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Bynack More: Government Health Warning

Bynack More: Government Health Warning


Postby Graeme D » Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:24 pm

Route description: Bynack More from Glenmore

Munros included on this walk: Bynack More

Date walked: 28/03/2010

Time taken: 7 hours

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After a number of highly successful outings in the company of kevsbald and/or curlywurly, it was decided to celebrate the arrival of good old British Summertime with a jolly little outing on Bynack More. I had perused the route description on this site as well as the various reports posted, as well as the large selection of photos posted on the munromagic site, and the general picture was of a benign experience, with one posting even making mention of a picnic! Seemed ideal for ushering in the balmy days and light nights!

And so it was with a tremendous sense of growing excitement at the prospect of another classic hill day that Kev picked me up at 7.30 am (6.30 in real money) in his shiny new VW. No more low slung, bone shaking, suspension-like-some-sort-of-medieval-torture-device vehicular transportation for him!

Some nagging doubts began to infiltrate my still groggy mind as we drove northwards off the Drumochter Summit and could make out a fairly heavy looking blanket of cloud sitting squarely above the Cairngorms. Still, it seemed quite pleasant as we pulled into a space at the end of the road just beyond Glenmore Lodge and got togged up. Darren had been on a course up at Glenmore Lodge over the previous day or two and had suggested he might meet us there and join up. I had texted him as we approached Aviemore to enquire as to whether he was on for it or not, but had heard nothing back. A quick scout around the various car parks turned up no sign of his car and so Kev and I headed off along the track towards the little green lochan.

As we set off just before 9.30, a fine drizzle was settling in, but nothing too worrying at this stage. I had opted not to wear my amazing bulletproof Haglöfs trousers with thermal leggings, anticipating on the evidence of my last couple of outings that it might be a bit too warm for such an arrangement on the first day of what surely promises to be a Barbecue Summer. Instead I was attired in my light ALS trousers with Berghaus Deluge Pants over the top.

We soon arrived at the lochan which on a fairly dull day like today, seemed to shine evern brighter green than usual. This was sadly to turn out to be the only splash of any colour other than white or grey we would get all day.

We took the right fork in the track just before the Ryvoan Bothy and started heading towards the north ridge of Bynack More. At the bridge over the River Nethy there was a bright orange tent pitched (OK, that was quite colourful I guess) but no sign of human life.

We were making decent time as we began to climb the ridge and soon passed a group of four male walkers. One guy definitely seemed to be leading the others so I guess they were a group from Glenmore Lodge out for the day. We passed one another a few times as Kev and I stopped for a drink or a quick snack, but as we passed the 700-800 metre mark and things started to really close in, we pulled away and they were lost in the gloom behind us.

I think at this point I will spare myself (and others) the full horrific ordeal of having to relive the rest of the day in fine detail. It should suffice to say that there then followed what is unquestionably the most shocking, miserable and unpleasant day on the hill I have ever experienced. A brief synopsis goes something like this:

• Stunning views of absolutely sweet hee-haw
• A feeling similar to being industrially sand blasted in the face (and yes, I had forgotten my snow goggles)
• Both my pairs of gloves (including the pair which a salesperson in Craigdon in Perth had recently sworn on his mother’s life were about the most waterproof things on the planet) becoming instantly waterlogged
• My hands being so frozen stiff that they were rendered useless for anything
• Having to resort to drinking by sucking on my sodden balaclava
• Having my hat blown off and only realising when we finally got back down to relative shelter from the blizzard
• Being unable to properly do up my crampon straps
• Snow and ice the consistency of the horrible mush you get at the bottom of Slush Puppies
• Going arse over nipple into a drift and shredding my trousers with my crampons
• Taking the wrong line off the summit and getting lost, resulting in a long march back through a swamp the size of the Baltic Sea

Now, I freely admit that this last point was our own fault and it amounted to nothing less than being complacent and lazy and not bothering to check the map (which was by now reduced to a pulp) and compass in the face of a howling blizzard, but rather to simply trust our hill sense to take the same line off as we had ascended on. To be fair, we had checked that there were no major crags or cliffs in the area, but were just so damn scunnered and desperate to get off the hill. A salutary lesson learned.

Anyway, the box is ticked (which was one of only two positives to be taken from the day). We claimed the scalp of Bynack More, but this bad boy gave us a severe kicking in the process! For the record, the other positive was a pint and a bag of crisps next to the fire in the Bothy Bar of the Atholl Arm Hotel on the way back down the A9 (most of which for the record was bathed in glorious sunshine!)

British Summer Time eh? What’s it all about?

P.S. Pictures are at a premium for this Once in a Lifetime Mountain Experience and I have yet to check the camera to see that it is still functioning, let alone whether it contains anything worth looking at. If it does, I will post pictures up later! :lol:
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Re: Bynack More: Government Health Warning

Postby HighlandSC » Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:47 pm

Ouch. Sounds like a painful day. Was Sunday forecast to be so dire?
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Re: Bynack More: Government Health Warning

Postby Glenrothes » Mon Mar 29, 2010 2:29 pm

HighlandSC wrote:Ouch. Sounds like a painful day. Was Sunday forecast to be so dire?


I think that the short answer was yes - several mates said that Sunday was going to be a dire day and a mate of mine bailed out climbing on the Ben because of the conditions.

Having said all that, sounds like a great Scottish winter day (you've been spoiled with all the Alpine weather you've had this season) and fortunately no harm done - seem like a great learning curve's been had :wink:
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Re: Bynack More: Government Health Warning

Postby kevsbald » Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:10 pm

Graeme,

did you and I do the same hill? I had a blast....of exfoliative Winter air in my pus.
You depict the scenario as well as I remembered. Currently undergoing NLP to erase all memory.... :lol:
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Re: Bynack More: Government Health Warning

Postby LeithySuburbs » Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:47 pm

What, no pictures? :lol:

It was grim even on a short jaunt (cut shorter than planned) in the Lammermuirs - wet and with such a cold wind. Hate to think what it was like on Bynack More.
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Re: Bynack More: Government Health Warning

Postby kinley » Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:03 pm

Quite a nice walk on a Perthshire Graham on sunday. :D

No Ski goggles with a forecast for 50 gusts and snow? :lol: Serves you right :lol:


Smug Git wrote:'There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.'


Nice views off Bynack too:

Image

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:lol: Sorry :oops:
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Re: Bynack More: Government Health Warning

Postby Glenrothes » Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:06 pm

Timing is everything eh Kinley :D :wink:
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Re: Bynack More: Government Health Warning

Postby kinley » Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:08 pm

Glenrothes wrote:Timing is everything eh Kinley :D :wink:


Kick 'em when they're down Glenrothes :lol: :wink:
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Re: Bynack More: Government Health Warning

Postby Glenrothes » Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:15 pm

kinley wrote:
Glenrothes wrote:Timing is everything eh Kinley :D :wink:


Kick 'em when they're down Glenrothes :lol: :wink:


Moi??? :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Bynack More: Government Health Warning

Postby Graeme D » Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:27 pm

Glenrothes wrote:
kinley wrote:
Glenrothes wrote:Timing is everything eh Kinley :D :wink:


Kick 'em when they're down Glenrothes :lol: :wink:


Moi??? :lol: :lol: :lol:


Smug b***ards! :sick: :clap:
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Re: Bynack More: Government Health Warning

Postby kinley » Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:38 pm

Graeme Dewar wrote:Smug b***ards! :sick: :clap:


:wink:

Ach - you'll be harping on online about this trip in 20yrs time......."I remember when winter lasted into summer....we were in a whiteout on Bynack More in late March....2011..or was it 2010? Anyway................."
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Re: Bynack More: Government Health Warning

Postby Graeme D » Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:40 pm

kinley wrote:
Graeme Dewar wrote:Smug b***ards! :sick: :clap:


:wink:

Ach - you'll be harping on online about this trip in 20yrs time......."I remember when winter lasted into summer....we were in a whiteout on Bynack More in late March....2011..or was it 2010? Anyway................."


Aye, one to tell the grandchildren about 'round the campfire! :lol:
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Re: Bynack More: Government Health Warning

Postby Graeme D » Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:57 pm

Calm yersels! Stunning photos as promised.......

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An Lochan Uaine

Considering we were going uphill, it was all downhill from this point onwards! :(

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Meall a Buachaille

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Ryvoan Bothy

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Kev crosses the River Nethy and into oblivion

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Really starting to chuck!

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Kev contemplates his fate

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"I'm just popping out to Bynack More. I may be gone some time."

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Ah Kinley - view it and weep!


Ah, the memories......... :)
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Re: Bynack More: Government Health Warning

Postby warbietoo » Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:11 pm

Graeme Dewar wrote::

• Stunning views of absolutely sweet hee-haw
• A feeling similar to being industrially sand blasted in the face (and yes, I had forgotten my snow goggles)
• Both my pairs of gloves (including the pair which a salesperson in Craigdon in Perth had recently sworn on his mother’s life were about the most waterproof things on the planet) becoming instantly waterlogged
• My hands being so frozen stiff that they were rendered useless for anything
• Having to resort to drinking by sucking on my sodden balaclava
• Having my hat blown off and only realising when we finally got back down to relative shelter from the blizzard
• Being unable to properly do up my crampon straps
• Snow and ice the consistency of the horrible mush you get at the bottom of Slush Puppies
• Going arse over nipple into a drift and shredding my trousers with my crampons
• Taking the wrong line off the summit and getting lost, resulting in a long march back through a swamp the size of the Baltic Sea

:lol:


Graham your description of your day has me in tears of laughter. :lol: Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Bynack More: Government Health Warning

Postby malky_c » Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:24 pm

yipes! I thought my recent jaunt (early feb) up there was a bit eventful. Looks like you had the same white-out and cruddy snow PLUS some sandblasting and a freezing soak! Well done for bothering to see it through - think I would have jacked it in...
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