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Early Morning Xmas Munro - Ben More!!.
by dooterbang » Sat Dec 25, 2010 9:38 pm
Route description: Ben More and Stob Binnein
Munros included on this walk: Ben More
Date walked: 25/12/2010
Time taken: 4 hours
Distance: 4 km
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We decided on this as it's close to a main road, has plenty of ascent and we could get up and down pretty quickly
We left Glasgow at 6.15am and headed on our way, i had wanted to leave at 5.30am and walk the 1st hour in darkness but Stevie needed sleep.
Black ice and poor weather conditions made the journey to the start longer than expected, however we had our gear on and hit the trail at 8.15am
Small sign for Ben More indicates start of walk - surprisingly
We followed a zig zagging landrover track for 800m which left us at the bottom of the North face, ready for the relentless steep ascent. I knew what was in store as did this with Stob Binnein Sept 2010 in 40mph winds, rain, mist and no views for the full duration of the walk. . . .but i loved the challenge of the ascent
View of what lay ahead....
It was xmas and we expected to find 3 wise men on our journey, this didn't materialize but we did spot the "3 wise sheep" !!.
Snow wasn't deep but there was plenty of ice so i decided to stick on the crampons
Stevie had decided not to put his crampons on at this point and started to struggle slightly on the steeper sections
He soon realized it would be easier going and promptly put his on.
We both got the heads down and got on with reahing the summit
It was now snowing, the wind had picked up and visibility was non existent
We soon picked up the remains of an old wall which guided us up further to our destination.
The snow was thicker abover 800M, we now had a white out!!
I love these kind of conditions as adds to the excitement and drama of any walk
After 2.15hrs i hit the summit of Ben More, Stevie was minutes behind.
We had a quick bite to eat and got the all important summit shots
We had decided just to retrace our steps and descend the route of our ascent.
Progress was quick, albeit tricky with the ever present rocks underfoot.
We got to the car at 12.15pm. Quick change and we left for Glasgow at 12.30pm.
I was home, showered, changed and sitting in my mums at 3pm for xmas dinner
by pigeon » Sat Dec 25, 2010 11:52 pm
by dooterbang » Sun Dec 26, 2010 11:31 am
Its a hard slog if your walking fitness isnt up to scratch.
by pigeon » Sun Dec 26, 2010 11:37 am
by skuk007 » Sun Dec 26, 2010 2:33 pm
by mountainstar » Sun Dec 26, 2010 3:04 pm
by dooterbang » Sun Dec 26, 2010 3:57 pm
mountainstar wrote:Terrific, you are as mad as me! I did a similar thing on Xmas eve...and was back home by 12 noon!
Brilliant. Just read your report . . . . and you found time for a 3min vid, awesome
Do you have a plan for New Years day i wonder?
You took some great pictures again. That looks amasingly steep like Skuk007 has mentioned. Nice one
- mountain coward
by Oldman » Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:27 pm
Here am I stuck in the house surrounded by warmth, good food, plenty beer and strong whisky and hoping to get a wee walk in before year's end - life can be hell!!
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by dooterbang » Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:51 pm
mountain coward wrote:If it really is as steep as pic no. 8, I definitely won't ever be going up or down that route - not even in summer! T
It aint that steep , just the way the camera was angled
If you check photo 7 you can see my friend is almost vertical. This was a very steep section near the bottom of the hill, so pretty safe if you start sliding downwards.
Oldman wrote:Happy Christmas y'all and what a way to spend it - fantastic outing and excellent report!!!. Picture number 8 is brilliant but the technical man in me wonders if that slope really is 50 degrees Oldman
Not quite, Just a short section that was very steep, which can be bypassed. We went up it because it had a lovely patch of snow.
skuk007 wrote: Was there a bit of photographic licence in that one or did the slope really get to that angle?
Just one part was very steep, nothing dangerous though....the camera never lies
Merry Xmas all.
by dooterbang » Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:53 pm
tango wrote:Great report well done, just makes slightly jealous that all you guys & girls can get to the hills so quickly!! How was your mothers dinner?? Anything like my 1 I had i thought i was going to explode!!
We took our time Mr Tango,
Dinner was good, seemed to eat more than usual....cant think why
by CheeseHat » Mon Dec 27, 2010 9:53 pm
I'm eager to do this one (and Stob Binnein) as soon as possible but in the absence (for now) of crampons and an ice axe, I might wait for the springtime.
by alanmurray » Tue Dec 28, 2010 12:47 am
Great timing for your mum's Xmas dinner. Don't waste a minute of your life - even on Christmas morning !! Doss
Jealous - not been out for 6 weeks.
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