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Sunday, 11 March 2018

Clwydian Marilyns

Walk Date - 11 March 2018 to 16 March 2018
Walkers - Steve Smith, Gina Smith

Accommodation - The Little White Cottage, Llanferres
Start Point - Various (see maps below)
Finish Point Various (see maps below)
Total Duration - 13hrs 06mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.76mph
Total Distance Walked - 23.02 miles
Total Height Ascended - 1776.79metres


Peaks visited
Marilyns (158W - 1556E,W&S)
Hope Mountain (134W - 458E,W&S)
Moel Gamelin (135W - 459E,W&S)
Cyrn-y-Brain (136W - 460E,W&S)
Mynydd Rhyd Ddu (137W - 461E,W&S)
Mwdwl-eithin (138W - 462E,W&S)
Penycloddiau (139W - 463E,W&S)
Moel Gyw (140W - 464E,W&S)
Moel Famau (141W - 465E,W&S)
Foel Fenlli (142W - 466E,W&S)
Deweys (426E,W&S)
Moel y Faen [Llantysilio Mountain](71W - 133E,W&S)
Moel Gamelin (72W - 134E,W&S)
Cyrn-y-Brain (73W - 135E,W&S)
Mwdwl-eithin (74W - 136E,W&S)
Moel Famau (75W - 137E,W&S)
Foel Fenlli (76W - 138E,W&S)
HuMPs (366S - 2983E,W&S)
Hope Mountain (155W - 567E,W&S)
Moel Gamelin (156W - 568E,W&S)
Cyrn-y-Brain (157W - 569E,W&S)
Mynydd Rhyd Ddu (158W - 570E,W&S)
Mwdwl-eithin (159W - 571E,W&S)
Penycloddiau (160W - 572E,W&S)
Moel Gyw (161W - 573E,W&S)
Moel Famau (162W - 574E,W&S)
Foel Fenlli (163W - 575E,W&S)
Historic County Tops (14W - 94E,W&S)
Moel Famau (13W - 63E,W&S)
W: Wales
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland


Hope Mountain
Looking NW back to Hope Mountain summit. Gina waiting patiently whilst it is verified this point is lower
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1.04 miles, 68.72m ascent,
Start Point:-
Pentre Lane, NE of Radio Masts (SJ 29630 57281),
Finish Point:-Pentre Lane, NE of Radio Masts (SJ 29630 57281),
Start Time-11:57am, Finish Time-12:38pm,
Duration-0 hours 41 minute, Average pace-1.52mph
Moel Gamelin
Moel y Gamelin shrowded in cloud from Moel y Faen [Llantysilio Mountain]
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Cyrn-y-Brain
On way up Cyrn-y-Brain looking back at Ponderosa Cafe beyond Brynyr-odyn
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Mynydd Rhyd Ddu
Mynydd Rhyd Ddu summit. Gina completing her summit rituals or catching up on social media?
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Mwdwl-eithin
Looking west on way up Mwdwl-eithin towardsSnowdon Massive on left,
Tryfan centre and The Carneddau on right

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Penycloddiau
Billowing trousers and coat in very strong breeze (approx 25mph) on Penycloddiau summit
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Moel Gyw
Offa's Dyke goes right we head left through gate and across field to corner of Open Access Land
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Moel Famau & Foel Fenlli
Looking back at Moel Famau after steep ascent ¾ way up Foel Fenlli
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Monday, 12 February 2018

Maol Chean-dearg

Walk Summary
Epic day to claim our first Munro of the year in full on winter conditions. 
Looking back at Beinn Alligin beyond Loch Torridon
on way up Maol Chean-dearg
Two hour walk in from Annat before start of three hour ascent up NW shoulder and easterly approach to summit, including snow climb and icy scramble up crag half way up then lots of ice axe work and finally crampons to gain the summit. Ideas of tagging on Graham - Beinn na h-Eaglaise abandoned with decision to descend down SW ridge to avoid craggy descent back the way we came and pick up path we were familiar with from route taken up/down An Ruadh-stac last week.
Arguably a mistake, as could not find path so was an absolute slog through knee deep snow and sometimes waist deep drifts. Usually funny to see your mate struggling in the snow but when you are waist deep in a snow filled river gully and see your mate up to his chest in snow it becomes less than amusing. At this point he crawled/swam to the grassy edge and I resorted to rolling.
With blizzard on ascent mixed in with lots of spin drift, thought we had braved all that winter conditions could throw at us, made so much sweeter by topping out on the summit to the only sunshine of the day.
Walk out seemed so much harder partly due to not finding time to eat lunch until 4:30pm, tired from days exertions and finally retracing steps along path that was clear of deep snow on walk in was now covered in drifts and lashed with high winds and spin drift almost until we saw Loch Torridon below about one hour from vehicle.
Been up a Munro in Winter before but not in full on winter conditions.
Always wanted to find out what it would be like. Now I know. But not recommended under any circumstances alone.
What a great experience and adventure to share with Jon Glew.


Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 12 February 2018
Walkers - Steve Smith, Jon Glew

Accommodation - Anancaun Holiday Cottage
Start Point - Layby on eastbound side of A896 west of Annat (NG 89323 54417)
Start Time - 08:44
Finish Point Layby on eastbound side of A896 west of Annat (NG 89323 54417)
Finish Time- 18:36
Total Duration - 9hrs 52mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.14mph
Total Distance Walked - 11.23 miles
Total Height Ascended - 1166.02metres


Peaks visited
Munro (282)

Maol Chean-dearg (72)
Munro Top (227)
NONE
Murdo (443)
Maol Chean-dearg (91)
Corbett (221)
NONE
Corbett Top  (455)
NONE
Corbett Top of Munro (???)
NONE
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))
Maol Chean-dearg (178S - 449E,W&S)
Hump (2168S - 2976E,W&S)
Maol Chean-dearg (212S - 558E,W&S)
Highland Five (776)
NONE
Simm (2188S - 2528E,W &S)
Maol Chean-dearg (193S - 520E,W&S)
Historic County Tops (49E - 93E,W&S)
NONE
S: Scotland. 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland

Other walks on this trip
2018
January
28th Hail Storm Hill
29th Winter Hill, Billinge & Fair Snape Fell
30th Lake District Marilyns on way to Newtonmore
31st Creag Bheag & Cruban BheagFebruary
01st Meall nan Eagan & Creag na Doire Duibhe
02nd Carn an Fhreiceadain
03rd Ord Ban
04th Sgorr nan Lochan Uaine & Sgurr Dubh
05th Seana Mheallan
06th Lake District Marilyns on way to Newtonmore
08th An Ruadh-stac
09th Carn Breac & Beinn na Feusaige
11th Ben Shieldaig & An Staonach
12th Maol Chean-dearg
13th An Sgurr & Bad a' Chreamha
12th 
13th 

Route
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First site of Maol Chean-dearg after1¾ walking from Annat
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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 The last minor Marilyns of Area 28 and first real foray in to Area 27
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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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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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

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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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