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Full moon and a strange creature on Ben Wyvis

Full moon and a strange creature on Ben Wyvis

Postby Pastychomper » Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:12 pm

Munros included on this walk: Ben Wyvis

Date walked: 18/04/2019

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 14 km

Ascent: 935m

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After a trip to the southern metropolis that is Inverness, I set off up Ben Wyvis at 3:30 PM, in time to meet numerous walkers on their way down. One pair warned me there was a strong wind blowing on the exposed parts of the climb, though not so bad at the top. They weren't kidding - it was whipping through Bealach Mor from the SE and enough to notice on the ridges.
On the way up

I'd read that work had been done to improve the track and undo some of the erosion, and dutifully stuck to the track. I was impressed by how well-made it was, especially the rocky staircases on the climb.
Someone helpfully left this windbreak by the path
Snow! good thing I came prepared!
Sign on the way up, politely asking us to stick to one path

The strange "creature" was a small soft toy in the summit shelter. I wasn't sure what it was at first - alien, furry dinosaur, Fraggle? - but the tag said it was a kind of bear, and that it (he, according to Faceache) was hitch-hiking from place to place to raise awareness of breast cancer.
I've seen worse ideas on the hills.

How many strange creatures does one mountain need?
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A moss transplant
I saw a ptarmigan on the way down. Like Ben Wyvis, it had mostly "summer" plumage with a bit of white, but unlike the hill the white was all on the underside and trousers. I took a picture, and have an idea which picture it is, but haven't found the bird in it yet. Instead, here's a zoom to the sun dipping behind a mountain:
Sun over Loch Glascarnoch
Stepping stones on the way back (this wee burn doesn't seem to be on the map)
And there's the moon, looking small between two Wyvises

Viewranger's opinion of the route. Satellite navigation geeks might like to note that I followed the same track up and down, especially on the well-marked section between the car park and An Cabar.

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