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Mrs I
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2005 11:18 am    Post subject: Munro Advice Reply with quote

I will reach the big 4 0 next spring and want to do something different for my birthday, we did the big party and that for Raymond this year. I am trying to whip up some enthusiaism amongst a few friends and family members to climb a munro. I haven't climbed one since I was dragged up Schiehallion well over 20 years ago.

I am unfit, but working on improving it and a few of the group I am trying to persuade to join me will need to do some gentle training before hand as well. While we were in Kenmore earlier this week, Ben Lawers looked amazing, I was dragged up that one in my childhood too but I'm well aware there are many more that I don't know anything about.

Can you recommend a munro, for any reason, so I can make an informed choice. I have got a book out of the library, but it makes them all sound really good. Any advice appreaciated.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2005 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't recommend a munro as I have never done one, however, I just wanted to encourage you by saying that I suspect you are not as unfit as you think - I haven't done any of your caches yet because they seem to involve long, hilly walks so you are probably a lot fitter than you think you are!

PS. Will get round to starting your caches soon - they are high up on my list of planned ones!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://munromooners.co.uk/ As a word of warning before heading out to bag a munro have a look at this site, You never know what you might find or see so you have to be prepared for all eventualities.

ps I think there is a spoiler for one of Nicks caches in a photo on this site.

pps this site may contain exposed flesh over 18s only Shocked Shocked
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ben Nevis
Ben Macdui & Cairngorm
Tolmount
Ben Lawers
Ben More

I'm sure there are a few more, but the main reason I have chosen these Munro's is because they all have caches on them, so you have something else to go for at the same time. Smile Smile

Although Tolmount shouldn't be taken likely (as with any mountain) I think this has got the easier route than the rest, unless of course you just go for Cairngorm and leave Ben Macdui.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is also Schiehallion. There's a much better path up there now, with a less steep gradient. I did this one myself, taking waypoints along the mile walk once you reach the end of the path (because it's just an enormous sea of boulders up there) in case the fog became too thick. Its well worth the climb. But take a copy of the spoiler photo as everything looks the same among those large rocks.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Naefearjustbeer wrote:
http://munromooners.co.uk/ As a word of warning before heading out to bag a munro have a look at this site, You never know what you might find or see so you have to be prepared for all eventualities.

ps I think there is a spoiler for one of Nicks caches in a photo on this site.

pps this site may contain exposed flesh over 18s only Shocked Shocked


I am sure that's misuse of a trigpoint Shocked Shocked Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would not willingly climb Schiehallion again because of the boulder field at the top. (It was only the presence of a cache which got me up there the for second time). Ben Lawers is a longer climb but much more pleasent under foot. I had to turn back on Ben More as I found the boggy climbing conditions absolutely exhausting.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ben Lawers and Cairngorm seem to be our clear favourites at the moment. Schiehallion holds horrible memories of being dragged up at about age 15, when it was totally uncool to do anything with your parents and all I wanted to do was hang out at the campsite with the 'in crowd' if you ever got one of them at a campsite Confused

Ones with caches on the top, half way up or down have an added bonus

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mrs I wrote:
Ben Lawers and Cairngorm seem to be our clear favourites at the moment.
Ones with caches on the top, half way up or down have an added bonus

Cairngorm has a cache on the summit plus one half way up. And you start your ascent from 2000 ft. Then there's the hot chocolate and toilets just below the summit.
That's the plus side...
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2005 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beinn na Lap http://www.munromagic.com/MountainInfo.cfm?Mountain=241 is generally considered to be the easiest munro. You can only get close by train on the West Highland Line. The area of Corrour is stunning the improved YH at Loch Ossian at the foot of the munro http://www.syha.org.uk/SYHA/Web/Site/Hostels/LochOssian.asp is a great location to add a night out to your trip.

Any questions drop me a line. Until the family came along I made my living guiding in the hills.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2005 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Dave, I'll have a look at that
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2005 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't know about caches, but Ben Lomond is ever popular, the path is decent and manageable for many who are not regular hil goers.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2005 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's also a cache on Ben Arthur, now, thanks to The Blanks Bandits. OK.......I know it's only a Corbett. But I can't wait to get up there. And I have been provided with an ice axe, so the winter shouldn't put me off!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2005 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Firth of Forth wrote:
And I have been provided with an ice axe, so the winter shouldn't put me off!


But what are you going to do with it?
You need to go on a course, and I know just the person who's running one!! Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2005 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HighlandNick wrote:
Firth of Forth wrote:
And I have been provided with an ice axe, so the winter shouldn't put me off!


But what are you going to do with it?
You need to go on a course, and I know just the person who's running one!! Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed


Now I wonder who that could be?? Cool

Already had an in-house lesson (by that I mean literally in a house so perhaps not ideal) Cool I'm just worried that I won't manage to carry the thing all the way up a mountain; it's not exactly light.

I do love those sunglasses. Cool
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