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Ben Starav, Beinn nan Aighenan, Glas Bheinn Mhor

Ben Starav, Beinn nan Aighenan, Glas Bheinn Mhor


Postby gman » Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:00 pm

Route description: Ben Starav and Glas Bheinn Mhor

Munros included on this walk: Beinn nan Aighenan, Ben Starav, Glas Bheinn Mhor

Date walked: 09/07/2012

Time taken: 10 hours

Distance: 22 km

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Forecast was for mist & fog till noon, but Glen Coe webcam showed it was clear at ground level but low cloud higher up. Was first to the parking spot around 9am, had a look at the ridge up Starav:
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Down, over the bridge and got to the gate. Hill path sign posted up the side of fence:
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Took direct route rather than follow river, then crossed burn:
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I had done the descent route before, going up Albannaich:
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Path continues up towards ridge:
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As forecast, cloudy at top:
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Looking up River Etive towards Glen Coe:
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Nice ridge walk leading into cloud - visibility was actually OKish further up:
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Getting craggy, bit of scrambling on boulders. I tripped & skinned a finger but bravely soldiered on :lol:
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Trig point & cairn at the top of Starav. Met a guy here who had been camping down at the river, he was thinking of doing the 5 but fortunately I'd already done the other 2 so could have an 'easy' day.
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Followed path on to south summit and Stob Coire Dheirg, scrambled over rocks on the arete but there's a path to the right too:
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Optional extra: Beinn nan Aighenan. Looks easy from here!
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Weather clearing now, this is probably where I started to get sunburnt :D
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Down to the col, there's a cairn marking the start of 2 paths to Beinn nan Aighenan. I went the lower route:
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Then more easy descent. There had been a lot of easy walking to here from the summit of Starav so it's a bit of a shock to start ascending again. Looks steep but there's a clear path with a wee bit of scrambling. Had been passed by a couple of guys at this point so they offered encouragement as they descended 8)
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Great views from the top. At this point I realised that beer, fags & kebabs isn't ideal training for hills :D
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Starav clear of cloud now, and the route to Glas Bheinn Mhor:
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Tried to find a short cut, but returned the same way. Looking back to Beinn nan Aighenan:
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Another summit which I tried unsuccessfully to find a shortcut around:
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Views opening up now:
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Finally reached cairn:
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Looking back to Starav:
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Then a bit of craggy scrambling on the descent path to the bealach. Looking down from here:
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And back up to craggy scramble:
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These are great hills with mixed terrain (bit boggy at the start/finish but not too bad) but could be a struggle if you've been a couch potato for 3 weeks before :D
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Re: Ben Starav, Beinn nan Aighenan, Glas Bheinn Mhor

Postby PeteR » Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:16 pm

Good effort to bag the three, especially given your training regime :lol:

Love these hills, so always enjoy a report on them. So glad you got a good day in the end too, so you could enjoy the great views all round :D
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Re: Ben Starav, Beinn nan Aighenan, Glas Bheinn Mhor

Postby Fudgie » Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:50 pm

I've seen a few reports of people doing the three and its a thought that won't leave my head :lol:

Glad you got some good weather for it as it's been miserable down here :( I went out recently after stuffing my face the night before on chips and cheese and it was, eh, slow going :D
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Re: Ben Starav, Beinn nan Aighenan, Glas Bheinn Mhor

Postby gman » Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:55 pm

PeteR wrote:Love these hills, so always enjoy a report on them. So glad you got a good day in the end too, so you could enjoy the great views all round :D

Yeah, these 3 are a bit special - ridge walk, scrambling & views. Looking at the 3 on the other side of Glen Etive next.

Fudgie wrote:I've seen a few reports of people doing the three and its a thought that won't leave my head :lol:

Glad you got some good weather for it as it's been miserable down here :( I went out recently after stuffing my face the night before on chips and cheese and it was, eh, slow going :D


Weather was fine up there but it was raining all day in Alexandria. I had chips, cheese and kebab meat but it turns out I've got a cold coming on so I'm blaming that for lack of pace :D
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Re: Ben Starav, Beinn nan Aighenan, Glas Bheinn Mhor

Postby Paula Hubens » Sat Jul 14, 2012 4:47 pm

Great pictures gman! They give a good idea of what to expect. I have got these three in the planning for my next trip. Your pics are a very tasty appetizer. :D
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