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Ben Challum

Ben Challum


Postby andrewdoggett » Sat Jan 08, 2011 12:32 pm

Route description: Ben Challum, near Tyndrum

Munros included on this walk: Ben Challum

Date walked: 06/01/2011

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 13 km

Ascent: 1050m

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My first 'walk diary' :)

Ben Challum, my 65th munro. They've become something of an addiction since moving to Scotland a year or so ago. I've always loved the outdoors and it doesn't get any better than today... Fresh snowfall had transformed what could otherwise have been a boggy slog into a crisp white winter wonderland.

Gaining height the view behind towards the Tyndrum Hills was stunning...
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The view over the shoulder of the Tyndrum Hills


There's a brief respite of relatively flat ground where you get your first view of the southern, and to a lesser extent the northern summit. The only tracks in the snow are those of the dogs; and this is where it started to get quite deep, thigh deep in many places, and the climb to the south summit was a tiring one!
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The first sight of the south and north summits of Ben Challum


Finally, after a long slog / wade through the snow the southern top is reached with a gorgeous view to the northern summit.
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The view to the North Summit from the south summit


And after a short but fun ridge walk the summit is reached, number 65, and a memorable one :)
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Me on the summit of Ben Challum


The descent was much easier and I half fell / half slid pretty much all the way back in around an hour. The stats of the walk from 'My Tracks' by google on my HTC Phone...
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My Tracks...

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My Tracks, the stats...


After the walk and a refreshing hard earnt pint the light becomes to die for and it's time to indulge in my photographic passions with a real camera which slightly beats the camera phone!

Scotlands' 16th and 18th highest mountains of Ben More and Stob Binnein to the left of the image dominate the skyline above Crianlarich in Perthshire, Scotland. Cruach Ardrain lies off to the right of the picture; in the summer months all of these hills and one more behind were a single days outing for Whiskey (my chocolate labrador) and I; some 30 km including over 8,000 feet of ascent. No chance at this time of year though where the daylight hours are too short for such an adventure. Whispers of mist and cloud line the valley, and they, together with the mountain summits, turn pink with the setting sun...
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The Crianlarich Hills at sunset in fresh snow...
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andrewdoggett
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Re: Ben Challum

Postby rockhopper » Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:26 pm

What a difference 4 days make ! I was up Ben Challum last Sunday - very icy and hardly any snow. You certainly got great weather and snow for some nice pictures. :D
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Re: Ben Challum

Postby andrewdoggett » Sat Jan 08, 2011 6:06 pm

Thanks Rockhopper; certainly changed a bit over the few days! Was lucky with the snow and the weather. Day was gorgeous; I need to get a snap happy camera for the mountains; the phone isn't great; and my Canon Gear is too big to be taking up unless I'm on a specific photography mission...
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Re: Ben Challum

Postby rockhopper » Sat Jan 08, 2011 6:15 pm

andrewdoggett wrote:us; I need to get a snap happy camera for the mountains; the phone isn't great; and my Canon Gear is too big to be taking up unless I'm on a specific photography mission...
aye, there is quite a difference between the photos in your report and your website :lol: and there are some crackers on your website :D
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Re: Ben Challum

Postby andrewdoggett » Sat Jan 08, 2011 6:56 pm

rockhopper wrote:there are some crackers on your website :D


:D Thank you - hope you enjoyed browsing through; photography has been a new venture over the last couple of years or so. I'll take any excuse to as you Scots put it 'get oot and aboot' :)
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Re: Ben Challum

Postby Graeme D » Sat Jan 08, 2011 7:14 pm

Love the picture of the frosted up fence. 8)
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