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Ben Chonzie 01/01/09

Ben Chonzie 01/01/09


Postby Rekrab » Sat Jan 03, 2009 2:21 am

Route description: Ben Chonzie via Glen Lednock

Munros included on this walk: Ben Chonzie

Date walked: 03/01/2009

Time taken: 3.5 hours

Distance: 11.9 km

Ascent: 745m

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The wife and I always climb a New years day Munro and we had to Tick off chonzie this day

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we headed up from the crammed car park as we left a man came up to me with a Munro map produced by the scotsman and MM.com and explained that he was going to use this to climb the Munro I knew it wasn't a very challenging one but I still told him to follow us as we had map, compass, and route on a GPS.

we headed up and were very hot and sweaty so it was fleece only for the most part when we left the car it had said -3 but the sun was out and warming our backs up this landrover track. after a while we saw the hills were packed and the water that normally runs over the path was frozen so walking on the heather was unavoidable.
we then came across a group of Australians two adluts and five kids on holiday and the kids were going crazy as they'd never seen the white stuff before, filling thier hats with the stuff. I tried to explain to the mother that they were going to need those hats at the top and they wouldn't be much use if they were wet but she wasn't having any of it.
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we then reached the fork in the road and the GPS said we were to continue to the left up the slightly craggy bit walking on heather and patchy hard packed snow that if there was anymore of would it we would have needed crampons.
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after a while we left the heather and started walking on small boulder fields plastered with more snow patches. we looked back to see the Australians had made a right at our left and were taking a long ridge walk to the summit, and that the couple that were supposed to follow us couldn't see on thier newspaper map if they were to follow us or the Australians.

after a while we reached a plateau and the views and the sun were amazing
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the plateau was speckled with these Cairns that looks like had been constucted to get refuge from the wind
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we walked the numerous false summits to the top to find lots and lots of people there and lots and lots of dogs (one wouldn't leave my wife alone)
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we took the summit pics and then headed down to one of the Cairns that I had picked out for lunch over lookin the Lawyers and would keep us out of the wind
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we had a brew and headed down taking in the blanketed plateau
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as we headed down the snow faded and we caught a lovely sunset back at the car to make a final brew.
great day but alot of concearn in seeing people up the hills in winter without the proper skills or maps.
mountains are dangerous places but on days like this they can be alot of fun. I've managed 16 munro's in 2008 and not once did I have the weather on my side like this day I hope it's a taste of 2009's walking weather but in scotland I doubt it.
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MacKenzie,
Last edited by Rekrab on Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:51 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Ben Chonzie 01/01/09

Postby mountain coward » Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:31 am

I did Ben Chonzie last year as a 'get-fit' Munro - I had a lovely day and great weather but I think Perthshire usually has pretty good weather compared to a lot of areas. I can't see your photos though - do you have to be logged into FaceBook? It may just be because I'm online in work's internet cafe and it's quite restricted...

I know what you mean about people who won't take advice and don't know what they're doing. Having said that, the time I did the Pentlands I did it with a Trail magazine 'map' from one of their route plans. It was good visibility though. I couldn't get a map as it was a last-minute decision on a sudden afternoon off at our Open University summer school at Edinburgh Uni. I recruited two of the others to go and we had a great walk that day too.
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