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'White Kangaroos' on Ben Chonzie

'White Kangaroos' on Ben Chonzie


Postby Mountainlove » Thu Feb 20, 2014 4:46 pm

Route description: Ben Chonzie via Glen Lednock

Munros included on this walk: Ben Chonzie

Date walked: 20/02/2014

Time taken: 4 hours

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Some mountains are better kept for a particular day and Ben Chonzie had been one of them. Since I climbed it I can advice anyone who wants to head out in the snow and is a bit scared, that this would be a great mountain for an winter outing. No steep slopes if you follow the recommended path and if you get a good day the views are lovely.
The drive up to the mountain was great, but I took a double turn when I spotted a white Kangaroo next to the road. :eh: :eh: :eh: :eh: I must have been dreaming (or started seeing things), but made a mental note to check it out on my return (if it would still be there) 8)
The starting point is easy to find and all in all the walk and path was a doddle and much more enjoyable that I imagined Ben Chonzie would be.

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Ben Chonzie in the distance

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Curious sheep

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Looking back, when the clouds started clearing

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The views started to get lovely

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White nothingness

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The fence on the way up

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Approaching cloud

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The wall of cloud 'rolling in'

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The cairn at the top was somewhere below the snow

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Great winter art

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Looking back on the way down...thats what I call an easy to follow path

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The white 'Kangaroo' on the hill

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The 'White Kangaroo' spotted again

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Ok as I guess no one believes me anyway...after we investigated the 'White Kangaroo' turned out to be a white Wallabies on a fenced in inclosure next to a wildlife park :-) At least I had not imagined things
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Re: 'White Kangaroos' on Ben Chonzie

Postby peter tindal » Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:30 pm

Done Chonzie a few times. It's a great wee hill to find your winter legs. Love the picture of the cloud rolling in :clap:
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Re: 'White Kangaroos' on Ben Chonzie

Postby simon-b » Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:47 pm

Good choice given the conditions, ML. I like the wallaby pictures. Did you see any of Chonzie's famous hares? They'll be white too now, of course.
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Re: 'White Kangaroos' on Ben Chonzie

Postby Collaciotach » Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:36 am

Aye nice hill in Winter ,did it in January too thoroughly enjoyed but no Wallaby :crazy:
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Re: 'White Kangaroos' on Ben Chonzie

Postby Shug » Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:25 am

I've passed llamas (or alpacas? Or are they they same?) on the way up a hill in Scotland, but never wallabies!
Is the 'winter art' caused by rime ice? Never actually seen any before.
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Re: 'White Kangaroos' on Ben Chonzie

Postby basscadet » Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:26 pm

Oh that looked like a really good day, and you got some really nice pics :clap:

I have encountered white wallaby whilst looking for an overgrown henge in a forest near Luton of all places (see, I do venture south of the border sometimes :lol: ) there were quite a few!
Must be fugatives from Whipsnade I would expect, but still a bizarre sight :shock:
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Re: 'White Kangaroos' on Ben Chonzie

Postby BoyVertiginous » Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:49 pm

Ooft...worst case of red-eye I've seen in a while. :wink:
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Re: 'White Kangaroos' on Ben Chonzie

Postby Phil the Hill » Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:56 pm

Looks like the wallaby is in its winter coat :lol:

Love the rimed fenceposts.
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Re: 'White Kangaroos' on Ben Chonzie

Postby Mountainlove » Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:52 pm

peter tindal wrote:Done Chonzie a few times. It's a great wee hill to find your winter legs. Love the picture of the cloud rolling in :clap:

Many thanks Peter

simon-b wrote:Good choice given the conditions, ML. I like the wallaby pictures. Did you see any of Chonzie's famous hares? They'll be white too now, of course.

Unfortunately I did not see any :( Had hoped to see some other while animals but the Wallabies were the only ones

Shug wrote:I've passed llamas (or alpacas? Or are they they same?) on the way up a hill in Scotland, but never wallabies!
Is the 'winter art' caused by rime ice? Never actually seen any before.

I think the main difference between Llamas and Alpacas is the size (Llamas are twice as big) but so far I have only seen them on fields.

basscadet wrote:Oh that looked like a really good day, and you got some really nice pics :clap:

I have encountered white wallaby whilst looking for an overgrown henge in a forest near Luton of all places (see, I do venture south of the border sometimes :lol: ) there were quite a few!
Must be fugatives from Whipsnade I would expect, but still a bizarre sight :shock:

In Luton thats funny...how did you managed to turn your car south? I never manage it :lol:

BoyVertiginous wrote:Ooft...worst case of red-eye I've seen in a while. :wink:

Lol nights in the Highlands must be wild :lol:

Phil the Hill wrote:Looks like the wallaby is in its winter coat :lol:
Love the rimed fenceposts.

Lol yes thats what I thought :lol:
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Re: 'White Kangaroos' on Ben Chonzie

Postby coachmacca » Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:55 pm

Brilliant report :clap: :clap: :clap: :D :D
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Re: 'White Kangaroos' on Ben Chonzie

Postby Graeme D » Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:37 pm

And there are those who say that Chonzie is a dull hill! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: 'White Kangaroos' on Ben Chonzie

Postby Stuart Angus » Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:25 pm

Really good pics........nice one :thumbup: :wave:
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Re: 'White Kangaroos' on Ben Chonzie

Postby ChrisW » Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:45 pm

That's the best Ben Chonzie report I've seen on here ML (yes including the one that caused all the controversy a while back) ....photos are wonderful but you may need to brush up on your photoshop skills for certain 'artistic' shots :lol: :lol:
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Re: 'White Kangaroos' on Ben Chonzie

Postby rockhopper » Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:14 pm

Looks great in the snow :thumbup:
the kangaroos must have been hiding from us though the day we were up :crazy: :wink: - cheers :)
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Re: 'White Kangaroos' on Ben Chonzie

Postby Caberfeidh » Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:03 pm

There's good eating on a kangaroo/wallaby....
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