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Winter is here! A snowy Ben Wyvis :-)

Winter is here! A snowy Ben Wyvis :-)


Postby heatheronthehills » Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:13 pm

Munros included on this walk: Ben Wyvis

Date walked: 04/11/2013

Time taken: 6 hours

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I won't spend any time describing the route we took today as there are lots of Trip Reports for Ben Wyvis, but I wanted to share the lovely snowy conditions we experienced on this walk today.
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Nice big car park but note there is a height barrier so you can't get a motorhome in this car park

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Some nice interpretation panels

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The dying bracken had ice drops hanging on it, like christmas decorations

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Through the little wooden gate and up into the beautiful silver birch and pine wood

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Welcoming sign

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Beautiful woodland and views opening up as we began the ascent

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First views of the snowy summit ridge

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Hill food!!

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Well made path, even with stepping stones over wet sections

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Views opening up to the North West

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Yaaaaay! Above the snow line

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Entranced by the first snows of winter

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First of the summit ridge cairns

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The summit is this way

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A snatched glimpse of the views as we walked the misty summit ridge

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Summit ridge snows

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More summit ridge snows

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A nice cornice beginning to form

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Finally the sun came out

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Heading back along summit plateau

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Nice ice!

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Starting the descent

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Finally the summit is in sun

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There's always a bouldering opportunity
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Re: Winter is here! A snowy Ben Wyvis :-)

Postby PeteR » Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:42 pm

Some stunning photos :clap: Can't believe I was there only a week ago and there wasn't any snow up there at that time. And you had such calm conditions too. Can't say I did...... :lol:
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Re: Winter is here! A snowy Ben Wyvis :-)

Postby heatheronthehills » Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:07 am

Hi PeteR, it was a great day out and brilliant to get some good hill snow but there was still an icy wind as we walked along the summit plateau....bbbbrrrrrrr!
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Re: Winter is here! A snowy Ben Wyvis :-)

Postby SAVAGEALICE » Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:51 pm

lucky you, getting out yesterday ..looked a great day to be out ..stunning photos :) :D
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Re: Winter is here! A snowy Ben Wyvis :-)

Postby Lightfoot2017 » Wed Nov 13, 2013 11:53 am

I'm thinking of doing Wyvis this Sunday (weather permitting).

Quick practical Q: Would you say that above the snow-line requires crampons?
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