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3 hours ago, Chinatoon Bairn said:

Grey Corries with Stob Ban is a good shout. How'd you find the traverse from Stob Ban to Stob Choire Claurigh? The 150 odd metre descent before what seems to be a fairly sharp 350m ascent will be a right good laugh.

In good visibility it’s totally fine but if the cloud is down, you need to be careful that you’re descending on the right line. I did it in full winter conditions and it was a steep but pretty quick climb up the other side. The drop and reascent involved in the last Munro was more of a pain TBH but that was because I was tired and it was tricky under snow and ice. One of my favourite ever days that one. 

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Was out on Sunday accompanying my wife's pal up her first Munro. She let me choose, so I opted for Meall nan Tarmachan. Third time up this one for me - I finally got weather and views.

First Munro for me in over a year after wrecking my feet on the Drumochter four last summer.

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24 minutes ago, AyrshireTon said:

Was out on Sunday accompanying my wife's pal up her first Munro. She let me choose, so I opted for Meall nan Tarmachan. Third time up this one for me - I finally got weather and views.

First Munro for me in over a year after wrecking my feet on the Drumochter four last summer.

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Did you do the ridge walk? If not, I'd highly recommend it. I did it two years ago and loved it and only met 7 people ( in three groups) on the whole walk. Bliss.

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It’s the best “take a beginner” walk in Munro world - if you do the ridge, it pretty much covers everything they’ll be doing for the next couple of years as they build their experience. 

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1 hour ago, microdave said:

Did you do the ridge walk? If not, I'd highly recommend it. I did it two years ago and loved it and only met 7 people ( in three groups) on the whole walk. Bliss.

If I'd been alone I'd have given the other peaks a go, but she was content with the Munro summit. Wants to do more - think she's got the bug after that.

1 hour ago, Swello said:

It’s the best “take a beginner” walk in Munro world - if you do the ridge, it pretty much covers everything they’ll be doing for the next couple of years as they build their experience. 

It's the 3rd time I'd used it for someone else's 1st Munro. It's ideal even in foul weather with a very good path.

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I tend to have a close season for hillwalking in late June and all of July because of holidays and family stuff - so I decided to start the new season with a bang and finally do something that's been bugging me for 20 years. The Cobbler was the first hill I ever climbed but at that stage, I had no idea I would end up getting into this as a hobby and so I took one look at Threading the Needle and said "err, no".

400+ hills later, it remained as the only technically "difficult" summit I still had to do - so when I saw the forecast for this week (and the nice dry rock that would result), I decided to finish work early and go for an evening walk to avoid the mad crowds (the main reason I haven't been back). I headed off from Succoth at about 6pm, said hello to about 100 people on their way down the zigzags of doom and was soon up at the Narnian boulders enjoying the perfect weather (light breeze, no midges).

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I don't get to walk on many motorway paths all the way to the summit now and I made good, sweaty time - and was up on top not much more than an hour and a quarter after leaving the car. First time looking at the dreaded needle for a long time

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I would have the summit to myself, which was a massive bonus - but there were two guys about to head down that offered to hang about and take a picture of me on top - so that was me committed :) 

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There is a lot of hype about this but when I climbed through the window in the rock, the ledge was wide enough that the exposure was a lot less than other stuff I've done - and the two scrambling moves were straightforward and not that exposed. The only part of the whole thing that was both exposed and CERTAIN DEATH if you came off was a little saddle that you climbed over once you were on the summit pinnacle - but even that was technically straightforward. Short story - if you've got any sort of head for heights, it's very do-able. 

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I climbed down, got my phone back and felt confident enough to go back up and take some photos. the down-climbs were the part I was interested in before but for a 6ft person, they were easy and I never felt any exposure.

I hung about at the summit for a while enjoying the peace and warm rock and then wandered off in the (vain) hope of getting any edible food in Arrochar after 8:30pm. Oh, and there is always someone that puts your minor scrambling adventure in perspective - b*****d.

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6th Annual (minus the Covid years) West Highland Way all arranged for next month...can't wait to get back out on my happy place. 😃

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Headed for the Arrochar Alps this morning to enjoy the weather and was treated to some stunning views. Done both Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime, swithered about doing The Cobbler too but decided against it. Took about 6 hours in all. Upto 10 munros now and already planning the next outing! 
 

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On 11/08/2022 at 11:00, Swello said:

Oh, and there is always someone that puts your minor scrambling adventure in perspective - b*****d.

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I was up The Cobbler a month or so back and there was a guy and his young son rock climbing on that same face. Did you follow the path round the back and summit that way, then back down the front? 
 

The zigzags are the real killer when doing the Cobbler, Narnain or Ime. For some reason I always feel like it only takes 15-20 minutes on the way up to get out of the trees and on to the main path, but double that time on the way down.  

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Two "Interesting" days in Kintail with a glorious, roasting hot traverse of the South Glen Shiel ridge yesterday and a race (and loss) against an epic thunderstorm on the North Cluanie 3 today. Getting annihilated by hailstones, gales, 20 mins of thunder and lightning all around us was fun. One strike landed about halfway between us as we were running down from about 900m  

The midges at Shiel Bridge are ferocious also. Fucking love this country

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20220813_104124.thumb.jpg.78d32ceab47ff4d1eb22184dbe07b732.jpg20220813_104258.thumb.jpg.6c5b5bd801ea2ba4126101e477222316.jpgDid Buchaille Etive Mor on Saturday. Abaolute roaster of a day, but the midgies were surprisngly horrendous for such a hot/dry day - even at the summit.

Also folk on here who have done both Munros (Stob Dearg & Stob na Broig) will know of the absolute heartache when you realise that Stob na Doire isn't a Munro in it's own right!

10.5 miles done in 7 hours, feet were on fire by the end of it, still breaking in my boots, but would probably have gotten away with wearing my trail shoes.

Ps. Apologies for lack of photos, don't know how to compress to add more.

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36 minutes ago, Coldo said:

20220813_104124.thumb.jpg.78d32ceab47ff4d1eb22184dbe07b732.jpg20220813_104258.thumb.jpg.6c5b5bd801ea2ba4126101e477222316.jpgDid Buchaille Etive Mor on Saturday. Abaolute roaster of a day, but the midgies were surprisngly horrendous for such a hot/dry day - even at the summit.

Also folk on here who have done both Munros (Stob Dearg & Stob na Broig) will know of the absolute heartache when you realise that Stob na Doire isn't a Munro in it's own right!

10.5 miles done in 7 hours, feet were on fire by the end of it, still breaking in my boots, but would probably have gotten away with wearing my trail shoes.

Ps. Apologies for lack of photos, don't know how to compress to add more.

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Midges have been ridiculous this weekend. We didn't have any on the South Shiel Ridge summits on Saturday but there were fuckloads of flying ants, arsehole deer keds and instabams about (one of whom triggered an almighty rant from some angry da' on the I am Bagging the Munros FB page). 

Just noticed the photos on mine have gone up in a nonsense order. 

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1 hour ago, Coldo said:

20220813_104124.thumb.jpg.78d32ceab47ff4d1eb22184dbe07b732.jpg20220813_104258.thumb.jpg.6c5b5bd801ea2ba4126101e477222316.jpgDid Buchaille Etive Mor on Saturday. Abaolute roaster of a day, but the midgies were surprisngly horrendous for such a hot/dry day - even at the summit.

Also folk on here who have done both Munros (Stob Dearg & Stob na Broig) will know of the absolute heartache when you realise that Stob na Doire isn't a Munro in it's own right!

10.5 miles done in 7 hours, feet were on fire by the end of it, still breaking in my boots, but would probably have gotten away with wearing my trail shoes.

Ps. Apologies for lack of photos, don't know how to compress to add more.

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Was my last munro(s) - did it in absolute pishing rain a few years back, so it's quite nice to see what it actually looks like.

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I was up Buachaillie Etive Mor on Sunday. Also attacked by midges at the car park and on the way up but they disappeared near the summit. They were replaced by some big fly things which were equally as discomforting.

Anyway, I really enjoyed it. I was hoping to do the second Munro but noticed the clouds forming away in the West and with the thunder warnings I thought it wasn't worth the risk. I am never going to complete the Munros anyway so I'm not precious about racking them up. We did the Munro top next then descended the path down to the glen and walked along to the A82.

A great day and it's already got me buzzing for the next one. Which will be in 3 years time at current rates.

I did get from Kilwinning to Glencoe in less than 2 hours which is decent and reassuring that some really good climbs aren't that far away.

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1 hour ago, Chinatoon Bairn said:

On the topic of the Buachaillie, anyone climbed it via the curved ridge? Got half an eye on it but just trying to work out how bad the crux actually is since every video I seem to have watched has been using a fish eye lense.

I honestly can't remember who - but someone on this thread in the last year did it. I'd like to do it - but probably only with a climber in tow...

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On 20/08/2022 at 20:04, invergowrie arab said:

Stac Pollaidh today, it never fails to amaze.

I had fancied a go at the true summit but there was a 40/50mph westerly coming in so left it for another time.

 

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Glorious - it's one of my favourite mountains. The scramble is normally OK, just not in a gale 😂

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