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Brandon Mountain

Brandon Mountain

Postby Jim777 » Tue May 29, 2018 2:51 pm

Date walked: 12/06/2012

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For this walk I used the OSi 1:25,000 Brandon Mountain map 1st Edition.
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Brandon across the bay

Although the weather was good I still managed to end up at the wrong start point. Let me just say that the sign posting leaves a lot to be desired. I think I started from near the Heritage Centre at 518 138.
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Start of walk

It soon became obvious that I was on the North and not the South side of the Binn Fhada ridge as I had planned.
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Wrong side of the ridge

I must admit the ridge looked pretty impressive as I progressed West.
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Pretty impressive - still wrong side!!

As I gained height I feared that I was going to reach a dead end with no way up onto the ridge.
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Is it a dead end

However, on entering the corrie holding An Loch Dubh there it was in front of me, the way up onto the ridge.
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The way out and up

The summit was now only a kilometre and a half away to the South.
Looking back down on An Loch Dubh I knew I was home and dry.
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An Loch Dubh

As I progressed along the ridge I could look down on the side of the Binn Fhada ridge I had meant to come up with its chain of lochs and lochans.
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The side I meant to come up

The Binn Fhada ridge is quite spectacular and I would certainly give it a go if I'm ever in the area again.
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Binn Fhada ridge I

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Binn Fhada ridge II

By this point I'm within a couple of hundred metres of the summit and the view West to the coast are spectacular.
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Heading to summit - view West

A few minutes later and I'm there - the summit.
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Brandon Mountain summit 952m

I decided to descend by the South side of the Binn Fhada ridge and cross over to the North side lower down.
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Crossing over ridge S to N looking to start of walk

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Crossing ridge S to N looking back at ascent route

What seemed like a disaster at first turned out to be a fantastic day and due to the route of ascent i did take I never met anyone until I was about half a kilometre from the summit.
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Re: Brandon Mountain

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Thu May 31, 2018 10:43 am

That's an amazing day on what looks to be a stunning mountain.
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