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And so it begins....popping the Munro cherry
by shelbyandamonkey » Mon Mar 19, 2012 12:13 pm
Route description: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Ghlas, Ben Lawers
Date walked: 29/02/2012
Time taken: 5 hours
Distance: 10.5 km
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We didn't have a car until very recently so have spent the last year backpacking and public transporting about Scotland and the trip to Killin was no exception...always makes it seem more of an adventure! After arriving in Killin via 4 different buses and a gorgeous drive up from Callander the forecast, athough still crap, looked best for the next day so we decided to head for Ben Lawers then. In the meantime had a great time wandering up Sron a'Chlachain and Creag Buidhe and out to Loch Tay in the rain
The next day managed to hitch out to the main road down from the Ben Lawers area ( massive cheers to the lovely Jenna who kindly picked us up!) so didnt get the nice 400m start from the car park but had to walk up to there to start...nice wee warm up!
Headed up through the nature reserve in dry and still conditions, with the middle to upper part of Beinn Ghlas sadly covered in cloud, but we got some fab moody views over to the Tarmachan Ridge. We lost the view from about half way up the zig zags.
Made the summit of my first munro, Beinn Ghlas in good time, and after a quick celeration of a drink of tea and some jumping up and down, headed off along the ridge towards Ben Lawers in the cloud and drizzle with a giant grin never leaving my face!
The climb to Ben Lawers was steep in bits and rocky but fairly straightforward and great fun, but as soon as we hit the summit the wind was suddenly really strong ( my first experience of having bodily fluids blown from my nose and eyes...lovely!) and we thought it would be wise to head right back down. Gutted I never got a summit pic
We descended by the same route we had come, and seen the first souls of the day, 3 guys heading up,also soaked But grinning like us! After a quick warning aout the sneaky summit wind we were off again, and made it back to the car park pretty quickly but with aching knees, then down to the road and managed a lift back to Killin, a roaring fire and an ale.
Such a fantastic day of bagging 2 munros, despite getting no views from the tops! Definately will be back soon, hopefully with clearer weather...got my eye on that Tarmachan Ridge...think I've got this hillwalking bug
by Mountainlove » Mon Mar 19, 2012 12:20 pm
by dogplodder » Mon Mar 19, 2012 12:29 pm
Imagine how much you'll love it when the weather is perfect!
by mrssanta » Mon Mar 19, 2012 3:51 pm
by Graeme D » Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:58 pm
mrssanta wrote:Here's to the next 281!!
Yep, that's what you've let yourself in for by the sounds of it! Bloody marvellous it is too!
by jonny616 » Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:01 pm
by RicKamila » Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:15 pm
by mrssanta » Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:30 pm
RicKamila wrote:Well done. We're hoping to pop our Munro cherries in the next two to three months.
Go for it! looking forward to hearing about it
by skuk007 » Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:05 pm
by quoman » Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:58 pm
by basscadet » Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:19 pm
Theres no better feeling than getting nose dreep blown all over your face.. This bagging lark is ace
by iainwatson » Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:18 pm
shame about the weather,as others have said just wait till its a clear,sunny summers day and you get the views,
there is no feeling like it!