Monthly Archives: November 2010

Shovels to the rescue

Just last week I posted an article about us urgently needing to consider purchasing snow chains for the ‘van. Well, we could really have used them today to get the ‘van out of the Ardgartan site.

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On and off the pavement

After breakfast we decided that we’d take a short walk from the campsite into the village of Arrochar – only about 3 miles away. Although there was actually a pavement along the whole route it was buried in over 6” … Continue reading

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Mountaineer’s porridge

We had another very snowy and cold start to the day. The snow certainly looks here to stay for a while yet – especially with the exceedingly cold temperatures, day and night. So what better way then to kick-start our … Continue reading

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Ardgartan Forest Holidays Caravan Site

With the forecast of blizzards on the way and after three great days on the hills and the freedom of wild camping by night under our belts, we decided that we would make a run for it, whilst we still … Continue reading

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Anyone for Irish Tea Bread?

The Met Office website had forecast snow blizzards for today in the Trossachs and Argyle region. True to its word we had 8” of snow during the night and the snow continued to fall horizontally for most of the day.

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Renewable energies – Sloy hydro-power generation

To access Ben Vane (and other hills nearby, such as Ben Vorlich) we used the private access road that leads from Sloy Hydro Power Station to the dam containing Loch Sloy (reservoir).

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The “wee’est” one of them all

Ben Vane (915m) Pronunciation:            Ben Vain Translation:                 Middle Mountain Total distance:             11km Total time:               … Continue reading

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Challenges of cold weather “camping”

Last night as we were preparing our climbing gear for another day on the hills and finally getting ready for bed the wind really picked up (gale force). Luckily, I had the sense to put down the ‘van’s steadies earlier … Continue reading

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Hill of the Little Green Eminence – but what’s in a name?

Cruach Ardrain (1046m); Beinn Tulaichean (946m) Pronunciation:            Krooerch Ardren; Bine Toolerchine Translation:                 High Stacked Heap; Hill of the Little Green Eminence Total distance:         … Continue reading

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The big mountain beckons

Ben More (1174m); Stob Binnein (1165m) Pronunciation:            Ben More; Stob Binnyen Translation:                 Big Mountain; Anvil Peak Total distance:             13.3km Total time: … Continue reading

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