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Questions & Answers - WH Meet

Questions & Answers - WH Meet

Postby Fife Flyer » Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:19 pm

Munros included on this walk: Fionn Bheinn

Date walked: 10/04/2016

Time taken: 3.6 hours

Distance: 12 km

Ascent: 810m

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This is nothing to do with the infamous Walk Highlands Quiz :lol:
To make this WR a tad different from the norm, I thought I would try a different approach in an effort to make Fionn Beinn sound an attractive target for any future adventurers :wink:

Question 1. How do you pronounce Fionn Beinn?
Answer - Fee on Ben (that's how I pronounce it and everyone immediately knows where you mean)
2. Would I be able to attract anyone else on my quest to conquer FB?
Yes, Callander Girl (Lynne)

Image Lynne about to burst into tears, FB wasn't that bad :lol:

3. Where is the start point?
Achnasheen, nice fair sized car park.

Image Looking back down towards Achnasheen

4. Are there any facilities nearby?
Yes rather nice public toilets, soap is even provided.
5. Is there a path?
Yes, but it does kind of disappear occasionally and we struggled to re-locate it.
6. Were many photo’s taken?
Thirteen, probably the fewest ever
7. What was the weather like?
Room for improvement, low cloud, drizzle
8. Was navigation easy?
Not exactly, mainly because we couldn’t see more than about 20m
9. Was progress easy?
It certainly seemed to be, we were constantly chatting, a bit like this WR, question and answer session
10. Was there a water feature to photograph?
Yes, but not quite a raging torrent

Image Water feature

Image Above zoomed

11. What was the terrain like?
Very damp grass, tufty in places
12. Were there any peat hags?
Yes, far too many and picking our way through was challenging

Image Walkers favourite terrain

13. Was there any snow?
Yes, probably above 700m

Image White stuff

14. How did you navigate when you were in cloud?
GPS trying to follow the WH route
15. Did you follow the WH easily?
No, we opted to keep to the east of the snow in the gully, with a plan to join the path/route higher up
16. Did the plan work?
Yes of course, we intercepted a path on high
17. What was it like on the summit?
Very windy and freezing cold

Image Summit shot, kindly taken by Lynne

18. Why are there no "proper" photos of the trig?
Because I couldn’t be bothered to linger and dig out my camera, however I asked Lynne to take a quick photo with my phone
19. What were the descent plans?
Lynne confessed that she had 'mislaid' - otherwise known as lost a pair of gloves on the ascent, so we decided to retrace our steps. Finding our ascent route was easy until we left the snow behind.
20. Did you find the gloves?
No, once we left the snow behind we decided to try and avoid the peat hags and we came to the conclusion that the gloves will need to be filed as lost property.
21. Did you meet any other fellow walkers?
No, not even any wildlife. I did see John's SEAT Leon in the car park when we got back. I knew John & Lee were thinking of paying FB a visit and I guess they had opted for another lie in :lol:
22. Did you utilise the new hydro track?
No, we contemplated maybe using it for the descent, if we could see or find it. As it turned out we saw no sign of it, until we were on the lower slopes.
23. Did you enjoy Fee on Ben?
As a walk, not really. It was good to finally find time to nip up and say hello. If the weather and underfoot conditions had been much better - possibly.
24. Next?
Possibly/probably a return to the Dundonnell area to wander up AT again, with an overnight stay followed by Lurg Mhor and Cheesecake, which looks like a monster day :roll:
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Re: Questions & Answers - WH Meet

Postby jupe1407 » Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:55 am

The only dry thing on Fionn Bheinn is the trig pillar :lol:

It's a strange munro, 95% of the walk is tedious, soggy and boring, until you get onto the summit ridge, then the summit itself where the views towards Fisherfield etc are glorious. We return via the old wall and down through the woods last year. It was alright :lol:

Hell will probably freeze over before Anne repeats that hill :lol:
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Re: Questions & Answers - WH Meet

Postby Jaxter » Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:52 am

Had a good laugh at this :lol: :lol: The joke is on me as I've still to climb it, although from what you're saying I might do it in my wellies :shock:
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Re: Questions & Answers - WH Meet

Postby dooterbang » Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:30 am

Gutted I missed this now :shock:

At least I have a template for when I do - cheers Martin :)
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Re: Questions & Answers - WH Meet

Postby jelena » Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:11 pm

I am not writing reports because of my English :( .Your lovely report design pattern is exactly for me seeking a quick grounding in the fundamentals of walking in a Munro environment. :wink: :lol:
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Re: Questions & Answers - WH Meet

Postby The Rodmiester » Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:17 pm

jelena wrote:I am not writing reports because of my English :( .Your lovely report design pattern is exactly for me seeking a quick grounding in the fundamentals of walking in a Munro environment. :wink: :lol:

Well done you two, I'm afraid the late night dancing took its toll :lol: :lol:
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Re: Questions & Answers - WH Meet

Postby Graeme D » Sat Apr 16, 2016 7:39 pm

A valiant effort at making the ascent of Fee on Ben interesting! :clap: Agree with what JP says - once you get onto the summit ridge, the character changes completely. We were lucky - we caught it on a nice day and the views were amazing.
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