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Stob Binnein & Ben More from Benmore Glen

Stob Binnein & Ben More from Benmore Glen

Postby DeeTC » Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:47 pm

Route description: Ben More and Stob Binnein

Munros included on this walk: Ben More, Stob Binnein

Date walked: 20/08/2011

Time taken: 6.5 hours

Distance: 12 km

Ascent: 1300m

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On deciding to initially walk in through Benmore Glen and ascend Stob Binnein first, proved to be a good straight forward day out with very few if any real heartache.

We set out at 10am exactly from the traditional starting point at the layby just past Benmore Farm's green barn doors. Climbing the stile onto the track then walking the farm track to the gate at the start of the Land-rover track gives you the first glimpse of the might of Ben More- more of that to come but seeing the ant like figures of those brave souls on this ascent gave some perspective on how steep this mountain is! :shock:

Onward southwards from the farm gate and into Benmore
farm gate back view.jpg
back view to farm
glen for a gentle pre amble along the good track that traces the bottom of Ben More to the left and follows Benmore Burn to the right. This is a chance to gather yourself and generally get the legs warmed up!You can go straight up Ben More from here just after the gate if you're feeling masochistic but I had planned on this route which takes in great views up towards Stob Coire Bhuidhe and Stob Garbh which hides the conical of Cruach Ardrain which doesn't come into view until the ascent at 700 meters-ish. Ben Tulaichean peeks out around the 600 meter mark through Glen Inverlochlairg. :)
land rover track in.jpg
Land rover track in

Getting to the point above the defunct footbridge over Benmore Burn
foot bridge.jpg
foot bridge
(there's a path down to the right but take the rising land rover track to the left) means its getting near ascending time!
view to stob binnein from foot bridge.jpg
stob binnein from above footbridge
Continue on by this intersection on the land rover track until the track runs out after 200m beyond the intersection. Here you'll see a falling stream coming down from the oaxster of Ben More. You can go further on beyond the track into the grass for another route, but here was as good a place as anywhere to start going UP! :roll:

Immediately a track is obvious parallel to the right of the straight falling burn. Easily follow this path with no severe issues in ascending.
ascending initially from path.jpg
ascending to bealach from land rover track
The path moves off to the right at the first rocky outcrop but falls back in thereafter. It is steep but in comparison to the Ben More ascent it's much more sedate. The land rover track remains for ever in view below and quickly becomes a pencil line as height is gained quickly. You'll get to a point where the path seems to end and becomes grassy on the ascent.
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go right as path drifts and fades a little
You'll see a milder track off to the right which begins the process of traversing right at an easier angle- 15%- 25%??? (roughly when Ben Tulaichean summit comes into view fully)
Tulaichean peek a boo.jpg
Tulaichean peek a boo
pencil line path before bealach.jpg
pencil line track after going right

From this point you're 30 mins to the bealach and the views over to Cruach Ardrain through Inverlochlairg Glen are spectacular as is the shark fin like Stob Binnein directly looming over you ahead and Ben More's shoulder behind to the left. From here we could see the summit just being caressed by mist and spot those ants ascending and descending clearly on the visible zig- zag track up to the summit and down. It is quite simply a beautiful looking hill! Cloud shadows bring it menacingly to life and provide it with a multi- personality as the switching light takes it from growling auld uncle :twisted: to nice papa in seconds! :D

bealach is accessed after this outcrop.jpg
below bealach-eadar-dha-bheinn
On reaching the bealach at 800 metres- ish you're greeted by the distant sight of the shark toothed Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn) (in the week of a shark attack story in the Seychelles maybe influencing my mind :? ) and Stuc a' Chroin. The bealach provides a saddle a good gathering point and fine views of the final ascents to Binnein and More. The wind was ferocious for us at this point as you're exposed from east and west as the wind whipped in from the west.
on the bealach-eadar-dha-bheinn.jpg
on the bealach-eadar-dha-bheinn

The ascent of Stob Binnein is straight forward with a good path- gravel in places- meandering up the crest of the dorsal fin Binnein. No problems at all on this and the ascent is completed in 30-40 mins at an ambling pace (our group stragglers in 40 mins).
one third up binnein back to the bealach.jpg
1/3 up stob binnein
No scrambling, no real drops, no route deviation for difficulties, just plain old ascent and time to enjoy the growing views all around. Loch Tay glittered in eastern sun with Ben Lawers shoulders and summit overseeing its watery neighbour through quick passing cloud.
Loch Tay eastwards.jpg
Loch tay eastwards
Lawers shares Loch Tay's Northern shore with its six other Munro brothers. Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn) and Stuc a' Chroin provide the comedy duo as the odd couple in the SE as they are not similar in anyway in stature for near neighbours. Ben Chonzie standing alone can also be seen directly east. Benvane and Ben Ledi are southward chaperoning Loch Lubnaig overlooking Callandar but they all disappear from view as the eastern steep slope of Stob Binnein curtains out this view.
the gradient of stob binnein.jpg
stob binnein gradient

The summit of Binnein offers extensive views NE & North also looking NW down to the land rover track on the way in and out towards Crianlarich and Strath Fillan leading the eye towards the Tyndrum collection of Munros and special guest star appearances of the Bridge of Orchy gang in the cloaking distant cloud.
Stob Binnein summit at1165m or 8822 ft in auld money. Ben More neighbours.jpg
Stob Binnein summit
NW over Strath Fillan.jpg
NW over Strath Fillan
Cruach Ardrain is flanked by stob garbh (R) & stob glas (L) ben a' Chroin is behind (L) An caisteal to the rear.jpg
some of the other crainlarich Hills westwards - Cruach Ardrain (C) Ben a' Chroin (behind L) An Caisteal (behind)

Looking southward will see you stare into Inverlochlairg glen and the eye follows the path towards Stob Coire an Lochain as it tumbles off down towards Inverlochlairg- another potential route up. Ben Lomond's shoulders appeared every now and then being unveiled and re-veiled in the switching swithering sun light.
sooth over stob coire a lochain.jpg
south over stob coire a lochain

Descending is knee pain free :thumbup: to the bealach then upwards again for another 300m-ish ascent to Ben More.
over the bealach-eadar-dha-bheinn & Ben More rising.jpg
ben More rising from bealach- eadar-dha-bheinn
Ben More ascent (beginning).jpg
start of Ben More ascent
This ascent is more direct and in my view steeper (my mates disagreed and thought was the same as Stob Binnein) as it doesn't meander as much(reminded me in sections of Ben Vane (Arrochar Alps).The summit of More comes into view to the top left 11 o'clock position after passing Creag Tharsuinn (the shoulder hides the peak and the outcrop in advance of the summit)
Ben More summit at 11 O'clock on ascent.jpg
Ben More summit at 11 o'clock position on ascent
Again no real issues (apart from a little leg fatigue at this point) until you reach the rocky outcrop just before the summit- go right on an obvious path
remember to go right at this outcrop below summit.jpg
Go right on obvious path to avoid scramble over corrie
and then you'll view the trig point and the rock shelf it sits upon to your left.
East & SE. Ben Vorlich & Stuc a' Chroin (L) ben Ledi (Centre) over Meall na dige in the foreground.jpg
ben Vorlich (Loch earn) Stuc a' Chroin (L) Ben Ledi (C) over Meall na Dige
Strath Fillan from ben More ascent (1050m).jpg
Strath Fillan NW on ben More ascent (1050m)

Ben More summit is smaller and thinner than Stob Binnein and has a stone cairn at its northern end in symmetry to Stob Binnein's southern end. Views down to Strath Fillan are outstanding and the views SE more extensive. Ben Lui and co are more visible as not being blocked by Stob Coire Bhuidhe or the lesser Creag a' Phuirt as from Stob Binnein approach. You could dive off Ben More's northern edge into Loch Iubhair such as the steep face down towards it. The river Dochart takes up what the river Fillan was doing entering Loch Iubhair on the exit of the loch as it snakes off towards Killin. Stob Binnein fills the vista southwards as voices of others who have ascended Ben More from the NE farm track bemoan their toil and seem envious that our route was less taxing than the 1:1 at times steep ratio of the approach from that direct route. Indeed the other two groups on top we met declared that they would not ascend Stob Binnein such was their taxing. They were encourage by us to, but we met them after we descended More and they confirmed what they had declared earlier and took our route up as their exit to the Land Rover track.
I didn't take any photos of ben More summit but there's enough photos on here so no repeating. I did take a video which ate up my remaining battery power. :problem:

The descent of More is steep and I'm glad I picked the easier option :clap: taken for ascending it. On looking back up towards the summit before the dyke it is indeed a wall- sheer. Height is lost quickly on a direct route down (an up vice versa) which was completed in an hour to get back to the land rover track before the farm gate. Boggy at the bottom and slippy on the final third of the hill. Back at the car for a 4.30pm finish and headed to the Drovers for refreshments.

But what a majestic mountain Ben More is. it fills the vista to the SE of the A85 in/ out of Crianlarich. A view as you look over your shoulder back towards Ben More that you were glad to have conquered and been part of. Stob Binnein is hidden down the glen but is in my mind a sculptured hill- cut out by someone with a shark fixation (oh not again dun dun..dun dun..dundundindundindadun-dundadun..doodleoo-doodleododoolo - jaws music :wtf: ) "we're gonna need a bigger blog"). Enjoy both mountains regardless of what route you chose.
looking back up ben more from track below to cuidhe Chome (100m) (L) and Ben More summit (1174) (R).jpg
Looking back up to Ben more from track below with Cuidhe Chome (650- 750M) to the left

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Last edited by DeeTC on Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:51 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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Re: Stob Binnein & Ben More from Benmore Glen

Postby DMcgill » Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:12 pm

Great photographs and a a fantastic description of your walk, which will inform other baggers should they choose to climb these magnificent hills. Thanks DTC
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Re: Stob Binnein & Ben More from Benmore Glen

Postby AlisonFox66 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:42 pm

I was on these two hills on Saturday as well

I ascended from the south (Loch Voil) and decended down the northeast ridge of Ben More
Unfortunately I hit the conifers a bit astray ,
I will know better next time and there will be a next time as that route is the gentlest by far and would give a good ascent .
It is a bit rocky near the top but not a scramble by any means
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