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Defeat on century bid – towel thrown in at Loch Etchachan

Defeat on century bid – towel thrown in at Loch Etchachan


by Graeme D » Sun Feb 13, 2011 11:09 pm

Date walked: 12/02/2011

Time taken: 20.5 hours

Distance: 28 km

Ascent: 970m

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Re: Defeat on century bid – towel thrown in at Loch Etchachan

Postby kevsbald » Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:26 am

Jeezoman - it's amazing how your mind and body can torture you. Engrossing stuff. The road is long....
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Re: Defeat on century bid – towel thrown in at Loch Etchachan

Postby Bruadair » Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:49 am

Woah! respect for this one Graeme....you should chalk this one up as a major achievement...OK you didn't get the final outcome you wanted but still a fantastic effort your report and photo's took me on the journey.

Best regards..............B
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Re: Defeat on century bid – towel thrown in at Loch Etchachan

Postby Paul Webster » Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:51 am

Great report, I feel like a nap now.

I do confess though that I once was heading for the Hutchison Hut and turned back down Glen Derry having only got half way up the glen - similar snow conditions.
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Re: Defeat on century bid – towel thrown in at Loch Etchachan

Postby foggieclimber » Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:59 am

Enjoyable report. Looks like hard work.

The mountains will always be there for another day (preferably in better weather and conditions).
Getting back safe should always take first priority.
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Re: Defeat on century bid – towel thrown in at Loch Etchachan

Postby potace » Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:23 pm

You made the right decision. The hills aren't going anywhere and you can always come back. That's my mantra.
Having done that walk myself it's very do-able, especially with the aid of a bike to Dery Lodge.
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Re: Defeat on century bid – towel thrown in at Loch Etchachan

Postby davetherave » Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:34 pm

Greame

Super report, really enjoyed you Cairngorm adventure. Some nice pics you got there nearing the end !
I hve only felt like that the once when on the hill, not a nice feeling at all. On your own with a big winter pack is tough going.

As for my bothy trip this week, well i bottled it. Finished night shift on saturday morning rain was pi**ing it down big time, went to bed got up 11am still pi**ing it down. Tried on my pack and decided i could not cope. :)

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Re: Defeat on century bid – towel thrown in at Loch Etchachan

Postby Graeme D » Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:51 pm

davetherave wrote:Tried on my pack and decided i could not cope.


I know the feeling Dave! :lol:

Thanks for the comments, and like a few people have said, hills and bothies aint going anywhere in a hurry. My mind is already plotting a return revenge mission! :D
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Re: Defeat on century bid – towel thrown in at Loch Etchachan

Postby Red Peak » Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:23 pm

Wow! Fantastic report and photos. I'm sure everyone who read the report can relate to that feeling of physical and mental tiredness. When you're in that state, there's no harm in turning back as the mountains will still be there for another day. You and Lucy getting back down safe is the important thing.

I only hope your evening was worth getting back for ... :D
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Re: Defeat on century bid – towel thrown in at Loch Etchachan

Postby Jockstar » Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:57 pm

Enthralling stuff....and what a great right up.. I felt every step of the way and was exhausted myself by the end of the story. Good lad for making the correct decision and for letting the likes of myself know what could be in store in the pursuit of munro's. :D
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Re: Defeat on century bid – towel thrown in at Loch Etchachan

Postby soulminer » Mon Feb 14, 2011 3:40 pm

Unlucky not to have bagged the hundred, Mheadhoin was also my 100th 8)
It hurts like hell when you struggle for ages, decide to turn, then look back and the sky is nearly clear :twisted: .
I'm sure you will 'kick its ass' on your next visit.
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Re: Defeat on century bid – towel thrown in at Loch Etchachan

Postby CurlyWurly » Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:56 pm

Top Drawer stuff Graham, you will just have to settle for CMD and The Ben on a frosty morning with blue skies instead. Thank god we did Carn Bhac instead of that initial idea of doing Derry Cairngorm in one day. Phew
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Re: Defeat on century bid – towel thrown in at Loch Etchachan

Postby rocket-ron » Mon Feb 14, 2011 5:31 pm

nightmare when that happens graeme. I have had to throw the towel in a couple of times because the dogs where struggeling
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Re: Defeat on century bid – towel thrown in at Loch Etchachan

Postby dooterbang » Mon Feb 14, 2011 6:17 pm

Big journey and time spent, but what an adventure :D These days stick in the mind, had a similar day in November.

Really enjoyed reading this.

This 100th is becoming epic....c'mon Graeme you can do it :)
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Re: Defeat on century bid – towel thrown in at Loch Etchachan

Postby pigeon » Mon Feb 14, 2011 7:01 pm

That's bad luck Graeme ,there was some grim weather about this weekend but you'll get to your 100 soon .Had a mini adventure on ben challum ourselves on sunday. :(
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Re: Defeat on century bid – towel thrown in at Loch Etchachan

Postby gammy leg walker » Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:22 pm

Graeme,revenge will be all the sweeter when you eventualy nail these two,and reach the magic 100.As always the main thing was you made it back safe,hope you enjoyed your night out with your wife to make up for the disapointment of your failed atempt earlier in the day.Still was a great read like all of your posts,and when you do reach your the 100 mark I am sure te report will make a great read.
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