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West was best

West was best


Postby Fife Flyer » Fri May 18, 2018 8:52 pm

Munros included on this walk: Beinn a'Chochuill, Beinn Eunaich

Date walked: 13/05/2018

Time taken: 4.9 hours

Distance: 13.6 km

Ascent: 1225m

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A very short notice outing, in other words arranged the evening before. This was my only free day for the next week or so, being retired is supposed to give you all the time in the world, but someone forgot to tell my darling wife.
I contacted George but he had already promised his expertise elsewhere, however Parminder was keen to head west, so we were meeting up at the Park & Ride in Inverkeithing.
We left Fife in drizzle and low cloud discussing how things were supposed to be much, much better in the west and for a change the forecast was spot on.
We arrived at the "limited" parking area at 1015 and managed to find a spot very close to the start, along with another 6 or so cars. No route map this time as we followed the WH route almost to the letter.

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The way ahead, excellent track

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Track fairly obvious traversing up the hillside

The weather was fantastic and it really does make a difference, it wasn't long before we had to stop so I could remove my fleece, as I was overheating on the steady slight climb on the track. Even with the fleece off it was still roasting, no breeze at all and we were both almost complaining about the heat.

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Looking across to the Cruachan range, Coire Chreachainn

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The way ahead

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Looking back - Parminder marching uphill

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That's where we are going

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Looking back from slightly higher, Loch Awe coming into view

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Looking to a kind of bealach between the Cruachan range and a'Chochuill

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Looking back, track rather obvious

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Parminder winding up his GPS

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For all the lamb lovers

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We followed the track a bit too far, hence the photo of the underground jail - one of the many tunnel entrances/exits?

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Parminder loving the views - and the rest of course

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The climb up the shoulder has begun

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Cruachan and co

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Looking back from higher still

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Looking west towards Stob Diamh and Cruachan

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The first summit (Beinn a'Chochuill) in the distance, not far now

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Looking north

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Parminder, as usual about 20m behind, view behind him is of the 2nd summit, doesn't look very far

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Looking towards the summit again, busy hill

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The final push

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Looking very pointy looking

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Summit gathering of stones

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Cracking view across to Mull

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Looking north

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On our way to the final hill

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Descending down to the bealach

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Looking back

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Looking south, Loch Awe peeking out

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Ascending now, Parminder still tagging along behind

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Loch Awe zoomed

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Looking back, pointy hills on the left

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Looking north from the summit area of Beinn Eunaich

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What a view

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Starting the final descent, Loch Awe zoomed and looking "Awesome"

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Loch Awe from a bit further down the hill

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Looking down towards Dalmally

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Cruachan range

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About to start the serious descent, we were following 'Highland man' (from Burntisland), I think that was your alter ego?
Was great to meet you and swap stories after the steep descent.

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A bit lower down

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A bit lower down

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Looking north from the descent

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Still quite a long way down, another couple of guys further down

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Who could this be following me?

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Doesn't look that steep!!

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Still quite a bit further to go

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Still being followed

Turned out to a fantastic day, couple of good hills that I hadn't been up for about 12 years. Thanks to Parminder for his usual great company and as promised Highlander Man (did a search but not sure of the correct spelling) was good to meet you.
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Re: West was best

Postby parminder » Mon May 21, 2018 7:58 pm

Well done FF. Another good script of the day out. Thanks for your company. :clap:
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Re: West was best

Postby Heilanmaun50 » Fri May 25, 2018 8:05 pm

Great report & nice pics! Thanks for the company FF & Parminder...I am that Highland man you met on the descent :wink:
Hope to catch you out and about some other time :)
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Re: West was best

Postby Fife Flyer » Sat May 26, 2018 8:38 pm

Heilanmaun50 wrote:Great report & nice pics! Thanks for the company FF & Parminder...I am that Highland man you met on the descent :wink: Hope to catch you out and about some other time :)


Thanks remember you well, did a search for your username and would never have found it :lol:
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