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Each to his own
by PeteR » Tue Dec 24, 2013 10:50 pm
Route description: Beinn Each from Loch Lubnaig
Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Each
Date walked: 22/12/2013Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
But I was more than surprised as I pulled into the lay-by at the start of the route for Beinn Each to find four other cars already parked up Clearly there were other nutcases out as well as me But then again it was by now midday
As it was I was ultimately to enjoy the summit of Each to myself, meeting a group of about 15 people on Eas an Eoin heading down off the hill as I was headed up. Despite being very calm at this point the suggestion was that it would be quite rough on the summit itself
All in all this was a good little walk for a foul weather day A nice walk up through the forest and on to a land rover track and then a good route up on to the hill
I’d just come off the back of a pretty manic month at work and Christmas and the whole Festive Season had thus far passed me by. Hillwalking though has very much been a spiritual experience for me. A time to purge myself of the week just gone and ready myself the one to come, as well as a time to contemplate the whole life, universe and everything type of stuff. And I certainly felt that sort of connection as I arrived on the snow covered land rover track, with the snow continuing to fall By the end of the route I was also starting to feel the beginnings of a bit of Festive spirit seeping into me
From the land rover track it was an easy, short amble to the signpost pointing the direction up Beinn Each.
As I set off up the track I spied the group heading down. I stopped for a brief chat with them as I made my way up. While there was a good amount of snow it was for the most part soft and slippery stuff, rather than being consolidated. I always find this stuff a bit tough on the ageing joints, and today was no exception Eventually though I was over the climb and on my straightforward ground. So it was a bit of a bummer to find this was when the wind decided to pick up, blowing the already fallen snow all over the place. Not quite a white out, but pretty close It was turning out to be every bit as rough as the group I'd met had suggested and slowed me up in those moments where the path had disappeared under the snow.
The final section was windy..........very windy, but soon enough I was standing at the substantial summit cairn (must have had at least three stones in it ).
I didn’t hang round long, as it really was quite windy and visibility when the snow was whipped up was pretty rotten Sadly no views from the top, but obviously having descended for a few minutes and the summit was clear and there was blue sky too
It didn’t last though, and soon the cloud and snow was back, hitting me in waves on the way down On the climb up the wind had been on my back, so in descent it was obviously in my face. Not always pleasant as my face took a battering and I struggled to see with snow being forced into my eyes. Had to stop a few times to turn my back to the wind while the worst of it passed over me. Eventually though I was passed the worst of it and heading down toward the land rover track.
Once on the track it was then an easy walk back to the car; especially enjoyable making my way back through the forest, which was now starting to get a bit dark as the light was starting to fade
All a bit wild back at the car, but I was happy to have got myself out on a hill despite what the forecast had suggested
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