Banging out the The Ben Lui Four in the Snow...
by andrewdoggett » Sat Apr 14, 2012 10:16 pm
Munros included on this walk: Beinn a'Chleibh, Beinn Dubhchraig, Ben Lui, Ben Oss
Date walked: 14/04/2012
Time taken: 8 hours
Distance: 28.9 km
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In not very long I'm at the end of the track; the mining not as disfiguring as I'd expected from other peoples comments... The initial ascent is easy up a good path with pre made steps in the grass and it's not too steep so I'm going up at a decent lick of speed...
From the corrie a cairn marks the point where it's decision time; I've been umming and ahhing all the way up; do I go left, do I go right... I fancy right is the slightly easier route of the two so I take this one heading right early to make the most of the ridge...
The going up to the ridge is steeper but nothing uncomfortable... And I'm now above the snow line...
The last bit is reasonably steep and I'm first on the hill from this direction taking on the fresh snow which is thigh deep... It's strength sapping stuff and a fall here wouldn't be good news so I'm thankful it's finished when I top out on the summit plateau...
It's a short traverse across to the summit of Ben Lui and the views are gorgeous; though the weather has closed in a little from the blue skies at the off... Ahh well; it still looks good
I meet a friendly chap on the summit of Ben Lui and he kindly obliges me with a summit shot; I don't normally record them, but I figure I will on this hill; it's a special one
It's cold and I'm conscious I've a decent walk ahead of me so I move on making fairly rapid work of the descent and subsequent ascent of Beinn a'Chleibh... It's still tiring going; the snow is deep and your weight takes you through the crust so you're constantly wondering how far your foot will sink!
At the summit of Beinn a'Chleibh and I traverse along all of the mini tops, don't need to be getting wrong one, though I'm fairly sure the first one is the highest...
I don't enjoy the kilometre or so traverse contouring Ben Lui and almost wish I'd climbed back up the thing... I've taken a knock to my left ankle and the constant slope is about the worse angle for whatever injury I've sustained... Nevermind, head down; get on with it...
The views open out and I'm thinking I've been a touch lucky with the weather; the forecast has been spot on; just a few flurries and not too much wind
It's a long and tiring climb up Ben Oss in the snow conditions; still a crusty surface with deep snow underneath but I'm finally there, and thinking that's the real hard work done... Looking back at Ben Lui and he's looking pretty majestic...
The ascent route I've taken up Ben Lui looks pretty steep from here I'm thinking... What a hill though... I fancy I'll be back...
The final ascent is pretty straightforward, and the snow flattened down more by walkers that have gone before; so it's the easiest climb of the lot... Looking back provides a good memory of the ground covered...
I carry straight on for the descent in preference to turning round and following the ridge down... The views to the Crianlarich hills are gorgeous, and in not very long I'm below the snow line finally
As I amble back to the car through the forest; Beinn Dorain comes into view from a wooden bridge... As a kid my family holidays were on the Isle of Skye; driving up from Cornwall; and it was always this hill that marked the beginning of Scotland proper for me... It's unmistakeable; even here from further away...
And that's it; I almost get a sub eight hour time which for this walk in these conditions is not too shabby I'm thinking... In good conditions (summer) I reckon it's doable in 6 hours ha ha...
by Paula Hubens » Sat Apr 14, 2012 10:35 pm
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by Fudgie » Sat Apr 14, 2012 11:03 pm
by JFMurray » Sun Apr 15, 2012 2:53 am
It was probably at least some of my tracks you followed (back, for me) up to Dubhchraig. I bagged Dubhchraig and Oss today from Dalrigh (having done the other two many years ago) and met two guys going for the whole set of four - one of whom is probably who indulged you with a summit photo on Lui. I had a great 'jog' down Dubhchraig right down to the river crossing. Was great to see the summits clear!
by mrssanta » Sun Apr 15, 2012 10:07 pm
by dooterbang » Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:02 am
Nice route this.
did this in summer with a group and it took forever - i had a break of 30mins at each summit
what now for numero 200?
by Mountainlove » Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:00 pm
by jonny616 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:36 pm
by Bod » Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:10 am