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Ben Laoigh and a'Chleibh

Ben Laoigh and a'Chleibh


Postby soulminer » Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:05 pm

Munros included on this walk: Beinn a'Chleibh, Ben Lui

Date walked: 15/01/2012

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It had been a fair old time since Doogz, Nelson, Alan and I had been out together due to- weather, work or apathy :) It was decided the first opportunity we had we would take it, today was it :)
We had been scanning weather reports to find out what we would have to endure on our chosen Sunday. Did look reasonable during the week, but changed slightly nearer the day, sod it were going !
Met up with Nelson at his house and off for 07:15. Journey full of the usual p*sh-ripping for all involved, and a few chosen others :lol: Arrived at Glen Lochy car park, dressed up and off hillward.Waded through the river as it was not too high and hit the first little boggy patch. Much tree-felling in the area recently (?) looks dreadful. Headed off the main path, crossing at the bifurcation of the river using the rope provided :lol: up over the road and through the next bog-fest section.

The view ahead

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No more photos till the summit, concentrating on acheiving that goal first. Conditions were not to bad till just under the Bealach where it became a tad icier. The clouds wre being blown across pretty quickly and the decision was taken to tackle Lui first. Reached the Bealach and made our way up towards our first summit. Spotted another couple of walkers making their way through the Coire behind us. The sun was trying it level best to break through, but not succeeding to much. Further up we elected to fire up the ironmongery, and take a well earned refreshment break. Checked GPS and off again.The sun certainly for making some sort of appearance today, but doubt it would be for long. Brief glimpses on the final ascent, and bingo- summit time.

Doogz waiting to absorb some solar energy

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Nelson and Alan absorbing other forms of energy :lol:

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The sun trying its Level best again

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And finally succeeding

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It was a bit baltic, with us taking refreshments and waiting for the brief abatements in wind and cloud for our photographical frenzies

A few more

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Doogz on the other Top

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Heading down, then last look up

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Nearing the Bealach, Alan fell- a*se over t*t,causing much hilarity :lol:

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It only took 18mins for to reach the summit, take these,then turn, and bu**er off down again :shock:

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Kept our crampons on for a time descending into the Coire- still icy :) Stopped further down to remove them, and off. Four steps later Nelson- not to be outdone, fell t*t over a*se- again to howls of laughter.

Last three photos

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A cracker of a day out enjoying all that was thrown at us. I had not been out walking for at least 9 weeks and thought I would have suffered, but not so- good company always helps :thumbup:
Last edited by soulminer on Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:25 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Ben Laogh and a'Chleibh

Postby mrssanta » Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:20 pm

So worth it when the sun breaks through. the rime on the top is amazing and I love the picture of the sun and the summit rock
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Re: Ben Laoigh and a'Chleibh

Postby soulminer » Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:28 pm

It is indeed worth it when the sun comes out to play, didn't play for long enough though :lol: Still, a great deal of pleasure derived from the day- love winter walking :thumbup:
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Re: Ben Laoigh and a'Chleibh

Postby Johnny Corbett » Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:29 pm

Pity all the hard frost wasn't at the bottom of these hills as well, just where the bog section starts :D
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Re: Ben Laoigh and a'Chleibh

Postby soulminer » Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:34 pm

Johnny Corbett wrote:
Pity all the hard frost wasn't at the bottom of these hills as well, just where the bog section starts

In total agreement JC :lol:
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