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Melting on Ben Challum!

Melting on Ben Challum!


Postby Brendanw » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:48 pm

Route description: Ben Challum, near Tyndrum

Munros included on this walk: Ben Challum

Date walked: 02/06/2018

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 11.5 km

Ascent: 956m

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This was only my second hill walk of the year after last week’s Ben Lui and Xxxxx which left my legs destroyed for days! Given that I was planning a week of munros, I decided to start with something relatively easy. What I hadn’t bargained on was the weather. And, unusually for Scotland, I’m not talking about bad weather - it was boiling hot!

The walk started on the side of the busy A82 and up through a road, past a farm house and graveyard, over a railway line and then a long, mostly pathless, steep ascent through grass land. And the heat was almost unbearable for the whole ascent. On the plus, the weather for the last 2 weeks meant that the many boggy parts were pretty easily crossed.

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Heading down towards the farm


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Heavy traffic as the route starts to rise...


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It's a hill with a lot of stile.....


Once up this relentless grassy slope, the landscape changed from field-like slopes to something more akin to a mountain landscape and the target, or what I thought was the target, loomed ahead. The path up the shoulder of the mountain became clealer if no less steep, but there was a sting in the tale - a false summit! And not just a “it’s just over that next hill”, there was another mile to go! In fairness, I could have seen this from map, but hope cruelly prevailed. It actually turned out to be the most interesting part of the walk, with dips and rises in and out of beallach and then a nice enough final pull to the top, which offered great views across to Ben Lui and the surrounding hills.

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Looking back towards Ben Lui and friends


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Made a wee pal en route up


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Finally, the top is in sight...or so I thought


By this time though, I was hot as hell and thought I’d take a breather and get some lunch. The summit, as with much of the walk up, was hoaching with daddy long legs so I descended slightly and sat down.

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Final approach to the summit


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Usual summit selfie


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Edgey


Literally seconds after I did though, I saw and heard the rain approaching and threw the waterproofs on quicker than you could say “****, it’s raining! And boy did it come down in buckets. But as quick as it started, it was over again and the waterproofs were off again.

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Got a right good soaking from a passing thunderstom


The decent down the grassy slopes was a trudge and the temperature had jumped again meaning I was really overheating.
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Re: Melting on Ben Challum!

Postby rockhopper » Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:41 pm

Nice day for it despite the shower :thumbup: Always amuses me how we want it hot when it's cold then cold when it's hot and I'm as guilty as anyone :lol: Re the daddy long legs, there seems to have been an abundance of insects this year; had clouds of may flies appearing regularly on recent hillwalks - cheers :)
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Re: Melting on Ben Challum!

Postby dogplodder » Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:48 am

Had similar experience on Ben Challum in May 2015 when my pal almost expired from the heat and we had to rethink plans for the next day. Your photos bring it all back. :D
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