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I Think The WH Timings On This One Might Be A Tad Generous.

I Think The WH Timings On This One Might Be A Tad Generous.


Postby Backpacker » Sat Oct 11, 2014 7:03 pm

Route description: Loch Lochy Munros from Kilfinnan

Munros included on this walk: Meall na Teanga, Sron a'Choire Ghairbh

Date walked: 11/10/2014

Time taken: 6.5 hours

Distance: 19 km

Ascent: 1258m

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This trip regardless was to be my 100th Munro

I should have been in Glen Etive tackling Ben Starav and co with the usual suspects, though with Sunday being mentioned due to the weather I decided to have a look at something closer to home (If you can call it that) which had decent weather. so I set myself on the Loch Lochy duo. Unfortunately Martin PM'd me as I was leaving to tell me that Saturday was still on (oops :lol: )

I arrived at the start point about midnight, had a beer and got my head down.

I was up, organised and ready to go for 8 and headed off down the track.

1st Thing

ImageP1180682 by GaryE1872, on Flickr

As everyone knows it's a pleasant enough stroll along the track and there was a couple of things to keep me company.

Waterfall

ImageP1180683 by GaryE1872, on Flickr

I turned right at the wee cairn and made my way up through the forest, where I promptly started blowing out my backside :lol: I promised myself a sit down once I got clear of the trees. Once up I plonked down on the 1st rock I could find and was inside shouting at myself to pull it together. :lol:

I binned some layers and carried on, my pep talk seemed to work as I found a 2nd wind which was to last all day :D

I carried on up the path making some good progress and the bealach seemed to be getting nearer.

The Loch's under there somewhere

ImageP1180687 by GaryE1872, on Flickr

ImageP1180688 by GaryE1872, on Flickr

ImageP1180689 by GaryE1872, on Flickr

Like when I was on the Grey Corries last week there were a few stags roaring, except this time it sounded like they were right next to me and what an amazing racket.

Soon I was on the Bealach and I had a decision, left or right, I opted for right and away I went. The zig zag path is a big help and really takes the sting out of the ascent (and descent)

Some deer

ImageP1180692 by GaryE1872, on Flickr

This is like some horror film, the fog's following me

ImageP1180693 by GaryE1872, on Flickr

ImageP1180697 by GaryE1872, on Flickr

ImageP1180698 by GaryE1872, on Flickr

ImageP1180699 by GaryE1872, on Flickr

Thanks to the path it wasn't long before I was on the summit

Summit Cairn

ImageP1180702 by GaryE1872, on Flickr

The views from up here were very atmospheric thanks to the cloud

ImageP1180703 by GaryE1872, on Flickr

ImageP1180705 by GaryE1872, on Flickr

ImageP1180706 by GaryE1872, on Flickr

After satisfying myself that I wasn't going to see anymore I headed back down, a nice easy plod back to the bealach. I stopped for a quick bite to eat before heading on to No2

The Way ahead

ImageP1180708 by GaryE1872, on Flickr

The route higher up is quite boggy but nothing too serious and is just a case of following the path, unfortunately the only views I was getting were the same ones I had been getting almost all day day so far.

I was only about 45mins getting from the bealach and onto the summit, unfortunately there were very few views except toward the north

Summit Cairn

ImageP1180716 by GaryE1872, on Flickr

I sat for a few minutes hoping it would clear but the clag didn't look like shifting so I made my way down. I made rather quick progress and before too long I was back on the forestry track, I resisted the urge to borrow the bike that another walker had obviously brought with them :lol: :lol: and quick marched it back to the car.

If you're wondering about the title, every walk report I've done when filling out the time taken box is usually half way between the quickest & longest time. This time I beat it by about half an hour. :D
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Re: I Think The WH Timings On This One Might Be A Tad Genero

Postby Fife Flyer » Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:08 pm

Nice one Gary :clap: :clap:
There were some great cloud formations today, looks like we had better weather than you :lol: :lol:
Could it be that you are maybe getting fitter :wink:
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Re: I Think The WH Timings On This One Might Be A Tad Genero

Postby Sunny Speyside » Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:11 pm

Well done Gary on reaching your 100 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Glad it was a good day for you.
Cheers
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Re: I Think The WH Timings On This One Might Be A Tad Genero

Postby litljortindan » Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:17 pm

Excellent pictures of the deer/cloud/mist. Makes me wish I'd been walking today.
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Re: I Think The WH Timings On This One Might Be A Tad Genero

Postby Backpacker » Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:18 pm

Fife Flyer wrote:Nice one Gary :clap: :clap:
There were some great cloud formations today, looks like we had better weather than you :lol: :lol:
Could it be that you are maybe getting fitter :wink:


Don't know, still need to stop for those all to frequent "kodak moments" :lol:

Sunny Speyside wrote:Well done Gary on reaching your 100 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Glad it was a good day for you.
Cheers


Thanks Evie, it was a great day and sounds like you all had a good day to
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Re: I Think The WH Timings On This One Might Be A Tad Genero

Postby chickadee » Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:56 pm

Well done on 100th! I LOVE LOVE that pic with the deer. Beautiful.
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Re: I Think The WH Timings On This One Might Be A Tad Genero

Postby The Rodmiester » Sun Oct 12, 2014 7:56 am

Well that was well worth the early start! Some fine photographs there :D What did you do in the afternoon?
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Re: I Think The WH Timings On This One Might Be A Tad Genero

Postby Backpacker » Sun Oct 12, 2014 10:58 am

The Rodmiester wrote:Well that was well worth the early start! Some fine photographs there :D What did you do in the afternoon?


Drove home :lol:

There drive there and back took longer than the round :D
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Re: I Think The WH Timings On This One Might Be A Tad Genero

Postby Gordie12 » Sun Oct 12, 2014 11:56 am

Congrats on reaching the ton!!!

Two good hills these, I did them a few months ago when there was still some snow around, was a great day.

Like the shots of the deer running down the hill.
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Re: I Think The WH Timings On This One Might Be A Tad Genero

Postby Beaner001 » Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:19 pm

I too really like the deer photos, the clouds and sky shots you took are excellent too :clap:
We'll done on reaching the hunner it's quite an achievement :clap:
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Re: I Think The WH Timings On This One Might Be A Tad Genero

Postby David-Main » Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:23 pm

Well done Gary, thats some effort you put in this year to achieve the ton, great pics. :clap:
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Re: I Think The WH Timings On This One Might Be A Tad Genero

Postby simon-b » Sun Oct 12, 2014 7:07 pm

A nice walk, Gary. I had a good day on these hills with Martin and Karen in June.

Some of the WH time estimates do seem more generous than others, and they are sometimes longer on the website than in Paul and Helen's Munros book. I found the 7 to 8 hours advised for Ben More and Stob Binnein from Benmore Farm was particularly generous.

Well done on reaching 100 :clap: .
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Re: I Think The WH Timings On This One Might Be A Tad Genero

Postby kmai1961 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 6:18 pm

Well done on reaching 100, Gary! :clap: :clap:
We missed you in Glen Etive, but I'm glad you found good weather and views, too.
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Re: I Think The WH Timings On This One Might Be A Tad Genero

Postby kaye.cantlay » Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:31 pm

Stunning photos.
I'm looking forward to those hills...
:)
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