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Ben Chonzie....YES!!.

Ben Chonzie....YES!!.


Postby dooterbang » Sat Jan 15, 2011 6:12 pm

Route description: Ben Chonzie via Glen Lednock

Munros included on this walk: Ben Chonzie

Date walked: 15/01/2011

Time taken: 4.15 hours

Distance: 12.5 km

Ascent: 855m

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After last weeks debacle in trying to reach this Munro....

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=9048

i decided to give it another bash :)

Forecast was grim, torrential rain with gusts of wind reaching 50 - 75mph, should be a nice little challenge :D

The big thaw had arrived and at times on the roads a Kayak may have been more apt :lol:

Left Glasgow at 7.30am - arrived at Glen Lednock 9am - started walking at 9.15am, full waterproof kit on.

View from start of walk near Coishavachan Old school.
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I was 2 minutes into the walk when i caught glimpse of the farmer, he was on his quad bike with trailer attached in the fields to the East of me, he had feed for the sheep. What i saw next was 400 sheep making there way from the crest of the hill to near the bottom, almost in single file , and moving swiftly.
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The path ahead was very icey (i would fall on my ass 7 times today!) so due care was given.
Two cottages at end of path. Take a right before these and follow the landrover track.
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The Invergeldie Burn was in full flow
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I soon came to a small bridge
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This was my first fall of the day :(


Continued to follow the track....wish i had microspikes.

Deer everywhere....
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Couple of mile up the track i came to the liittle Dam. The burn was knee deep but not too wild in its flow, so i crossed quickly.
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The rain was lashing and water had infultrated my camera :shock: , it was gubbed!!


From here it was a case of following the landrover track till a small cairn indicated the cut off up the South face of Ben Chonzie. The mist was now evident so i took a straight line from the cairn to the summit. I got the head down and made my way upwards. Couldn't see much but was having fun, was good to be out :)

Soon reached the summit. Had a bite to eat and descended back to the cairn at the landrover track.


After a few falls i reached the Dam at Invergeldie Burn . WTF :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
This was now about waist height and flowing fast and furious, how will i get across :?

I tried to go across but the force was strong (obi wan). I then headed upstream and then downstream looking to see if i could cross, no way!!

Map out and i decided to follow a landrover track SSE for 500M before crossing open ground NW that took me to the bridge where i had my first fall of the day, the burn was now on my right side....phew!. Enjoyed cutting across the moorland than following the landrover track.

A short walk back to the car and i was soon out of my drenched clothes :)

I had a great wee adventure in testing conditions.

Quick call to Noah and i was in his Ark and heading home :wink:
Last edited by dooterbang on Sat Jun 11, 2016 2:32 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Ben Chonzie....YES!!.

Postby kinley » Sat Jan 15, 2011 6:19 pm

:lol: Sounds....interesting!

Definitely microspikes territory.

Well done on getting out - not quite sure if I'm envious or not :lol: ;)
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Re: Ben Chonzie....YES!!.

Postby magicdin » Sat Jan 15, 2011 6:54 pm

Well done right enough on getting out
Ben Chonzie is a much maligned hill - always a good walk
Not see any hares - ach they maybe stayed in for the day :)
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Re: Ben Chonzie....YES!!.

Postby dooterbang » Sat Jan 15, 2011 6:59 pm

magicdin wrote:Not see any hares - ach they maybe stayed in for the day :)


Yeah i did :)

Loads of the wee things, kept me company :D
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Re: Ben Chonzie....YES!!.

Postby Merry-walker » Sat Jan 15, 2011 7:23 pm

As mad as a March hare!!! :crazy: :crazy: :lol: :lol: :lol: Well done anyhoo :)
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Re: Ben Chonzie....YES!!.

Postby csimbad » Sat Jan 15, 2011 7:53 pm

Good stuff in getting out Dooterbang, I know the feeling fell a few times myself today one with my hand landing in horse poo :lol: Well Done.
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Re: Ben Chonzie....YES!!.

Postby dooterbang » Sat Jan 15, 2011 8:00 pm

Merry-walker wrote:As mad as a March hare!!! :crazy: :crazy: :lol: :lol: :lol: Well done anyhoo :)

Madder than the hat you got on your heed :lol: :D
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Re: Ben Chonzie....YES!!.

Postby dooterbang » Sat Jan 15, 2011 8:01 pm

csimbad wrote:I know the feeling fell a few times myself today one with my hand landing in horse poo :lol: Well Done.


Thought i could smell something :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Very well done on venturing outside in the lashing rain and ferocious winds.
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Re: Ben Chonzie....YES!!.

Postby rockhopper » Sat Jan 15, 2011 8:53 pm

well done dooterbang...........but you must be off your trolley :lol: :lol: I took one look at the forecast and decided that shopping, kids' taxi service and bike servicing were more my cup of tea this weekend. Hmmmm....maybe you had the right idea after all :eh:
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Re: Ben Chonzie....YES!!.

Postby dooterbang » Sat Jan 15, 2011 9:07 pm

rockhopper wrote:well done dooterbang...........but you must be off your trolley :lol: :lol: I took one look at the forecast and decided that shopping, kids' taxi service and bike servicing were more my cup of tea this weekend. Hmmmm....maybe you had the right idea after all :eh:


well done you, taking time out to do your duties :lol:

Was only 4 hours on the hills so was really enjoyable, i wonder if it was 8hours would i be still loving it :? :D

I was down to do 2 hills in Bridge of Orchy but my mate pulled out when he lookes at MWIS. Then he texts me earlier and tells me he got his football coupon up, sometimes it pays not to walk :lol:
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Re: Ben Chonzie....YES!!.

Postby happyhiker » Sat Jan 15, 2011 10:19 pm

on yer arse 7 times eh? I'd love to see the video of that :lol:
you are committed to the cause getting out for the second attempt in the rain and ice - rain i can cope with but me and ice are a def no-no - i'm clumsy enough on dry ground! :lol:
is your camera finished??
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Re: Ben Chonzie....YES!!.

Postby dooterbang » Sat Jan 15, 2011 10:28 pm

happyhiker wrote:on yer arse 7 times eh? I'd love to see the video of that :lol:

Yeah that would be a laugh. No injuries, buns of steel :lol:

happyhiker wrote:is your camera finished??

I think the camera is kaput :(

Was thinking of getting a new one anyhow :)


Hows your weekend been?
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Re: Ben Chonzie....YES!!.

Postby Merry-walker » Sat Jan 15, 2011 10:36 pm

dooterbang wrote:Madder than the hat you got on your heed :lol: :D


You aint seen ma pink hat have you? :lol:
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Re: Ben Chonzie....YES!!.

Postby malky_c » Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:33 pm

Glad you finally made it up Ben Chonzie :)
There's actually some nice colours in the early photos - I'm guessing that didn't continue further up the hill :lol:
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Re: Ben Chonzie....YES!!.

Postby happyhiker » Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:37 pm

dooterbang wrote:I think the camera is kaput :(

Was thinking of getting a new one anyhow :)

Hows your weekend been?


buns of steel eh!! well you should have with all your recent snow hills :D
What kind of camera you thinking about getting and what kind just died? I'm starting to get back into my photography - barely taken a picture in months but have a new fish eye lens to play with :)

Weekend great so far - was back to work, finally - after all these months off! So chilled weekend of making fresh pasta! (i rock!)
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