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Friday, 1 December 2017

Beinn Ime

Walk Summary
Driving up the A83 from Arrochar anticipation builds
of a great day in the hills. Think it is Beinn an Lochain
The plan was to meet Jon Glew at Butterbridge car park at 9am, however trouble the day before with his windscreen wipers meant he had to get them checked out today before setting off.
Leaving me with the choice to find an alternate route or tackle my first Munro solo in winter conditions. Well I have done the training and walked a fair bit with others - what could possibly go wrong. 
As it happened - nothing. The route was only short and circular meaning I was always less than 2 miles from the start point and a left turn to lower ground in the event of a problem or change in conditions. Plus I cart around more kit than most to help me deal with most problems as they arise. In fact although there was plenty of snow and sufficiently cold to avoid it collapsing under my weight (most of the time) the one disappointment was; amongst other items my crampons remained in my pack, though I did get the ice axe out as a precautionary measure in the event of a slip on the direct descent from Ben Ime down to Glas Bhealach.
As I often say I cannot predict every problem that may occur but do have the necessary skills and kit to deal with whatever may arise. Hopefully.
Anyway although it was a disappointment not to be joined by Jon today, I managed my first day out alone in winter conditions and enjoyed the best snow of the weekend as by next day the thaw was setting in fast.

Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 01 December 2017
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - Crianlarich SYHA
Start Point - Kinglas/Butterbridge car park on A83 near military road crossing over Kinglas Water (NN 23426 09571)
Start Time - 09:00
Finish Point Kinglas/Butterbridge car park on A83 near military road crossing over Kinglas Water (NN 23426 09571)
Finish Time- 14:57
Total Duration - 5hrs 57mins 
Overall Average pace - 0.91mph
Total Distance Walked - 5.43miles
Total Height Ascended - 1109.16metres


Other walks on this trip
2017
November
23rd More area 27C Marilyns
24th Gallow & Hind Hill
25th Gathersnow Hill
26th Queensberry
27th See Morris & Killyleoch Hill
28th Minch Moor
30th Ben Bowie
December
01st Beinn Ime
02nd Ben Vane
03rd Ben Vorlich (Arrochar)
04th Beinn Bhreac & Tullich Hill

Route
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More Photographs
Beinn Narnain (l) and Ben Arthur [The Cobler] (r) from Beinn Luibhean summit
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Thursday, 2 November 2017

Sgùrr na Sgine

Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 02 November 2017
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - Morvich Caravan & Motorhome Club Site
Start Point - A87 car park/layby  near Màlagan (NG 97318 13798)
Start Time - 08:37
Finish Point 87 car park/layby  near Màlagan (NG 97318 13798)
Finish Time- 16:33
Total Duration - 5hrs 56mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.06mph
Total Distance Walked - 6.30miles
Total Height Ascended - 1308.48metres


Other walks on this trip
2017
October
16th More area 28 Marilyns on the way to Glen Shiel
18th Meall nam Maigheach & Drummond Hill
19th Ben Lawers ridge
21st Kintail Ridge - The Three Brothers
22nd Kintail Ridge North - The Five Sisters
24th Ciste Dhubh & Am Bàthach
25th Biod an Fhithich
26th Cluanie Ridge East (Creag a'Mhaim - Maol Chinn-dearg)
27th Cluanie Ridge West (Maol Chinn-dearg - Creag nan Damh)
29th Sgùrr Mhic Bharraich
30th Carn Ghluasaid, Sgùrr nan Conbhairean & Sail Chaorainn
November
02nd Sgùrr na Sgine

More Photographs
Lovely view NW along Glen Shiel during Faochag ascent
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Monday, 30 October 2017

Carn Ghluasaid, Sgùrr nan Conbhairean & Sail Chaorainn

Walk Summary
Route and summit photos from what was probably my biggest day
Sunrise down Gleann Lichd from Morvich C & M Club Siite.
Good weather for the day or Sailors warning
in the hills last Monday; 17.78 miles, 2275m of ascent in 9 hours 57 minutes at average pace of 1.79 mph. Just the 1 Marilyn & 1 HuMP, but 3 Munros, 4 Munro Tops, 2 CTMs, 8 Simms and 1 sub Simm and of course 8 TUMPs. 9 summits altogether.

I had spotted the 2 outliers of Beinn an Iomaire and An Reithe but did not think I would be quick enough, so I told myself unless I was at the final Munro Top before 2pm I would not go for the extra 2 hills. I arrived at 13:53pm so I did. An Reithe bagged and summit sorted by 15:59 with 1 hour of daylight. Unfortunately 6 miles from the car and one more top to visit on the way back.
Final top, Drochaid an Tuill Easaich bagged at 17:37 in pitch dark so 2 hours ahead to do the final 3 miles and descent from 1001m. Not something I planned to do but sometimes it happens. To avoid it I make the rule to always aim to be heading down the final ascent before the sun sets, that way the worst situation is coming off the fell in dusk. A little difficult to apply that rule when you are on the penultimate summit, 6 miles from the van with only 1 hour of daylight left.
I know why it happened as is often the case there is always that extra hill that you had not planned. In this case there were two extra hills and what is more the route between these two hills was a choice of returning back over two Munro Tops and a Munro or descend 200m in to Coire Mheadhoin, reascend 265m and walk 2½ miles between the two. I chose the latter and committed to the extra hill. Had I chose the former I maybe would have missed out An Reithe. Well that was not the outcome I was after.
I don't need to explain this to hill walkers - it happened, you are where you are and you just have to get on with it. The satisfaction comes from doing just that, dealing with the unexpected and testing yourself near your limits is one of the things hill walking is all about
You cannot mitigate against everything that may happen . What you can do is have the gear, skills and determination to deal with whatever does arise.

"Nudge your limits to extend your limits"
"You do not know your limits till you test your limits"

Just don't do it too often - otherwise you will break. They are not called "limits" for nothing. The clue is in the name.

Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 30 October 2017
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - Morvich Caravan & Motorhome Club Site
Start Point - Layby on A87 westbound west of bridge over Coire nan Clach (NH 12399 10510)
Start Time - 09:21
Finish Point Layby on A87 westbound west of bridge over Coire nan Clach (NH 12399 10510)
Finish Time- 19:18
Total Duration - 9hrs 57mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.79mph
Total Distance Walked - 17.78 miles
Total Height Ascended - 2274.95metres


Peaks visited
Munro (282)

Carn Ghluasaid (65)
Sgùrr nan Conbhairean (66)
Sail Chaorainn [Sail Chaoruinn] (67)
Munro Top (227)
Creag a'Chaorainn (21)
Carn na Coire Mheadhoin (Centre Top) (22)
Tigh Mor na Seilge (NNE Top) (23)
Drochaid an Tuill Easaich (24)
Murdo (443)
Carn Ghluasaid (81)
Creag a'Chaorainn (82)
Sgùrr nan Conbhairean (83)
Sail Chaorainn [Sail Chaoruinn] (84)
Carn na Coire Mheadhoin (Centre Top) (85)
Tigh Mor na Seilge (NNE Top) (86)
Corbett (221)
NONE
Corbett Top  (455)
Beinn an Iomaire (17)
An Reithe (18)
Corbett Top of Munro (???)
Beinn an Iomaire (16)
An Reithe (17)
Corbett Top of Corbett (???)
NONE
Graham (219)
NONE
Graham Top (777)
NONE
Graham Top of Munro (???)
NONE
Graham Top of Corbett (???)
NONE
Graham Top of Graham (???)
NONE
Marilyn (1218S - 1556E,W&S))
Sgùrr nan Conbhairean (142S - 391E,W&S)
Hump (2168S - 2976E,W&S)
Windlestraw Law (173S - 497E,W&S)
Highland Five (776)
NONE
Simm (2188S - 2528E,W &S)
Carn Ghluasaid (150S - 481E,W&S)
Creag a'Chaorainn (151S - 482E,W&S)
Sgùrr nan Conbhairean (152S - 483E,W&S)
Sail Chaorainn [Sail Chaoruinn] (153S - 484E,W&S)
Carn na Coire Mheadhoin (Centre Top) (154S - 485E,W&S)
Tigh Mor na Seilge (NNE Top) (155S - 486E,W&S)
Beinn an Iomaire (156S - 487E,W&S)
An Reithe (157S - 488E,W&S)
Historic County Tops (49E - 93E,W&S)
NONE
S: Scotland. 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland

Other walks on this trip
2017
October
16th More area 28 Marilyns on the way to Glen Shiel
18th Meall nam Maigheach & Drummond Hill
19th Ben Lawers ridge
21st Kintail Ridge - The Three Brothers
22nd Kintail Ridge North - The Five Sisters
24th Ciste Dhubh & Am Bàthach
25th Biod an Fhithich
26th Cluanie Ridge East (Creag a'Mhaim - Maol Chinn-dearg)
27th Cluanie Ridge West (Maol Chinn-dearg - Creag nan Damh)
29th Sgùrr Mhic Bharraich
30th Carn Ghluasaid, Sgùrr nan Conbhairean & Sail Chaorainn
November
02nd Sgùrr na Sgine


Route
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More Photographs
Creag a'Chaorainn summit cairn towards Sgurr nan Conbhairean
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Sunday, 29 October 2017

Sgùrr Mhic Bharraich

Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 29 October 2017
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - Morvich Caravan & Motorhome Club Site
Start Point - Fenced off tarmac entrance to a grass field on road to Ratagan (NG 93252 18661)
Start Time - 10:40
Finish Point Fenced off tarmac entrance to a grass field on road to Ratagan (NG 93252 18661)
Finish Time- 14:55
Total Duration - 4hrs 15mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.42mph
Total Distance Walked - 6.05miles
Total Height Ascended - 810.05metres


Other walks on this trip
2017
October
16th More area 28 Marilyns on the way to Glen Shiel
18th Meall nam Maigheach & Drummond Hill
19th Ben Lawers ridge
21st Kintail Ridge - The Three Brothers
22nd Kintail Ridge North - The Five Sisters
24th Ciste Dhubh & Am Bàthach
25th Biod an Fhithich
26th Cluanie Ridge East (Creag a'Mhaim - Maol Chinn-dearg
27th Cluanie Ridge West (Maol Chinn-dearg - Creag nan Damh)
29th Sgùrr Mhic Bharraich
30th Carn Ghluasaid, Sgùrr nan Conbhairean & Sail Chaorainn
November
02nd Sgùrr na Sgine

More Photographs
Loch Duich on way down north ridge of Sgùrr Mhic Bharraich
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Friday, 27 October 2017

Cluanie Ridge West (Maol Chinn-dearg - Creag nan Damh)

Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 27 October 2017
Walkers - Paul Brewster, Jon Glew, Steve Smith

Accommodation - The Trekkers Lodge, Kintail Lodge Hotel
Start Point - Layby on eastbound side of A87 south of Meall a' Charra (NH 04406 11477)
Start Time - 08:54
Finish Point Glen Shiel battle memorial lay by on A87 (NG 99514 13298)
Finish Time- 17:01
Total Duration - 8hrs 07mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.13mph
Total Distance Walked - 9.16miles
Total Height Ascended - 1650.13metres


Other walks on this trip
2017
October
16th More area 28 Marilyns on the way to Glen Shiel
18th Meall nam Maigheach & Drummond Hill
19th Ben Lawers ridge
21st Kintail Ridge - The Three Brothers
22nd Kintail Ridge North - The Five Sisters
24th Ciste Dhubh & Am Bàthach
25th Biod an Fhithich
26th Cluanie Ridge East (Creag a'Mhaim - Maol Chinn-dearg)
27th Cluanie Ridge West (Maol Chinn-dearg - Creag nan Damh)
29th Sgùrr Mhic Bharraich
30th Carn Ghluasaid, Sgùrr nan Conbhairean & Sail Chaorainn
November
02nd Sgùrr na Sgine

More Photographs
Coire an Lochain from Bealach Sgùrr an Lochain
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Thursday, 26 October 2017

Cluanie Ridge East (Creag a'Mhaim - Maol Chinn-dearg)

Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 26 October 2017
Walkers - Jon Glew, Steve Smith

Accommodation - The Trekkers Lodge, Kintail Lodge Hotel
Start Point - Cluanie Inn walkers car park (NH 07609 11796)
Start Time - 08:38
Finish Point Layby on eastbound side of A87 south of Meall a' Charra (NH 04406 11477)
Finish Time- 15:49
Total Duration - 7hrs 11mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.44mph
Total Distance Walked - 10.37miles
Total Height Ascended - 1713.87metres


Other walks on this trip
2017
October
16th More area 28 Marilyns on the way to Glen Shiel
18th Meall nam Maigheach & Drummond Hill
19th Ben Lawers ridge
21st Kintail Ridge - The Three Brothers
22nd Kintail Ridge North - The Five Sisters
24th Ciste Dhubh & Am Bàthach
25th Biod an Fhithich
26th Cluanie Ridge East (Creag a'Mhaim - Maol Chinn-dearg
27th Cluanie Ridge West (Maol Chinn-dearg - Creag nan Damh)
29th Sgùrr Mhic Bharraich
30th Carn Ghluasaid, Sgùrr nan Conbhairean & Sail Chaorainn
November
02nd Sgùrr na Sgine

More Photographs
Can you see the stag we spotted a stag on the slopes of Coirean an Eich Bhric
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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Biod an Fhithich

Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 25 October 2017
Walkers - Jon Glew, Steve Smith

Accommodation - The Trekkers Lodge, Kintail Lodge Hotel
Start Point - Layby on A87 southbound SE of Achadh Arsgalain (NG 96756 14439)
Start Time - 10:31
Finish Point Layby on A87 eastbound east of Memorial to Donald Campbell (d1927) (NG 94837 17932)
Finish Time- 14:02
Total Duration - 3hrs 31mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.29mph
Total Distance Walked - 4.53miles
Total Height Ascended - 670.24metres


Other walks on this trip
2017
October
16th More area 28 Marilyns on the way to Glen Shiel
18th Meall nam Maigheach & Drummond Hill
19th Ben Lawers ridge
21st Kintail Ridge - The Three Brothers
22nd Kintail Ridge North - The Five Sisters
24th Ciste Dhubh & Am Bàthach
25th Biod an Fhithich
26th Cluanie Ridge East (Creag a'Mhaim - Maol Chinn-dearg)
27th Cluanie Ridge West (Maol Chinn-dearg - Creag nan Damh)
29th Sgùrr Mhic Bharraich
30th Carn Ghluasaid, Sgùrr nan Conbhairean & Sail Chaorainn
November
02nd Sgùrr na Sgine

More Photographs
Water cascading off Sgùrr na Ciste Duibhe on other side of A87 from near summit of Biod an Fhithich
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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Ciste Dhubh & Am Bàthach

Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 24 October 2017
Walkers - Jon Glew, Steve Smith

Accommodation - The Trekkers Lodge, Kintail Lodge Hotel
Start Point - Layby south of harvested Glenshiel Forest (NH 08681 12085)
Start Time - 08:52
Finish Point Layby south of harvested Glenshiel Forest (NH 08681 12085)
Finish Time- 14:52
Total Duration - 6hrs 00mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.43mph
Total Distance Walked - 8.59miles
Total Height Ascended - 1100.63metres


Other walks on this trip
2017
October
16th More area 28 Marilyns on the way to Glen Shiel
18th Meall nam Maigheach & Drummond Hill
19th Ben Lawers ridge
21st Kintail Ridge - The Three Brothers
22nd Kintail Ridge North - The Five Sisters
24th Ciste Dhubh & Am Bàthach
25th Biod an Fhithich
26th Cluanie Ridge East (Creag a'Mhaim - Maol Chinn-dearg)
27th Cluanie Ridge West (Maol Chinn-dearg - Creag nan Damh)
29th Sgùrr Mhic Bharraich
30th Carn Ghluasaid, Sgùrr nan Conbhairean & Sail Chaorainn
November
02nd Sgùrr na Sgine

More Photographs
Sunshine and showers looking back at Am Bàthach from An Cnapach summit
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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Kintail Ridge North - The Five Sisters

Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 22 October 2017
Walkers - Jon Glew, Steve Smith

Accommodation - The Trekkers Lodge, Kintail Lodge Hotel
Start Point - Glen Shiel battle memorial layby on A87 (NG 99474 13311)
Start Time - 09:00
Finish Point The Trekkers Lodge, Kintail Lodge Hotel (NG 93775 19610)
Finish Time- 19:54
Total Duration - 10hrs 54mins 
Overall Average pace - 0.91mph
Total Distance Walked - 9.89miles
Total Height Ascended - 1847.16metres


Other walks on this trip
2017
October
16th More area 28 Marilyns on the way to Glen Shiel
18th Meall nam Maigheach & Drummond Hill
19th Ben Lawers ridge
21st Kintail Ridge - The Three Brothers
22nd Kintail Ridge North - The Five Sisters
24th Ciste Dhubh & Am Bàthach
25th Biod an Fhithich
26th Cluanie Ridge East (Creag a'Mhaim - Maol Chinn-dearg)
27th Cluanie Ridge West (Maol Chinn-dearg - Creag nan Damh)
29th Sgùrr Mhic Bharraich
30th Carn Ghluasaid, Sgùrr nan Conbhairean & Sail Chaorainn
November
02nd Sgùrr na Sgine

More Photographs
As good as the visibility got all day.
Jon Glew in the mist heading right round bottom of one of two nobles on way to Sgùrr Fhuaran East Top that you do not need to climb over.
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