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12 minutes ago, LondonHMFC said:

Does some really good videos. 

If I am ever missing home, tend to find myself watching some of his climbs. 

He must carry a fucking ton of gear with him - drone, camera, go-pro, camping gear - fair play to him as some of the stuff he produces is amazing.

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He must carry a fucking ton of gear with him - drone, camera, go-pro, camping gear - fair play to him as some of the stuff he produces is amazing.
His Aonach Eagach camp is excellent

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I must be a right grumpy git but my PTTGOY with hillwalking is people flying drones.

Second is people clogging up hillwalking social media with their, mostly pish, drone videos.

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Are they really that common? I've maybe been lucky but the only one I've seen on the hill was on Suilven but there were quite a few people there by that point, so it wasn't exactly peace and solitude to begin with. I've always found Tornadoes and Typhoons more annoying :)

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7 hours ago, Swello said:

Are they really that common? I've maybe been lucky but the only one I've seen on the hill was on Suilven but there were quite a few people there by that point, so it wasn't exactly peace and solitude to begin with. I've always found Tornadoes and Typhoons more annoying :)

I haven't seen one yet, although I'd probably already done most of the "honeypot" hills before these things became fashionable. I imagine if some arsehole was buzzing one about close to me on my way up a hill I'd be tempted to fire a stone at it 😂

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20 hours ago, Swello said:

I've always found Tornadoes and Typhoons more annoying

Weird when they pass below you, think it was Wales when I saw that. 

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On 10/09/2019 at 16:50, Swello said:

He must carry a fucking ton of gear with him - drone, camera, go-pro, camping gear - fair play to him as some of the stuff he produces is amazing.

Never seen any drones during my trips. And I doubt I'm going to see any because of my arthritis. But I spend more time browsing sites like willpowerpeak trying to choose proper hiking shoes instead of hiking itself. What a shame, I used to be a mountain climber years ago, but now it's all in the past. Anyway, I'm glad I discovered this thread, amazing pics.

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On 30/08/2019 at 19:55, LondonHMFC said:

Have any folk climbed Ben Ledi of late? 

It used to be one of my Dad's favourite to walk, so I said to him we should do it in September. However my only fear is the other month we did around 20 miles of the Corrieyairack Pass and he was absolutely fucked. Just want to make sure that there is a decent enough path to follow for when I have to carry his body back down. 

 

Just back in the hotel from doing it. Wasn't far away from carrying him back, then again he could have said the same for me. 

A real reality check as to how unfit I am. 

Very misty all day, but a cracking few hours with my Dad.

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I'm having a fairly mixed 2 weeks in the NW. Last week we stayed in Strathcarron, and managed two Corbetts, the piss easy Sgurr a'Chaorachain from Beakach na Ba, and the glorious An Ruadh Stac from Coulags.

Also the bonus of upsetting the owner of the estate who "didn't want us on his hill" despite the fact we'd be nowhere near his shoot.

Now in Ullapool where it's totally cunting it down. Hoping to bag Cul Beag and Canisp before heading home. 20191003_112015.jpeg20191003_115344.jpeg20191001_113908.jpeg20191001_121858.jpeg

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12 minutes ago, Day of the Lords said:

Also the bonus of upsetting the owner of the estate who "didn't want us on his hill" despite the fact we'd be nowhere near his shoot.

What happened? That estate has a bit of a reputation in the past as far as I've heard. In most cases, estates keep shoots well away from the trade routes to Munros (I assume you used the coulags way that is shared with Maol Chean-dearg?) - the only time I tend to contact estates is when I'm using some weird way into a hill....

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What happened? That estate has a bit of a reputation in the past as far as I've heard. In most cases, estates keep shoots well away from the trade routes to Munros (I assume you used the coulags way that is shared with Maol Chean-dearg?) - the only time I tend to contact estates is when I'm using some weird way into a hill....
We negotiated a lot more diplomatically than I would have preferred One of his pals was perfectly reasonable and said we'd be miles away from them and the owner backed down reluctantly.

Yeah, standard route up past MCD and back.

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Climbing Ben Nevis in a couple of weeks. Scrolling through the last hundred or so posts it doesn't seem very popular here, but I'm a novice and have never done it before. In fact, my hillwalking experience is very limited - Ben Lomond, Ben Dornich, Ben Rinnes and Goat Fell are my conquests so far. Is it any good and does anyone have any tips? One of the other guys doing it is quite experienced and has suggested going up an alternative route than the main one.

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Climbing Ben Nevis in a couple of weeks. Scrolling through the last hundred or so posts it doesn't seem very popular here, but I'm a novice and have never done it before. In fact, my hillwalking experience is very limited - Ben Lomond, Ben Dornich, Ben Rinnes and Goat Fell are my conquests so far. Is it any good and does anyone have any tips? One of the other guys doing it is quite experienced and has suggested going up an alternative route than the main one.
The tourist route up Ben Nevis is overcrowded and boring. The first half (ish) is a 'man made' track with lots of steps and the second half is unrelenting zig zagging across scree.

The Carn Mor Dearg route is the alternative route and is excellent but there is reasonable exposure, with a fairly narrow ridge.

If you just want a good walk with a friend and to tick off Ben Nevis then go for the tourist route. If you're reasonably fit and have a head for heights, go for the CMD route.

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4 minutes ago, energyzone said:

Climbing Ben Nevis in a couple of weeks. Scrolling through the last hundred or so posts it doesn't seem very popular here, but I'm a novice and have never done it before. In fact, my hillwalking experience is very limited - Ben Lomond, Ben Dornich, Ben Rinnes and Goat Fell are my conquests so far. Is it any good and does anyone have any tips? One of the other guys doing it is quite experienced and has suggested going up an alternative route than the main one.

The Carn Mor Dearg arete is the most popular "alternative" route - and it is a belter as you get to see the North face of the Ben and get to summit the 9th highest mountain in the UK en route) - you need a bit of a head for heights for it but nothing major when there is no snow and visibility is decent - the other "walking" alternatives have some full-on scrambles which wouldn't be a good plan for folk with very little experience IMO.

Here is a look at the Arete looking back from the Ban Nevis side and a look at the final climb onto the summit of the Ben.

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The tourist route is honestly quite a slog as there isn't much interest on the way up but is on a very good path (if you like that sort of thing) - not really much to say about it other than the standard disclaimer about being able to navigate from the summit back to the path when you are in the cloud (there have been fatalities over the years with folk ending up in the Gully because they took a straight line bearing off the summit). The only other point is that we are getting to the time of year where light becomes an issue but assuming you are back on the path by a decent time, getting down in darkness with a headtorch is pretty straightforward if you get delayed (or start too late).

Ben Nevis is a different beast depending on the route you take - for me the CMD Arete route was in my top few days on the hill (which I wasn't expecting to say) - the tourist route, wasn't.

 

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2 minutes ago, Am Featha *****h Nan Clach said:

This was my view from the CMD route20190408_094044.jpeg

I would imagine that's most people's view :)

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Climbing Ben Nevis in a couple of weeks. Scrolling through the last hundred or so posts it doesn't seem very popular here, but I'm a novice and have never done it before. In fact, my hillwalking experience is very limited - Ben Lomond, Ben Dornich, Ben Rinnes and Goat Fell are my conquests so far. Is it any good and does anyone have any tips? One of the other guys doing it is quite experienced and has suggested going up an alternative route than the main one.
If you're reasonably fit and ok-ish with heights, the CMD I'd both not scary, and if you get views, utterly epic. There's a bypass path in places if you don't fancy the Crest, and the only non-optional airy bit I can recall is a short 2m wide granite slab which is piss easy.

The ascent from the area to BN is about 250m of boulderfield but the route is easy to follow. You'll pop out almost immediately along from the summit trig, probably with about 200 folk for company

The tourist route/pony track is fucking tedious.

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19 hours ago, Day of the Lords said:

I'm having a fairly mixed 2 weeks in the NW. Last week we stayed in Strathcarron, and managed two Corbetts, the piss easy Sgurr a'Chaorachain from Beakach na Ba, and the glorious An Ruadh Stac from Coulags.

Also the bonus of upsetting the owner of the estate who "didn't want us on his hill" despite the fact we'd be nowhere near his shoot.

Now in Ullapool where it's totally cunting it down. Hoping to bag Cul Beag and Canisp before heading home. 20191003_112015.jpeg20191003_115344.jpeg20191001_113908.jpeg20191001_121858.jpeg

Cracking compared to how I got it a couple of weeks ago up Stob Ban. Tried to upload a couple of photos here but got bit in the arse with the 8MB limit.

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Cracking compared to how I got it a couple of weeks ago up Stob Ban. Tried to upload a couple of photos here but got bit in the arse with the 8MB limit.
It's shite now. So far this week we've essentially had 4 days of gales and horizontal rain

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14 minutes ago, Day of the Lords said:

It's shite now. So far this week we've essentially had 4 days of gales and horizontal rain emoji23.png

I'm up in Ullapool at the end of Oct for some Ben More Coigach action - but I'm already looking for some "pish weather boring hills" to do as a backup as I don't do classic hills on shite days...

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