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MKG
Big Grey Man
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Joined: May 25, 2010
Posts: 4538
Location: Holmfirth & Lismore

Logged:
Munros: 93 (2nd round)
Corbetts: 22 (2nd round)
Grahams: 9 (2nd round)
Donalds: 11 (2nd round)
New Donalds: 14 (2nd round)
Sub 2000s: 58


PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2021 3:26 pm    Post subject: Doing the Whole Book Reply with quote

TRIP REPORT: Show trip details

When; 23/10/21
Where; The Law, Ben Cleuch & Ben Ever
Who; Around 20 of the usual suspects plus 2 dogs
How far; 11km/790m
How long; 6 hours


Route
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It had been a long time coming. Around 33 years. In truth it was never the plan to climb all the hills recognised by the Scottish Mountaineering Club. I wasn’t even aware it was a thing until a few hill walkers I knew stated using the term Full House to describe it. For me it was just a tick in each box on the compleaters page maintained by the keeper of the list and laid out in the Munro Tables. Dave Hewitt alerted me to the older phrase “Do the Whole Book”.

Plan A had been to finish in June 2020 but the Covid-19 emergency but me so far behind schedule the was never going to happen. The fallback position of September 2020 also suffered the same fate. A return to nursing in early 2021 with the vaccination programme also limited opportunities to get to the hills I needed bag. So, October was settled on as being possibly the last likely date in the calendar before the onset of winter.

Our route was the one through Mill Glen. Although officially closed due a section of path being washed out. I’d been to checkout the path a few weeks earlier and it seemed to be in regular use. Someone had also strung a rope, to use as a handrail, across the missing section. So, after saying a few hellos and a group photo we set off. It was a slow-moving party. The dogs Jessie and Max tried to establish the doggy hierarchy; I think it was a score draw. There was plenty of chatter and people to catch up with on the climb. Our route took in my final Donald Top, The Law, so I nipped over the fence to touch the cairn. Cloud hugged Ben Cleuch but the steady wind blew it off before I got there. With a couple a stops everyone made the summit whilst I hung back for the walking pole guard of honour. A champagne toast followed plus a few summit photos.

Before the start



Group photos

Through Mill Glen and the “Bad Step”








And on to the open hillside





Looking back over the Forth Valley


Taking a breather




On The Law with the cloud on Ben Cleuch yet to clear


To the East


Waiting for the compleatist

Made it!







It wasn’t conditions foe hanging around and people soon made their way down. Being hill-baggers I think there were four different ways taken. A few of us took advice from someone with local knowledge and headed for Ben Ever to get out of the wind. Once back in the valley it was a pleasant stroll through the woods to start.

Coming off Ben Cleuch

On Ben Ever


On the way down






In the pub Anne presented me with a frame photo of the Aonach Eagach, a commemorative mug and vouchers for my local outdoor shop in Holmfirth. Many thanks to those who came on the day those who contributed to the whip round.

Drink!





This has taken me 33 years, not that I ever intended to do the whole book. It just came about after compleating the Munros. Rob has to be credited with dragging over a few insignificant Munro Tops and Corbetts in all weathers. There’s been some minor epics along the way but no major mishaps. The big days out on fine days have receded in the memory somewhat. Overtaken by the hard struggles in bad weather to reach a bothy or get a solitary tick. I’ve seen the hills in all their guises and wouldn’t change anything.

Done the whole book

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Squiz
Sir Hugh
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Joined: Jun 20, 2008
Posts: 11435
Location: Fife

Logged:
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Corbetts: 3 (2nd round)
Grahams: 1 (2nd round)
Donalds: 89
New Donalds: 118
Sub 2000s: 570


PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2021 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations once more. Great to see a second Shills Full House. They are scarce as {(was going to say Big Grey Men,,,but those don't exist, and this most certainly does, so fall back on the as scarce as)} hens' teeth. Are you the 74th Full Houser? Does even Dave Hewitt know?

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Joined: Sep 09, 2008
Posts: 939
Location: sussex

Logged:
Munros: 15 (2nd round)
Corbetts: 46
Grahams: 36
Donalds: 19
New Donalds: 23
Sub 2000s: 21


PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2021 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done you that’s some achievement I’m sure there’s a few of us who couldn’t be there will be buying you a beer sometime as a celebration.
Before anyone else gets in there, what next😜
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Brocken Spectre
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Joined: Nov 12, 2007
Posts: 2652


Logged:
Munros: 273 (2nd round)
Corbetts: 12 (2nd round)
Grahams: 220
Donalds: 51
New Donalds: 63
Sub 2000s: 4


PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2021 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done, great achievement. Pity I missed the pub celebration, but great to be at your compleation.
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Dangler
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Joined: Feb 18, 2011
Posts: 761
Location: stirling

Logged:
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Grahams: 0
Donalds: 0
New Donalds: 0
Sub 2000s: 0


PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2021 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many congratulations. Lovely pictures and a fine report. I was up Ben Cleuch in December 2011 with your old pal Ted. It was deep snow and I would have retreated if it wasn't for tramping in the footsteps he made.
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Monarch Of The Glen
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Joined: Jul 22, 2008
Posts: 7669
Location: Edinburgh

Logged:
Munros: 101 (2nd round)
Corbetts: 144
Grahams: 55
Donalds: 33
New Donalds: 34
Sub 2000s: 32


PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2021 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great day out Mark and congratulations. Great achievement!

Glad you like the Aonach Eagach framed pic too. Cool
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Joined: Sep 01, 2011
Posts: 3286
Location: Glasgow

Logged:
Munros: 7 (2nd round)
Corbetts: 221
Grahams: 74
Donalds: 89
New Donalds: 104
Sub 2000s: 9


PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2021 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a fantastic achievement and a great way to do it with so many there - many congratulations - cheers Very Happy
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Joined: Aug 31, 2007
Posts: 4037
Location: Telford, Shropshire

Logged:
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Corbetts: 221
Grahams: 36
Donalds: 89
New Donalds: 118
Sub 2000s: 23


PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2021 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done Mark, a terrific achievement. I recognised a few people in the photos, which was very nice. Very Happy
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Joined: Nov 30, 2014
Posts: 651


Logged:
Munros: 186
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Grahams: 18
Donalds: 28
New Donalds: 33
Sub 2000s: 9


PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2021 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done Mark, great achievement
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Brocken Spectre
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Joined: Mar 23, 2008
Posts: 2018
Location: Scottish Borders

Logged:
Munros: 141 (2nd round)
Corbetts: 22
Grahams: 22
Donalds: 57
New Donalds: 77
Sub 2000s: 19


PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2021 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very well done Mark, tremendous achievement!
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Joined: Jan 31, 2008
Posts: 7911
Location: Too far away from Scotland (Kent)

Logged:
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Corbetts: 9
Grahams: 4
Donalds: 1
New Donalds: 1
Sub 2000s: 14


PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2021 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A fantastic achievement, especially considering you are South of the Border most of the time.
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Joined: Mar 28, 2010
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Location: South Lanarkshire

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Grahams: 78
Donalds: 89
New Donalds: 118
Sub 2000s: 173


PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2021 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many congratulations, Mark - a great achievement.
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Joined: Jun 10, 2008
Posts: 296


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Grahams: 29
Donalds: 10
New Donalds: 10
Sub 2000s: 20


PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2021 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations Mark, what an achievement!! Enjoyed report, smashing photos, many years since I’ve been there.
Disappointed not to be able to join you on the day, looked a grand day out!
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Joined: Jul 10, 2010
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Grahams: 71 (2nd round)
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2021 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah - I was foiled by the diversion signs for Mill Glen otherwise I would have gone that way too! No matter, it probably made it easier for me to catch you all up.

Congratulations on the 'full book' - quite a lot of hills involved Laughing . I may join one day, but my current rate of one new Munro top per year (with 40-odd left) will keep me away for a while, even if the Donald Tops don't discourage me completely!

Looking forward to seeing how your coast-to-coast with Rob turns out - that looks really interesting.
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Joined: Sep 13, 2009
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Location: Inverness

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Grahams: 100
Donalds: 7
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2021 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very well done MKG . The holy grail .
I can’t think of a better way to spend 33 years . Something for us all to aspire to Cool Cool
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