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A Tiring Day on Ben Oss
by dalmallywalker » Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:12 pm
Route description: Ben Oss and Beinn Dubhchraig, near Tyndrum
Munros included on this walk: Ben Oss
Date walked: 09/01/2011
Distance: 17 km
Ascent: 1172mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
We head off anyway and when we parked the car just off the road at Dalrigh there was not as much snow as there was at home. Did not park the car in the car park due to getting stuck there last time!
We got moving at 10 o’clock and were soon over the rickety bridge and into the wonderful Scots Pine Forest.
The days problem soon became apparent when we broke out of the forest and on to the hill proper. There was a lot of snow and it was such hard work, I have never felt so knackered before on a walk! We persevered though and finally got to the coll where you would normally head left to Ben Dubhchraig, as we had already done that one a while ago and were feeling it a bit we turned right and headed of for Ben Oss.
Down hill beckoned which was a relief but we were soon then met with more leg sapping deep snow for the assent up to Ben Oss's Summit. We made it but were absolutely worn out and we still had to get back including the up hill section to get back up to the coll just below Dubhchraig.
Needless to say as I am righting this you will know that we made it, although the last hour was by head torch through the forest and along the track back to the car.
Lesson learnt - when there has been a bit of a dump of the fresh powdery stuff it WILL be hard work.
by dooterbang » Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:18 pm
Glad to see someone made up them ther hills.
by rockhopper » Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:29 pm
by Robinho08 » Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:43 pm
Robinho08 - I did these in winter and I'm not very experienced in winter - they were fine
- yorkie bagger
by jonny616 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:08 am
I did these two in spring time & from the rickerty bridge through the scot's pine it was a marshly bog fest. Mostly ankly deep. Winter looks a much better option even if it is tiring.
by Paul Webster » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:12 am
by malky_c » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:57 am
by dalmallywalker » Mon Jan 10, 2011 7:39 pm
Robinho08 wrote:I've been considering these two as a winter option, wasn't sure about Ben Oss for a winter beginner though. Nice report, glad you made it!
There was nothing really hard about Oss for a "winter beginner" technically it was very easy, just a slog when you are going through snow up to your thighs at times!