On the shores of Loch Awe

Route: Beinn a' Bhuiridh, near Loch Awe

Corbetts: Beinn a' Bhuiridh

Date walked: 10/11/2013

I suppose it's been a while since I last hit my digits off the keyboard and wrote a report. The weather, time off from work and lack of cash due to dogs, car etc, put pay to a few walks we had planned.
This particular little foray into the white wilderness was planned only a couple of days ahead. We wanted some where with views for a few piccies, and of course, a good old hill workout to boot !
We were meeting Doogz and Mags at the usual carpark on the outskirts of Paisley at 06:30. Alan and I were a tad late due to skating rink conditions on his windscreen, and on the road below the wheels. After all the gesturing, and posturing, we set off for our visit to the shores of Loch Awe. Headed up the Rest and be Thankful, round to Inveraray over the high road to Loch Awe and parked down from the gate on the Hydro Road. Conditions were still icy underfoot and there was a bit of a fog bank in evidence, shame :( :wink:

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The sun was spreading a volume of rays about giving the flora a lovely autumnal hue 8)

Sheep on the lookout

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A steep little pull up, especially with the old Winter bag and boots :lol: All the fun o' the Fair ! The views were opening up around us quite nicely with the bank of fog now below us.

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We sauntered on in much merriment and reached our turn off point for the hill beside us. The snow was only ankle deep here, a bit different to what we would find later :shock: :)

A couple of views from our turnoff point

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Looking rather fine out there today, a good choice of hill ! The route up was steepening and we took turns on the point, with a few extra refreshment stops thrown in. Although there was much snow in evidence the ambient temp was not as low as expected. Time for the shades to come out to prevent the old Retinal Bleaching 8)

Behind us

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And again from a little higher up

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The going underfoot was becoming a tad more tiring, the snow was pretty deep in places- but we struggled on in difficult conditions :clap:

A photo stop

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Some locals struggling in the same conditons :)

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Across to the fogless side

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A zoom of the Windfarm

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A wee glimpse of Mull

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3/4 of the Intrepid party

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Some fine snow sculpture

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We seemed to have reached an impass just under the summit, some of the snow was waist deep. It took some time for us to pick our way up to and across the deeper sections in order to reach the rocks we could scramble up- not exactly expecting to be waist deep so early in November. I dare say there were some others elsewhere who might struggle with these type of conditions- if not properly equipped. But we reached our goal for the day and the rigours of our efforts were rewarded in abundance.

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We sat about for a time enjoying the fruits of our labours. Winter walking at it's best, and most enjoyable :) Sad to have to leave I suppose, but descend we must.

On the way down

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The heat from the sun had changed the conditions for our descent, a bit on the treacherous side for a fair bit. The snow was just sliding off the grass as soon as you placed a boot on it , and on several occasions there was some 'break dancing' going on :lol: as I said earlier- all part of the fun !

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