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A Triple Completion on Mull

A Triple Completion on Mull


Postby dibs » Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:24 pm

Route description: Ben More (Mull) from Dhiseig

Munros included on this walk: Ben More (Mull)

Date walked: 08/09/2019

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 10 km

Ascent: 945m

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I started walking in 2008 with Ali and John who started a few years before me and they had a head start for a fair few Munros that I would eventually catch up on. Our completion was always going to be Beinn Sgritheal due to the proximity of one of our favourite eating and drinking places, the Glen Elg Inn. However, after some consideration of friends and family members who would do the walk with us, we changed earlier this year to Ben More on Mull a more straight forward route for the less adventurous.
Ali booked a farmhouse at Ardnacross for 12 of us for a week and others were travelling on the day of the completion. There was a bit of debate what day we would walk but I said due to travel etc it had to be the Saturday come what may re weather etc. What could go wrong?
As it turned out I think we had the best day ever with clear blue skies and high temps of about 17 degrees. We were joined by about 20 people, family members friends, Kev Mcintosh, Badge, Andy Isles, Fife Flyer, Parminder, Martin Gilmour and his 2 boys.
So we invaded the hill in about 3 waves, the first being 2 hours before the main set off time of 10:30, this was wife's and Andy Isles (who hasn't done a Munro in about 4 years due to ill health) who do not walk the hills and needed plenty time to get up to the top, which indeed they did, fantastic effort by wave 1.
Wave 2 the folks that left on time while I waited for a couple of stragglers and brought up the rear.
All the worries for this day for the last few weeks were needless as the weather was brilliant the company was great, including friends from Canada that came just for this event, thanks again Tim and Kristine. A drone of the pipes was heard as we neared the summit, to us thinking, my god the wife's have excelled here, they hired a piper :clap: Not to be unfortunately, sadly, it was the scattering of the ashes for Johnny Paton the Minister from Mull who died on An Tealach in May this year, RIP Johnny.
If the day couldn't get any better, we had a White Tailed Eagle join us just hovering overhead for some time, I was wondering who was looking down on us, may be a past hill walking friend we lost last year?
After a good hour or more on the summit enjoying the fiz and sunshine it was time to descend and head back to the farm for a well-earned BBQ.
A big thanks to everyone who joined us and also wished us well on our journey for the last Munro of the round.
So here are some great pictures of the day with many more in our archives and great memories of the travels we 3 had over the last years leading to this culmination.


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First of the group gathering

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Just preparing for the ascent

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Thats the Target in view

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Initial ascent with the view back down to Ulva

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Andy Isles at 79yrs making a surprise appearance with Badge striding out on the ascent

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Views appearing of the circular ridge route and other peaks on Mull

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Target getting closer

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The view looking back from near the summit, 11 years and this is it it has finally arrived, number 282 :crazy:

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The guard of honour for the 3 of us approaching the Summit

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A video of the group with the pipes playing but not for us, but it sounded good, RIP Johnny Paton.

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The Dyball Family on the summit

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The Eagle has landed

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Yes Kevin you have climbed 100 Munros.

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The 3 Amigos

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Group mingle, Martin , Chase and Hunter in the fore front

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The group party on top

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And the icing on the cake, what a day :D 8)

Just received our completion numbers, we are now registered as Munroist Numbers 6634, 6635 and 6636 :clap:
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Re: A Triple Completion on Mull

Postby M4RTIN » Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:23 am

Congratulations again George (and John & Ali) on ticking off the final Munro.
The weather was indeed perfect, and myself & my boys had a great time joining you. Hopefully, seeing others reaching the end of the list of 282 will stick with them as I continue to encourage then to get out in the hills, leaving their tablets and screens behind.

It's been a real joy, and privilege, to get to know you over the few years we've been walking; and also getting to know the rest of your group at the recent WH meets. Good hill mates are a special thing.
Our Strawberry Cottage adventure will be hard to forget, for mostly good (with one bad :wink: ) reasons.
Sorry, two bad reasons; that portable shower of John's was great, but the amount of pasty white flesh Kev shared with everyone was maybe more than we all needed to see. :shock:

I'm sure this'll not be the end of your hill days, and many more trips together.

Martin (Chase & Hunter)

PS. My apologies again for my "Here's Johnny" rant, on Skye.
#keygate
#drippingwetpsycho
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Re: A Triple Completion on Mull

Postby dibs » Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:52 am

M4RTIN wrote:Congratulations again George (and John & Ali) on ticking off the final Munro.
The weather was indeed perfect, and myself & my boys had a great time joining you. Hopefully, seeing others reaching the end of the list of 282 will stick with them as I continue to encourage then to get out in the hills, leaving their tablets and screens behind.

It's been a real joy, and privilege, to get to know you over the few years we've been walking; and also getting to know the rest of your group at the recent WH meets. Good hill mates are a special thing.
Our Strawberry Cottage adventure will be hard to forget, for mostly good (with one bad :wink: ) reasons.
Sorry, two bad reasons; that portable shower of John's was great, but the amount of pasty white flesh Kev shared with everyone was maybe more than we all needed to see. :shock:

I'm sure this'll not be the end of your hill days, and many more trips together.

Martin (Chase & Hunter)

PS. My apologies again for my "Here's Johnny" rant, on Skye.
#keygate
#drippingwetpsycho


Martin, trust me the pleasure has been shared lots of great memories and talking points for years to come, that is what it is all about. 8) :wink:
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Re: A Triple Completion on Mull

Postby Fife Flyer » Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:01 pm

Well done the triplets it has been some journey and the co-ordinating has been challenging.
You could have 'borrowed' some of my photo's as you wouldn't have many "action" shots being at the back.
It turned out to be a cracking day and almost as busy as the Ben.
A shame we couldn't stay for the Barbie but the cake was BRAW (to quote someone familiar).
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Re: A Triple Completion on Mull

Postby rockhopper » Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:01 am

Congratulations to the three of you :clap: :clap: Nice way to finish off :)
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Re: A Triple Completion on Mull

Postby dibs » Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:17 pm

Fife Flyer wrote:Well done the triplets it has been some journey and the co-ordinating has been challenging.
You could have 'borrowed' some of my photo's as you wouldn't have many "action" shots being at the back.
It turned out to be a cracking day and almost as busy as the Ben.
A shame we couldn't stay for the Barbie but the cake was BRAW (to quote someone familiar).


Thanks Martin. 8)
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Re: A Triple Completion on Mull

Postby dibs » Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:18 pm

rockhopper wrote:Congratulations to the three of you :clap: :clap: Nice way to finish off :)



Cheers really appreciated and it certainly was.
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Re: A Triple Completion on Mull

Postby Graeme D » Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:09 pm

Congratulations to George and pals! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: Cracking day for it too.
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Re: A Triple Completion on Mull

Postby martin.h » Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:53 pm

Congratulations George (and Amigos), an extra special day with extra special weather and company, perfect :clap: :D
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