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Beinn Udlaidh and Beinn Bhreac-liath

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Attachment(s) Corbetts: Beinn Bhreac-liath, Beinn Udlaidh
Date walked: 26/10/2020
Distance: 12.6km
Ascent: 936m
Views: 2

Gairich

Route: Gairich, Loch Quoich

Munros: Gairich

Date walked: 22/10/2020

Time taken: 9 hours

Distance: 14.4km

Ascent: 957m


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Despite having spent a good part of my childhood and adult life in the West Highlands (at one point I could see the Ballachulish horse shoe from my bedroom window), I had never ventured down the single track Kinloch Hourn road, which breaks off from the A87 at Loch Garry.

As a result this area, still had a magical slightly other worldly quality to my mind that the other hills in the area have had blunted slightly. The Buachaille still never fails to inspire, but I have driven past it 3 times in the past week alone.
Having checked my usual assortment of websites, radio reports and scattered chicken bones, I had decided that Thursday was the best option weather wise, mostly dry with at least some chance of good visibility. The downside, however, was that the rain was only scheduled to stop a few hours before sunrise which would leave the going wet under foot.

After duly rising at 4am, I got a clear run almost all the way to the start point, where I nearly ploughed into a herd of deer. Taking a more cautious last mile or so the dam, I parked and took my customary 10 minutes to drink coffee, boot up and assess the day. Looking across the loch, the cloud started to clear and the peak of Gairich was revealed in all its glory. If this visibility held out, it was going to be a peach of a day. Unfortunately that was always going to be a pretty big ‘if’ in this part of the world in October.

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Striding off confidently across the dam, I reached the path that cut across the moor, following the line of the loch. Wet underfoot doesn’t begin to describe it, the fan boat from the start of ‘Gentle Ben’ would have been a viable option in these conditions.

I detoured briefly to examine this 'thingmyjigger'. I have no idea what it is!

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I was joined by a decent sized heard of deer at one point, possibly the same ones I had met on the road. I am not sure if they were feeling cock sure after the end of the stalking season , there might have been a ‘nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah’ from behind me as I continued.

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I had assumed, that as the gradient steepened, conditions under foot might have dried out. In reality what had been still water, just turned into a downhill stream. On the upside there was no water falling from the sky, thought the summit was increasingly starting to be shrouded in cloud. The glorious views promised earlier in the day were looking increasingly unlikely.

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My last good views were probably around the 700m mark, before disappearing into the clag. On reaching the summit, I sat and ate a roll, then waited another 10 minutes, hoping that the mountain gods would treat me to that rare, but magnificent experience of the cloud clearing to reveal breathtaking views.

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Conscious of the lack of daylight at this time of year, I trotted on down at a slow pace, taking care on the slippy ground.
The march across the moors to the dam felt considerably less enjoyable this time with tired legs. On reaching the car I could hear the bellowing of a stag in the hills above me. It hadn’t been the day blessed with breathtaking views that initially had been promised, but it still wasn’t bad for late October in Scotland.

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Ben Vrackie

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Attachment(s) Corbetts: Ben Vrackie
Date walked: 08/10/2020
Distance: 9.6km
Ascent: 703m
Views: 6


Ben MacDui and Cairngorm

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Attachment(s) Munros: Ben Macdui, Cairn Gorm
Date walked: 31/08/2020
Distance: 19km
Ascent: 932m
Views: 32


Meall nan Subh

Attachment(s) Corbetts: Meall nan Subh
Date walked: 16/08/2020
Distance: 11.7km
Ascent: 648m
Views: 110


Beinn a'Bhuiridh

Attachment(s) Corbetts: Beinn a'Bhuiridh
Date walked: 11/08/2020
Distance: 11.81km
Ascent: 909m
Comments: 7
Views: 383


Abandoned attempt at A' Chrois

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 04/03/2020
Distance: 9.3km
Ascent: 786m
Views: 63


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

Attachment(s) Corbetts: Beinn Mhic-Mhonaidh
Date walked: 06/02/2020
Distance: 11.22km
Ascent: 692m
Views: 340


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: 81


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: 92

SecondRow


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

Munros: 79
Corbetts: 18
Grahams: 9
Sub 2000: 3
Islands: 26



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Statistics

2020

Trips: 8
Distance: 99.63 km
Ascent: 6563m
Munros: 3
Corbetts: 6

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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Last visited: Oct 30, 2020
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