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Schiehallion in mist
by Grisu » Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:50 pm
Route description: Schiehallion
Munros included on this walk: Schiehallion
Date walked: 09/07/2017
Time taken: 4 hours
Distance: 11 km
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After a fantastic start of my walking season with great views in the Lawers the day before I was now heading for my third Munro with bleak prospects ref the weather. However, when I started walking it was dry, the temperature was quite pleasant acutally, and I hoped that the mist might disperse at least partly.
I took the usual route from the parking at Braes of Foss. Unfortunately I could not spend any coins for the parking because the machine was not working
At the section with the quartzite boulders I got a little bit lost.
I tried to follow the two walkers who have appeared out of a sudden in front of me but lost them out of sight again due to the thick mist.
When I was at the summit, you could have told me anything where I was - I had no idea! And still I struggle to recognize Schiehallion. I only saw it in clear sight from Am Bodach for the first time but that was in the next year .
I only took a short break and joined the two walkers I have seen before and met at the summit.
The descent over the ridge was much easier because now I could see clear traces of a path which made walking a bit more comfortable. Still it wasn't easy to keep on the track because it was fading in and out of sight.
Short before I reached the parking it started to rain, well then - I won't be able to return in 50 years but I surely will come back for the views, cheers andrew11.
by katyhills » Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:39 pm
Glad you had a good day again, despite the murky weather.
The sheepfanks are just a simple enclosure for sheep - usually for shearing time, and you were right, that's what you saw in your photo.
The boulders are quite rough to go over - much easier in the snow
by Grisu » Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:29 pm
katyhills wrote:The boulders are quite rough to go over - much easier in the snow
Hello again SNOW - I am far away from trying this at the moment, mainly because I have no easy access because of the place where I live, but surprisingly some thoughts about it popped up already during the last weeks - so who knows, one day Thanks again
by nigheandonn » Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:02 pm
by aaquater » Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:10 pm
by Grisu » Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:25 pm
nigheandonn wrote:I think the English for fank is sheepfold! (In the Lake District you also get bields, but I think those are different...)
Thanks for the information - the sheepfold in the Lake District look indeed different, I have seen plenty of them on my walks over there (warm up for Scotland )
by Grisu » Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:38 pm
aaquater wrote:Haha, the path really does disappear a good bit before the summit! The good part is that Schiehallion is such a lone hill that as far as you're still going up, it's impossible to get lost...
You are right - I only followed a trace which could have been a path but it lead me too far left so I had an extry challenge to get back , cheers aaquater
by Behold Scotland » Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:25 am
With my going rate it should be in about four years and with past luck the views will be much like yours
Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for sharing.
by Grisu » Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:46 am
Behold Scotland wrote:For some reason this Munro is the one that I wish to keep for my last. I don't know why other than my favourite beer is Schiehallion which may have a big something to do with it A Schiehallion on Schiehallion is the dream to finish the Munros.
That's a nice idea, I like that Lager, had one or two in the evening in the Schiehallion Hotel in Aberfeldy after my walk
by rockhopper » Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:18 pm