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Nope, It's only Ben Hope

Nope, It's only Ben Hope


Postby scottishkennyg » Sun Dec 21, 2014 8:39 pm

Munros included on this walk: Ben Hope

Date walked: 21/12/2014

Time taken: 2.5 hours

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A backlog TR from three weeks ago just before the heavy snow. Sorry no prose or JK Rowling narrative, just basic links between images of Ben Hope and neighbours in full winter sunshine to hopefully brighten up this dull rainy period we are currently experiencing. (images can be enlarged by clicking on them)

A frosty day with high pressure and the prospect of great views over the NW coast enticed me on a short walk up Ben Hope.
The drive in through Tongue showed the hill in fine splendour alongside the sharp ridgeline of Ben Loyal.
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Prominent Caisteal Bharraich on mound
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The views across the Kyle of Tongue were superb and someone had the good fortune to be parked up in a solitary caravanette on the shores of the water as I snapped another image.
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Across the Kyle and beyond Achuvoldrach I got a glimpse over to Beinn Spionnaidh and Cranstackie, then it dawned on me that the wee single track road down Strath More might still be closed. Still they would make fine alternatives.
I turned left up the single track road just before the river Hope and immediately reduced speed as the sun was shining brightly into my face.
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Then I came across the first damaged bridge with signs. Thankfully a wee bypass had been constructed right next to the collapsed bridge.
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I continued along the road at about 40mph then heard a load crunch as the car came into contact with a low dent in the road. Pants, I think I hit that the last time I drove down this road too.
Anyway, I arrived at the big barn and parked up just beyond the second damaged bridge and got kitted out. I decided to leave the heavy winter pack and forced only the essentials into the chest pocket, then set off up the obvious path.
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The climb up to the ridge was fairly straightforward and offered nice emerging views as height was gained.
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On the saddle of the ridge the going eases.
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Over to Loyal
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The route edges up the main south ridge for 2km to lead to the trig point and cairn after 1.5 hours.
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The surrounding views were exceptional and I spent some time wandering around and taking over 200 shots.
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I wished I had brought my new camera to try out as this would have been an ideal opportunity to experiment.
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Back to Klibreck with cloud waves swirling lower down
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The wind chill was evident and I took shelter behind the icy cairn to eat the just ham Tesco sandwich and the chocolate orange.

Summit panos.
West
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East
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West
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South
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Then a young lady arrived on the summit plateau. She had carried a full pack up including a DSLR camera. I felt guilty what a light weight I had been.
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She gave me a chance to use the quality camera as I offered to take the summit shot. She explained about lens filters. What a difference the CPL one seemed to make. I made a note to find out more about the use of filters.
I bid farewell and set off with a quick visit to the north edge for a few unfiltered shots.
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Near the base I slipped on a large slimy wet boulder and went right up and onto my filter, coccyx. That was a sore one. I got up and made it to the car without further incident about an hour after leaving the summit.
I decided to drive out south along Strath More passed the Broch, Dun Domagil, and alongside Loch Meadie stopping to take some final shots.
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Dun Domaigil Broch
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A lonely stag at side of road.
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I stopped to take a final shot back over Loch Meadie to reflect on a superb session on a cracking hill.

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Thanks for looking over the short TR and best wishes to you and your kin over the festive period.. :)
Last edited by scottishkennyg on Wed Dec 24, 2014 10:55 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Nope, It's only Ben Hope

Postby weaselmaster » Mon Dec 22, 2014 1:57 pm

What excellent weather you had, great pics
Must be amongst my most favourite places on earth
Can't wait to get up that way again
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Re: Nope, It's only Ben Hope

Postby litljortindan » Mon Dec 22, 2014 2:44 pm

That's some weather you got. Like the summit pictures but also the one from the foot of the hill with the reddening colour on the hill. Went there ten years ago. Must do so again.
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Re: Nope, It's only Ben Hope

Postby dogplodder » Mon Dec 22, 2014 5:10 pm

Love the hills in far north and your photos do them justice. Me and my dog came face to face with a stag with impressive head of antlers by that road and there was a bit of a pyschological stand off as we eye-balled each other until he decided we weren't worth it and bounded off. 8)
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Re: Nope, It's only Ben Hope

Postby Gordie12 » Mon Dec 22, 2014 9:34 pm

That looked brilliant.

Was up there in the summer and whilst it was a really good day there was a bit of a haze so I missed out on the views you got.
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Re: Nope, It's only Ben Hope

Postby scottishkennyg » Wed Dec 24, 2014 10:47 pm

weaselmaster wrote:What excellent weather you had, great pics
Must be amongst my most favourite places on earth
Can't wait to get up that way again

Cheers Al, it's grand when the weather is as good..
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Re: Nope, It's only Ben Hope

Postby scottishkennyg » Wed Dec 24, 2014 10:48 pm

litljortindan wrote:That's some weather you got. Like the summit pictures but also the one from the foot of the hill with the reddening colour on the hill. Went there ten years ago. Must do so again.


Thanks Litljortindan..hope you are as lucky with the weather on the next visit.
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Re: Nope, It's only Ben Hope

Postby scottishkennyg » Wed Dec 24, 2014 10:50 pm

dogplodder wrote:Love the hills in far north and your photos do them justice. Me and my dog came face to face with a stag with impressive head of antlers by that road and there was a bit of a pyschological stand off as we eye-balled each other until he decided we weren't worth it and bounded off. 8)


Nice one Dp, think that may have been the same one...he just hung around whilst I took some shots over Loch Meadie..
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Re: Nope, It's only Ben Hope

Postby scottishkennyg » Wed Dec 24, 2014 10:52 pm

Gordie12 wrote:That looked brilliant.

Was up there in the summer and whilst it was a really good day there was a bit of a haze so I missed out on the views you got.


Thanks Geordie...it is a great place and hopefully you will get back up on a haze free day..
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Re: Nope, It's only Ben Hope

Postby Alteknacker » Fri Dec 26, 2014 11:50 am

Love the pics. Perfect mood-lifter. Thanks.
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Re: Nope, It's only Ben Hope

Postby scoob999 » Fri Dec 26, 2014 12:51 pm

Nice one and great pics :clap:

I got a real soaking on that hill :lol: must get back on a good day :D
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Re: Nope, It's only Ben Hope

Postby scottishkennyg » Sat Dec 27, 2014 7:41 pm

Cheers Alteknacker..know what you mean :)
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Re: Nope, It's only Ben Hope

Postby scottishkennyg » Sat Dec 27, 2014 7:43 pm

Cheers Scoob...hopefully you will get cracking weather on the next visit.
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Re: Nope, It's only Ben Hope

Postby Meatball » Sun Dec 28, 2014 12:24 am

:clap:
I enjoyed that!
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Re: Nope, It's only Ben Hope

Postby scottishkennyg » Tue Dec 30, 2014 11:27 am

Meatball wrote::clap:
I enjoyed that!

Cheers Meatball..
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