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Post avr surgery first munro
by Postavrbagger » Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:04 pm
Route description: Ben Cruachan and Stob Daimh
Munros included on this walk: Ben Cruachan
Date walked: 24/10/2019
Time taken: 4 hours
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July 3rd 2019 I went through open heart mechanical valve replacement surgery. Totally indebted to all teams involved at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital. Cardio physio recovery involved a routine of sustained walking. My wife supported me in building up a walking routine. My wife’s comment “I am getting into this walking” prompted a crazy thought...could we manage a munro.
“What’s the point” turned into “this could be a celebration of life”
Online map studies. Walkhighlands stories and posts. You tube videos.... Ben Cruachan was in our sights.
16 weeks post mechanical heart valve replacement...Ben Cruachan bagged!
We still find it hard to take in...a cardiac journey from hospital bed to the top of Ben Cruachan.
The climb....Thursday morning 08:50 start. Yes a bit uphill by the Falls of Cruachan like a training ground for what is ahead. Great views looking back to Loch Awe captured in early sunlight. It is getting steeper, a bit of clambering. Oh here is the style over the fence we noted from videos and posts..a few rungs missing but a gate to squeeze through. The woodland past the falls opens up a bit boggy underfoot..we have not even had sight of the dam yet..Then..Yes there it is..to be honest we thought if we made it to the dam we would be doing well..a dizzy spell combined with turning around quickly with a foot slip brought me slumped on my bum..maybe the making it to the dam will do us.
On to the dam an impressive man made structure. We expected a straight ladder climb as noted in a video up onto the dam but a flight ladder is here now.
We seen the dam, we saw no ridge, the mist was lying low.
Onward then with the welcomed flatter walk on the left hand of the dam. Let’s press on..Up by the series of waterfalls, steeper, more boggy.
The download link from walkhighlands walk route to google earth kept us on track, something we checked a number of times, as the weather was getting worse...rain, wind, mist. We got to the Lochan we had noted in the posts we had read.
The weather was getting rougher with poor visibility. “I am not coming this far just to go back now” my wife said to my more cautious comment “is it wise to go on”
Pressing on then with the clamber, steep, slower progress, heavier breathing. Is that the summit ahead through the mist...is this our first munro? NO...peering through the mist at this ridge...more to go.
Where have all these boulders come from, it is like someone has dumped then here.
We had another false summit...”are you kidding me” “Ben Cruachan never ends” came the shouts.
Surely that vague shape through the mist must be it. The boulders are huge. A steep clamber. A few clambers a few deep breaths............THIS IS IT........MADE IT.......16 WEEKS POST AVR...TOP OF BEN CRUACHAN. Just under 4 hours climb.
The achievement was there but the views were not. No view. No horseshoe ridge visible to Stob Daimh.
Down again? The way we came seemed the most sensible in the weather. A cautious descent with loose ground.
We were treated to a brief glimpse of the horseshoe ridge as mist cleared on the descent for a time nearer the dam
...next time..better weather...we will manage the ridge walk to Sob Daimh. It is in our sights.
by Sgurr » Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:25 pm
by Sunset tripper » Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:31 am
All the best.
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by Grisu » Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:35 pm
by wee black dug » Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:09 pm
Hope you keep on enjoying your days on the hills.
by Bruno » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:31 am
I can absolutely empathise. Getting back to the hills and standing on the top was an incredible feeling. More power to both of you, and best wishes for many happy healthy hill days - in all weathers!!
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