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Drumochter High camp

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Attachment(s) Munros: A' Mharconaich, Beinn Udlamain, Geal-charn (Drumochter), Sgairneach Mhor
Date walked: 07/04/2012
Distance: 24.6km
Ascent: 1158m
Views: 612


Loch an Diamh Circuit

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Attachment(s) Munros: Meall Buidhe (Glen Lyon), Stuchd an Lochain
Corbetts: Meall Buidhe, Sron a'Choire Chnapanich
Date walked: 29/03/2012
Distance: 26km
Ascent: 1780m
Views: 687


Ambleside Horseshoe

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Attachment(s) Wainwrights: Dove Crag, Fairfield, Great Rigg, Hart Crag, Heron Pike, High Pike (Eastern Fells), Low Pike, Nab Scar
Hewitts: Dove Crag, Fairfield, Great Rigg, Hart Crag
Date walked: 11/02/2012
Distance: 12.6km
Ascent: 999m
Views: 720

Good Omen for the Early Bird

Route: Meall Ghaordaidh from Glen Lochay

Munros: Meall Ghaordaidh

Date walked: 28/01/2012

Time taken: 3.5 hours

Distance: 9.5km

Ascent: 985m

The early bird catches the worm. In this case, I am the early bird, the worm is a metaphor for a memorable sunrise. I set off from Glasgow at silly o'clock, the stars visible as I sailed up the A84, figuratively of course. As I turned into Glen Lochay, my Ipod shuffled onto 'Gotta Get Back On The Mountain' by Ray Lamontagne. Indeed Ray, indeed. And on that note, so to speak, I marched off from the standard parking spot at 0630, head torch on for the first hour.

And after 90 minutes walking, my day really did begin. The stars gave way to a rich glow filtering from the east, the almost linear clouds appearing to converge at the light source.

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I spent more time staring in awe at the light, walking for 5-10 mins at a time before being forced to get the camera out again.

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I was keen to gain height before the sun came up. Before long the sun popped up and the snow glistened.

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The distinct outline of Ben Vorlich and Stuc A'Chroin looked inviting.

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I made the most of taking in the brilliant colours on display, before turning towards Meall Ghaordaih.

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I almost walked into some feathered friends - they didn't seem to mind me being there.

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I had my axe and crampons with me but they weren't used. The last few hundred metres was mainly fresh snow over ice, easy enough to walk on so long as the ice wasn't exposed by the wind. I've added a few stock photos - me at summit, Glen Lochay and Glen Lyon. 2hrs 20min to the top, with plenty of stops.

Me at the top, a nice shelter around the trig point.
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Glen Lochay
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Glen Lyon
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After the initial icy section, I made light work of the descent and was back at the car for just after 10. I met a group setting off, they asked if crampons were needed (I said take them!) and that they saw a lovely sunrise on the drive up. I didn't have the heart to tell them what they had missed.

As I drove by Loch Lubnaig, I just had to stop and get a pic or two. The place looked alpine, crisp still air, still water and glowing white hills. I like this last one quite a bit, once I did a certain something to it. No prizes for guessing! :)

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I'm still buzzing from today's walk, and once the dust settles I still think it will rate amongst my top 3 hill days. Not bad for a sub 4hr jaunt on a supposed 2 star hill!

Martin

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Ben Vorlich, just not high enough

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Attachment(s) Munros: Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond)
Date walked: 14/01/2012
Distance: 13.5km
Ascent: 945m
Views: 633


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A Long and Boring Walk

Attachment(s) Munros: Beinn a'Chreachain, Beinn Achaladair
Date walked: 18/12/2011
Distance: 20km
Ascent: 1250m
Comments: 18
Views: 9938


OMM 2011

Attachment(s) Date walked: 29/10/2011
Distance: 45km
Ascent: 2300m
Comments: 8
Views: 2314


Sgulaird Solstice Sunrise

Attachment(s) Munros: Beinn Sgulaird
Date walked: 20/06/2010
Distance: 11km
Ascent: 900m
Comments: 7
Views: 4893


Four Eastern Mamores

Attachment(s) Munros: Binnein Beag, Binnein Mor, Na Gruagaichean, Sgurr Eilde Mor
Date walked: 01/05/2010
Distance: 19km
Comments: 8
Views: 6488

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Activity: Mountain Walker
Pub: The Tight Line, Lochawe
Mountain: Ben Starav
Place: Glencoe
Gear: Head Torch!
Ideal day out: Clear day, no wind. Long ridge, bit of scrambling with a few munros.

Munros: 70
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 4
Donalds: 6
Wainwrights: 19
Hewitts: 12
Sub 2000: 3
Long Distance routes: West Highland Way   



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Statistics

2012

Trips: 5
Distance: 86.2 km
Ascent: 5867m
Munros: 8
Corbetts: 2
Hewitts: 4
Wainwrights 8

2011

Trips: 2
Distance: 65 km
Ascent: 3550m
Munros: 2

2010

Trips: 2
Distance: 30 km
Ascent: 900m
Munros: 5


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