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10 minutes ago, jamamafegan said:

I had mighty plans to head out this evening to Glen Shiel and take on the Five Sisters tomorrow but I’ve shat out of it. I’m moving flat on Sunday and I’m burnt to a crisp after work today. I also think I’ve underestimated how a big a day it would be, what with having to walk 3 hours back to my car once I’ve finished. One for another day I think with a companion who had a car. If my sunburns aren’t so bad tomorrow I’ll maybe head up Ben Wyvis for an easy day out. I’m absolutely dying to do a solo camp on a summit though. There would have been some lucky fuckers today who did just that last night because the cloud immersions would have been tremendous. I got a taste for them at the top of the hill I was working on today.

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You can get a taxi  back for about a tenner or get bus

It is a big day though. Brutal steep start and no water on the ridge.

What do you work as?

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You can get a taxi  back for about a tenner or get bus
It is a big day though. Brutal steep start and no water on the ridge.
What do you work as?


That’s good to know, thanks. I did read that this was possible from a review but took it with a pinch of salt - so at least I know now it can definitely be done! I’m an ecologist. A good 7 hours spent on that hill bird watching today...

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1 hour ago, microdave said:
1 hour ago, Swello said:
I've climbed it a few times as I'm in Mull a lot - which route are you planning?

The route from Dhiseig.

There isn't really much to it - it's a sea level start obviously, so it's a reasonable climb but not a long distance. As you get higher, the path is very defined and there are not really any opportunities to go wrong. It being Mull, the weather can change really quickly, so don't assume anything based on a good weather forecast :)

View of the ridge route from the summit from when I was there last year in case you're interested:

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I'll be there in a couple of weeks but I'll be climbing the Corbett at Craignure this year....

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1 hour ago, jamamafegan said:

 


That’s good to know, thanks. I did read that this was possible from a review but took it with a pinch of salt - so at least I know now it can definitely be done! I’m an ecologist. A good 7 hours spent on that hill bird watching today...

 

After I had walk the 7 miles back to the Cluanie Inn after a 9 hour hill day on the south shiel ridge I would advise getting the bus at the start of the day.

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Up to 11 munros done, not much to crow about but a belter of a day and delighted to be in to double figures :)

Did Carn an Tuirc; Cairn of Claise and Glas Maol. It was about 25 degrees and we decided against Creag Leacach - stupidly forgot our juice/energy drink in the car ; but had enough water, pieces and fruit/snacks for the day. Coming down Glas Maol was quite the task though, it was beautiful but wouldn't fancy doing that in the thick haar(do they get haar that far in land?)fog without a GPS or OS map. Found our way down, and I had the task of walking the 2 kms or so back to the carpark to get the car.

Heading off to just outside Crieff for a few days and anyone got a good suggestion for a few munros to do? I'm looking at Cruach Ardrain/Beinn Tulaichean or Ben Vorlich/Stuc a' Chroin, but if anyone knows of a belter to do then would love a hand. Will be heading back up the road on Friday so on the way home, I'm going to detour via Meall Nan Tarmachan - always fancied it for some reason (think the name alone).

Anyhoos, happy hiking folks! Got the bug big time!

 

 

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24 minutes ago, Kejan said:

Heading off to just outside Crieff for a few days and anyone got a good suggestion for a few munros to do? I'm looking at Cruach Ardrain/Beinn Tulaichean or Ben Vorlich/Stuc a' Chroin, but if anyone knows of a belter to do then would love a hand. Will be heading back up the road on Friday so on the way home, I'm going to detour via Meall Nan Tarmachan - always fancied it for some reason (think the name alone).

The Tarmachan ridge is a real classic IMO - that's quite difficult to beat round there - you can either do it as a straightforward up and back or do the whole ridge (which is the highlight). Ben Lawers is across the road and is the easiest 4000 footer for beginners - high start, good path and a bonus non-descript Munro on the way up....

Ben Chonzie is closest Munro to Crieff - it's a bit of a bore TBH but might be worth doing given you are so close. How far are you prepared to go? Schiehallion is less than an hour and it's a great viewpoint on a good day. It's also visible from almost everywhere, so it's great orienting yourself when you want to impress people by rhyming off the names of all the hills you can see :)

 

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I’m heading to Skye in a few weeks time. Will be unable to climb any of the Munro’s this time but does anyone have any lesser known gems that will be good to visit, maybe somewhere that would be good for an overnight camp. I think my friend has picked out a walk from Sligachan to the fairy pools and I would like to go to Loch Coruisk and have a wander around.

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13 hours ago, Swello said:

The Tarmachan ridge is a real classic IMO - that's quite difficult to beat round there - you can either do it as a straightforward up and back or do the whole ridge (which is the highlight). Ben Lawers is across the road and is the easiest 4000 footer for beginners - high start, good path and a bonus non-descript Munro on the way up....

Ben Chonzie is closest Munro to Crieff - it's a bit of a bore TBH but might be worth doing given you are so close. How far are you prepared to go? Schiehallion is less than an hour and it's a great viewpoint on a good day. It's also visible from almost everywhere, so it's great orienting yourself when you want to impress people by rhyming off the names of all the hills you can see :)

 

Done the Tarmachan ridge  a few years back in the winter, was a great walk but we shat out of the down climb at the end due to ice.  

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3 hours ago, dirty dingus said:

Done the Tarmachan ridge  a few years back in the winter, was a great walk but we shat out of the down climb at the end due to ice.  

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I've done it a few times but never in winter - could imagine that a couple of bits could be interesting under snow/ice

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On 29/06/2019 at 21:57, Swello said:

The Tarmachan ridge is a real classic IMO - that's quite difficult to beat round there - you can either do it as a straightforward up and back or do the whole ridge (which is the highlight). Ben Lawers is across the road and is the easiest 4000 footer for beginners - high start, good path and a bonus non-descript Munro on the way up....

Ben Chonzie is closest Munro to Crieff - it's a bit of a bore TBH but might be worth doing given you are so close. How far are you prepared to go? Schiehallion is less than an hour and it's a great viewpoint on a good day. It's also visible from almost everywhere, so it's great orienting yourself when you want to impress people by rhyming off the names of all the hills you can see :)

 

Cheers, Swello!

Tarmachan looks a cracker and I love that name for some reason.  We'll be near Greenloaning/Braco (I think) so Lawers, Lomond even etc could all be done - don't fancy Ben Lomond as imagine it'll be hoaching too. We'll be heading back to Dundee on the Friday, so I think Schiehallion is a fine enough option. I'll have  wee read on Walkhighlands as well.

Haha, I know what you men about showing off. I speak a bit of Gaelic, nothing great and all my tenses are probably horrible but can pronounce it reasonably well and understand it, and was quite lucky up Carn an Righ and Glas Tulaichean where we met a French couple who asked what they were called/meant and pronounced etc and my pal points at me as if I'm an expert, lucky I was up two that I roughly knew, then they got their phone out and got me to say(probably butcher to a native Gaelic speaker) about 10 munroes for them - that they were planning on doing on their trip here. :)

 

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I went up Ben More (Mull) today. Very enjoyable but it was covered in cloud at the top. It was too much hassle to get my phone out with my waterproofs on so here's a view from a clearer viewpoint.20190703_143749.jpg

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Fourteen done now. Just the shitloads left to do.

Got the bug time, I really wish I started when I was younger.  A few pals of mine used to do it regularly when we were in our late teens ; but I was always too lazy to get up at 6/7am for it.

Now to sound like a bit of a twat but ; get out there folks - what a marvelous and beautiful country we have.

Did Ben Vorlich and Stuc a' Chroin on Wednesday - Vorlich was fairly straight forward whilst over to Stuc a' Chroin was a bit of a trudge and even a wee scramble (IMO) the last bit - quite rocky, edgy and the ground back round to the footpath for Vorlich was really boggy and difficult.

Meall Nan Tarmachan today. Started off lovely and the mist/haar?(what do we call it, fellow hikers ;)?) came in up the top so unfortunately couldnt' see squad and decided against doing the ridge. Maybe next year or if I have some time again this year, I'll stay near Killin and do Lawers etc and possibly this one again to see what I was missing.

Had a folk Spotify playlist on the travels back from Meall Nan Tarmachan back to Dundee via the backroads and The Corries - Loch Tay Boat Song came on as I was driving half-way to Aberfeldy ; absolutle goosebumps hearing that and the name checking of Loch Tay ; Killin ; Aberfeldy ; Ben Lawers in the song and being in the region too.

 

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I’m doing Ben More (Grampian) and the one next to it tomorrow. Forecast says clear so hoping for a fine day on the hills. Attempted Ben more in the past but bailed due to white out conditions. Its steep as hell and I’m glad I know this time round what I’m getting myself in for.

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8 hours ago, jamamafegan said:

I’m doing Ben More (Grampian) and the one next to it tomorrow. Forecast says clear so hoping for a fine day on the hills. Attempted Ben more in the past but bailed due to white out conditions. Its steep as hell and I’m glad I know this time round what I’m getting myself in for.

Is that the most northernly Munro? 

I’m heading to Loch Lomond area in a couple of hours and we will pick a Munro once we get there, weather looks good for today. I’ve done Ben Bhuide, Narnain, Ime and Vane so only Ben Vorlich to do to complete the Arrochar Alps Munroes, but my friend hasn’t done Narnain and Ime so I will probably be doing them for a second time. 

 

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2 hours ago, IrishBhoy said:

Is that the most northernly Munro? 

I’m heading to Loch Lomond area in a couple of hours and we will pick a Munro once we get there, weather looks good for today. I’ve done Ben Bhuide, Narnain, Ime and Vane so only Ben Vorlich to do to complete the Arrochar Alps Munroes, but my friend hasn’t done Narnain and Ime so I will probably be doing them for a second time. 

 

That's Ben Hope. Ben More Assynt is the Munro in the far north. Given that Ben More (or Beinn Mhor, or whatever spelling) just means "big hill", there are hunners of them as the gaels didn't seem to be very imaginative :)

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I'm stuck on Tiree for today as I got finished my work early but couldn't get a space on an earlier ferry. Not the worst place in the world to be stuck tbh, and I've never had much free time when over here working in the past so I'm going to make the most of it and do some sightseeing. Going to attempt to summit the highest peak on the island, the towering 141m Ben Hynish.

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I'm stuck on Tiree for today as I got finished my work early but couldn't get a space on an earlier ferry. Not the worst place in the world to be stuck tbh, and I've never had much free time when over here working in the past so I'm going to make the most of it and do some sightseeing. Going to attempt to summit the highest peak on the island, the towering 141m Ben Hynish.
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"Oh the misty blue hiiiiiiillllllllllls...."

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2 hours ago, Hedgecutter said:

 


"Oh the misty blue hiiiiiiillllllllllls...."

 

"It's like a billiard table!"

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Had a day oop north the day, early start to go do Ben Macdui and Cairngorm. Clag all day with drizzle and biting breeze but really enjoyed them hills. We walk mainly on the shorter steeper hills of the West coast so a day on more rolling less knee breaking hills was fun. Think it would be a far scarier prospect on a less inviting winter's day.

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