This months Guest Author is my online mate Doogz who has been cataloging his manic charge across Scottish Munros at near breakneck pace. Here is probably his most spectacular adventure – across the CMD arete to Ben Nevis. Sit back and enjoy his story…and for your own safety please hang on tight!
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CARN MOR DEARG.ICY arete..and the BEN..with amazin inversion
Well where can i start this…
…Where do we finish 2008 – on the hills!
Up and scrape the car and away to get N at 0545….-4 in the car thermometer…brrrrrr..get N at 0610 and were off
great run up the side of the loch and i was astonished to be turning at Crianlarich before i really new i had been driving
Along the road to fort william a massive fog bank rudely interupts the so called views we are supposedly going to have..
stopped at entrance to fort bill by police doing random drink drive checks..off in mins as i dont drink…police man seemed to think we were nuts goin up cmd today…whatever was he worried about?
Into Mcdonalds for a quick coffee..out to get a breath of the fresh wintery air and …..“I KNOW YOU”…thats what the guy in front has just said ❓ ❓ “youre Doogz”…i replied “your right who am talkin to”……”GOOD MORNING RONALDO HOW YOU DOIN””….he was meeting KETS .would love to have stayed to meet ye kets..eeeh opp me duck 😉 😉 ..you get your turbo fixed yet ron?
The hills were beckoning us … a quick sortie up to CMD and back home for visiting ..me maws got a new hip yesterday and i promised my sis i would do the hosp visit evening visit..no probs just a quick rush job up and doon since i done the ben in april 2007 ..yeh yeh that will do:wink: 😉 😉 😉 😉 🙄 🙄
So into the wee car park at torlundy and in the last space…ready and away for 0905am..follow th wee amazing path winding its way thru the forest and gain great height
Cold…frosty and an inversion even at 130m
Torlundy and the golf course
Loch Linnie with fog inc
making great strides up the really excellent path ..marked by the way …we reach a big fence with the best stile ever invented although the deer would be really daft if they didnt just walk up the stairs and over 😆 😆
break off nevs north face path an were away on a binnie up towards the first of many ups..on sheer ice for the next 400m ascent…great ye canny whack it!!!
lookin over Fort Bill still foggy doon there
a whirring around the ski area and we are searchin for the big yelly bird as it heads for the great glen still full of fog and cloud..its dead centre ..very small but there
aw naw the views are gettin good what is wrong wi the weather men ..drat some big clouds forming round the 200ft lochan on the way up the ben…
oh whits this big hill called…he he he sooooper
still making amazing time even efter sundays three on the ice on meall a bhuiridh and creise then bak oooer the first wan…me i must be nutso what is the enjoyment in this 😉 😉 😉 😉
up onto the wee top and the views in the now sunny areas are opening out..but nout too good…………YET………..
nearly at the top and in a lung bursting 2hrs 15 mins we are nearing the summit 8) 8)
meall na teanga and its mate still looking good for a sunday jaunt some time soon… ❗ ❗
“”it canny get better than this”” am sayin tae masel and a wee glimpse either side of the summit top and my wee heart is pumping …it f^$£ng is better…MUCH BETTER
nope not yet we are nearly there but not quite with amazing views out to everywhere..
ok ok i will let you see it now ..just a few am keeping some of the other ones for masell
the cloud even done some perfomances for me with it lapping like a curly wave off a distant hill
a wee close up of the obliging wave….fantastic
ell at this point i am so elated i just try to take it all in ..its wonderness ..un blinkin believable
sheepdog ma main man ..i am sorry for stealing the same type pic you use in your avtar.. 😉 😉
The Ben …cmd arete ..oh and the nice views behind 😯 😯
MAMORES ET AL
Now its time for the coffee break and a wee chat about what way we get off the summit ..the views are so poor we say ….might as well do the arete since its there ..and its nice and its icy and it gets us tae the Ben …..wait wait ICY i just said ..so why woiuld you take it on with all the ice and verglass and frost…scared yet…..i wasnt..well..
Lets f@c%in& do it
down and down on slippy ice filled gaps with frost topped rocks and scrambling and picking our way down we are LUUUUURVIN it maaaaan
a wee look back ..aint no stopping us now
And whats to go ..oh and up the ben as well
aw naw i forgot the rope for the abseil point ..och i will need to go up ben Nevis….boo hoo
two walkers behind us …dead centre gives an idea of scale
so after a big ask on the aged thighs of mine it was time to don the crampys and get the axe oot ..well it was now sheer sheer sheer ice ….nae rocky bits to stand on and welll we found it a big advantage at this point..
told N i was getting my crampons out their wee hidey place in my bag…. a sneaky wee snap…
well the summit was an anti climax as the cloud had swept over us and blotted out the views ..so that was it no pics left to use ….
.oh except these ones…. 😉 😉
well there has to be the inimitable summit shot of the doogz
well it came the time we had to leave and after watching the guys with the trainers and flat brown shoes descend the ice with neanderthal walking gear ….yup two rocks placed betwen their legs to act as a brake ..absolutely hilarious as the two of them hurtled down the drop to 4000ft cairn at around the 40mph mark ….there was climbers and properly adorned peopl astounded at the chap in the jeans..and these two careeering downhill like luge champs …we had been told on the summit a GOTH was on his way up…no way ..long coat…big boots …satchelll………..naaaaaaaaaaaaa cant be serious …
yup ….here is the intrepid goth man ..wondering how he is gonna reach his m8
two climbers spotted decending down the face of nevis…some bravado reqd for that
so off down the steep ice burn down Coire na h-Urchaire…cutting out the ghastly zig zags and not seein any more intrepid under equipped climbers…never laughed so much in a million years
over the lochan path down the hillside to pick up the outgoing path just above the fence with the giant stairs..a last look at what can only described as a phenomenal walkon an unbelievable day
still looked like -10in the coire
down to see the sun setting on the reforming fog bank on loch linnie and fort bill
only made my mind up to do CMDearg last night at 2210 …my god am i glad i did..
back down at the car it was roasting now at a heady -5 ..too hot ..have to get some gear off…lol
back down to barrhead and johnstone safe ..up to hospital mum and her new hip doin ok ..lots of pain but that can only be expected…pain i couldnt feel pain myself today due to the larg smile acrross my ugly mug..
Hope you enjoyed my trip reports over the last year ..does seem a lot with 127 munros covered in the 12 months 0f the year 2008…like a lot of guys though i have don a heck of a lot in the south so lots mor repeats to keep the fitness up in the next few winter months…mibbbbbbbyyyyyy..then spring assault on the remainder of my hills
if only they were all as wonderful as today…ah well they all have their charm
Happy New year when it arrives tonight to you all and
doogz 8) 8)
a few extra pics i found
straight down Coire na h-Urchaire…nae zig zags for the doogz
30th dec 2008
N and MOi
5hrs 35 mins
totally mindblowing weather…… 😈 8) 😉
-10 at car park…fog …solid ice…sun..wee bit wind on summits …
route from Torlundy car park ..up CMD …across Arete..up Nevis…straight down to 2000ft lochan..across to meet path just at deer fence then baclk along the good path to the car park