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Traigh na Cille

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 08/11/2021
Distance: 2km
Ascent: 50m
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Calgary Bay

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 07/11/2021
Distance: 5.5km
Ascent: 50m
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Ben Cleuch for Mark's mega-completion

Grahams: Ben Cleuch
Donalds: Ben Cleuch, King's Seat Hill, Tarmangie Hill

Date walked: 23/10/2021

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 19km

Ascent: 1165m

Grahams: Ben Cleuch.
Date: 23/10/2021.
Distance: 19km.
Ascent: 1165m.
Time: 6 hours.
Weather: Grey and windy. Occasional sunshine.

Mark had been gnawing away at various hill lists for quite a few years, and had realised that he was on track to do the 'full house' (Munros, Corbetts, Grahams, Donalds, Munro Tops and Furths - 1124 summits!). Ben Cleuch would see the end of his Graham and Donald round concurrently, and also the 'full house' as it turned out. This had been postponed from 2020 but it looked like he had a clear run at it this time (having to go up all of those other pesky hills before your 'last' one can mess up plans a bit :lol: ).

Initially I thought Jackie might be able to join us as well. She might just have made it up here a year ago but not right now, and as it turns out she probably shouldn't have been doing anything in this league a year ago either :roll: . So I decided to make a day of it rather than staying down in Glasgow, and was on the road for 7am. I had warned Mark I might be slightly late if I got delayed on the drive - in fact I was 30 minutes early - time I squandered going off to find a toilet before turning up at Mill Glen 2 minutes after the 10am starting time! There was no-one around and I had no idea how many others would be along - would it be 3 or 30?


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I hoofed it quickly up the alternative approach for The Law, which misses out the bottom of Mill Glen, diverted this way by signposts. Turns out Mill Glen is still passable even if the signs discourage the route, and shortly before dropping down to cross the Gannel Burn, I caught up the large group I had spotted earlier below me at the Mill Glen viewpoint. This was my group, and it was definitely closer to 30 than 3 although I never did work out the exact number.

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Heading up the Mill Glen

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The rest of the group at the Mill Glen viewpoint

Once across the Gannel Burn, the ascent is on a good path but it is pretty relentless until you reach the top of The Law - this stretched the group out over a fair distance. I spent time talking to Mark, Anne and Rob, and accompanied Margaret (Sgurr) most of the way up - nice to catch up with people after so long.

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Heading for The Law

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Looking back across lower Clackmannanshire to the Forth

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Gannel Burn

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Alloa and the Forth

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Steep pull up the Law

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Back down the Law to Grangemouth

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The route finally levels off

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Looking back to the Law

You could almost call the weather reasonable - it hadn't rained since we started and the summit was clear. However the wind was really howling once we approached the top, and the cairn and shelter could only do a limited amount about that for a group of 20+. Still, it was my best visit of 3 to Ben Cleuch, and we enjoyed champagne and cake as we were blasted by the wind.

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Mark has finally made it - nice Champagne collection!

An impressive feat, but Mark had the right attitude to it - just another day in the hills, with plenty more to come in the future. Most people opted to drop down via Ben Ever to try and get some shelter from the wind, while a few folk went back the same way. Having driven this far, I wanted to stretch the walk out a bit before going home, and decided that going east was the easiest way to do this. I had been over most of these summits before but never with anything you could call a view, so it was nice to have another crack at them.

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Steeles Knowe and Ben Shee

Heading off the way we had come up for a short distance, I soon branched off towards Andrew Gannel Hill and caught up with John, who had talked about going out this way too. While he was unsure how far east he was going, he was on a bit of a Donald bagging mission while I was more relaxed. So we had a good catch-up and walked together as far as Whitewhisp Hill. Innerdownie had sunshine on it at this point and was beckoning him onwards, while I was starting to think about turning around to get home at a sensible time for dinner. So I left John to it and retraced my steps back over Tarmangie Hill before heading to King's Seat Hill. I was glad to find that the wind had eased a bit since I was now walking into it.

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Looking back west to Ben Cleuch

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Across the Law

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Steeles Knowe

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Steeles Knowe and Glensherup

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Lomonds and Loch Leven

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Top of the Glen of Sorrow

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Glen of Sorrow

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Tillicoultry from Kings Seat Hill

Not the perfect day for appreciating the Highlands, but there were great views out over Fife and the Forth, as well as to some rather nasty weather lurking further west.

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Alva and the Forth

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Andrew Gannel Hill

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The Law

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South ridge of Ben Ever

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Tillicoultry

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Knock Hill and Saline Hill

Dropping off King's Seat Hill, I eventually picked up my outward route and was back at the car by 4pm. There was an after-walk celebration in the Woolpack at the foot of the hill but I avoided this and headed home (we're still avoiding most indoor social stuff until Jackie is better). A nice day out on some different hills and really good to be able to catch up with people again 8) .

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Squelching round the back of Ben Wyvis

Attachment(s) Munros: Ben Wyvis
Date walked: 18/10/2021
Distance: 24km
Ascent: 1560m
Comments: 3
Views: 277


Fionn Bheinn and Meall a' Chaorainn: Moist!

Attachment(s) Munros: Fionn Bheinn
Date walked: 03/10/2021
Distance: 11.5km
Ascent: 1030m
Comments: 1
Views: 242


Carn na Leitire from Abriachan

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 26/09/2021
Distance: 5km
Ascent: 185m
Views: 31


Hightown Hill placeholder

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Sub 2000s: Hightown Hill
Date walked: 19/09/2021
Views: 22


Two short leg stretchers in the Dales and Dumfries

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Attachment(s) Hewitts: Lovely Seat
Date walked: 19/09/2021
Distance: 5.5km
Ascent: 280m
Views: 25


Whitbarrow - hidden limestone

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 18/09/2021
Distance: 6km
Ascent: 200m
Views: 42


Base Brown from Langdale? Oh go on then!

Attachment(s) Wainwrights: Base Brown, Bowfell, Eagle Crag, Esk Pike, Glaramara, Harrison Stickle, High Raise (Central Fells), Sergeant's Crag, Thunacar Knott
Hewitts: Base Brown, Bowfell, Combe Head, Dovenest Crag, Esk Pike, Glaramara, Harrison Stickle, High Raise (Central Fells)
Date walked: 16/09/2021
Distance: 28.5km
Ascent: 2650m
Comments: 3
Views: 311

malky_c


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Location: Glasgow/Inverness
Occupation: Civil Engineer
Interests: Walking, Scrambling, Cycling, Mountain Biking
Munro rounds: 1
Corbett rounds: 1
Graham rounds: 1

Munros: 282
Corbetts: 222
Grahams: 219
Donalds: 74
Wainwrights: 130
Hewitts: 271
Sub 2000: 283
Islands: 38



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Statistics

2021

Trips: 58
Distance: 635.5 km
Ascent: 34335m
Munros: 9
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 17
Donalds: 3
Sub2000s: 28
Hewitts: 14
Wainwrights 20

2020

Trips: 73
Distance: 840.25 km
Ascent: 43115m
Munros: 9
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 21
Donalds: 2
Sub2000s: 41
Hewitts: 15
Wainwrights 23

2019

Trips: 72
Distance: 1114 km
Ascent: 66725m
Munros: 23
Corbetts: 19
Grahams: 17
Donalds: 4
Sub2000s: 43
Hewitts: 12
Wainwrights 2

2018

Trips: 74
Distance: 1529 km
Ascent: 85110m
Munros: 20
Corbetts: 29
Grahams: 21
Donalds: 28
Sub2000s: 41
Hewitts: 51
Wainwrights 20

2017

Trips: 59
Distance: 1009.8 km
Ascent: 54765m
Munros: 27
Corbetts: 11
Grahams: 9
Sub2000s: 36
Hewitts: 23
Wainwrights 9

2016

Trips: 55
Distance: 1132.8 km
Ascent: 59985m
Munros: 18
Corbetts: 20
Grahams: 20
Donalds: 4
Sub2000s: 33

2015

Trips: 50
Distance: 1009 km
Ascent: 58815m
Munros: 10
Corbetts: 18
Grahams: 35
Donalds: 5
Sub2000s: 26

2014

Trips: 52
Distance: 1143 km
Ascent: 56245m
Munros: 11
Corbetts: 23
Grahams: 43
Donalds: 33
Sub2000s: 23

2013

Trips: 45
Distance: 1121.2 km
Ascent: 52310m
Munros: 9
Corbetts: 23
Grahams: 36
Sub2000s: 26

2012

Trips: 61
Distance: 1911.9 km
Ascent: 64050m
Corbetts: 8
Grahams: 16
Sub2000s: 19
Hewitts: 96
Wainwrights 16

2011

Trips: 49
Distance: 867.2 km
Ascent: 45165m
Munros: 5
Corbetts: 21
Grahams: 31
Sub2000s: 11
Hewitts: 18

2010

Trips: 45
Distance: 987.3 km
Ascent: 49290m
Munros: 7
Corbetts: 33
Grahams: 32
Sub2000s: 10
Hewitts: 4

2009

Trips: 43
Distance: 741 km
Ascent: 35725m
Munros: 8
Corbetts: 35
Grahams: 14
Sub2000s: 5
Hewitts: 1

2008

Trips: 47
Distance: 540.5 km
Ascent: 37865m
Munros: 15
Corbetts: 22
Grahams: 18
Donalds: 3
Sub2000s: 6

2007

Trips: 40
Distance: 471.5 km
Ascent: 30550m
Munros: 22
Corbetts: 19
Grahams: 7
Donalds: 3
Sub2000s: 4

2006

Trips: 36
Distance: 472 km
Ascent: 32785m
Munros: 39
Corbetts: 7
Grahams: 4
Hewitts: 1

2005

Trips: 29
Distance: 464 km
Ascent: 27635m
Munros: 29
Corbetts: 7
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 2
Hewitts: 5
Wainwrights 8

2004

Trips: 43
Distance: 839.4 km
Ascent: 47975m
Munros: 60
Corbetts: 6
Grahams: 2
Donalds: 2
Sub2000s: 1
Hewitts: 1

2003

Trips: 45
Distance: 798 km
Ascent: 51905m
Munros: 68
Corbetts: 5
Hewitts: 5

2002

Trips: 47
Distance: 634 km
Ascent: 42245m
Munros: 46
Corbetts: 3
Grahams: 3
Hewitts: 24

2001

Trips: 61
Distance: 738.5 km
Ascent: 59035m
Munros: 45
Corbetts: 1
Sub2000s: 1
Hewitts: 53
Wainwrights 23

2000

Trips: 51
Distance: 512.5 km
Ascent: 42190m
Munros: 19
Corbetts: 2
Sub2000s: 1
Hewitts: 55
Wainwrights 26

1999

Trips: 47
Distance: 504 km
Ascent: 43786m
Munros: 23
Corbetts: 1
Hewitts: 48
Wainwrights 4

1998

Trips: 37
Distance: 378 km
Ascent: 33525m
Munros: 12
Hewitts: 46

1997

Trips: 43
Distance: 512.1 km
Ascent: 44205m
Munros: 19
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 1
Donalds: 2
Hewitts: 63
Wainwrights 6

1996

Trips: 40
Distance: 476.5 km
Ascent: 40740m
Munros: 12
Corbetts: 2
Hewitts: 75
Wainwrights 17

1995

Trips: 2


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