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The Little & The Ben: Wyvis early morning

The Little & The Ben: Wyvis early morning


Postby Petr Dakota » Mon Nov 30, 2015 9:58 pm

Route description: Ben Wyvis, near Garve

Munros included on this walk: Ben Wyvis

Corbetts included on this walk: Little Wyvis

Date walked: 25/11/2015

Time taken: 5.49 hours

Distance: 18.7 km

Ascent: 1359m

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It was more than one year when we did some Munros together with Richard - The Ring of Steall in September 2014....... Report from the trip here: http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=50517
and long time since I walked with someone as I'm mostly walking alone. Richard had a holiday for the week commencing 23.11.2015 so it was easier to fit with my two days off in the week ( tuesday and wednesday ). Mostly I preffer the first day off for some mountain trip, but in this case rain and some areas heavy rain forecast for tuesday, without a rain in some areas in wednesday and also the fact that Richard had something else to do on tuesday we decided for the wednesday 25.11.2015. I prepared 5 options where to go and wanted Richard to chose any of them as it was long time since he was in the mountains :wink:
Decision made for Ben Wyvis, which I wanted to do together with the Corbett Little Wyvis. :D
For this option I estimated and planned the day by following timing: Start the drive before 03:30 am, start the walk around 07:00 am, start the drive back around 13:00 and get back home around 16:30-16:45...it means that we need walk in the darkness in the beginning, at least in the first one - one and half hour...Happy winter - short days ! :lol: :lol: :lol:
We met at 03:15 at the Tesco car park and then continued by one car only, it was very rare case for me to be a passenger :lol:
We arrived to the Ben Wyvis car park around 06:45 am - total darkness ( missed the entry for the first time as we were busy talking ) :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Torch in hand, we started the walk in darkness just before 7:00 am. The car park was empty, nobody else there yet...well signed start point and one path only, can't do any mistake here to find the right way
:D
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Finally some opened view after leaving the forest area. The silhouette of the mountains ahead, but still in darkness...
:roll: :)
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Daylight !!! The snow started around 650 m above sea level...looking back down to the Glen with the forest when climbing An Cabar, Richard on the zig-zag path.
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Not just snow, but stronger wind started in the higher level. The path with the big stones - stony stairs was icy and slippy, better to walk along in the snow...
:wink:
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On the horizon, Little Wyvis opposite over the Glen
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...the Corbett Little Wyvis in all its beauty
8)
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Looking back again, stronger wind and getting misty...
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The first cairn of An Cabar...
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...and the second cairn towards North / North-East, there is our way ahead to the summit, poor visibility
:roll:
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Towards East - sunrise !
:D 8)
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Better visibility for a while
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The sun was trying hard to get through the clouds
:D 8) :lol:
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Looking back to An Cabar
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The frost, the snow and the wind...
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The summit of Ben Wyvis
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Richard on the summit
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Me on the summit
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Richard trying to find the right place without wind.......no chance !
:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Walking back...
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Descending, grassy wet ground in the lower level...
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The boggy way up, to the next target Little Wyvis
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Looking back from the higher level

The report continues in the post below....... :wink:
Last edited by Petr Dakota on Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:42 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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Re: The Little & The Ben: Wyvis early morning

Postby Petr Dakota » Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:00 pm

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The summit of Little Wyvis
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Towards West
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a wee ZOOM
:D
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...and ZOOMed more
:lol:
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Descending...
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Lower...and closer to the forest
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Towards Ben Wyvis - hidden in the clouds...
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The Glen between the Little and the Ben... It was boggy and some parts really very boggy near the forest. Here I did one wrong step and I almost disappeared in the swamp - one place was very deep and I was delved in the swamp ut to halh of my ( both ) thighs !!! Regret I did not make a photo, it would be special and funny selfie, but in the time my thoughts was only concerning to get out and I was really busy to get myself from there. It was first time I had such a big boggy experience - delved up to half of my thighs...no rare in snow many times before in my winter adventures, but this was really something else ! Happy I got out successfully ( and then thought I missed the interesting pic ).
:roll: :shock: :crazy: :o :D :lol:
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Almost back on the Ben Wyvis path - near the stream. I was very looking forward to jump in to the stream and clean my trousers, gaiters and boots in the water
:lol: :lol:
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Looking back to Ben Wyvis...
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...and once again
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Looking ahead
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Start point - the initial path from the car park in the daylight now
8)
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...and the empty car park

It was a great day in the mountains again, despite the "little" accident in the swamp which is counting like a new experience, the fresh winter air refreshed my body and my mind :D
We started the way back home before 13:00 and then finally got there safely just in time :D :D :D
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Re: The Little & The Ben: Wyvis early morning

Postby brocoli » Tue Dec 01, 2015 6:34 pm

Nice report and really cold photos! :o . I wanted to climb Ben Wyvis but I didn't get the chance, so I took photos from the distance :wink: .

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22/11/15 from Westhill
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22/11/15 from Inverness
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Re: The Little & The Ben: Wyvis early morning

Postby Silverhill » Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:18 pm

The early bird catches the worm again! A very dramatic sunrise with the sun trying to get through 8) . I really like the blue-ish pictures of the summit. Makes it look even colder! I look forward to part 2!
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Re: The Little & The Ben: Wyvis early morning

Postby ancancha » Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:03 pm

Was kinda hoping for the great view down the Moray Firth that I missed when I did it :!:
Oh well guess I will have to go back during the summer :lol:

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Didn't get to see much when I went, but very enjoyable none the less.

Nice report and photos again Petr, you should be getting a vouchure for your early starts if nothing else :clap:
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Re: The Little & The Ben: Wyvis early morning

Postby Petr Dakota » Wed Dec 02, 2015 7:16 pm

brocoli wrote:Nice report and really cold photos! :o . I wanted to climb Ben Wyvis but I didn't get the chance, so I took photos from the distance :wink: .

Image
22/11/15 from Westhill
Image
22/11/15 from Inverness

Thanks brocoli :) Hope you will get it next time, I wish you a better views than mine :wink:

Silverhill wrote:The early bird catches the worm again! A very dramatic sunrise with the sun trying to get through 8) . I really like the blue-ish pictures of the summit. Makes it look even colder! I look forward to part 2!

Thanks Silverhill :) Glad you like the summit photos - the wind made it colder. Part two included here ( 1st post ) Dramatic sunrise, I agree...but for me was more dramatic the moment in the swamp :lol:

ancancha wrote:Was kinda hoping for the great view down the Moray Firth that I missed when I did it :!:
Oh well guess I will have to go back during the summer :lol:

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Ben Wyvis <span class="skimlinks-unlinked">Summit.jpg</span>


Didn't get to see much when I went, but very enjoyable none the less.

Nice report and photos again Petr, you should be getting a vouchure for your early starts if nothing else :clap:

Sorry Craig I did not bring a better views from the summit, :roll: so you really need come back again in the summer 8) :wink: :lol:
Thanks for your words :)
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Re: The Little & The Ben: Wyvis early morning

Postby dogplodder » Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:06 pm

Some nice sky shots there. You did well to climb them both in the shorter daylight - achieved by starting in the dark! :wink:
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Re: The Little & The Ben: Wyvis early morning

Postby ancancha » Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:40 pm

dogplodder wrote:Some nice sky shots there. You did well to climb them both in the shorter daylight - achieved by starting in the dark! :wink:


No probs Petr
Tend to agree with Dogplodder, you got some cool pics of the sky up top :clap:
Must have been very atmospheric and similarly even without the views I had a good time :D
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Re: The Little & The Ben: Wyvis early morning

Postby Silverhill » Wed Dec 02, 2015 10:41 pm

Petr Dakota wrote:Glad you like the summit photos - the wind made it colder. Part two included here ( 1st post ) Dramatic sunrise, I agree...but for me was more dramatic the moment in the swamp :lol:

Oh dear, swallowed by the bog! Well done for extricating yourself from that and great you saw the funny side of it! :wink:
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Re: The Little & The Ben: Wyvis early morning

Postby Happyfeet » Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:09 pm

Lovely snow pics from the top! looks cooooold though. Glad you had company :D
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Re: The Little & The Ben: Wyvis early morning

Postby Petr Dakota » Sat Dec 05, 2015 12:41 am

dogplodder wrote:Some nice sky shots there. You did well to climb them both in the shorter daylight - achieved by starting in the dark! :wink:


ancancha wrote:
dogplodder wrote:Some nice sky shots there. You did well to climb them both in the shorter daylight - achieved by starting in the dark! :wink:


No probs Petr
Tend to agree with Dogplodder, you got some cool pics of the sky up top :clap:
Must have been very atmospheric and similarly even without the views I had a good time :D


Silverhill wrote:
Petr Dakota wrote:Glad you like the summit photos - the wind made it colder. Part two included here ( 1st post ) Dramatic sunrise, I agree...but for me was more dramatic the moment in the swamp :lol:

Oh dear, swallowed by the bog! Well done for extricating yourself from that and great you saw the funny side of it! :wink:


Happyfeet wrote:Lovely snow pics from the top! looks cooooold though. Glad you had company :D

Thank you all for the comments :D Let's the Winter begin ! ...I mean the real Winter...freezy...a lot of snow...but clear blue sky and clear views...not rain !!! :roll: :D 8) :lol: :wink:
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Re: The Little & The Ben: Wyvis early morning

Postby PerthAlly » Sat Dec 05, 2015 2:08 pm

Nice one Petr :clap:

Did Ben Wyvis in March in similar conditions ie lovely and sunny in the car park. But windy as hell on An Caber
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Re: The Little & The Ben: Wyvis early morning

Postby Petr Dakota » Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:49 pm

PerthAlly wrote:Nice one Petr :clap:

Did Ben Wyvis in March in similar conditions ie lovely and sunny in the car park. But windy as hell on An Caber

Thanks Ally :D
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