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Beinn Bhuidhe - take two
by old danensian » Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:08 pm
Route description: Beinn Bhuidhe, via Glen Fyne
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Bhuidhe
Date walked: 05/02/2011
Time taken: 7 hours
Distance: 23 km
Ascent: 1150mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Down in Warwickshire on Friday morning - the jury was still out on the weather – but the forecasted whiteouts and gales moved a hundred miles or so south. So, Saturday offered the prospect of the cobwebs being blown away and the possibility of a top being reached – especially on discovering that the 40th birthday party we were going up to Glasgow for was in the evening not at lunchtime as I’d originally thought.
Stroll up Glen Fyne – things look positive – occasional breaks in the high cloud - odd patch of brightness on the slopes above –cottages at Inverchorachan reach –optimism runs high. It was a leisurely stroll at 80 minutes rather than Craig and Andy’s 60.
Steep slope above – pass the waterfalls – glimpse of sun and shirt-sleeves.
Reach the level of the upper waterfall - enthusiasm diluted by sky turning dark - within moments thick wet heavy flakes of snow blow in – within fifteen minutes any vestige of sketchy track and optimism wanes.
Question calling it a day - answered by appearance of a bouncing Rocco, accompanied by Andy and Craig
Welcome company – carry on – snow relents but cloud and wind remain as companions
GPS show we keep running parallel to recommended track – but easy angled rakes, ramps and gullies criss-crossing the crags above give plenty of straightforward options to what might be the ridge above – it proves to be.
Brief glimpse as ridge reached – views back to Pt 901 – and on to the summit
But soon visibility disappears again – summit reached – a few shared congratulations
Retreat down the same way to quieter spots for something to eat – and the walk out – and final sting in weather’s tail with rain / hail drenching.
by andrewdoggett » Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:23 pm
Great to meet you...
by ChrisW » Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:23 pm
by old danensian » Sun Feb 06, 2011 11:24 pm
- Descent from ridge
But there was no photographic evidence of my plunge through the snow into the burn - thank goodness for underfloor heating, my boots stand in the middle of our hall gently simmering.
And I didn't want to embarrass Rocco when he wussed out on the scramble - but then again, four paws aren't always better than two feet.
by andrewdoggett » Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:16 am
But there was no photographic evidence of my plunge through the snow into the burn
Which in hindsight is a shame... I've never seen a snow angel three foot deep before...
by Jockstar » Mon Feb 07, 2011 3:44 pm
The soaking from landing in the burn was close to the same happening at Glencoe..remember us trying to get across the burn which was in spate !
by Stretch » Mon Feb 07, 2011 3:56 pm
by gammy leg walker » Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:48 pm