A Triple Completion on Mull

Route: Ben More (Mull) from Dhiseig

Munros: Ben More (Mull)

Date walked: 08/09/2019

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 10km

Ascent: 945m

I started walking in 2008 with Ali and John who started a few years before me and they had a head start for a fair few Munros that I would eventually catch up on. Our completion was always going to be Beinn Sgritheal due to the proximity of one of our favourite eating and drinking places, the Glen Elg Inn. However, after some consideration of friends and family members who would do the walk with us, we changed earlier this year to Ben More on Mull a more straight forward route for the less adventurous.
Ali booked a farmhouse at Ardnacross for 12 of us for a week and others were travelling on the day of the completion. There was a bit of debate what day we would walk but I said due to travel etc it had to be the Saturday come what may re weather etc. What could go wrong?
As it turned out I think we had the best day ever with clear blue skies and high temps of about 17 degrees. We were joined by about 20 people, family members friends, Kev Mcintosh, Badge, Andy Isles, Fife Flyer, Parminder, Martin Gilmour and his 2 boys.
So we invaded the hill in about 3 waves, the first being 2 hours before the main set off time of 10:30, this was wife's and Andy Isles (who hasn't done a Munro in about 4 years due to ill health) who do not walk the hills and needed plenty time to get up to the top, which indeed they did, fantastic effort by wave 1.
Wave 2 the folks that left on time while I waited for a couple of stragglers and brought up the rear.
All the worries for this day for the last few weeks were needless as the weather was brilliant the company was great, including friends from Canada that came just for this event, thanks again Tim and Kristine. A drone of the pipes was heard as we neared the summit, to us thinking, my god the wife's have excelled here, they hired a piper :clap: Not to be unfortunately, sadly, it was the scattering of the ashes for Johnny Paton the Minister from Mull who died on An Tealach in May this year, RIP Johnny.
If the day couldn't get any better, we had a White Tailed Eagle join us just hovering overhead for some time, I was wondering who was looking down on us, may be a past hill walking friend we lost last year?
After a good hour or more on the summit enjoying the fiz and sunshine it was time to descend and head back to the farm for a well-earned BBQ.
A big thanks to everyone who joined us and also wished us well on our journey for the last Munro of the round.
So here are some great pictures of the day with many more in our archives and great memories of the travels we 3 had over the last years leading to this culmination.

First of the group gathering

Just preparing for the ascent

Thats the Target in view

Initial ascent with the view back down to Ulva

Andy Isles at 79yrs making a surprise appearance with Badge striding out on the ascent

Views appearing of the circular ridge route and other peaks on Mull

Target getting closer

The view looking back from near the summit, 11 years and this is it it has finally arrived, number 282 :crazy:

The guard of honour for the 3 of us approaching the Summit

A video of the group with the pipes playing but not for us, but it sounded good, RIP Johnny Paton.

The Dyball Family on the summit

The Eagle has landed

Yes Kevin you have climbed 100 Munros.

The 3 Amigos

Group mingle, Martin , Chase and Hunter in the fore front

The group party on top

And the icing on the cake, what a day :D 8)

Just received our completion numbers, we are now registered as Munroist Numbers 6634, 6635 and 6636 :clap:

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Location: Dunfermline
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Interests: Walking and Bowling
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