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Turned out nice again………eventually

PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:17 pm
by PeteR
I like to think I’m generally a good judge of the weather, picking hills that deliver something of the best of what the great British weather has to throw at us :lol: On this walk I was slightly worried at the start that I might have embarrassed myself, as I parked up in the rain. The weatherman suggesting earlier in the week that East might be best I had all the routes downloaded and in the GPS ready to go. Then, at the last minute (2.30 a.m. Sunday morning to be precise :shock:) I changed my mind and decided to stay in bed and also stay West. And it was driech, dreary and decidedly underwhelming when I parked up :( :lol:
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The start of the day. Headed back along the road toward a gate to gain the hills

My 2.30 a.m. substitutes were the Glen Orchy Corbetts of Beinn Bhreac-liath and Beinn Udlaidh. They might not be the most inspiring pair and by all accounts a snorkel might have been advisable given the significant amount of swamp-like bog I was letting myself in for :lol:

I certainly wasn’t oozing enthusiasm as I readied myself and set off across the poor excuse for a field. I was preparing myself for a bit of a slog, and this was certainly how things started in a swamp. I’d not walked 10 minutes and already these two were on my list of top 10 routes I wouldn’t want to repeat too soon :roll:
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That's my first target - Beinn Bhreac-liath

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Had a bit of "interest" from this bunch, as they made a bee line for me as I entered their field. Perhaps it was my chiselled good looks.........or maybe they just didn't take to me bright red waterproof jacket :lol:

Thankfully this feeling didn’t last though. True, they aren’t the best looking hills in themselves, but I was certainly treated to some good views from them as the day progressed :D :D
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One of the frequent showers that passed through. All were preceded by a significant increase in wind speed and drop in temperature before the snow hit :lol: Magnificent

Early doors I had been tempted to jack the walk in, as I plodded up the side of Corbett #1, suffering significant buffeting. It was a bit miserable at first, but over a time I was walking myself into the walk, even though I was employing my usual plod.
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Sun following the snow, on the steep plod up the side

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A bit of a water feature on the way up

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Early view to Bridge of Orchy and beyond, as another shower passes through

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Cloud lifting on Corbett #2. Things are starting to look up :wink:

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Plenty blue sky now, but the showers were never that far away.......as I was soon to discover......again :lol:

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A sneaky peak to the Starav group of hills in Glen Etive

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Dorain and pal

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Orchy and Tulla.......looking good now

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The summit plattox at last. Now you see it..........

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......and then the next snow shower arrived. It was a belter :lol: Just stuck my back to the wind and let it do its worst. It soon passed

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And then it was a good walk along a sizeable plateau to the high point

Not a great deal of depth to the views, due to the wide and long summit plateau, but still a good tick off the list. I didn't hang around for long though, as it was decidedly chilly in the wind. On the initial plod up this one I had considered doing just the one hill, as the wind was pretty stiff when each shower came through. I'd read that the wind speed should drop later in the day, so I decided to carry on and tick off the two as planned :D
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My next destination. Turned out to be a good little walk I thought :D

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Panoramic view to the Lui group. Still mean and moody with the cloud, but patience...... :wink: .

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Looks a nice easy ascent from here. Turned out to be fun with the patches of snow to walk over :D

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You can't tell from the picture, but the wind picked up here and another shower was about to buffet me. Another corker :lol: More back to the wind to ride it out and then I was off again

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View to the Crianlarich hills. They were soon to disappear as the storm passed over

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The route up Corbett #2

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The Crianlarich hills again.

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Mean and moody Lui hills still, but my patience was soon to be rewarded

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Still no Crianlarich hills

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Ben Challum

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A panoramic view of Corbett #2. I was certainly enjoying the day by now. I didn't know it, but I'd had the last of the snow showers. Still windy, but the sun was there to stay :D

ImageP1150278 by Riedel2012, on Flickr
The return of the Crianlarichs

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The magnificent Ben Lui :D

ImageP1150301 by Riedel2012, on Flickr
Panoramic

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A couple of locals

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A "volcanic" Lui getting ready to blow

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The Glen Etive Munros


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Summit #2

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The view to Bridge of Orchy and Rannoch Moor

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Starting to descend off the hill and the view toward Cruachan remained hazy. This was probably the best shot I could get of the view

ImageP1150356 by Riedel2012, on Flickr
Part frozen lochan on the route down

I followed the quartzite dyke down to the trees below. I was able to make the most of some snow patches, making the drop back down a lot quicker than slipping down over boggy heather and grass.

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An enjoyable route down off the hill

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The landrover track I eventually landed on had some interesting, boggy sections, but made easy work of getting back to the car. Thank goodness there was no need to ford this stream. By the looks of the falls it was in spate :lol:

ImageP1150374 by Riedel2012, on Flickr
And a final view of Dorain and pal as I neared the end of the walk

So all in all these two gave me a good day out, far exceeding my early expectations.

Re: Turned out nice again………eventually

PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:43 pm
by Beaner001
Was hoping you'd post a WR on these two after seeing your pics on Talk Highlands Pete, hope to add a few more Corbetts myself this season and this gives food for thought. Those shots of Lui are smashing btw :clap:
Cheers

Re: Turned out nice again………eventually

PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:40 am
by martin.h
Nice day out you had there Pete, you were just about spot on with the weather.
We've a week booked in that area at the beginning of May, really looking forward to it now I've seen your pics, lovely photos, especially "Volcanic Lui".
Thanks for sharing.

Re: Turned out nice again………eventually

PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:58 am
by Fife Flyer
Nice one Pete :clap: :clap: You did get some good photo's considering 8)
Always love your humour & optimism :lol: :lol:
Weathermen/women speak with fork tongue, I headed east to get the "better weather" and by the sounds of it, got exactly the same as you :lol: :lol: Rain to start, dry spell, strong wind and a few hefty drenchings :(