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Glen Nevis( with a heavy heart)

Glen Nevis( with a heavy heart)


Postby jamesb63 » Fri Apr 15, 2016 9:28 pm

Route description: Stob Ban (Mamores) and Mullach nan Coirean

Munros included on this walk: Mullach nan Coirean, Stob Ban (Mamores)

Date walked: 14/04/2016

Time taken: 5.02 hours

Distance: 13.3 km

Ascent: 1160m

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Today was a walk I had to do or I felt like I would never get out again
following on from the loss of my father only 3 months ago
I suffered another tragic loss and it was with a very heavy heart I took
to Glen Nevis to finish off the remaining 2 Mamores I had left to do
Setting off at 5am the journey north was nice as there was no traffic
to contend with and it was nice and dry though heavy cloud
Arriving in Glen Nevis just after 7am I was delighted to see that the sun was
shining on the tops and the sky was blue
Today as usuall I had Jake my walking partner with me and in addition to him
I now had Brin his brother :D
He usually stayed at home (been once before) and honestly it was a job getting him
out then as it was today ,he came because he has no company at home now
so it felt it best
I set off from the carpark at 7.20 and headed up the side of the Allt Coire a'Mhusgain
I found it a nice gradual ascent so no need for stops to catch my breath

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The route ahead towards the bealach


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Stob Ban towering up in the left


There was no wind and it was just so nice to be out in the hills
the views really start to open out about 3/4 way up the Allt Coire a'Mhusgain

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Ben Nevis just starting to come into view capped in snow


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The head of Glen Nevis and the Aonachs


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Stob Ban


I was really pleased the way our new company was behaving I kept having
to turn round to make sure he was there :o
There was just one small stretch of snow to cross before we reached the bealach
here I stopped for a quick picture with Nevis looking fantastic in the background
but I much preferred the foreground :D

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Jake with his new harness on and Brin his brother


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The climb ahead from the bealach


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Beinn a'Bheithir


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Ben Nevis & CMD


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Sgurr a Mhaim


After a short break and a bite to eat for the three of us
we started up the ascent to the summit and it was just awesome
I last looked over to Stob Ban when doing the Ring of Steall
and thought them that it looked a fantastic mountain and it never let me down
the summit views were just breath taking and really helping to lift my heart a bit as well

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the boys on the summit they stand out nice in the snow and blue skies


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over to Mullach Nan Coirean


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Kinlochleven


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Over towards Glencoe and Bidean nam Bian notice how thick the cloud is here and none above me


The walk over to the next top was nice and pleasant and it never seemed very long
till I was standing next o the very impressive cairn on Mullach Nan Coirean

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Summit of Mullach Nan Coirean


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The Grey Corries


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Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe


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Looking back along the Mamores just sublime


The ascent was nice going till nearing the style over the deer fence
where it got very boggy and one quick slip ensured I was heading home
with a wet a**e :roll:
I really enjoyed this walk and shed a number of tears on the way
but in a way it really helped console my thoughts
And a my company sure know how to make me smile ,I never saw 1 walker all day
despite the beautiful weather ,even returning to the carpark there was no cars
also I was expecting a parking ticket as I had no change when I arrived in the morning
now in hindsight I think someone was helping me along everything went just perfect
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Re: Glen Nevis( with a heavy heart)

Postby Mal Grey » Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:17 pm

I'm sorry for your losses.

I hope that these magical hills gave you a little solace, certainly I can think of no finer place to go to escape the day to day, to let your mind wander over the endless views, and to remember the good times. And no finer companions to be with, who will say nothing, but give so much.
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Re: Glen Nevis( with a heavy heart)

Postby litljortindan » Sat Apr 16, 2016 7:24 pm

A hill walk is a good way to help manage with grief.
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Re: Glen Nevis( with a heavy heart)

Postby Graeme D » Sat Apr 16, 2016 7:32 pm

Thanks for sharing. Hope the walk gave you what you were looking for. One of my most fondly remembered routes this one. Two fine looking walking companions there too. Always a privilege to walk with dogs in the mountains! 8)
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Re: Glen Nevis( with a heavy heart)

Postby perr » Sun Apr 17, 2016 11:07 am

Well done, the hills can certainly 'move mountains' in terms of dealing with emotions. I was a bit further north on Spidean Mialach that day - unpromising start with snow storm mid-morning, but later cleared and the clear air and views were magical
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Re: Glen Nevis( with a heavy heart)

Postby jamesb63 » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:00 am

Mal Grey wrote:I'm sorry for your losses.

I hope that these magical hills gave you a little solace, certainly I can think of no finer place to go to escape the day to day, to let your mind wander over the endless views, and to remember the good times. And no finer companions to be with, who will say nothing, but give so much.


Many thanks Mal the company with me was great for helping me along

litljortindan wrote:A hill walk is a good way to help manage with grief.


I couldn't agree more and my companions helped me along :D

Graeme D wrote:Thanks for sharing. Hope the walk gave you what you were looking for. One of my most fondly remembered routes this one. Two fine looking walking companions there too. Always a privilege to walk with dogs in the mountains! 8)


Many thanks Graeme they Stob Ban in particular is a great looking mountain
but I agree the whole walk is brilliant specially with good company
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Re: Glen Nevis( with a heavy heart)

Postby Petr Dakota » Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:17 pm

Hi James,
sorry for your another loss :(
Good area you chose for that day. The mountains are giving us more than just the beauty around by the views, but they are great to release our feelings, thoughs, memories...peace.
I had three close lossess in 2013, all three in short period between March and September.
After I got the last one I ran 10 km and then another day I headed to Fort William to climb Ben Nevis again very early morning and I made a wee cairn behind the summit - a memorial, my secret place where I will always return with flowers and memories for them...I will never forget the feelings during my climbing that day and also when driving back full of touching memories...

Well done you, even closer to the 100 now :clap: :thumbup:
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Re: Glen Nevis( with a heavy heart)

Postby dogplodder » Mon Apr 18, 2016 4:58 pm

What a beautiful pair of dogs. Having had some close bereavements in the past few years I feel for you and agree about the healing power of hills - and a faithful pair of hounds! 8)
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Re: Glen Nevis( with a heavy heart)

Postby jamesb63 » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:46 pm

Petr Dakota wrote:Hi James,
sorry for your another loss :(
Good area you chose for that day. The mountains are giving us more than just the beauty around by the views, but they are great to release our feelings, thoughs, memories...peace.
I had three close lossess in 2013, all three in short period between March and September.
After I got the last one I ran 10 km and then another day I headed to Fort William to climb Ben Nevis again very early morning and I made a wee cairn behind the summit - a memorial, my secret place where I will always return with flowers and memories for them...I will never forget the feelings during my climbing that day and also when driving back full of touching memories...

Well done you, even closer to the 100 now :clap: :thumbup:


Many thanks for your kind words Petr :D my 2 companions really help :lol:
yes should hit the 100 soon thanks to the original inspiration I took
from reading your excellent reports on your walks :clap: :clap:

dogplodder wrote:What a beautiful pair of dogs. Having had some close bereavements in the past few years I feel for you and agree about the healing power of hills - and a faithful pair of hounds! 8)


Many thanks Dogplodder these are my 2 friends I bred myself only had 2 in the litter
so kept both , they really make my day just being out with them :D
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Re: Glen Nevis( with a heavy heart)

Postby ancancha » Mon Apr 18, 2016 10:02 pm

Nice report and some great photos :clap:
Looks like you had a good day :D
Interesting to see the CMD from that angle, thanks for sharing that 8)
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Re: Glen Nevis( with a heavy heart)

Postby jamesb63 » Wed Apr 20, 2016 1:33 pm

ancancha wrote:Nice report and some great photos :clap:
Looks like you had a good day :D
Interesting to see the CMD from that angle, thanks for sharing that 8)


Thankyou ,the pic of Nevis and CMD I like aswell it captures the Arete nicely
knowing I will do this soon with the Anochs :D
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