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Ben Hee, Wet Overhead and very Wet underfoot conditions

Ben Hee, Wet Overhead and very Wet underfoot conditions


Postby The Rodmiester » Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:48 pm

Route description: Ben Hee, from West Merkland

Corbetts included on this walk: Ben Hee

Date walked: 29/07/2016

Time taken: 4.25 hours

Distance: 10.96 km

Ascent: 771m

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After a very successful first day on our WH Summer meet yesterday we opted for Ben Hee as it was to be the shortest hill day of our weekend with the forecast being pretty atrocious to say the least. The starting point was easily found at West Merkland just to the West of the cottage which meant a short walk on the road and across the bridge then turning up the locked gate track on your left. The weather was not looking at all promising when we started off and the waterproofs were on from the word go.

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Starting off from the parking area at the roadside
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Having crossed the bridge heading up the track on our left
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Having rained for most of the night the track was well waterlogged but nothing as bad as the path later on, deffinately a day for gaiters
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At the point where there is a wee pile of stones indicating the waterlogged path on the South of the burn
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No this was not going to be a day of many photographs, both overhead and underfoot conditions hard going
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But still smiling on the participants, making the most of the day, and enjoying ourselves
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A brief lapse in the rain, a stop for some refreshments
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Yep the waterproofs were again to start letting in the wind driven rain, but there is a job to be done so let's just do it
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Following the raging burn further up looking for a crossing point
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Having managed to cross the burn heading on up the water soaked ground. Later on it becomes less steep and more rocky
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Theresa on the summit cairn having lost a glove on the way
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The wind was becoming stronger and colder and some balance was required at this point
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Taking shelter behind the trig point
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Not hanging about at the summit we head on down where the wind has lightened. Quite steep and very slippy in places
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As always happens a glimmer of sun trying to shine through, which is always nice if you can dry out a little before jumping back into the car
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The three hardy hill buddies with the sun now out and with some of the over clothes drying on the adjacent gate while more photographs are taken
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A well deserved meal at the Lochinver Pie shop, with the Venison and cranberry highly recommended
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Re: Ben Hee, Wet Overhead and very Wet underfoot conditions

Postby tomyboy73 » Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:06 pm

A nice easy jaunt for you Rod :thumbup:
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Re: Ben Hee, Wet Overhead and very Wet underfoot conditions

Postby The Rodmiester » Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:01 pm

tomyboy73 wrote:A nice easy jaunt for you Rod :thumbup:


Hi there tomyboy73, nice to meet up with you again at the weekend, one of these days we will pick the same hill :lol: This is a great wee hill pity about the conditions, but the company more than made up for it :D
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Re: Ben Hee, Wet Overhead and very Wet underfoot conditions

Postby AbbsFooty » Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:26 pm

Great report!
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Re: Ben Hee, Wet Overhead and very Wet underfoot conditions

Postby The Rodmiester » Wed Aug 03, 2016 4:10 pm

AbbsFooty wrote:Great report!


Thanks Abbey, pity about the weather, nice hill otherwise :D
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Re: Ben Hee, Wet Overhead and very Wet underfoot conditions

Postby old danensian » Wed Aug 03, 2016 4:23 pm

Indefatigable Rod - simply indefatigable - you always manage to squeeze a great report and trip from the worst of conditions.

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Re: Ben Hee, Wet Overhead and very Wet underfoot conditions

Postby Walk cycle » Wed Aug 03, 2016 5:00 pm

Enjoyed your report. Ben Hee was the first report (if incomplete) that I wrote for Walk Highlands, when I was still cycling then walking. I cycled from Lairg to the start of the walk and then had to cycle back. Shame you didn't have great views. I remember the midges being ferocious when I was retrieving my bike from behind the wheelie bins.
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Re: Ben Hee, Wet Overhead and very Wet underfoot conditions

Postby The Rodmiester » Wed Aug 03, 2016 5:07 pm

old danensian wrote:Indefatigable Rod - simply indefatigable - you always manage to squeeze a great report and trip from the worst of conditions.

OD


Hi Nigel, come on you would be the same :wink: do what you can, too far to travel for no blue balloons. Company was great though, which helps under these circumstances don't you agree :D
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