Stay at home
Scotland is under national lockdown. People are asked to stay at home except for essential purposes.
Click for details
Change of plan from Goatfell to 2 Munros in Perthshire
by GillC » Fri May 27, 2011 8:34 pm
Route description: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Ghlas, Ben Lawers
Date walked: 27/05/2011
Time taken: 4.25 hours
Distance: 10.5 km
Ascent: 968mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
On reading up on Lawers the night before, realised this would be my highest Munro to date, being 10th in the 'list'.
Obviously the initial climb up off the lochside road to the car park takes you up about 2-300mtrs I think so your not taking in the entire 1214mtrs,,but still,,,is a big chunk of rock!
Margaret and I headed off about 10:30am with the intention being to take our time,,take in the views,,,weather holding so far,,if a bit windy. Car park was busy and several pairs and small groups heading off around the same time.
After clearing the fenced area, which was a lovely mix of various trees and shrubs with the burn running down through it. Very colourful and varied. Must look up the reasons for the fencing and what exactly is being protected from the ravages of Bambi.
Shortly after clearing the reserve, the path forks and the left hand branch looked like our intended return route, one or two people behind us chose this route,, but on returning this way,,its a tad closed in and to be honest, a bit of a nothing walk. Nothing to see and no real challenges. Gladly,,we took the right fork and headed off up Beinn Ghlas. The top is reached a lot quicker than you might expect. (Id previously read about someone doing this doubler in 4 hrs and thought they must have been mad,,including our lunch stop and several short stops, we still got up and down in 4.5hrs)
The view of Lawers is fantastic from the top here,,no real cairn, just a plateau and a small pile of stones.
We then dropped down off the top to the bealach, the return path to the left was visible just as the ground rises on to Lawers. Passed several pairs coming down from the top. The wind by this time was whipping round from the north and a bit chilly.
Saw one or two very small patches of snow on surrounding hils and a puddle of slush on our path,,then we saw it...SNOW,,,FALLING FROM THE SKY. 27th May, SNOWING. Very small flakes but came thick and fast and the wind whipped it up in all directions. The ground under foot had been pretty good up most of the route, although some of the maintained path, although substantial, was quite difficult to walk on, but by the last 1-200 feet from the summit,,the natural rock formation was long, deep, angular sections and pretty tricky to get over,,especially with the snow blindness setting in.
Reached the double cairned top , time for a few pics before hunkering down on one of the north facing paths to shelter a bit,,still cold though. Taken about 2 hrs to this point. Didnt hang around much after taking on some food and drink, just too windy and cold. Climbed back up to the older stone cairn and nearly got blown back down again. The descent back down the grey slidy, long rocks was completed mainly due to luck,,couldnt see a thing but got there and met a couple of guys heading up the way, stopped for a natter before setting off again.
Down into the bealach and sharp right on to the return circular. As I said earlier,,this is a nice path for a walk, but nothing more,,the view closes in and other than the valley bottom and river,,there isnt much to see. Pretty quick progress then you round Beinn Ghlas from the north and Loch Tay comes back into view. The snow was still coming down but was turning to rain, so full waterproofs required by now.
Pretty uneventful drop back down to the reserve, car park was still pretty busy,,only 3pm afterall.
Back to Killin and a pint at the Falls of Dochart, log fire burning and tourists wandering around the bridge snapping like snappy things.
Fantastic day, bit shorter than either of us had thought, think we must be getting good at this hill climbing lark.
Considering the size of these hills,,we both agreed it was a much easier and shorter day than our trip 2 weeks ago to Ledi and Vane which was a bit more demanding in our opinion.
Anyway, thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, great way to spend a day off work. Arran will need to wait for another day.
our_route.gpx Open full screen NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts
by andyroog » Fri May 27, 2011 8:57 pm
by GillC » Fri May 27, 2011 10:10 pm
by Dunfie » Fri May 27, 2011 10:29 pm
by Morag M » Fri May 27, 2011 11:22 pm
although when we done them we were surrounded in mist so could not see a thing,
ejoyed your report and photo's.
by steven671 » Sun Jun 05, 2011 9:17 pm
Walkhighlands community forum is advert free
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by donating by direct debit?