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Mamores cracker

Mamores cracker


Postby pigeon » Sun Mar 18, 2012 8:25 pm

Munros included on this walk: Binnein Beag, Binnein Mor, Na Gruagaichean

Date walked: 18/03/2012

Time taken: 7.5 hours

Distance: 18.5 km

Ascent: 1613m

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This week had eyes on the Mamores to take care of some un-finished business from last year when i had attempted a round of four eastern munro's last easter but let myself down badly and only managed sgurr eilde mor(too eager to get to the pub that day :lol: )Never mind today that would be put right.So picked up big jim(other regulars absent today for various reasons :lol: )early and we were off.The drive up was brill,not a cloud in the sky and we made good time and were parked up at the mamore lodge and ready to go for just after half 7.
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a glorious morning
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onwards and upwards
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am bodach?
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beinn a' bhiether
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an gearanach?
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looking down to loch leven
Na Gruagaichean was first target the sun still beating down causing much sweatyness but we made good time up here and enjoyed great views.The sky was still clear to the south and east but it was a bit cloudier to the north and west though,could see most of the other mamores from here and made educated guess at which was which by using the map(clever or whit :lol: )but the best view was the ridge to binnien mor :thumbup:
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jim on the last pull up to gruagaichean
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first munro of the day
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ridge to binnien mor
This was a great walk,narrow at times but nothing too dodgy,still a lot of snow at places but an enjoyable trek in the good conditions
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sgurr eilde mor
Got to the narrow summit of binnien mor with no dramas then planned our descent
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binnien mor
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narrow summit ridge
This required a bit more thought especially as a wee blizzard came in and the visability was now not so good :( Picked our way carefully down the steep rocks keeping away from the steep snowy drop into the coire to our right,headed a bit further down to the north avoiding the steepest parts then back east-ish again to eventually come to the lochan at the foot of binnien beag.
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descent
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look back up to binnien mor
Had some soup at the lochan,baxter's cock a leekie(by far the worst baxter's soup,i'm sending a strongly worded letter to Audrey Baxter to tell her how crap it is :lol: )then made our way up the rocky slopes of binnien beag.
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base camp binnien beag
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rocky
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me and jim ,Binnien Beag
Took us about half an hour from the lochan to the top of beag and spoke to a nice couple at the top who were doing the same hills in reverse from us,they were the only folks we seen all day(apart from some army looking types away over on sgurr eilde mor),they took our picture and we were soon heading back downwards.It,s quite a long walk back and the path drops a good bit between binnien beag and the lochan at eilde mor,wasstruggling a bit here so a breather was had at the lochan when another bit of bad weather came in
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looking back at binnien beag and the weather closing in
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nice wee blizzard
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great fun
This lasted about 20 minutes,or long enough to soak us through,but never mind we soon dried out in the breeze as we trudged back to the car.So,after last weeks Cairngorm cracker i would put this down as another cracker,a bit of everything,sun ,snow ,rocky climbs,steep ridges,crap soup and great hills.Looking forward to getting back up here in the summer to maybe tackle the ring of steall ,Magic :lol: :thumbup:
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last look down loch leven

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Re: Mamores cracker

Postby Gavin99 » Sun Mar 18, 2012 8:36 pm

That certainly does look a cracker of a day out , great weather apart from the showers .
Shame about the soup :D
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Re: Mamores cracker

Postby Huck Finn » Sun Mar 18, 2012 8:40 pm

Another good report and what a cracking day for taking pics, you certainly managed to get some stunners :thumbup:
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Re: Mamores cracker

Postby sjb101 » Sun Mar 18, 2012 8:41 pm

Cracking pictures,love the ones of Binnien Mor's ridge and narrow summit,i knew it was narrow but not that narrow,good job the drop was masked by clag when i was up there :lol:
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Re: Mamores cracker

Postby quoman » Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:01 pm

Sure was a cracking trip you had everything the good auld scottish weather 4seasons in one day :lol: but you canny beat it.
Am away the morra and the weathers not looking to good :(
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Re: Mamores cracker

Postby Steve B » Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:05 pm

Great report there pigeon. Really liked the pictures on the ridge. :)
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Re: Mamores cracker

Postby monty » Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:18 pm

Nice report Pigeon. Some great photos. My favorite area the mamores :D
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Re: Mamores cracker

Postby ScottishLeaf » Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:22 pm

Really does look like a cracking day, the narrow summit ridge scares me just looking at it on my computer screen... a lot more practice needed before I attempt that!
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Re: Mamores cracker

Postby 2dalmatians » Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:51 pm

A cracking report pigeon. Love the pic of the ridge to Binnien More. How many inches wide is it at the narrowest point , and what angle of steepness off the sides? Your answer will decide if I ever set foot on this mountain :lol: :lol: !!!
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Re: Mamores cracker

Postby pigeon » Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:12 pm

2dalmatians wrote:A cracking report pigeon. Love the pic of the ridge to Binnien More. How many inches wide is it at the narrowest point , and what angle of steepness off the sides? Your answer will decide if I ever set foot on this mountain :lol: :lol: !!!
Nothing to worry about 2d,just wait till summer if your not sure,great hills though highly recommended 8)
ScottishLeaf wrote:Really does look like a cracking day, the narrow summit ridge scares me just looking at it on my computer screen... a lot more practice needed before I attempt that!
Cheers Scottish leaf,it's a wee summiit for a big hill right enough :lol:
monty wrote:Nice report Pigeon. Some great photos. My favorite area the mamores :D
Aye ,cheers monty,looking forward to getting back up there :thumbup:
Steve B wrote:Great report there pigeon. Really liked the pictures on the ridge. :)
Cheers steve
quoman wrote:Sure was a cracking trip you had everything the good auld scottish weather 4seasons in one day :lol: but you canny beat it.
Am away the morra and the weathers not looking to good :(
Good luck the morra quoman,ye'll be on 101 hills this time tomorrow :lol:
sjb101 wrote:Cracking pictures,love the ones of Binnien Mor's ridge and narrow summit,i knew it was narrow but not that narrow,good job the drop was masked by clag when i was up there :lol:
Cheers sjb,glad it wisnae blawin' a gale :shock:
Huck Finn wrote:Another good report and what a cracking day for taking pics, you certainly managed to get some stunners :thumbup:
Ah ye missed a cracker Huck :(
Gavin99 wrote:That certainly does look a cracker of a day out , great weather apart from the showers . Cheers gavin
Shame about the soup :D
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Re: Mamores cracker

Postby rockhopper » Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:38 pm

Enjoyed that pigeon - great photos and another cracking day :thumbup: Haven't been up here yet but am hoping to some time this year maybe - cheers :D
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Re: Mamores cracker

Postby Bod » Sun Mar 18, 2012 11:26 pm

Wow yes! Very much a cracker....looks a fantastic walk. Been a couple years now since I was next door on the Ring of Steall, will need to return. Cheers :D :D :D
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Re: Mamores cracker

Postby snodland » Mon Mar 19, 2012 12:24 am

Top report - and an area I go to each year. But I have to share your opinion about the soup. Baxters is the best you can get right enough but my mum (rightly) sent a complaint when they stopped making a wonderful "Cream of Country Vegetable" and they never even replied let alone send her a caseful of the stuff in compensation!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Mamores cracker

Postby soapy27 » Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:00 am

Great pics .This route looks amazing ,hope to get some of the Mamores done this year :D
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Re: Mamores cracker

Postby blueyed » Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:32 pm

truly, that was a cracker!
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