Monday, 2 February 2015
Beinn Mhic- Mhonnaidh. 796 metres. Glen Orchy Day.
We were going to go out with regular companions Graeme and David on Saturday but the predicted 50 miles an hour winds on the summits, frequent snow showers, and a 5:00am start put me off. My old mate John then phoned and asked if I fancied the Corbett Beinn Mhic- Mhonaidh, halfway down Glen Orchy instead on the Sunday when the winds would be much lighter. Alex fancied this idea too as he had a Graham nearby that he could climb from the same parking spot. Beinn Donachain, 650 metres, I think. We parked beside the Eas Urchairh Falls at GR NN 244322 Glen Orchy map Sheet 50.
Good video here of the type of kayaking you can expect paddling down Glen Orchy.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00JNAIGAO/ref=s9_simh_bw_p351_d7_i1?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_r=1AV10JYN80TPKSZJNCJP&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=511296287&pf_rd_i=341689031 .I was mainly into kayaking for the exploration value, visiting inland and offshore islands, bothies, easy river systems and interesting lochs with good features. I never fancied white water pursuits much as I did a lot of my early kayaking solo or with a few friends and dragging my face down a river bed over boulders in winter didn't appeal as entertainment. Besides, I would have had to obtain a much smaller kayak and my poor face has already smashed into its fair share of solid objects over the decades including, metal bars, fists, rocks, pavements, vans and trees.
Some of the most unnerving/ mind boggling videos on You Tube recently have been put out by a mad young Ukrainian who climbs tall buildings and appears to have an unbelievable attitude to heights/death. Apart from the balance and strength of a top Olympic gymnast he appears to also possess a complete lack of fear. Obviously, given the situations, his daily life expectancy hangs in the balance/is a matter of debate.
Has to be seen to be believed. Best watched in HD. Warning. This is as extreme as it gets in soloing and not for the fainthearted. I shouldn't need to point out if you try this yourself you will die.It's fairly obvious.You require nerves and fingers made of steel to hold on... or even to watch. I,d imagine many viewers will not want to watch this at all and may feel sick but he does make it to the end.