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A Tiring Day on Ben Oss

A Tiring Day on Ben Oss


Postby 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: 1172m

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We had planned to go up Ben Oss today (Sunday), but should have known better after the amount of snow that fell at home over the course of Saturday afternoon/evening.

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
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Rickety Bridge
and into the wonderful Scots Pine Forest.
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Nice Trees!


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.
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Looking back at Ben Dubhchraig


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.

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Last push up to Ben Oss


Lesson learnt - when there has been a bit of a dump of the fresh powdery stuff it WILL be hard work.

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Made it!
Last edited by dalmallywalker on Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:20 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: A Tiring Day on Ben Oss

Postby dooterbang » Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:18 pm

Lucky buggers :)

Glad to see someone made up them ther hills.
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Re: A Tiring Day on Ben Oss

Postby rockhopper » Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:29 pm

Hard work it may have been but looks like it was worth it with such great weather - well done :D
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Re: A Tiring Day on Ben Oss

Postby Robinho08 » Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:43 pm

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! :D
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Re: A Tiring Day on Ben Oss

Postby yorkie bagger » Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:34 am

Great photos - 'specially like that 'last push up to Ben Oss' - a cracker :D Also love those 2 hills and that Scots Pine forest at the bottom.
Robinho08 - I did these in winter and I'm not very experienced in winter - they were fine :D
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Re: A Tiring Day on Ben Oss

Postby jonny616 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:08 am

Yeah well done. great photo's.

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.

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Re: A Tiring Day on Ben Oss

Postby Paul Webster » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:12 am

Great stuff, and hopefully as jonny says you avoided sinking into the bogs amongst those beautiful pinewoods.
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Re: A Tiring Day on Ben Oss

Postby malky_c » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:57 am

Fresh snow certainly makes it hard going - we had the same on Sunday as well. Still some great photos there and it is certainly nice to see a return of the sunshine in the hills :D
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Re: A Tiring Day on Ben Oss

Postby 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! :D


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!
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