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blabheinn for a wee rest

blabheinn for a wee rest


Postby mrssanta » Wed May 16, 2012 5:24 pm

Route description: Bla Bheinn (Blaven)

Munros included on this walk: Bla Bheinn

Date walked: 10/05/2012

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 7.7 km

Ascent: 935m

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This was our rest day from our Cuillin Trip so we planned a more gentle day, moving campsites from Glenbrittle to Sligachan, which has the added advantage of the hotel for tea, and a quick walk up Blabheinn where we hoped to get great views of the "other side" of the Cuillin.
I was still high as a kite after the previous day on the IN Pinn and all the excitement, and woke up at 6.30! never mind. we had a leisurely breakfast and packed up our stuff, drove over to Sligachan and pitched our tent there.
Then via Broadford co-op for supplies we drove over to the excellent carpark at Loch Slapin.
we set off shortly after 1pm where the path follows the side of a gorge with bluebells and birch trees and lots of pretty waterfalls.
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It's a good path all the way up to Fionna-Choire, and actually goes a little further than you need.
there are also some rare flowers on Blabheinn, the John Muir Trust has an informative board at the car park. this is Moss Campion, which is uncommon in the UK but we saw lots of it.
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It had been a fine morning, overcast but with high cloud base, but unfortunately as we walked the clouds came lower and lower.
You turn right up the steep hill just about at the point where this lochan comes into view on the left.
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If you get to this rock you have gone too far.
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the best path up looks a bit like this
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initially a little indistinct but soon improves.
We stopped just under the clouds for our second lunch
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sadly the weather got worse and was a bit of a blizzard on the top. So no cup of tea looking over to the Cuillin.
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Came down quickly by a slightly different but obvious path a little further to the right going down. it got us there just the same but was not as good as we had to climb down some cliffy bits at the bottom.
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violets

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nother pretty waterfall

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looking back up the hill

so although it was a pity we never saw anything from the top, you can't win 'em all, and we were very glad that we had picked the right day for our "day off"
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Re: blabheinn for a wee rest

Postby jonny616 » Wed May 16, 2012 5:34 pm

Shame :( I had fantastic views form here on the last WH meet, but then again i was only there a day trip

A great collection of Sky reports. Loved them all 8)
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Re: blabheinn for a wee rest

Postby mrssanta » Wed May 16, 2012 5:48 pm

one more to go. the walk reports take nearly as long as the walks!!! :lol:
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Re: blabheinn for a wee rest

Postby L-Hiking » Wed May 16, 2012 6:20 pm

You have had a busy week, really enjoyed reading your reports and photos brill :D

I just wish somene had told me i had gone too far when passing that rock :?
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Re: blabheinn for a wee rest

Postby monarchming » Thu May 17, 2012 10:07 am

Another excellent report mrssanta! I have fond memories of Bla Bheinn as I proposed to mingsmissus at the summit! :lol: It was her first ever Munro and she said yes! :lol: After that she has got into the hills as much as myself.Thanks and well done to a week of great reports! :thumbup:
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Re: blabheinn for a wee rest

Postby colgregg » Thu May 17, 2012 2:04 pm

I never got views on my visit there and I also got the snow and freezing wind. The most frustrating thing was halfway back to the start point looking back to see the whole of blaven bathed in glorious sunlight.
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Re: blabheinn for a wee rest

Postby ciderpeter » Thu May 17, 2012 6:14 pm

Getting excited now... :)

Question - is Bla Benn doable by a dog do you think? I am sure I saw someones report where they had a dog up there a while back? I know the main ridge is untouchable for Todd, but wasn't sure about thissun?
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Re: blabheinn for a wee rest

Postby ciderpeter » Thu May 17, 2012 6:16 pm

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Re: blabheinn for a wee rest

Postby mrssanta » Sat May 19, 2012 2:59 pm

ciderpeter wrote:Getting excited now... :)

Question - is Bla Benn doable by a dog do you think? I am sure I saw someones report where they had a dog up there a while back? I know the main ridge is untouchable for Todd, but wasn't sure about thissun?

I would say doable. quite rocky at the top but nothing tricky. Hope you have a fantastic trip.
colgregg wrote:I never got views on my visit there and I also got the snow and freezing wind. The most frustrating thing was halfway back to the start point looking back to see the whole of blaven bathed in glorious sunlight.

must have been gutting. At least it got worse for us as we went on!
monarchming wrote:Another excellent report mrssanta! I have fond memories of Bla Bheinn as I proposed to mingsmissus at the summit! :lol: It was her first ever Munro and she said yes! :lol: After that she has got into the hills as much as myself.Thanks and well done to a week of great reports! :thumbup:

Ahhh :lol: So romantic!
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