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Bheithir in the snow

Bheithir in the snow


Postby alanmurray » Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:38 pm

Route description: Beinn a'Bheithir

Munros included on this walk: Sgorr Dhearg (Beinn a'Bheithir), Sgorr Dhonuill (Beinn a'Bheithir)

Date walked: 13/02/2010

Time taken: 7 hours

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Left Perth early, arrived at Ballahulish at 7:50am.
Started near the school, and made our ascent up the northeast ridge.
Steep continuous ascent, path ok
You can see the path just below the snow line to the right of the picture.
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On way up


Due to the ice, couldn't climb the way the path directed us.
Took a sort of bypass path, very exposed, with a scramble up a gully Not shown).
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Bit of a scramble to fist top


At the summit of the first top
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First top


Put on crampons to walk to ridge to Sgorr Dhearg
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Ridge to Sgorr Dhearg



Summit of Sgorr Dhearg - first munro
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Summit of Sgorr Dhearg


First view of Sgorr Dhonuill - very intimidating - great vista.
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First view Sgorr Dhonuill


Walk to Dhonuill did not look too bad until looked at the top section.
Aready said to Jelly that I might not make the final ascent.
He told me to grow a pair and go for it.
For scale you can just see two walkers about midway to Sgorr Dhonuill near a large patch of snow.

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Dhonuill


The final section didn't look too bad, however there is a 10m long, level ridge walk that takes you to the summit plateau.
The short bit of ridge is very exposed (not shown).
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Final section

Maybe you realised from a previous report ( An Teallach ) , I have a fear of heights / exposure.
I was literally at the same level as the summit but 15m away from the plateau - I was not going to do the last 10m.
After some coaching, and security of sure footedness from the crampons I progressed to the plateau - under pressure, and sweating like a fat lass.
Great views from Sgorr Dhonuill summit - glad I did it.
Didn't want to stay at the top for too long as still worrying about the 10m ridge of fear.
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Dhonuill summit



Glad to be descending, quickly over summit ridge and back down the steep slopes of Sgorr Dhonuill towards the bealach
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Way down off Dhonuill

On way down from Sgorr Dhonuill to bealach
Photo looking back towards bealach
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Looking back to bealach
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Re: Bheithir in the snow

Postby Scotjamie » Wed Oct 13, 2010 8:48 pm

well done alanmurray - for a mountain feartie you are managing some good summits - you'll be romping along the AE soon enough
Thanks for the great pics of a hill that I did many years ago but without a camera
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Re: Bheithir in the snow

Postby mountain coward » Wed Oct 13, 2010 9:26 pm

Glad I'm a woman - noone can tell me to 'grow a pair'! How mean of him! But at least he got you up - I hated that top section of Domnhuill - not the narrow flat ridge but the climb up boulders afterwards and then going round onto the front above that nasty crag. When we did it we couldn't see anything except slimy verticality going off down below us... and the rock we had to clamber us was wobbly in my book! UGH!

Those pics of the ridge round to Sgurr Dhearg remind me that I always think that is one of the most elegant curves/views in Scotland! :D
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Re: Bheithir in the snow

Postby Merry-walker » Wed Oct 13, 2010 9:27 pm

:lol:
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Re: Bheithir in the snow

Postby alanmurray » Wed Oct 13, 2010 10:28 pm

Thanks for the posts and taking the time to read my diary.
I have completed the Aonach Eagach - I did not enjoy it one bit - just wanted it to end.
Was harassed for many weeks before I accepted the challenge, and I knew that if I started it I would have to finished the ridge.
Will post a report soon.
One of my climbing buddies is fearless and pushes me to the limit which is good. - there is many times I would have turned back , and his words of encouragement, gets me through it - and glad of it.

Loved the curved ridge to Dhearg and the rugged route to Dhonuill.
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Re: Bheithir in the snow

Postby Merry-walker » Wed Oct 13, 2010 10:31 pm

Ridges... aaaaaarrrgghhhh!!! No, no, no, .....

Large flat summittsssss, yes, yes,yes.....
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Re: Bheithir in the snow

Postby kinley » Wed Oct 13, 2010 10:40 pm

Nice :D

Roll on winter 8)
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Re: Bheithir in the snow

Postby Scotjamie » Thu Oct 14, 2010 1:11 pm

alanmurray wrote:I have completed the Aonach Eagach - I did not enjoy it one bit - just wanted it to end.


Didn't realise you had done this alan (apols) - but Sgorr nam Fiannaidh is not ticked off on your munro map

alanmurray wrote:Will post a report soon.

for a wee taster I trust the feelings were similar:- http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=6583
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Re: Bheithir in the snow

Postby mountain coward » Thu Oct 14, 2010 9:41 pm

alanmurray wrote:Thanks for the posts and taking the time to read my diary.
I have completed the Aonach Eagach - I did not enjoy it one bit - just wanted it to end.
Was harassed for many weeks before I accepted the challenge, and I knew that if I started it I would have to finished the ridge.
Will post a report soon.
One of my climbing buddies is fearless and pushes me to the limit which is good. - there is many times I would have turned back , and his words of encouragement, gets me through it - and glad of it.


Another one who should have done as per my "coward's route" :lol: But you must feel good now you've conquered the most difficult mainland Munro? (Aonach Eagach)
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Re: Bheithir in the snow

Postby alanmurray » Fri Oct 15, 2010 7:39 pm

Yeah, glad I've completed the ridge - maybe not conquered it tho.
Most of the time just concentrating on instruction from a climbing buddy and not appreciating the mountain

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The Ridge


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