walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

Ben Challum

Ben Challum


Postby robhutchinson » Tue Mar 08, 2011 2:47 pm

Route description: Ben Challum, near Tyndrum

Munros included on this walk: Ben Challum

Date walked: 12/01/2008

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 11 km

Ascent: 900m

Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

The usual route of ascent starts from Kirkton Farm in Strath Fillan and climbs fairly monotonous, and initially very boggy ground to gain the South Top of Ben Challum. The remains of St Fillan's Priory provide soom interest near the start of the walk, but after crossing the railway its head down all the way for the slog up the southern slopes.

However, on the day i tackled this route there had been recent heavy snowfall across Scotland. Deep snow combined with clear, sunny conditions tranformed my day into one of the most memorable winter days i've had. Throughout the ascent, the views over my shoulder to Ben More, the Arrochar Alps and Ben Lui were absolutely amazing.

The hard work was over on reaching the South Top and from here you cross a short depression to gain the connecting ridge which takes you easily to the main summit.

I was the last person on the summit that day and watched as other walkers began their descents silhouetted against the setting sun. I returned to Strath Fillan the same way and reached the car just as darkness took over - very cold, very tired, but very exhilerated!
Attachments
17022008 102.jpg
Descending from Ben Challum
17022008 088.jpg
The Arrochar Alps from Ben Challum
User avatar
robhutchinson
Wanderer
 
Posts: 5
Munros:21   Corbetts:3
Grahams:2   Donalds:2
Sub 2000:5   Hewitts:71
Wainwrights:56   
Joined: Jun 20, 2010
Location: West Lothian

Re: Ben Challum

Postby Scott69 » Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:14 am

That second pic Rob is excellent,very atmospheric 8)
User avatar
Scott69
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 59
Munros:217   Corbetts:39
Grahams:8   Donalds:4
Sub 2000:2   
Joined: Jan 10, 2010

Re: Ben Challum

Postby Gable Gable End » Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:21 am

are there anymore of the photos?? lovely
User avatar
Gable Gable End
Walker
 
Posts: 568
Munros:64   Corbetts:6
Grahams:4   
Sub 2000:7   
Joined: Apr 28, 2009
Location: Houston, TX

Re: Ben Challum

Postby MIKE LEVER » Sat Mar 12, 2011 8:10 pm

PLAN TO DO THIS WALK LATER IN THE YEAR,YOU CAN'T BEET A WINTER WALK IN SCOTLAND.
A COUPLE OF GREAT PICS
User avatar
MIKE LEVER
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 38
Munros:166   Corbetts:3
Grahams:1   
Hewitts:167
Wainwrights:214   
Joined: Sep 9, 2010
Location: runcorn cheshire

Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).



Walkhighlands community forum is now advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: denfinella, Jonnyiom and 41 guests