Walking with Christian Aid

Over the last 2 weekends, I have been out in the mountains as part of the Christian Aid 70 Munros challenge. I have volunteered my photography for the challenge (although I sadly cannot make every walk) and am really looking forward to working with Christian Aid and participating in the challenge, which will hopefully see me cover another 35-40 Munros with them.

The first weekend, April 4th, had us setting our sights on Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime in the Arrochar Alps. The plan for the main group was to leave the Succoth carpark around 9am, whilst I suggested meeting them on Beinn Narnain so that I could be up near the summit for Sunrise (I was hoping for a shot of The Cobbler topped by clouds set alight by the sunrise.). I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such a stunning sunrise. It didn’t have the incredible colours of some that I have witnessed, the light didn’t last very long, but what there was of it was spectacular!

Golden rays from the sunrise gloriously lighting The Trossachs and Ben Lomond.

Golden rays from the sunrise gloriously lighting The Trossachs and Ben Lomond.

 

Sunrise lighting up the face of The Cobbler.

Sunrise lighting up the face of The Cobbler.

 

Unfortunately, I was unable to meet up with the group that day, a combination of no phone signal, poor visibility and timing meant that we ended up having separate, but equally rewarding days in Arrochar.

 

Beinn Narnain before the clouds enveloped the summit.

Beinn Narnain before the clouds enveloped the summit.

 

This past weekend, April 11th, saw us tackling Ben Lomond. A walk that had been chosen partly for its relative ease and straightforwardness, sadly no had let the weather in on this hope… The forecast was for a rather miserable day, which it did start of with, arriving at the Rowardennan carpark at 6am only to be met with dark clouds and rain did not fill me with confidence in terms of getting good shots that day. Thankfully, the rain was not constant on Saturday, it hit us with regularity every 30-45 minutes, but with it coming from the west we had great views when it was clear to warn us of the next impending shower. As we progressed further up the mountain, the showers changed from rain into snow into hail. By the time we were on our initial descent we were down to almost zero visibility whilst being pelted with hail. There were a few folks we met on the mountain who were suffering the weather pretty badly as they were ill-prepared for it, but we had 2 great Mountain Leaders with us who were able to take care of them and escort them down safely. All in all, an epic day on Ben Lomond, always nice to get back to the car feeling that you’ve earned the summit!

When the intermittent showers passed by, the views were stunning!

When the intermittent showers passed by, the views were stunning!

A cheery group enjoying a warm, sunny break in the weather.

A cheery group enjoying a warm, sunny break in the weather.

Still a fair way to go, but always good to see the summit poking through the clouds.

Still a fair way to go, but always good to see the summit poking through the clouds.

Isla, our 4 legged companion had far too much energy!

Isla, our 4 legged companion had far too much energy!

Not the worst weather we encountered on the day.

Not the worst weather we encountered on the day.

Neil and Wendy pushing on.

Neil and Wendy pushing on.

Neil pointing out some Trossachs geography to us.

Neil pointing out some Trossachs geography to us.

The short, rocky section just before the final push to the summit.

The short, rocky section just before the final push to the summit.

The whole group delighted to be at the summit.

The whole group delighted to be at the summit.

Wendy reflecting on the view across to the previous weeks Munros.

Wendy reflecting on the view across to the previous weeks Munros.

 

My next journey into the Munros with Christian Aid will be back on Ben Lomond on May 2nd, for the Moderators Challenge, will you join us?

 

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One Comment

  1. Adam Archibald April 15, 2015 at 7:18 pm #

    Great work, Chris!

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