Ben Chonzie, heavy mist, young kids...what could go wrong?

Route: Ben Chonzie via Glen Lednock

Munros: Ben Chonzie

Date walked: 22/10/2019

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 12.5km

Ascent: 712m

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End of the October holidays and two bonus in-service days. Deep joy. What to do with the kids (4 and 10)? I know, let's climb a Munro. After all, the forecast is for drizzle and fog. They'll love it 🤔

The day started well when I discovered that oldest daughter had left her outdoorsy jacket at a friend's house the night before. Loath to cancel our plans when I had already packed the bags I decided she could wear her warm (but not overly waterproof) school jacket.

Made the drive from Paisley in about 1h45 and started walking about 9.45am. By the time we got to the cottages 200m from the car park youngest was already complaining she was tired! Oh dear.

We plodded on and got to the dam, which was easy enough. The next stretch of path up to the small cairn is evil and bouldery so the wee one found it quite tough going.

Slow coach. Too busy playing with her walking pole

The forecasters got it right, with the cloud base sitting about 750m. Still time to turn back Paul. What are you thinking man?

If only they knew the fun that lay ahead

The trudge up the moist track towards the top wasn't too bad, but after a few false summits they wanted to sit down and have something to eat so I deployed the wee RAB emergency shelter to get them out the wind and clag while I waited outside freezing my bits off in the -2C wind chill.

Hunners of moans and some tears later we made it to the top. The wee one was really shivering, so quick photo and follow the fence back to pick up the path.....wait, where did that pesky path go?

Managed to force a couple of smiles

Followed the fence too far. Had to get the kids down out the wind and clouds, so a quick look at the map the check for dangers and trudged off downhill. Could have been anywhere in the world by that point, but kept looking at what topography I could see and worked out I had to head off to the right.

Walked blind for a good 20 minutes trusting the compass and popped out at the road 20ft from the wee cairn! 🙏 Thank God for the map reading course.

Soon as they had solid road under their feet and some more tea and a sandwich all the pain and cold were forgotten. Back to the car in just under 5.5 hours and looking forward to their next mountain 😱

Aye, you're laughing now

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