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Bla Bheinn (for a run!!)

Bla Bheinn (for a run!!)

Postby JamesA1972 » Tue May 15, 2012 4:10 pm

Munros included on this walk: Bla Bheinn

Date walked: 14/05/2012

Time taken: 3.75 hours

Distance: 10.5 km

Ascent: 928m

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2nd Munro - 281 to go!

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My first Munro was Ben Wyvis last summer which i had decided to put on the running shoes and run as much as possible. The same idea here - not a great decision!!

Decent car park around from Torrin.
Changed into hill clothing (with runners) and the rain started. :(

A decent path up the first 2km with water to the left. The rain had been coming down hard and the 'burn' was in full flow. A couple of decent water-falls along the way.

Bla Bheinn 1km in to peak.jpg

The designated path crosses 2 burns approx 300m apart - i couldn't get across the first at the suggested point - too deep for runners! So i walked on a bit to a more suitable cross point. I soon met back up with the path and the real climb started.

The path not too clear in places but (with map) continued heading up with the water on the left.

Rain had relented and i took down my hood to take in the views - across loch slapin - great views even with not the best visibility (photos show the grey view)

Bla Bheinn large stone.jpg

At 'the very big stone' - wasnt clear where to head for, so i just kept heading 'up!' The grassy terrain turns to scree and then bigger rock. I found out later that this wasnt the correct route!!!! :o

Probably had went too far to the left which meant quite a bit of scrambling onto the ridge.
I am not an expert by any means so all i had to go on was Ben Wyvis (a breeze compared to this!) 8)

Lots of rock later, and hale stones, wind gusts, and a change of top due to lots of sweat, i had got to a point where wasnt sure where the top was. I decided enough was enough - due to uncertain weather and silly shoes! So i turned a headed down . . . . . . :(

But had a change of mind!!! I wasnt coming all this way to turn back - stubborn as a very stubborn mule.

Bla Bheinn down abhainn nan leac 2.jpg

I decided to give it 20mins more, so started (rock) climbing again! Eventually after 2hrs i found a sort of flat bit where the views all arond were stunning. I could now see the Cuillins, as well as acrss slapin to the east, and open views south. 8)

Bla Bheinn west and down.jpg

Bla Bheinn 800m across to Cuillins.jpg

I could see the top away to the north, but could also see another drop / climb to get there. I headed north. Till this point i had not seen another soul, until i heard voices (real ones!) from below. A group of 4 had ascended the 'correct' path, and were descending via the route i had come (suggested that not a great idea to go down the way they had come up) Their route ascended nearer to the peak and missed the southeast ridge.

To get across from my point there appear to be 2 options - 1/ along a ridge with a small gap the only tricky bit or 2/ down gulley with loose stones, and back up again.

I choses option 1/ on the basis that the group of 4 had a sling out which they kindly offered to leave in place to get me over, and back!! This gave me the confidence to head on to the peak at 928m.

Bla Bheinn at the top.jpg

The views on a clear day must be amazing, and even on today with slight grey, worth the hike.

Distance to the top 6km
Time 2hr 15mins

Bla Bheinn rock face ascent and descent.jpg

I desended more or less the way i had come up give or take a few hairy drops, and once i had found the path (near "the big stone") plain sailing from there.

Distance down 4.5km
Time 1hr 30mins

Bla Bheinn back at car park.jpg

Overall a lot different to my only other Munro (Wyvis). Much more like a proper hill with rock - lot of it!!
And not a hill suitable for running!!
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Re: Bla Bheinn (for a run!!)

Postby L-Hiking » Tue May 15, 2012 8:15 pm

Well done James you got better views than I did... :D but yur not on your own I went the same way as you did on the way up Dur :? :?

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Re: Bla Bheinn (for a run!!)

Postby mrssanta » Wed May 16, 2012 11:35 am

I think lots of people do that, the "wrong" path is much more obvious.
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Re: Bla Bheinn (for a run!!)

Postby Rudolph » Wed May 16, 2012 3:28 pm

I think the most reliable navigation route is to turn right up the ridge as soon as you're opposite the loch in Fionna Choire. Look on it as cutting the corner to save a bit of distance! Sticking between the scree and the top of the north east facing crags gives an easy walk / scramble with the path getting more obvious the higher you go - presumably as more feet find their way to it.

We followed the 'proper' path from the north top on the way down and it faded out above a line of crags.at the bottom.
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Re: Bla Bheinn (for a run!!)

Postby JamesA1972 » Wed May 16, 2012 10:01 pm

Rudolph? Mrs Santa? Sounds like a theme here!!! Makes sense about the path. Will know for next time - thanks 8)
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