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I think Sgurr Dubh Mor is probably the  hardest munro that you do without a rope. There is some interesting route finding just to get to the scrambly bit at the end and although the Aonach probably has more sense of exposure, it is quite a bit easier IMO. We linked Sgurr Dubh Mor and Sgurr Alisdair (via a tough little basalt chimney) when we did it and the whole day felt mildly scary  If you don't have the book "skye scrambles" already, get it - it makes these routes much easier as it describes everything in minute detail.
Great photos of Banachdich BTW - my actual best ever day on the hills ended there after coming round the ridge (Aonach x10 ) from Sgurr a Greadaidh/Mhadaidh).
Cheers for that. I've read SDM as everything from straightforward to terrifying

My mate's doing the two day traverse in June so I've got the option of coming back with him. I think I'd sell my soul to avoid the Stone Shoot off SA. The weather looks decent for the rest of the week so Blaven via the South Ridge today looks on the cards.

We'd spoken to a guide about the Mhadaidh/Ghreadaidh/Banachdich traverse but wintry stuff on the ridge binned that one.

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35 minutes ago, jupe1407 said:

Cheers for that. I've read SDM as everything from straightforward to terrifying emoji38.png

It does seem to divide folk and you will probably find it a piece of piss - I think it was a tough one not just because of the pure scrambling  (which isn't *that* technically hard) but once you come down off Sgurr Dubh na du Bheinn, the way isn't always obvious and I always had a bit of fear that I was committing myself with no easy way back. The summit is a complete knife edge ridge and the way down is tougher than the way up. 

This made me reach for Skye Scrambles and I've just given myself the fear looking at the picture of the way we took up Alasdair from there - I must have been mad as it looks way worse than anything on SDM, which is the bit that stuck in my mind :)

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It does seem to divide folk and you will probably find it a piece of piss - I think it was a tough one not just because of the pure scrambling  (which isn't *that* technically hard) but once you come down off Sgurr Dubh na du Bheinn, the way isn't always obvious and I always had a bit of fear that I was committing myself with no easy way back. The summit is a complete knife edge ridge and the way down is tougher than the way up. 
This made me reach for Skye Scrambles and I've just given myself the fear looking at the picture of the way we took up Alasdair from there - I must have been mad as it looks way worse than anything on SDM, which is the bit that stuck in my mind 
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Jesus christ, I think I can safely can any plans I had to do that on my own

Blaven today was sublime. Went up the south ridge, the tourist route was used on descent, several hundred metres of shite rubble and scree. f**k going up that
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It does seem to divide folk and you will probably find it a piece of piss - I think it was a tough one not just because of the pure scrambling  (which isn't *that* technically hard) but once you come down off Sgurr Dubh na du Bheinn, the way isn't always obvious and I always had a bit of fear that I was committing myself with no easy way back. The summit is a complete knife edge ridge and the way down is tougher than the way up. 
This made me reach for Skye Scrambles and I've just given myself the fear looking at the picture of the way we took up Alasdair from there - I must have been mad as it looks way worse than anything on SDM, which is the bit that stuck in my mind 
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Are you on a rope there? Wtf

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2 hours ago, D.A.F.C said:
14 hours ago, Swello said:
It does seem to divide folk and you will probably find it a piece of piss - I think it was a tough one not just because of the pure scrambling  (which isn't *that* technically hard) but once you come down off Sgurr Dubh na du Bheinn, the way isn't always obvious and I always had a bit of fear that I was committing myself with no easy way back. The summit is a complete knife edge ridge and the way down is tougher than the way up. 
This made me reach for Skye Scrambles and I've just given myself the fear looking at the picture of the way we took up Alasdair from there - I must have been mad as it looks way worse than anything on SDM, which is the bit that stuck in my mind emoji4.png
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Are you on a rope there? Wtf

That's a picture from a guide book - but I did do that section with no rope. It didn't feel quite as exposed as the pic shows (or more accurately, there were really good holds and I didn't look down :) )

Spending a few days on Skye does strange things to your sense of what you're comfortable doing. 

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Sgurr nan Eag today. Mixed feelings about this as Coire a'Ghrunnda is absolutely stunning. However endless ascent and descent on near vertical rubble and scree is fucking diabolical.

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1 hour ago, jupe1407 said:

Sgurr nan Eag today. Mixed feelings about this as Coire a'Ghrunnda is absolutely stunning. However endless ascent and descent on near vertical rubble and scree is fucking diabolical.

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That looks brutal.

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1 hour ago, jupe1407 said:

It was fucking dreadful emoji38.png One of the "easier" ones on Skye as well

There's a horrible bit of the Lairig Ghru thats all boulders like that and I had hurt my knee so was trudging along swearing to myself and whacking my bent walking pole off rocks without realising a couple were nervously trying to overtake me :unsure:

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There's a horrible bit of the Lairig Ghru thats all boulders like that and I had hurt my knee so was trudging along swearing to myself and whacking my bent walking pole off rocks without realising a couple were nervously trying to overtake me :unsure:
There's a couple of sections like that. The worst is the Chalamain Gap at the northern end. Huge leg breaking boulders. I crossed them when they were dew covered a few years ago. Took me fucking ages

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On 5/5/2019 at 15:32, jupe1407 said:

I'm on 225 mate, but as with most East coasters I did everything around me first and now have about a 3 hour drive to my nearest unclimbed Munro emoji38.png

The Glenshee ones I did the other week were the 4 across the road. Bigger day than the Cairnwells but still good to do get under your belt early doors. A bit of a pain in the arse if you're on your own though as it's linear and means a long walk back to the start.

I had the exact experience on Carn Aosda. It was my 11th Munro. I got up it in about 25 minutes and checked the map about 3 times looking for the actual summit emoji38.png

Have you done any west coast/north west highland ones yet? Some utterly glorious walks and views to be had.

I've only ever done two outwith Angus/Perth/Aberdeen area and that was near Dalwhinnie - Geal Charn agus A'Mharconaidh, on a fantastic day and again, there was just me, and a woman walking her dog near the car park bit.

I'm hoping to do a lot more in the summer. Should probably do the Angus ones since I'm outside Dundee.

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I've only ever done two outwith Angus/Perth/Aberdeen area and that was near Dalwhinnie - Geal Charn agus A'Mharconaidh, on a fantastic day and again, there was just me, and a woman walking her dog near the car park bit.
I'm hoping to do a lot more in the summer. Should probably do the Angus ones since I'm outside Dundee.
Aye I did those two early doors as well. Fab views down Loch Ericht. Driesh and Mayar aren't the most exciting of hills but their approaches can be. Corrie Fee en-route to Mayar is tremendous. If you're ok with route-finding and navigation taking the Scorrie Ridge up to Driesh is good fun, giving excellent views down Glen Clova.

Mount Keen is shite. There's no dressing that up If you've got a decent mountain bike I'd be using that. You can get miles in, indeed to the summit with a MTB if you can be arsed.

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1 hour ago, jupe1407 said:

Mount Keen is shite. There's no dressing that up emoji38.png If you've got a decent mountain bike I'd be using that. You can get miles in, indeed to the summit with a MTB if you can be arsed.

Seconded. A colleague of mine went up Mount Keen in his office attire in November. Met two Germans on the way up who were fully fitted out with skis and allsorts. Not sure who looked more stupid.

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Last hill day - wee Sgurr na Stri. It's a mere 494m high but one of the best viewpoints in the country. This was my second visit there after a glorious summit camp a couple of years back. This time we got the boat in and out from Elgol. Totally recommend the "Misty Isle" boat trips, even if you just want to fanny about round Loch Coruisk, check out seals etc etc. IMG_20190510_130820.jpgIMG_20190510_144620.jpgIMG_20190510_151805.jpgIMG_20190510_172136.jpg

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Great day yesterday - decided to revisit Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond one) 13 years on.

Beinn Ime & Ben Vane.

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New steps on the path - put in a couple of years ago apparently.

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Loch Sloy.

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Lochan below the summit.

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Trig point with the true summit left of centre behind it.

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The Arrochar Alps.

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Snow covered Ben More and Stob Binnien in the distance.

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Ben Lomond & Loch Lomond.

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Those steps are a c**t.
The worst ones are those cobbly b*****ds. Absolutely dreadful in the wet.

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Local bivvy last night - on the flat summit of Pykestone Hill (737m) - amazing sky and a very icy tent as it hit -7c, which I wasn't really expecting. Wandered over Middle Hill and Drumelzier law on the way back in warm sunshine this morning...

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Best thread on pie and bovril.as a keen hiker usually loch doon,Galloway forrest area. In the last few weeks I have done the merrick ,goat fell and Ben donich .And really enjoying it .next up is probably Ben lomond looking forward too scaling some munros. :thumsup2

 

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Did Ben Vorlich a few years back. No steps. Quite enjoyed the soft grass track.

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