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A fine day's squelch up Beinn Fhionnlaidh

A fine day's squelch up Beinn Fhionnlaidh

Postby Harpmonk » Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:10 am

Route description: Beinn Fhionnlaidh

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Fhionnlaidh

Date walked: 01/09/2019

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 14.5 km

Ascent: 980m

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Fortune favoured the brave in the few hours snatched in the only foreseeable daylight dry spell this week :(

Trepidation at mizzly start gave way to optimism when the increased height afforded views of increasing blue patches of sky coming in from the west. Very boggy all the way up and back, and a quick hailstorm pinned me in the foetal position for a few minutes by the lochans. Steak pie, gripped by icy-wind-numbed fingers, demolished in record time at summit, where I took 10 pics with my 20yo camera (300kb a go) and stitched them together to make the attached panorama
Beinn Fhionnlaidh panorama for WH.JPG
Summit panorama (rotated to comply with Walkhighlands pixel-width limit)

Rewarded by sightings of a golden eagle and a family of ptarmigans
Cheeky little ptarmigan spotted on ascent.
on the way up, the latter of whom allowed me to get within 6 feet of them before they nonchalantly waddled away.

I really loved this hike: did not see another soul all day and was glad to be far from the madding crowd despite being a stone's throw from Glencoe. I found myself grinning like the Cheshire Cat in the summit cairn. Highly recommended for those who like solitude and peace.
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