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Beinn Fhionnlaidh - My Last Munro In Dresses (Glen Etive)

Beinn Fhionnlaidh - My Last Munro In Dresses (Glen Etive)


Postby veletron » Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:12 pm

Route description: Beinn Fhionnlaidh

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Fhionnlaidh

Date walked: 03/06/2017

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 13 km

Ascent: 1050m

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Sat 3rd June was the date for my Last Munro, wanting to do something different and being mildly odd, I decided that it was a hill best done while wearing a dress. I managed to recruit a total of 28 folks to do the hill with me, mostly members of the Ochils Mountaineering Club (Stirling). A couple of mates also came up from Lancashire for the walk.

I decided to make the hut free and collect a few quid for charity, we made about £300 for the charity 'The Haven Centre' - a Scottish charity helping folks with 'life-limiting' diseases such as Cancer, Parkinson's etc. You can donate here if you like! https://www.justgiving.com/LastMunroInFrocks

We stayed at the Grampian Club Hut ''Inbhirfhaolain", a couple of KM east of the start of the walk.

Photo links have gone stale, see here instead: https://www.veletron.com/my-final-munro-beinn-fhionnlaidh/

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Grampian Club Hut

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Spare Dresses

Come Saturday, we set off at about 9:30AM, headed west down the road which must have been quite a sight for all that saw us.

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Ready for the off!

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Jason

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Colin

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Club President

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Pretty In Pink

A few bemused looks later...

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Me on the walk to the start proper

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Bealach buachaille etive beg / buachaille etive mor(!)

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Sam-antha

Eventually, we made it to the point where the track starts and headed up the well made track to the top of the trees.

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Colin

Unfortunately, the heavens opened, and half the outfits got covered up!

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Its Gotten Moist!

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But that did not stop Jason!

The rain cleared and the views began to open out.

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Views - Ben Starav

The better weather meant that the dresses came back out too!

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Me with a seemingly huge rucksack

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Boys will be girls

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Pretty In Pink

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Loch Etive

We had a wee break at the bealach taking in the views.

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Final push to the summit

Eventually, we reached the summit and enjoyed some booze and summit views for a good half hour in the dry.

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Me On The Summit

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Drinking champers

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Me on the trig in my heels!

I had hoped to see some other hill walkers up from the Creran side, but it was not to be, so it fell upon me to award the 'Best Dressed Hill Walker' prize. I chose Mhairi and Ian with their matching TK-Max Dresses

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Ian and Mhairi - Best Dressed Hill Walkers

Then we all stood around a 360 camera for the group shot

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360 Group Shot

360 Group Shot - 2 http://photos.veletron.com/picture.php?/2122/category/180

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Jason - Again - when he does his last Munro its gonna be very funny indeed!

The weather threatened on the summit, but the rain never came until we were half way down (when we got drenched), then it cleared again for more nice views:

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Nice views on the walk back down

A grand day out, lots of fun with many good sports. We had a buffet meal in the hut and a 'few' drinks that evening! The midges were sheer hell though! My thanks to all who attended.

NB: My time for the route is a time to get 25+ folks up to the summit and back - not exactly representative given all the breaks and photo stops!

Thanks for reading, and I can recommend the Inbhirfhaolain hut for anyone seeking traditional mountaineering hut accommodation for their weekend!

Full Pics: https://goo.gl/photos/bMg3v5Cj1CsiRXuk7
Charity Collection on just giving: https://www.justgiving.com/LastMunroInFrocks
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Last edited by veletron on Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:04 pm, edited 6 times in total.
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Re: Beinn Fhionnlaidh - My Last Munro In Dresses (Glen Etive

Postby veletron » Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:36 am

Pics now added as I obtained the required forum rights!
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Re: Beinn Fhionnlaidh - My Last Munro In Dresses (Glen Etive

Postby kmai1961 » Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:53 am

Some hilarious photos! A group who obviously got fully into the spirit of the request. Congratulations on compleating. :clap:
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Re: Beinn Fhionnlaidh - My Last Munro In Dresses (Glen Etive

Postby Coop » Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:13 pm

Brilliant :clap:
Congratulations
I'm never going to fret about how I'm dressed going hill walking ever again :)
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Re: Beinn Fhionnlaidh - My Last Munro In Dresses (Glen Etive

Postby Sunset tripper » Tue Jun 06, 2017 5:24 pm

Hard core hill walking. :shock:
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Re: Beinn Fhionnlaidh - My Last Munro In Dresses (Glen Etive

Postby Hillbeback » Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:02 am

Brilliant Nigel or in this case is it Nigella!! What a great way to complete the Munros :clap: It looks like a good time was had by all. One slight criticism, although not practical perhaps a handbag to match your dress would have been nicer than a rucksack :lol: I have to say you have a decent pair of legs especially with your high heels on. Would like to have been there and seen it. I may have even given you a shot of my liippy :wink:

Congratulations :D :clap:
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Re: Beinn Fhionnlaidh - My Last Munro In Dresses (Glen Etive

Postby veletron » Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:38 am

Cheers for the comments, folks,

Re lippy: I had a bright red one, same shade as the dress with me, but forgot all about it - also forgot about the daft cap on the trig point - to busy drinking!

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Re: Beinn Fhionnlaidh - My Last Munro In Dresses (Glen Etive

Postby Somerled87 » Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:53 am

Wow, some truly horrendous views. That one of you standing on the trig point got a lol.

Good sports all round, congratulations on a great achievement.
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Re: Beinn Fhionnlaidh - My Last Munro In Dresses (Glen Etive

Postby Phil the Hill » Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:50 pm

Congratulations - that's some way to celebrate!

I was at the start point for the Glen Creran approach that morning (hunting for Chequered Skippers before starting the long drive home) and there didn't seem to be anyone heading up the hill.
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Re: Beinn Fhionnlaidh - My Last Munro In Dresses (Glen Etive

Postby veletron » Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:35 pm

We started from Etive due to a lack of accommodation on the Creran side, We did see one pair about 50M into the descent as we arrived on the summit, heading back down the Creran side.

Wonder if that one should be the 1st munro of a 2nd round in a dress - could start a new trend ;-)
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Re: Beinn Fhionnlaidh - My Last Munro In Dresses (Glen Etive

Postby Jaxter » Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:27 pm

This is absolutely hilarious :lol: :lol: :lol:

Congratulations and good on you all :clap: :clap: :thumbup:
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Re: Beinn Fhionnlaidh - My Last Munro In Dresses (Glen Etive

Postby Dunblane Bagger » Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:04 pm

Congratulations on your compleation !! :clap:

What a way to do it. Hilarious :lol: :lol:

A crackin wee mountain too. 8)
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