Five years ago tomorrow, I ascended my 500th Marilyn.
At the time, I set myself the goal of ascending an average of 100 Marilyns per year over the next five years to reach 1000. Today, I ascended my 999th Marilyn. I am however
not ascending my 1000th tomorrow, I am saving my 1000th for something special next weekend
. My friend John also ascended his 999th Marilyn today. Next weekend we
both hope to ascend our 1000th Marilyn on St. Kilda (weather permitting).
In preparation for next weekend, both myself and John set out to ascend two Marilyns today to reach 999. John ventured South towards Callander and I ventured North towards Tongue.
The weather forecast for today was for rain in the morning and sunshine in the afternoon with strong winds throughout the day.
For my ascent of Ben Hutig, I drove to the end of the road at West Strathan. I parked in the large turning circle.
Hill: Ben Hutig
Date: Friday 22nd May 2015
Company: Just myself
Distance: 8.6km, Ascent: 395m
Time: 2Hrs 30Mins
During the ascent of the track, I came to a gate with a large dog on the
other side. A sign advised to bang on the gate for the owner to come out to
tie-up the dog to stop it from escaping. I banged on the gate and right
enough the owner came out to take the dog away. We had a friendly chat after
which I continued on up the hill.
Track leading towards Ben Tongue:
As I made my way up the hill, I could see that getting to Meall nan Clach Ruadha would involve crossing a lot more wet ground.
Meall nan Clach Ruadha from Ben Tongue track:
Kyle of Tongue and Ben Hutig:
Ben Loyal and Ben Hope from Ben Tongue track:
On reaching the track high-point, I commenced crossing the bog towards the NE Top of Meall nan Clach Ruadha.
Looking towards Meall nan Clach Ruadha NE Top and Meall nan Clach Ruadha:
Meall nan Clach Ruadha NE Top and Meall nan Clach Ruadha:
Kyle of Tongue and Loch Craisg:
It didn't take long to reach the summit of the NE Top from which I continued beyond towards Meall nan Clach Ruadha. On the NE Top there are numerous conglomerate boulders.
Meall nan Clach Ruadha from Meall nan Clach Ruadha NE Top:
Meall nan Clach Ruadha:
Loch Craisg, Kyle of Tongue and Ben Hutig:
The final ascent to the summit was fairly arduous due to continuing strong winds.
Looking towards Ben Loyal and Ben Hope from the summit of Meall nan Clach Ruadha:
From the summit, I returned to the car via the same route. 999 Marilyns done, now
really looking forward to St. Kilda