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Abandoned attempt at A' Chrois

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 04/03/2020
Distance: 9.3km
Ascent: 786m
Views: 44

First walk/cycle of 2020-Beinn MhicMhonaidh from Glen Orchy.

Route: Beinn Mhic Mhonaidh, from Glen Orchy

Corbetts: Beinn Mhic-Mhonaidh

Date walked: 06/02/2020

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 11.22km

Ascent: 692m


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A break in the weather was all the encouragement I need to plan one of my traditional cycle/walks less than an hour from the house. I had my eye on Mhic Mhonaidh for a while, but had held off due to the usual access route through the forest having been closed for an extended period.

Packing crampons and ice axe, as a precaution more than expectation, I loaded my mountain bike with the plan of ditching it beside the forest tracks before the paths narrowed towards the open hill.

After an initially steep, though pleasant cycle from the car park at Glen Orchy, a few rattly sounding gear chains preceded sickening clank as the chain snapped. After a brief pause to 'calmly assess the situation' (swear and shout), I decided this was by no means a show stopper and that the return to the car park would at least be an easy freewheel most of the way. Initial irritation was replaced by relief that it had happened here, rather than cycling into a more remote location, where it could have been an actual problem!

After ditching the bike in the buses and carefully marking it as a GPS location, I plodded on up the track to find that I was in some regards lucky as I would have had to leave the bike not far from this point anyway, due to the forestry track changing to a narrow path.

After a pleasant walk through the forest and fording a couple of burns, I reached the gate in the deer fence, where the open hill started. After a quick cuppa the ascent of the hill was started in earnest, following the faint hill track as described in the WH guide. Expecting it to be far colder I had put my winter thermals on and had cursed them most of the way through the forest as the mild February had my pouring sweat. Gaining altitude, I was glad of them and soon regained layers.

The cloud meant visibility was poor most of the way, but as I approached the top all of sudden I was treated to brilliant clear views...at 3 second intervals! I suspect I was right at the top of a cloud inversion and if I had climbed something 50m higher visibility would have been perfect.

After making my way across some minor patches of snow, I found the summit cairn, and perhaps a little surprisingly for a midweek Corbett, 1 other walker! We briefly chatted, in a manner that suggest we would both have been less surprised to meet a panda that day, before she continued on her way down. (I walked the South Glen Shiel ridge last year, without seeing anyone else. I sometimes wonder whether numbers in the hills have peaked).

After trying to get a few photos, I returned via the same route, where Ben Lui finally revealed itself in snow capped glory.

On relocating my bike I was able to 'scoot' balance bike style back to the start.

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Loch Lochy Munros

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Attachment(s) Munros: Meall na Teanga, Sron a'Choire Ghairbh
Date walked: 15/09/2019
Distance: 19.03km
Ascent: 1258m
Views: 57


South Glen Shiel ridge part 2

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Attachment(s) Munros: Creag nan Damh, Sgurr an Doire Leathain, Sgurr an Lochain
Date walked: 13/09/2019
Distance: 12.35km
Ascent: 1291m
Views: 66


Sgurr nan Conbhairean and friends in the heat

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Attachment(s) Munros: Carn Ghluasaid, Sail Chaorainn, Sgurr nan Conbhairean
Date walked: 27/06/2019
Distance: 16.7km
Ascent: 1392m
Views: 68


South Glen Shiel ridge part 1

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Attachment(s) Munros: Aonach Air Chrith, Creag a'Mhaim, Druim Shionnach, Maol chinn-dearg
Date walked: 24/06/2019
Distance: 19.6km
Ascent: 1534m
Views: 62


The Cairnwell Munros-3 before lunch.

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Attachment(s) Munros: Carn a'Gheoidh, Carn Aosda, The Cairnwell
Date walked: 19/06/2019
Distance: 13.5km
Ascent: 747m
Views: 69


Beinn Fhionnlaidh from Glen Creran

Attachment(s) Munros: Beinn Fhionnlaidh
Date walked: 12/06/2019
Distance: 15.3km
Ascent: 1022m
Views: 420


Beinn Mhanach

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Attachment(s) Munros: Beinn Mhanach
Date walked: 08/05/2019
Distance: 20.4km
Ascent: 820m
Views: 72


Stob Coire Creagach

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Attachment(s) Corbetts: Binnein an Fhidhleir
Date walked: 01/03/2019
Distance: 7km
Views: 75

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Activity: Mountaineer
Mountain: Sgorr Dhearg
Place: Isle of Lismore
Gear: Rab down bag
Member: MBA
Ideal day out: A day outdoors

Munros: 76
Corbetts: 13
Grahams: 9
Sub 2000: 3
Islands: 26



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2020

Trips: 2
Distance: 20.52 km
Ascent: 1478m
Corbetts: 1

2019

Trips: 9
Distance: 140.58 km
Ascent: 8936m
Munros: 17
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 1

2018

Trips: 7
Distance: 107.16 km
Ascent: 5559m
Munros: 12
Grahams: 1

2017

Trips: 2
Distance: 9.5 km
Ascent: 895m
Munros: 2


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