Ben More - Mull
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Come across the sea to Mull, for the only Munro that requires a ferry to reach it.
We will be doing a circular route that takes in some ridges and has a small scramble to reach the summit of the mountain. Our route starts by walking a couple of km back along the road before heading inland and making for Beinn Fhada, a wide ridge that heads SE. At the far end of this we head SW and go over A' Choich which is a small challenge for those who want to scramble. You can bypass this top before we drop slightly to a bealach and the final narrow ridge to Ben More reveals itself, the final ascent to Ben More is steep and the rock is very loose. After admiring the views we take the popular path back down to where we started in the morning.
This event is one that is celebrating the broadcast 30 years ago of 'The Munro Show'. This STV programme was broadcast in 1991/92 with Muriel Gray at its helm, which was a series that was involved in bringing mountaineering and munro bagging into the modern mainstream. This is one of a handful of the 22 mountains covered that can be found on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLmlzpqTxaU
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What to bring
Check the weather forecast the night before - we are going up onto a mountain on a west coast island which is exposed to anything coming off the Atlantic as even on a fine summers day the top of the mountain can be cold. The list below is mandatory for coming on this walk.
Boots: Hiking boots are arguably the most essential piece of kit when hiking just about anywhere. Walker’s should make sure that their boots are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support. Boots should also be in good condition.
Socks: Walking socks are often overshadowed by those new to hiking, with many novices failing to invest in proper socks. Good walking socks are essential in regards to keeping the feet dry, and in turn stopping the development of blisters. Sports socks and other socks not designed for walking will often become waterlogged, or damaged which will in turn blister feet.
Gators: Gators attach to the bottom of walking boots and extend to just under the knee. They provide waterproofing for the bottom half of the leg, and are essential in keeping the feet dry.
Walking Trousers: Walking trousers should be of a windproof design and made of a rip stop material, that will stand up to walking through ferns and undergrowth. They should also ideally be water resistant, or at least not gain weight, and lose their insulation properties when wet. Jeans are therefore to be avoided, as they are heavy when wet and provide no protection from the elements.
Waterproof Trousers: Waterproof trousers are essential in keeping the legs dry, as water resistant trousers will not keep out any significant rainfall. Walker’s should look for waterproof trousers that are breathable, in order to avoid being soaked with sweat.
Base Layer: A breathable base layer should be chosen in order to let sweat escape from the body. This should ideally consist of a breathable synthetic, specially designed fabric, though a cotton T-Shirt is sufficient.
Mid Layer: A Mid Layer goes on top of the base layer and should consist of a 100 weight micro fleece, or a rugby typed thick shirt. The layering system is important as it allows walkers to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature.
Outer Layer: The outer layer should consist of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece. This is the final layer and walkers should ensure that this layer provides ample warmth.
Waterproof Jacket: A good waterproof jacket is one of the most important pieces of kit you will require when hiking. Walkers should look for a jacket that is both waterproof and breathable in order for them to be protected from sweat. Materials such as Gore-tex are often the best choices.
Hat: As most heat is lost through the head a good hat is essential. The best hats are those of a fleece design, with wool also being acceptable.
Gloves: Gloves are essential in the colder months as walkers will require the usage of their fingers for various activities such as map reading. Windproof or better still waterproof gloves are the best choice.
Rucksack: A good Rucksack that is comfortable to wear is essential, and required to carry your lunch and additional clothing. In the event of wet weather a dry bag is recommended, with equipment being placed in the water proof bag inside the rucksack.
Mobile Phone: A mobile phone should also be brought and kept in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies.
Food & drink
You must bring a packed lunch, along with plenty of fluids and snacks for the whole day. You should consider that it is planned as a long day - so extra food must be considered. Suggestions of things to bring include energy snacks or a flask with a hot drink or soup.