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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.
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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.
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Stairs
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Someone helpfully left this windbreak by the path
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Snow! good thing I came prepared!
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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.
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I've seen worse ideas on the hills.

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How many strange creatures does one mountain need?
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East
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South
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West
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North
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Sunbeams
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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:
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Sun over Loch Glascarnoch
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Stepping stones on the way back (this wee burn doesn't seem to be on the map)
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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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