BEN MORE & STOB BINNEIN -feet on fire
by blueyed » Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:36 pm
Route description: Ben More and Stob Binnein
Munros included on this walk: Ben More, Stob Binnein
Date walked: 25/03/2012
Time taken: 7 hours
Distance: 12 km6 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
i believe there is no need to write a detailed report as the route description on WH is pretty good and doenst leave much to add.
we arrived to crianlarich at about 10.30am, the car park (side of the road) was very busy already. we followed the WH route, after passing the gate on the country track we headed straight up towards ben more.
here we started our ascent, as you can see it doesnt look too encouraging
the day started with quite a thick fog (driving M9 was horrific) but as we arrived to crianlarich it was much better and all that was left was that haze, views were only so-so, athough the two munros are know to be good viewpoints..
the so-so views
and towards cruach ardrain
to be honest i didnt expect much after reading the weather forecast... but i expected quite a lot after reading the WH route description and few reports. yes - it is a hell lot of uphillness.
the ascent isnt the more pleasurable one as most of it is just struggle- steep up via wet, boggy, soft, soaked grass. i must admit i really struggled up ben more.
we reached the ben more summit after 3 hrs climb, relieved, happy and doubting whether we really want to bag stob binnein as well. honestly i was knackered.
summit of ben more
stob binnein from ben more
towards ben lui
mighty stob binnein again
as i mentioned, the route is either steep up or steep down, therefore descent from ben more towards the bealach was quite painfull for the knees and the view to stob binnen was pretty much intimidating... but as i still had plenty of time and i know i would really really regret if i gave up...
ben more from half way up stob binnein
way up stob binnein was quicker than i expected, 57 mins exactly and it wasnt that steep, it actually was a wee bit of a relief after struggle up ben more.
oh, that's my corpse on the summit of stob binnein
but i got my senses back pretty soon
we didnt spend much time on the summit as the wind picked up, we decided to head down and then have lunch at the large slab at the bealach
stob coire nan lochain from stob binnein
hazy silhouettes of the mountains around, i guess the furthest is ben ledi..?
after the lunch at the bealach we headed down as advised on WH. that was a good choice. the other path looked much steeper and as we watched some guys struggling down, we knew that at this point we were the winners ok, maybe the WH descent route isnt the shortest but definitely is much more 'knee-friendly' and we lost the hight quite quickly and then just walked along the benmore glen on the flat, nice flat (who cares it was extra boggy) but NICE FLAT ground.
on our way back, ben more looked much more likable than in the morning, but still i was quite impressed with myself that i forced myself up that hill. no more though, sorry ben more!
although the visibility greatly improved by the late afternoon, it still was pretty crap..
that would be it
for more pics have a look here: http://www.around-scotland.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/ben-more-stob-binnein.html
by mrssanta » Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:42 pm
by simon-b » Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:11 pm
It would have been a shame to miss out on the most southerly mountain in Britain that's higher than Snowdon.
by Merry-walker » Thu Mar 29, 2012 5:09 pm
If I could "like" your report more than once, I would
by Johnny Corbett » Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:34 pm
by ChrisW » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:56 am
by blueyed » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:43 pm
i liked it a lot, especially when i was back in the glen
by gymman47 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:53 am