Beinn a’Mhanaich….Revisited

…Just had an query regarding the Ordnance Survey map of this area.

Red means Danger

The ‘Danger Area ‘ markings are wrong, on this hill, the ‘Danger Area’ runs from approx NS266934 due North to approx NS 269904 then the warning signs then start to run NW leaving the final part of the ascent danger free, there are warning signs along the initial ascent and along the ridge, the ‘Danger Area’ is to the west of the signs. In one blog I’ve read, there is mention of hearing rifle fire…

Click <HERE> to see the wrongly marked danger area…

OS maps that cover this area are…..

OS Explorer Map – EX347 – Loch Lomond South


OS Landranger Map – LR 056 – Inverary / Loch Lomond.

Just stay E of the warning signs hihi


Note to oneself…..GET FIT.

The first 4 pointer of 2010…..

I had hoped to activate a summit during our Easter weekend break and was keeping a watchful eye on the weather forecast. Sunday’s forecast looked promising but as usual, the decision was not made until the last minute before setting off. I had woken to light rain on early Sunday morning, the forecast had promised otherwise but as time went on, it looked as it was starting to clear from the NW, I had chosen Beinn a’Mhanaich which I can see in its full glory from where I am writing this. Everything was checked and off Euan and I headed. It is less than an hour away, the roads were reasonably quiet on Lomondside.

We arrived at the parking spot, kitted up and headed up the initial steep (to me !!!) approach and by the end of the first km, I was struggling on the accent but rested often and when I eventually hit the slowly rising ridge I soon got into my stride, a break was had just as we approached halfway.

The summit had cloud scuttling over it plus we could see accumulations of drifted snow on the west flanks of the ascent  , we then pressed on through a few snow fields, at the most about 18 inches deep but generally not too deep.

Snow field at 2,000 ft

Snow field at 2,000 ft

We saw the summit ahead and by this time, the cloud had cleared so it wasn’t long until we stood at the cairn. The wind was gusting too strong to erect the mast so we snuck down onto the E side of the hill and just below the summit, we found a perfect spot.

The mast and 4m J Pole was erected, I called out on 70.450 and a pair of GM8 stations, both in Carluke were worked, I then called a couple of times but no reply, two 4M contacts were an excellent start.

Next antenna was the 2m J  Pole, I had decided not to put the 5 ele beam as it was a bit chilly to start to build it plus I had checked the SOTA Alerts page earlier when I had posted my alert on the way up to the summit but nothing was posted that I may have contacted down south.

I first called on S20 and moved to 145.400 and worked nine stations, Steve, GM7 from Greenock ( thanks for the SPOT !!) was the first station who came back, I then worked a couple of mobile stations, a GM0 and MM0, both were in Glasgow.

Neil, 2M0NCM/P was next, Neil was on Craiglee Hill in south Ayrshire, this was a SOTA STS (summit to summit) contact and signals were strong either way.Mention must go to Catherine who takes part in Neil’s SOTA activations..

A further QRZ and worked Andy, a regular SOTA chaser,MM0 in Falkirk next was Adrian , a MM0 from Irvine popped in next then our fellow blogee Graeme, 2M0GIL called in from Dunfoyne Hill on the western edge of the Campsie Hills. Graeme was just short of the summit when he called, next to call in was ‘Tinto Hill’ regular activator, Robert, GM4 but this time, he was in his home town of Biggar. Last in the log was Brian, a MM0 from Greenock.

Looking NW

Looking NW

Passed the time talking to Graeme, Neil and Robert before Euan warned off a pending shower, it was time to leave, say our goodbyes and quickly broke down the mast and put the radio equipment away under cover, hail then snow briefly flurried then as we headed down from the summit, the sun reappeared and it stayed sunny until we reached the car parking area, a nice long leisurely saunter downhill.

east and south panorama

East and South panorama

There is more detailed information on the hill at my previous activation / blogpost <HERE>

If you are thinking of ‘having’ a go, first of all, you must be a licensed radio amateur, for more information <HERE>, if you are outside the UK, contact your relevant Radio Society and lastly, be reasonably fit..for more information on activating <HERE>

All photos courtesy of my son, Euan and as always ‘All rights reserved ©’

Pleace click on each photo for full size, enjoy…

Flickr : Beinn a’Mhanaich April 2010 set

Facts :

Beinn a’Mhanaich is 709 m ASL (2326 ft)  ‘the hill of the monk’

Round Trip of approx. 9 kms

Total Ascent (approx) 509 m ( 1670 ft)

Total Descent (approx) 509 m (1670 ft)



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64, married, three kids......overweight, unfit, folically challenged, need I go on ?
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