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Knoydart Munros

Knoydart Munros

Postby wilkiemurray » Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:02 am

Munros included on this walk: Ladhar Bheinn, Luinne Bheinn, Meall a' Bhùiridh

Date walked: 31/05/2009

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30-31/05/09: Ladhar Bheinn, Meall Buidhe, Luinne Bheinn
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These three hill were tackled by myself and my brother at the start of a week long walking holiday which was great. I drove up to Kinlochhourn on the Saturday morning. The weather was fantastic. With it being warm and sunny. We had hired Billy from Arnisdale to pick us up at one and we headed along the stunning loch in his boat. This was great and we wished we had hired him a few days later!!! We knew the weather was to be great so we took our bivvies and forgot the tent. Arriving at Barrisdale we left Billie and headed alog the bay where Larven looked bloody marvellous across the turquous waters of Barrisdale bay.
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First view of Larven from boat
off the boat and around barridale bay to start ascent

It was warm and there were a few people milling around at Barrisdale. We headed back north and west into the Choire Dhoircail which was breath taking, like something from Lord of the rings.

There is no doubt that outside the Cuillin this is one of the most beautiful mountains in Scotland. As we rose we could see the Arnisdale hills shining across the water. For such a warm early summers day the clarity of the air was fantastic. It must have been nearly 25 degrees. As we rose out of the corrie onto the ridge I ws really, really, really struggling. I had no energy and I had to slow right down – I think at this point my brother was wondering if we would ever make the top!!!!! However I stuggled on and once on the ridge things became a little less steep. It was later now and it must have been nearly 5 or 6 before we reached the summit next to the top. There were a few groups now who were heading back down to Barrisdale, we however were biving and could take all the time in the world!!! We basked in the lowering sun on the top looking out to Skye at the serrated peaks of the Cuillin , knowing that on Tuesday we would be climbing these again and praying that the weather would stay as it was.
snoozing in evening sunshine on Larven summit ridge

We headed toward the Mams barrisdale where we were to bivvie and made it as the sun was setting behing Larven. The spot was a couple hundred meters above the mams with great views of the two munros which were to be climbed tomorrow. We woke around 8 and headed off up the Luinne Bheinn. It was not too difficult as we were starting at a height and we were on top early with only a couple at the same pace as us. We saw lots of deer and I have never seen so tame deer allowing us to get so close to them. Once again we had struck gold with the weather being fantastic!!! We decided to leave our bags well most of the bivvy gear at Mama for the ascent of both hills.. This was a good move and saw us move quickly over the rocky ascent to reach the top. We met a chap who had been dropped at Iverie and was walking the 3 munros and then being picked up at Barrisdale – this was the way to do it!!! He told us stories of Sron na Ciche which seemed close to the east in the clear air. These were hills for another time!! We headed back to Mams to refill our sacks for the long walk out. I was feeling better than I did on the ascent of Larven but was still tired. It was around 1 oclock when we got to mams and this started the long beautiful but torturous walk back to Barrisdale in the scortching sun!! I have never been so releaved to see me car!!!! I was kackered and how we wished for Billy and his boats during the walk out!!! We got to the car for 6 or 7 ish and then hared round to Glen sheil to make sure we got a room at the kintail lodge which we did and had lovely grub and a nice bed. From their we did Marsco, climbed sgur dubh mor with Mike, AnTeallach and Stac Pollaidh (where it snowed – contrast to the 27 degrees on Monday!!!!)
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Re: Knoydart Munros

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:28 am

Stunning area and you lucky people caught it at it's best :thumbup: Brilliant :D
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Re: Knoydart Munros

Postby monty » Sun Jan 29, 2012 1:37 pm

Nice report Wilkie. I dream of such sunny days :lol: Looking forward to doing this route this year. :D

Re: Knoydart Munros

Postby kevsbald » Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:24 pm

Wow. This area looks amazing. Like the shot of the recline after the incline.
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