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Stob Binnien & Ben More - Wow!! Inversions & Spectres

Stob Binnien & Ben More - Wow!! Inversions & Spectres


Postby pruney84 » Wed Nov 16, 2011 6:51 pm

Munros included on this walk: Ben More, Stob Binnein

Date walked: 13/11/2011

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 15.5 km

Ascent: 1373m

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Done this walk on remembrance Sunday and it definitely turned out to be a walk to remember. Going to keep the report short and sweet. This was by far though my best hillwalk to date :D

We started of in the clag from Inverlochlarig and it looked like it was set to be like this all day! It's a fairly punishing start to a walk although I've heard it's just as steep if not worse from the Ben More side.

As we were plodding along and nearing the summit of Stob Binnein the clouds suddenly parted to reveal the cracking summit. We had a spring in our step and almost raced up from here desperate not to miss a chance to get some views. As we got higher it was clear to see we were viewing a cloud inversion, my first ever and what an amazing site it is! We could only see Ben More really as the clouds were too high for any of the other surronding hills (well there was one hill a long way in the distance but none of us were sure what it was.

After spending ages taking photo's and having our breaths taken away we decided to head on down the bealach and back into the clag when low and behold, we witnessed a broken spectre...Unbelievable, this day just kept getting better, after a quick fumble for the camera we managed to get a couple of shots but none very clear but it really was a wow moment.

We climbed back out of the clouds up to the Ben More summit for some more amazing views, just before the summit I also got to experience my first taste of scrambling, not very big scrambles but great fun, i could definitely get a taste for it :D

This really was an unbelievable day and I know its going to be hard to top. It's days like these though that will keep me going the next time I'm walking up through the clag, you never know what might greet you when you reach higher ground and I'm sure one day I will hopefully be lucky enough to witness spectacular views like this again.

I took over a hundred photos so heres a select few.

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Early Clag

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Could It Be

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Yes It Could

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Stob Binnein Summit

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Back Down The Ridge

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Me with Ben More In the Background

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Looking Down Into the Bealach

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Spectre Photo, To The Left Of Chris, Difficult to make out

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Looking Up To Ben More

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Scrambly Bits

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Ben More Summit

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Stob Binnein

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Name That Peak???

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Re: Stob Binnien & Ben More - Wow!! Inversions & Spectres

Postby kev_russ » Wed Nov 16, 2011 6:59 pm

You got a cracking day there, some amazing pics like. Nice yin :thumbup:
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Re: Stob Binnien & Ben More - Wow!! Inversions & Spectres

Postby L-Hiking » Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:18 pm

Some good photos there, especially the inversions on BenMore summit and looking to Sob Binnien as regards the top in the mist could it be .............Cruach Ardrain :?
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Re: Stob Binnien & Ben More - Wow!! Inversions & Spectres

Postby jwramsay » Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:24 pm

Cruach Ardrain
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Re: Stob Binnien & Ben More - Wow!! Inversions & Spectres

Postby Collaciotach » Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:38 pm

Sunday was a belter same scenes in Glencoe ...crackin pics you got there on Ben More
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Re: Stob Binnien & Ben More - Wow!! Inversions & Spectres

Postby rockhopper » Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:47 pm

:thumbup: you've got some very nice atmospheric photos...particularly like" Back Down The Ridge IMAG0040.jpg" :D
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Re: Stob Binnien & Ben More - Wow!! Inversions & Spectres

Postby Alastair S » Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:26 pm

Wow, some stunning inversion photos there. Particularly like the Back Down The Ridge one. Ben More was also the location of my only Brocken spectre.
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Re: Stob Binnien & Ben More - Wow!! Inversions & Spectres

Postby Del246 » Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:07 pm

Some magic pictures there. Great report.
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Re: Stob Binnien & Ben More - Wow!! Inversions & Spectres

Postby Stretch » Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:10 pm

Most impressive! You'll remember this day for a while!
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Re: Stob Binnien & Ben More - Wow!! Inversions & Spectres

Postby Fudgie » Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:24 pm

As above, the "Back Down the ridge" picture is the pick of the bunch although they're all good. I did those two going up Ben More first a couple of weeks ago so I'll need to try it the way you went.
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Re: Stob Binnien & Ben More - Wow!! Inversions & Spectres

Postby pruney84 » Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:32 pm

Cheers for all the comments guys, it sure was a great day, yea the back down the ridge photo is good, I've actually got a video of those clouds creeping over the ridge, was stunning to watch!
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Re: Stob Binnien & Ben More - Wow!! Inversions & Spectres

Postby pruney84 » Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:37 pm

As for the peak in the mist I didn't explain it very well. It was roughly 180 degrees in the opposite direction of cruach ardrain and my camera was fully zoomed. It was a fair distance away. We had wondered if it was scheihallion. Had a whaleback look to it at first before I got the photo
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