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Stob Binnein and Ben More a Good Friday!

Stob Binnein and Ben More a Good Friday!


Postby 2dalmatians » Sat Apr 23, 2011 10:13 am

Route description: Ben More and Stob Binnein

Munros included on this walk: Ben More, Stob Binnein

Date walked: 22/04/2011

Time taken: 7.25 hours

Distance: 15 km

Ascent: 1174m

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Ruby had been moaning for weeks to take her out for a good long walk, so we had a look at the map and she put her paw on Ben More and that was that!

Decided to complete the walk from Inverlochlarig as the chance of a nice ridge walk on a beautiful sunny day was too good to miss.

We also delayed our start a little to 9am compared to normal (usually we are walking at around 6-7am) in the hope that the forecasted haze would burn off by the time we got to the summits.

So off we went at 0915.
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Ruby led the way as usual
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The intial climb was hard going but the views were just incredible even with the haze
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Our last walk had been up Ben Tuliachean and Cruach Ardrain but in very poor conditions so it was nice to get a clear view of these two today.
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After a gentle walk up the slopes after Stob Invercarnaig we finally got our first glimspe of Stob Binnein past the marker cairn
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The walk along the ridges up to Stob Binnein offered some fabulous views - not sure my photography skills do them justice...
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ruby found a watering hole!
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We made the summit just before 11am and sat down for a well earned pork pie and a dog biscuit or ten for Ruby
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After 10 minutes we headed down the north side of Stob Binnein towards the Beleach between the two munro's
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I have to admit I was tempted to call it quits here and head down the west flank and back to the car but in the end I decided that my legs were lying and that I wasnt really that tired! Still the climb up Ben More was tough going.

The view back to Stobinnien from approx half way up Ben More
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After about an hour and 15mins we got our first glimpse of the summit cairn
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and finally we made it, completely knackered...
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We had met this couple earlier on the walk (they had taken the same route we had). Managed to get this picture just as they reached the top
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And of course one for Ruby's scrap book!
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After a few minutes taking in the views we headed back down the way had come up and then down the west flank to pick up the track back to Inverlochlarig. I wasnt looking forward to the return however it actually turned out to be a really pleasant walk through the valley following the river with superb views
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Finally we made it back to the car after 7 and a half hours, very tired but delighted with our day out. Not sure how I will feel in the morning. No doubt Ruby will be fine as usual!!
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Last edited by 2dalmatians on Sun Apr 24, 2011 8:38 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Stob Binnein and Ben More a Good Friday!

Postby ChrisW » Sat Apr 23, 2011 12:03 pm

great report 2dalmations - love that second pic, looks like something out of the sound of music :lol: and pic 42 is a cracker :D
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Re: Stob Binnein and Ben More a Good Friday!

Postby Del246 » Sat Apr 23, 2011 2:12 pm

Quality. I plan to do this walk during the summer.
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Re: Stob Binnein and Ben More a Good Friday!

Postby Merry-walker » Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:00 pm

Pure class 2D :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Re: Stob Binnein and Ben More a Good Friday!

Postby 2dalmatians » Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:39 pm

Thanks for the comments folks.

Some more pics of the valley walk on the way back including a giant stone Donald Duck head...or at least I think that's what Ruby thought it was!
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Re: Stob Binnein and Ben More a Good Friday!

Postby Bod » Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:59 pm

Really enjoyed your report, was even thinking of just this for one day very soon (even tomorrow), if Cruach Ardrain doesn't feature first. It's a little shorter, so might.....we'll see. Loved the photos and was able to see clear on my map where you were with more shots. Great stuff :D
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Re: Stob Binnein and Ben More a Good Friday!

Postby gammy leg walker » Sat Apr 23, 2011 9:22 pm

Great weather you had for this 2dalmations,looks like ruby and you sure had a brilliant day
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Re: Stob Binnein and Ben More a Good Friday!

Postby steven65 » Sun Apr 24, 2011 12:48 pm

Nice fotos - you certainly had the best of the day with your earlier set off time , after failing to do these 2 on Fri / Sat i`m hoping to fit them in soonish
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Re: Stob Binnein and Ben More a Good Friday!

Postby PeteR » Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:35 am

Great report and pictures. This is an excellent route, but a tough one up on to stob binnein. Did this in the winter a few years back and missed the views on ben more as the mist decended. So it's good to see what I would have seen :D Actually missed the summit first time. It was only on the way back that I noticed the iced up trip pillar :lol: Knackered by the end of the day though
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Re: Stob Binnein and Ben More a Good Friday!

Postby AJMullen » Thu May 12, 2011 7:56 pm

Great report and amazing pics, I'm attempting this tomorrow. You've given me some food for thought whether to start from
Ben More farm or from Inverlochlarig I'll ask durquhart tomorrow. Looking forward to it :D
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Re: Stob Binnein and Ben More a Good Friday!

Postby Jockstar » Tue May 17, 2011 12:13 pm

Interested in your report as we are going to do this on Saturday as one of our walking friends has chosen it for her 50th.
Hope the weather holds as the walk looks great and thanks for your photos which showed us the rewards after the steep climb. :D
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Re: Stob Binnein and Ben More a Good Friday!

Postby NickyRannoch » Tue May 17, 2011 3:45 pm

How did you find the descent into the glen?

From Cruach Ardrain it looks really steep and unpleasant with plenty terraces to be avoided and my plan for this pair was just to bite the bullet and go back over Stob Binnein.

Nice Report
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