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Cystic Fibrosis-Stob Dubh the hard way! Tommy's first Munro.

Cystic Fibrosis-Stob Dubh the hard way! Tommy's first Munro.


Postby JimboJim » Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:00 am

Route description: Buachaille Etive Beag

Munros included on this walk: Stob Dubh (Buachaille Etive Beag)

Date walked: 08/07/2015

Time taken: 4.6 hours

Distance: 8 km

Ascent: 700m

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Allow me to introduce my son in law, Tommy, a pretty amazing guy, who is always up for a challenge. Well, he would be, having fought CF, since birth - and married my beautiful daughter, a couple of months back! A few times he asked about doing a Munro with me, though I never knew if he'd be up to it, or whether it was wise to even have a go, but being on his bucket list, I wanted to help him get there, if possible. I thought Stob Dubh would be a good one, if only to try to make it up to the bealach. From there we could still enjoy some views and it would be a great effort just to make it that far.
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Tommy, on the way up, with Am Bodach and the Aonach Eagach Ridge behind.
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On the way up. Looking good. Stob Coire Sgreamhach coming into view.
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Cairn at the bealach, looking over to the Buachaille Etive Mor.
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At the bealach. A fair hike in itself. Stob na Doire behind.
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Tommy and Lauren, with the hills of Bidean behind.

The well made path starts off along the Lairig Eilde, quite gently at first, but then steepens markedly as it heads for the bealach at Mam Buidhe. It took a while longer and a few more stops, but we did make it to the bealach. I should really have known the answer when I asked if he wanted to go on. So on we went. Another steep rise up to the ridge. After that there was no stopping him, though the effort was starting to really hit him by now. Anyway, I think it took about two and a half hours, or so to the summit, of Stob Dubh, a hefty 958m high. It was great to see his face and reaction to reaching the top.
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Still smiling - I think?
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Others making their way to the top.
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Heading along the ridge, to the summit, Stob Dubh.
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Peppa leads the way.
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Tommy, with the two Buachaille's for a backdrop.
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It means a lot.
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Made it! Peppa, too.


We enjoyed the views, took some photo's, had some grub, then headed back down. To be honest, this was equally taxing on Tommy's lungs and energy reserve, but we made it back to the car in just over four and a half hours. I had plans to go out the next day and do my 100th Munro, which would have been a good achievement, but today, Tommy stole my thunder. Not bad for less than 50% lung function. A special fellow and great ambassador for those with cystic fibrosis! :clap:
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At the summit.
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Looking along the ridge, with several others making the ascent of Stob Dubh.
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Ben Nevis and the CMD Arete.
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Our other companion. Peppa.
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Tired but, just about down. Distant Stob Dubh in the background.
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looking back along the ridge to Stob Coire Raineach.
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Looking south to Ben Starav and Loch Etive.
Last edited by JimboJim on Tue Jul 21, 2015 1:42 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Cystic Fibrosis-Stob Dubh the hard way! Tommy's first Mu

Postby kev_russ » Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:47 am

Well done Tommy. Inspirational stuff :clap: Pity about the blue top tho. Should be maroon & white :wink:
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Re: Cystic Fibrosis-Stob Dubh the hard way! Tommy's first Mu

Postby Beaner001 » Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:06 am

We'll done Tommy, a great achievement my man :clap:
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Re: Cystic Fibrosis-Stob Dubh the hard way! Tommy's first Mu

Postby ancancha » Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:28 am

Great determination and a lifetime memory I'm sure :clap:
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Re: Cystic Fibrosis-Stob Dubh the hard way! Tommy's first Mu

Postby SAVAGEALICE » Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:07 am

Well done Tommy! What an inspiration! :clap: :D
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Re: Cystic Fibrosis-Stob Dubh the hard way! Tommy's first Mu

Postby Sgurr » Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:51 am

Brilliant. Puts many with 100% capacity to shame.
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Re: Cystic Fibrosis-Stob Dubh the hard way! Tommy's first Mu

Postby jupe1407 » Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:08 pm

That's an outstanding achievement! :clap:
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Re: Cystic Fibrosis-Stob Dubh the hard way! Tommy's first Mu

Postby rockhopper » Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:16 pm

Epic - well done Tommy :clap: - cheers :)
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Re: Cystic Fibrosis-Stob Dubh the hard way! Tommy's first Mu

Postby Mal Grey » Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:43 pm

Fantastic stuff, inspirational.

If I may, I shall share this with my friend, who's wee lad Will also has CF. He's also a little inspiration, he wild swims, canoes, does Park runs and climbed Snowdon last year, all before he's 8. It makes my heart break a little when I watch how many pills he has to take before we eat our meal round the campfire, but he's living life to the full.
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Re: Cystic Fibrosis-Stob Dubh the hard way! Tommy's first Mu

Postby KatTai » Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:00 pm

Well done to Tommy :clap:
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Re: Cystic Fibrosis-Stob Dubh the hard way! Tommy's first Mu

Postby The Rodmiester » Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:49 pm

The word I was going to use has already been used by others, Inspirational, that's the only one that fits the bill, very well done young man :clap: :clap: . Looks like you had a very fine day for it with superb views all around :D
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Re: Cystic Fibrosis-Stob Dubh the hard way! Tommy's first Mu

Postby Silverhill » Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:27 pm

Well done Tommy, what an achievement! :clap:
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Re: Cystic Fibrosis-Stob Dubh the hard way! Tommy's first Mu

Postby Big Jesper » Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:09 am

Well done Tommy, Lauren and old Jimbo, a great achievment.
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Re: Cystic Fibrosis-Stob Dubh the hard way! Tommy's first Mu

Postby JimboJim » Thu Jul 23, 2015 4:24 pm

Big Jesper wrote:Well done Tommy, Lauren and old Jimbo, a great achievment.


Less of the "old," please!


Thanks, everyone for yourkind comments and support, which I will be only to happy to pass on to Tommy.
RTC wrote:Well done, Tommy. - And a special mention for Jimmy for showing everybody the way up and down.

<span class="skimlinks-unlinked">http://cysticfibrosis.org.uk</span>/

Above link for anyone who fancies giving a couple of bob to acknowledge Tommy's first Munro.


Much appreciated Russell. Tommy has done much fundraising for CF, though this wasn't especially intended to be so, but he may be working on a plan.

Mal Grey wrote:Fantastic stuff, inspirational.

If I may, I shall share this with my friend, who's wee lad Will also has CF. He's also a little inspiration, he wild swims, canoes, does Park runs and climbed Snowdon last year, all before he's 8. It makes my heart break a little when I watch how many pills he has to take before we eat our meal round the campfire, but he's living life to the full.


By all means, Mal. Tommy would be delighted if anyone wishes to share with others, as he knows the value such mutual encouragment gives to everyone with CF!

Keep your eyes peeled for the next one :clap:

Jimmy
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Re: Cystic Fibrosis-Stob Dubh the hard way! Tommy's first Mu

Postby Wanderlust7 » Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:36 pm

Well done Tommy, a lovely looking couple too Jim, a friend in school had CF, a terrible condition and he looks so happy too. Quite an achievement, I am sure this won't be last.

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