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Ben Lawers

Ben Lawers

Postby gillhowatson » Sun Sep 13, 2009 9:45 am

Route description: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Munros included on this walk: An Stùc, Beinn Ghlas, Ben Lawers

Date walked: 12/09/2009

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 14 km

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Beautiful sunny day. Arrived at the already busy Ben Lawers Visitor Centre at 9.45.Started up towards Bein Ghlas which took around 2 hours. Good path with some little bits of harder climbing on steep parts.

Stopped for hot drink on top of Bein Ghlas. Fantastic views to Loch Tay. Could see the tiny Lomond Hills way accross to Fife, Pentlands in Edinburgh and the south face of Scheihallion. Some really big mountains looking north west but not sure what they could be.
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A further hour took us to the top of Ben Lawers. Definately felt like the biggest of the three. Qute a steep descent from the east into the valley before ascending An Stuc. But the weather was so fabulous we barely noticed the effort.
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Debated about going up An Stuc as aware of the options for either continuing into Lawers and having the car issue to contend with or alternatively having to reclimb Ben Lawers and Bein Ghlas in reverse. On looking over the steep rocky drop from An Stuc we decided we were insufficiently experienced to tackle it plus we were tired by this point and so opted for returning the same way we had come.
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Neil on top of An Stuc

The whole walk took almost eight hours and we returned exhausted. Stopped for a well earned fish supper in Comrie which tasted like nectar. We were pleased that as relative novices we managed a walk thatb bagged three munros and raised our total from three to six
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Re: Ben Lawers

Postby HighlandSC » Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:14 am

Well done Gillian :D

Like you I've not long started this game, it's great eh!

You might have just given me an idea of a day out for my day off next week...was just about to look for something good but not too hard. If it was wet do you think you'd have still managed it easy enough? If we run out of time might cut it down to just the first 2 munros.
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Re: Ben Lawers

Postby James_McG » Sun Oct 11, 2009 5:35 pm

Hi Gillian,

So this is what Ben Lawers looks like on a clear day? :D
I climbed Beinn Glhas & Ben Lawers with a couple of friends two weeks ago, could'nt see a thing from just above the carpark onwards, cloud was really low & it was pretty windy at the summit.

Well done Gillian, good pic's & a fish supper to finish......fantastic :D :D :D

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