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What the Hell am I doing? - Glowing on Beinn a' Ghlo

What the Hell am I doing? - Glowing on Beinn a' Ghlo


Postby wilkiemurray » Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:20 pm

Route description: Beinn a'Ghlo

Munros included on this walk: Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain, Carn Liath (Beinn a'Ghlo), Carn nan Gabhar

Date walked: 03/12/2017

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Half decent weather was forecast and I was itching to get out on the hill- the only issue was I needed to be back by midday on Sunday for family commitments… Usually Ben Vrackie meets the bill in this scenario – nice and close and can be up and down and back home without losing too many brownie points ;) However I had been up here lots in the prior two months and I fancied a wee change so set my sights on Beinn a’ Ghlo! It is a wee bit further up the road so my alarm was set awe bit earlier(ok a lot earlier!!4am ;)). I wanted to catch the sunrise from near the summit so was out and on the road for 4.30am, early but hopefully worth it!

Arriving at the muddy car park, I got kitted up and headed into the night! To be honest I was feeling pretty rough with ma flu and at this point the sky was showing absolutely zero signs for a good sunrise. In my minds eye I was imagining starry skies with a glorious sunrise, and this wasn’t happening as I headed towards Carn Liath! Heading past the hut in darkness I splodged though the extremely marshy ground at the foot of the hill before the main ascent!

It was now nearing 7am and I caught a glimmer of hope! Far off to the south east and the first signs of dawn were emerging. A slight reddening of the horizon gave me hope and a spring was again in my step! Soon the sky was starting to light up so I found a spot just off the summit and in the shelter from the strong north westerly breeze… To my delight the sunrise was perfect, the sky was pink and red and I sat feeling very smug until the colours faded as the sun rose above the horizon.


ImagePerthshire Sunrise by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

10 minutes later and before 9 oclock and I was stood on the summit fighting the wind! Getting shelter behind the summit cairn I once again watched the skies illuminate as the sun found a hole in the clouds on the horizon and put on a show illuminating the changing clouds to the south above Ben Vrackie!

ImageNessie above Ben Vrackie by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

The remaining peaks of Beinn a Ghlo were shrouded in cloud so I had my fill and decided to bank my brownie points and head back. By 10am I was back at the hut at the base of the hill and once again I stopped to soak in the sunshine. Not much wind down here and even though it was winter, the sun actually felt warm. I sat and had a drink and enjoyed the mackerel cloud formations above Carn Liath- superb…

Home for 11.30 and a cuppa tea and a bacon butty were enjoyed 

ImageBeinn a' Ghlo by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

ImageBeinn a' Ghlo Mackrel Skies by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr
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Re: What the Hell am I doing? - Glowing on Beinn a' Ghlo

Postby 2manyYorkies » Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:16 pm

Thanks, I really enjoyed that, must take you ages to put all that lot together after the hill. :clap: :clap:
I hope you can still keep posting now you're a TV star! :lol: :lol:
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Re: What the Hell am I doing? - Glowing on Beinn a' Ghlo

Postby Jaxter » Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:34 pm

Wonderful as always :clap: :clap:

I didn't want to pass on my cold but sounds like you were equally ill anyway :lol:
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Re: What the Hell am I doing? - Glowing on Beinn a' Ghlo

Postby Mal Grey » Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:10 pm

Beautiful, as always. As is the double bacon roll.
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Re: What the Hell am I doing? - Glowing on Beinn a' Ghlo

Postby BobMcBob » Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:39 pm

Your dedication to first and last light is breathtaking. Keep it up. :clap:

It was you on the telly the other day then? Great to see all the effort and dedication getting some broad recognition. Nice one.
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