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Taking my spectre for a walk

Taking my spectre for a walk

Postby Jaxter » Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:00 am

Route description: Ben Wyvis, near Garve

Munros included on this walk: Ben Wyvis

Date walked: 20/12/2019

Time taken: 4.25 hours

Distance: 15.34 km

Ascent: 935m

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After a long term and a pub night in Inverness after getting the train up, the last thing I felt like doing the next morning was getting out of bed and doing things. But Malky got up and went to work so I borrowed his car and went to look for some snow.

Ben Wyvis was the closest and easiest “big hill” that might still have some snow cover. I parked up at the car park at Garve having only found the wrong gear a couple of times on the way over :lol: There was still cloud touching the top of Wyvis but I was hoping it would blow off by the time I got there
ImageCloud topping Wyvis ahead

There was a lot of water around – despite a blanket of snow everywhere at the start of the week there had been a huge thaw and most of it was now gone :(
ImageBridge over a very full river

It was an easy walk from the car park but it had been several years since I was last here and I didn’t remember how much uphill there was before I got to the actual mountain :shock:
ImageLooking back

Soon enough I was out of the forest and onto the more open moorland. The steepest section was directly ahead of me; I kept trying to slow down as I’d been ill the week before and my breathing was all over the place, but I was excited :lol:
ImageHard work ahead

Any excuse for a breather – I’d accidentally brought the big lens with me so figured I may as well use it 8)
ImageTorridon - Fuar Tholl & Beinn Liath Mor

ImageLoch Glascarnoch & An Teallach

ImageLoch Luichart with Strathfarrar & Strathconon hills beyond

I plodded slowly on, trying to ignore stupid injuries niggling and telling myself I just need to warm them up :lol: :roll:
ImageLittle Wyvis


ImageCloud ahead

As I approached the top of the steepest section I started encountering some patches of snow. It was also getting very windy and I could see some cloud ahead…

ImageAtmospheric cloud

As I was struggling to stay on my feet I was aware of a spectre walking alongside me! It actually followed me all the way up the ridge but was difficult to photograph properly :roll:

With the low cloud it was the perfect condition for broken spectres 8)

ImageLooking back down the ridge

However, soon I left my spectre behind and was into thicker clag. The snow seemed to have disappeared too and I was left with slush and ice which made walking quite awkward :roll:

As I walked along the plateau there were moments where I thought it would clear, but it never quite happened. I considered not bothering but I was still confident the cloud would bugger off :lol:
ImageA little clearing

After about 2km the slush became thicker and then became actual snow!
ImageSummit ahoy!

And then I was finally there 8)
ImageBen Wyvis summit

Now I’d stopped walking I was freezing so hid behind the trig to put some more layers on. Unfortunately I actually ended up getting colder because my jacket kept nearly blowing away :lol:
ImageBen Wyvis summit

ImageSummit views

There were a few moments where I almost thought the sun was going to break through but after a couple of near misses I got bored of freezing my ass off and decided to retreat!
ImageBeating a hasty retreat

I think I must have got snow in my camera somewhere because it was around about here that it started playing silly buggers too :roll:
ImageUllapool hills

ImageCloudy Fannaichs

ImageSun hitting An Teallach

I was getting a lot warmer now out of the worst of the cloud and wind and eventually I was back onto the flat section
ImageBack on the flat-ish

ImageLooking back to Wyvis

ImageChristmas trees

ImageI did consider taking this one home

This started me thinking about Christmas so I decided I might feel a bit festive :lol:

Back at the car I could see that even more cloud had dropped onto the hill so I was glad I hadn’t waited!
ImageLooking back - even more cloud up there now

It was an easy drive back to Inverness where I had time for a shower and some food before joining Malky at his work night out 8)

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