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Blowing the cobwebs away on Ben Donich

Blowing the cobwebs away on Ben Donich


Postby magicdin » Sun Oct 10, 2010 4:09 pm

Route description: Ben Donich, via Rest and Be Thankful

Corbetts included on this walk: Ben Donich

Date walked: 10/10/2010

Time taken: 2.45 hours

Distance: 6.5 km

Ascent: 630m

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Did'nt have time for a long day today - but Arrochar is just up the road - so handy enough for a quick outing
Decided on Ben Donich - quickly accessible from the high point near the Rest and be Thankful
Ben Donich must be one of the most easily bagged Corbetts starting as you do from almost 1000 feet
The strong wind on the way up the ridge was bothersome , but it was also mild enough
Any thoughts of inversions were out the window - cloud was hugging the higher tops of Beinn Ime and Beinn Narnain
Caught up with and passed an older chap just before reaching the wee downclimb at the fissure.
The fissure does'nt come as a surprise if you have climbed this hill before but there is always a sense of abrubtness
Once down and a bit sheltered I stopped for a drink - and soon joined by the chap I had passed
A brief chat about the Arrochar Alps in general and what a great wee hill Ben Donich is especially in winter conditions.
Not far from there to the top - but just too breezy to linger for long.
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Hazy view down to Lochgoilhead
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Looking west
Took a few photos of the fissure on the way down.
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Beinn an Lochain
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The Cobbler
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Looking back up to Ben Donich

Back down about 12.30 - stopped for a pint at the Village Inn
Avalanche not on tap today - but had a pint of Caledonian Breweries Oktoberbest - kinda apt
An enjoyable wee sortie :D

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Re: Blowing the cobwebs away on Ben Donich

Postby mountain coward » Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:03 pm

That fissure looks awkward - is there a sensible (and unexposed) way up/down it?
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Re: Blowing the cobwebs away on Ben Donich

Postby magicdin » Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:25 pm

mountain coward wrote:That fissure looks awkward - is there a sensible (and unexposed) way up/down it?


No - there is nothing awkward at all - a wee short easy descent/ascent - will over mark photo tomorrow
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Re: Blowing the cobwebs away on Ben Donich

Postby walk aboot » Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:34 pm

Top blue sky photies, magicdin, looks like a good walk. I'll have to do some more walks around there :) .

Is that another cave I spy in your photies?
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Re: Blowing the cobwebs away on Ben Donich

Postby Merry-walker » Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:38 pm

walk aboot wrote:
Is that another cave I spy in your photies?


:lol: you and MC like the caves don't you? :D
Have you been up to Smoo caves, up in Durness?
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Re: Blowing the cobwebs away on Ben Donich

Postby walk aboot » Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:39 pm

Nope, tell me more... :P
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Re: Blowing the cobwebs away on Ben Donich

Postby mountain coward » Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:44 pm

Thanks Magicdin...

I've been to Smoo Cave - it's way too big to be warm and snug like our caves were... I'll send you some photos WA if noone puts some on here first (won't be till Tuesday night when I've finished nightshifts)...
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Re: Blowing the cobwebs away on Ben Donich

Postby Merry-walker » Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:45 pm

I will post some pics in a different post and do it tomorrow. (Need my beauty sleep - up for early shift tm) :)
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Re: Blowing the cobwebs away on Ben Donich

Postby magicdin » Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:51 pm

We huvnie just formed a new sub section of walk highlands huv we - The Cave Dwellers
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Re: Blowing the cobwebs away on Ben Donich

Postby mountain coward » Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:58 pm

Funny you should say that... I'm just starting to have ideas for a similar meet :D
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Re: Blowing the cobwebs away on Ben Donich

Postby Merry-walker » Mon Oct 11, 2010 5:36 am

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Re: Blowing the cobwebs away on Ben Donich

Postby magicdin » Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:14 am

Merry-walker wrote:
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good one MW :lol:
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Re: Blowing the cobwebs away on Ben Donich

Postby gaffr » Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:01 pm

Not been to Donich yet... but it is nodding distance from The Brack where we almost took a plunge down a person gobbling, crevasse like hole, quite near to the top if I remember correctly :lol: Seems that the area is riddled with holes, caves and slots and it isnae even a limestone area. :)
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Re: Blowing the cobwebs away on Ben Donich

Postby Merry-walker » Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:11 pm

oh god, sounds horrific :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Re: Blowing the cobwebs away on Ben Donich

Postby magicdin » Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:16 pm

gaffr wrote:Not been to Donich yet... but it is nodding distance from The Brack where we almost took a plunge down a person gobbling, crevasse like hole, quite near to the top if I remember correctly :lol: Seems that the area is riddled with holes, caves and slots and it isnae even a limestone area. :)


Yes gaffr - I feel a bit daft - I've been walking around Arrochar for over thirty years now and have never sought out the caves and the howffs - did spend a night with my mates a number of years ago in a howff below the Cobbler- and I believe ther are many in the area - great that this has cropped up on the forum and has raised such an interest
Mountain Coward - you may have to organise a bus for the next visit
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