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by sid0995 » Sat Apr 03, 2010 6:04 pm
Route description: Ben Wyvis, near Garve
Munros included on this walk: Ben Wyvis
Date walked: 02/04/2010
Time taken: 4 hours
Distance: 14 kmRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
So with the thoughts of an instant recall looming in my eager mind I set off at 0600hrs arriving back in the familiar car park for 0715hrs. I took a quick photo of my target from a layby approaching the Dingwall roundabout. Incidentally I see this mountain almost every time I drive into Inverness from my home town, today it was looking superb!
On my way over the bridge and through the gate, cracking on briskly following the stream through woodland using a well formed and maintained path throughout. After a wee bit catching the Wyvis brothers standing like two night club bouncers. Ben Wyvis and his wee mate Little Wyvis.
Having studied the map beforehand I realised An Cabar would be a bit of a slog on what was turning out to be a great day and sure enough it was, however a good path was available zig zagging for a period.
During my sluggish ascent up An Cabar I could see Little Wyvis peaking his head round another doorman to the south west, he knew he would need assistance to eject me from this club!
Enough was enough where my footing was concerned. I had turned into what was referred to in the army as a "snipers nightmare". Every two or three steps I was going on my a**e so out came the microspikes as advertised by my friend HighlandSC last year. They were invaluable as the going was very hard icy snow during this phase.
Soon I was just a bit above Little Wyvis and I had good views across him and beyond
After an hour and a half I hit the cairn on An Cabar
Dreading a phone call to immediately come home I scanned north east to the ridge and scooted on towards the main objective (Ben Wyvis)
Having not yet completed a winter skills course I had to use what experience I had to deter me from going anywhere near the snow formation hanging over the corrie to the south east. I crazy ski course in the army featured heavily as an anchor when looking at this..
Success! I hit the summit phone call free after a couple of hours and then had a cup of tea before taking some photos of this magnificent part of the world.
Twenty minutes had past so I hit the trail back along the plateau and past An Cabar
The sun shing on Little Wyvis on the way back down, I kept singing the "Different Strokes" tune that day for some reason.
Back down the icy slope of An Cabar
I remembered to pick up my shopping on the way back down having left it on the track by the stream.
When I returned to the car park the sun was shining and more folk were embarking on a great walk.
by Stretch » Sat Apr 03, 2010 6:14 pm
by sid0995 » Sat Apr 03, 2010 6:41 pm
by HighlandSC » Sat Apr 03, 2010 8:05 pm
Spikes sounded ideal for the plateau. Here's next winters present-to-self for you, nice set of G12's, to get you up the pointy hills no bother http://www.grivel.com/Products/Dettaglio_ramponi.asp?ID=5
Had to break them out for the first time a few days after Drumochter, on Lochnagar - no chance of progressing without them. Although idiot me didn't take ice axe and that was it, game over! (in the U-turn and go home sense that is - I had visions of it being the slipping down the cliffs version!)
Might nip up the road myself to visit Wyvis before the snow goes - fancy completing what will be a trilogy of Wyvis ascents - the finale being to do all the tops.
Similar to you, I eye it up every day walking through Inverness....
by malky_c » Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:23 pm
Ben Wyvis also features quite large in my life as well, as I can see it from my house, and office, as well as most of the route between them. (HighlandSC seems to have taken that photo just outside of my office actually!)
by sid0995 » Sun Apr 04, 2010 6:45 am
First of all, I was there last week, with slightly less snow but Big Wyvis was in fine condition...
I parked up and headed off determinedly towards An Cabar and saw, to my surprise, 2 guys were coming down already...
There was another guy having a coffee on a rock by the river - I asked him which Wyvis he was going for and, to my surprise, he said he'd also just come back down from his ascent of An Cabar. I asked why and he said it was so windy up there he couldn't stand up and found it really dangerous. Now I hate high winds and also, being very tall but weighing almost nothing, I get blown over very easily so thought I'd probably best give up my great plans and do Little Wyvis instead. I did look up at the sky and think to myself it didn't look particularly windy though...
So I went up Little Wyvis which had no snow at all and was just a bog - I'd far rather have done it in the conditions in your fine pics of it! When I got to the summit, it was a little bit windy and very cold but certainly nothing I couldn't cope with! I spent the whole walk looking at Big Wyvis in his fine condition and fuming! GRRRR!
- mountain coward
by Paul Webster » Sun Apr 04, 2010 11:41 am
by kevsbald » Sun Apr 04, 2010 12:04 pm
by SiBorg » Sun Apr 04, 2010 12:19 pm
by gaffr » Sun Apr 04, 2010 1:50 pm
Will you be following the Piper's burn today?
Poor MC ...just missed the third big snow dump of the winter...snowed down here for two days and three nights.
by sid0995 » Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:12 pm
MC we will be doing Ben Wyvis again in coming months, you are more than welcome to tag along with some squaddie riff raff!
Never followed the Pipers Burn today pal. Just a straight up and down jobbie!
Remember 15th May for the next hot dog meet up!
by HighlandSC » Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:20 pm
by malky_c » Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:08 pm
sid0995 wrote:Hey Malky! Aye the snow certainly a few days ago was hard packed for sure. Have a good one today on Ben Wyvis, I'm heading down to Geal Charn (Monadhliath) today. Leaving it a bit later though as its meant to brighten up in the afternoon!
Cheers for the advice! Had a great day today (report to follow), but if I hadn't read your report I would have left the axe and crampons at home. Didn't actually need them in the end, but the conditions were certainly icy enough that I'm glad I had them just in case. Can't believe all that fresh snow consolidated so quickly!