainlove » Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:20 am
Lol I am hoping you will make it in a full round...and have better luck than I had
It is when you look forward to the next easy hill even more so
@ LeithySuburbs & basscadet
Thank you. I will keep that in mind for the next Walkhighland Meet
I did not think the hills would have so many 'surprises'. Thats what you get when you think you are in for an easy round.
Honesty works out most of the times and at least one can think...at least I am not the only daft one out there.
Oh to walk through that plantation was on my mind...but crossing the big part of the burn would have been a challenge (one I decided to pass)
Reust me doing extra hill sound so much better than a 3x repeat. I already decided to put them in document sleeves next time and tape them up...I have learned my lesson!
Regarding the return...at least the next time I can complete them in a day...although that will be next year.
@ The Rodmiester
Thank you...never thought so many things could go wrong at the same time...but I guess tiredness had a lot to answer for. Camping in the rain and storm is always scary...I usually avoid it and always laugh when non campers say--- it must be so romantic in the rain...ehm no.
Oh yes back I will be and I am looking forward to look back and remember - preferably on a dry and sunny day.
Looking back it does not seem that bad anymore. I know what you mean with a proper map...but usually I try to avoid any extra weight and use print outs...but for that walk a proper map would have been great...although in strong winds they can be a nightmare...GPS are great (when they work)
and one I will not forget
Oh you are so right...snow would have made me cry. About walking alone, yes it can be scary...but you also learn a lot more...although with another person or a small group it is always more fun.
@ Fife Flyer
Yep thats always the good times...you will never make the same mistake twice. I once forgot half of my food...and had to life on 3 rolls and a bag of nuts throughout a 15h day...that will never happen again either.
It was a slight nightmare.,..and thats after looking so forward to get back to the area...but at least I had some good days after
Never thought they would be tricky - they look so easy...but at least I had some views...but I am looking forward to do the remaining 4.
Thank you regarding the photos...about internal malfunctioning compasses...tell me about it...when the map says one thing and your head says something else...been there done that too
@ laconic surf
Its a day when you think you should have stayed in bed
by BlackPanther » Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:06 pm
In the cloud with flat GPS and soggy map falling apart - that would make me panic for sure...
I remember standing on the summit of Sgurr nan Each thinking, why it was classified as a separate Munro? Doesn't look distinctive enough... No wonder you overlooked it the first time.
I think we all have such "accidents" on our account. Ours happened once on An Teallach, silly as it sounds, we walked it from south to north and only half way up Bidein a'Ghlas Thuill we realised we missed Sgurr Fiona - and it happened on a beautiful sunny day. No clag to have as an excuse... We had to return to the col, climb SF and then BGT once again
by ceaser » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:35 pm
its all about learning from our mistakes ,and im sure you will
by Graeme D » Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:15 pm
by kevsbald » Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:38 pm
by brpro26 » Sat Sep 14, 2013 5:34 am
The poor guy at the back in the photo looks like he's followed through....what did you say to him?
Was that your wee tent for the hills as the one on the first night was red.
Can't have many lives left now....it's a remote place that needs respect. If you go down with a twisted ankle or a dislocated a*se from sliding down a water rock-shute your in soapy bubble.
Worst thing of all is I can't believe you didn't brush your teeth in the morning.......no Tic-Tac nothing....
by gaffr » Sat Sep 14, 2013 7:04 am
A tent for the car for close to the road camping and another for the higher ground would be perfectly logical.
There are a number of folks around here who do solo journeys and camp on the higher ground.
Images could well be taken with the camera of the trip reporter by others on the hill at the same time.
I like to travel solo and camp and especially at my advanced age having the means to go to ground can be useful.