Munro Adventure – Days 10 and 11 – some wild weather and some wildlife.

MUNRO ADVENTURE – The Munro Adventure  with Graeme and Penny his dog who are hoping to do the Munros is 100 days. I played golf yesterday and we had 4 Seasons in one day it was arctic and wet. The hills will still have a winter fell about them and the rivers may be tricky.

This is from Lochaber MRT “After a few quite weeks things kicked off again yesterday with two rescues in one where two people descending Red burn slipped on the snow and slip very very long distances.(miles in their words!!!) Not having ice axes meant that they were trying to stop their slides with their hands which looked as if they had been through a mince grinder. Both suffered head injuries and multiple lacerations to hands, heads and other exposed parts of body. Both think that they had been knocked out at some point. We were assisted by Rescue 951 (new coastguard). A wee warning to walkers going up Ben Nevis, still lots of snow and when descending don’t be tempted to bum slide down the Red Burn as it is a very hard landing at bottom – stick to path.” Lochaber MRT

“There are, we are told, three types of glissade – standing, sitting, and uncontrolled – and they usually follow each in rapid succession.”

It churns my stomach when I see people bum sliding on dangerous ground, especially without an ice axe. Chris Miles 

Penny the wonder Dog taking it easy. Photo G Morrision

Penny the wonder Dog taking it easy. Photo G Morrision

2015 DAY 10 ( 10th MAY)
Ben Challum
Parked again last night at Dalrigh and after our Scotland at its best day on the hills the rain was on by 10pm and didn’t stop all night.With MWIS forecast saying wind and rain increasing as the day went on Donnie decided he’d head for home leaving me and (TWD) to our own devices . Rather than pack up the van to drive 2 miles down the road he dropped me off at the bridge beside Kirkton farm at 7.40 with waterproofs alreadyon , it was only light drizzle when I set off, up past the farm and ruins of St Fillans Priory cross the railway and followed a fence line NE over extremely boggy ground basically all the way to about 950m, the rain got heavier the wind stronger and the ground wetter and only came across snow patches on the final summit ridge , past the 997 top and onto the summit no point in hanging around today nothing but clag and rain so just reversed the route down to the farm and took the WHW trail up past Auchtertyre farm under the road and back to the van at 10.45. Not the most pleasant day on the hill but hey ho I will have to take the good with the bad, job done the rest of the day spent washing clothes which are hanging up all over the van drying snoozing and reading .

Today’s totals
1010m ascent
3hrs 6min
26 Munros to date

2015 DAY 11 (11th MAY)
After having 7 hill days on the trot and a MWIS forecast for high winds and wetness I decided to have a rest today. I had remained parked at Dalrigh as it’s a quiet stop and not to far from civilisation, it had rained most of the night and up to 11ish this morning so no hurry to get up.
The wind didn’t seem that bad till I took the (TWD) out for a wander up the Connonish glen and into the open it was pretty strong , I could see the clouds tearing over the tops of the hills and glad I was at low level, after about 2 miles I took a right turn onto a forest road which took me to Tyndrum ,just before crossing the Oban rail line I spotted a pair of screeching Jays heading into the woods, onto the WHW and into the town for a newspaper . Back onto the WHW going past the campsite I spotted 2 Goldcrests and a pair of courting Dunnocks which were oblivious to my presence, out past the old lead works onto very familiar ground only going the opposite direction, I had only been here 16 days ago running the HOKA highland fling ultra , it was good to take in the surroundings at a leisurely pace , back to the van for a late lunch and a lazy afternoon, will hopefully get back on hill tomorrow. Good man enjoy the rest Penny! What a day for bird spotting !

The Mines at Tyndrum

Tyndrum Mines

Within the hills above the village of Tyndrum, there are the remains of lead mines that have been worked on and off for nearly six hundred years.

The earliest known record of mining in this area was in 1424. Mined for precious metals rather than lead, the mines supplied King James I with silver.

On 30 May 1730, Sir Robert Clifton signed a thirty-eight year lease with the Earl of Breadalbane to mine any metals that he could discover on the earl’s estate. In 1740, he discovered lead and established Tyndrum Mine the following year. Bad debts, however, led to his imprisonment in 1745, and he gave up his lease.

The Mine Adventurers of England (1746-1760) took over after Clifton’s failure. This met with the approval of the Earl of Breadalbane:

“I am sure it will be upon the whole more beneficial and much safer to do with known reputable company than with people who upon trial may be perhaps too late found unequal to the undertaking”
Earl of Breadalbane’s estate papers (1746)

Later in the 18th century, the Scots Mining Company (1768-1791) operated the mine and built a smelting works nearby to turn the mined lead ore, called galena, into metal.

Mining for lead, silver and gold continued at various times into the 20th century, but with limited success, however, gold mining continues in the area today.

Visiting the mines at Tyndrum

The exact location of Tyndrum mine is grid reference NN 317 302.

It is not safe to explore the remains of mine shafts and we recommend that you do not visit this area. Care should be taken if you do access this site. Note that the mine area can be safely viewed from the Green Welly Stop.

All sites managed by Forestry Commission Scotland are open for you to explore. However, not all sites have paths or signage and some are a considerable distance from car parking. We recommend that visitors consult a detailed map and wear appropriate clothing.

Please follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and remember that historic sites should be treated with care and respect.

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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