Buachaille Etive Mor

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Munros: Stob Dearg (Buachaille Etive Mòr), Stob na Bròige (Buachaille Etive Mòr)
Date walked: 28/09/2009
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Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean (in a gale)

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Munros: Mullach nan Coirean, Stob Bàn (Mamores)
Date walked: 27/09/2009
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The Helvellyn Horseshoe (in the cloud)

Wainwrights: Dollywaggon Pike, Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike, St Sunday Crag
Hewitts: Dollywaggon Pike, Helvellyn, St Sunday Crag

Date walked: 05/09/2009

Time taken: 7 hours

This was an opportunity taken due to last minute meeting at 3.30 on a Friday Afternoon in Scotland, what a better way to start a weekend than this walk up Helvellyn, over Nethermost Pike and Dollywagon Pike down to Grisedale Tarn and then up to St Sunday Crag and down to Glenridding.

I managed to get a bed at Helvellyn YHA with 48 Hours notice and that’s where I left the car. Starting the walk with only a Soft Shell, the weather slowly but surely deteriorated (as the Clag came down the waterproofs went on) until it was a bit of a surprise when I almost bumped into a tent, pitched next to Red Tarn.

The choice was Striding edge or Swirral Edge, and having already been up Striding Edge in the snow a couple of years ago I chose Swirral edge and in what seemed no time at all was at the Trig Pint on Helvellyn with an excellent view of the inside of a cloud !

A swift coffee in the shelter, I skirted the edge of the crags over Nethermost Pike and Dollywagon Pike before finding the top of the zigzags and descended down to Grisedale Tarn, again no views and a persistent wind and drizzle.

A quick pasty and Kit Kat and it was up St Sunday Crag on what turned out to be great path to the col between Cofa Pike and St Sunday Crag. Overtaken by about 100 Fell runners, I took my time to the top of St Sunday Crag with the very occasional view down to Grisedale Tarn and over to Hartsop to be greeted by a Fell running check point on the summit.

Descending towards Birks the clag started to clear and the occasional view of Ullswater was glimpsed before descending down to Patterdale and through to Glenridding via Lanty’s Tarn. If anyone does this route don’t go all the way down to the Village but contour round the other side of the valley to Greenside Road until you find a bridge over the river and then it’s a short stroll down the hill to the car.

All in all a challenging day for navigation and weather but excellent and well worth repeating in better conditions. The views must be stunning!!!!!!!! – Sorry no Photographs but I guess everyone has seen the inside of a cloud!!

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Location: Kent (too far away from them hills!)
Occupation: Sales
Interests: Hills, Hills and Hills ... by foot, bike or Ski
Activity: Munro compleatist
Pub: The Newfield, Seathwaite
Mountain: Bhein Fhada
Place: Glen Affric
Gear: Altberg Boots
Member: YHA
Ideal day out: Ridgewalk
Ambition: Climb every mountain!

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