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Beinn Ghlas & Ben Lawers Winter 2009
by murphy999 » Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:27 pm
Route description: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Ghlas, Ben Lawers
Date walked: 23/11/2009
Time taken: 5 hours
Distance: 7 km
Ascent: 1000mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
The initial boggy ground was frozen solid and after the first gate the well worn path through the trees had almost filled with snow, drifting to waist height. Reaching the end of the fence and onto the open hillside the waters of Loch Tay lay behind and snow covered slopes ahead, crampons on axe out!
The ascent was a struggle with incredibly low temperatures and a shocking wind dragging the thermometer downwards, I was sweating from the effort bit this only made me colder due to my frequent rests giving the water time to freeze. A normally fairly gentle ascent to Beinn Ghlas was quickly becoming a marathon but despite this on reaching the summit the view was staggering.
Continuing on along the ridge towards Ben Lawers the snow was so deep that a mini step had developed just below its highest point, necessitating a short, steep climb until nothing lay between me and the top of the Lawers Range. Struggling on to the summit the wind had died and I was finally able to lift my head which had been bowed for much of the ascent. I was greeted by wonderland views expansive in the extreme, white mountains defined against a blue sky, it was one of those days.
Descending to the col between the two mountains I had the place to myself, accompanied only by a glorious sunset and the thought of a warm car heater.
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by Alan S » Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:56 pm
i really enjoyed these 2 with the addition of meall corranaich
dont know if id fancy it in that deep snow tho
by murphy999 » Mon Jul 26, 2010 1:54 pm
by murphy999 » Mon Jul 26, 2010 1:57 pm
Your post is a timely warning to me anyway - I'd just been discussing with my walking buddy Richard (who doesn't really do snowy mountains) about going up in November this year as 'there shouldn't be any snow, or not much' - looking at the date you did this - how wrong can I be?!
- mountain coward
by blueyed » Tue Jul 27, 2010 9:04 am
by HighlandSC » Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:20 am
Walking last weekend with a million flies buzzing around my head made me wish for another long winter ASAP! Hopefully it'll hit us by November
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