Mixed feelings about the weather gods on Bla Bheinn
by Ranger » Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:28 pm
Route description: Bla Bheinn (Blaven)
Munros included on this walk: Bla Bheinn
Date walked: 13/01/2013
Time taken: 4.5 hours
Distance: 8 km
Ascent: 900m6 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).
As I headed along the road to Elgol, Bla Bheinn loomed into view, spectacularly reflected in the mirror-like waters of a lochan.
The sun had not yet risen, but I took some pictures none the less. Rather than crack onwards and start the walk, I gambled on hanging around for a while, and - happily - 20 minutes later the sun began lighting up Bla Bheinn's slopes and the scene was electrified in jaw-dropping colour!
Cue 30 minutes of jumping in and out of the car, dashing around trying to squeeze as much into a picture as possible.
The path becomes rocky and loose underfoot once the climb into the corrie begins.
After a steeper section, where the path zigzags up fairly easily amongst scree and loose rocks, you emerge onto a flatter section.
There was an inch of snow covering the rocks, but soft stuff and not icy so crampons were not necessary.
At one stage the ridge narrowed, with a steepish bouldery gully seeming to be the route of choice. A couple of moves required the hands, but very easy and no exposure at all.
The decent forecast, the promising start to the day, the knowledge of the amazing panorama's I was missing...It's fair to say I was not amused and being in mist! As usual I briefly mused over the email I'd be sending Geoff Monk at Mwis but it was just one of those things. Sometimes you get lucky - like the sun appearing this morning to glorious effect, sometimes nature reminds you it owes you nothing!
With blue sky drifting overhead, I hung around on the summit for 50 mins hoping things might clear. I even headed along the narrowish summit crest to have a look at the short scramble to the lower south top, which looked a challenging prospect with the snow and swirling mist!
Delighted with making the ascent, and the photos from the morning, but certainly determined to do this hill again in good weather and REALLY appreciate it's beauty
All that was left was a long drive back to Aberdeen, a nap in Glen Shiels and a burger in Elgin sufficient to see me home in time to see the little one before his bedtime!
by skuk007 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:50 pm
Haven't done any on Skye as yet but looking forward to it. Always good to read Skye reports.
by johnkaysleftleg » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:46 pm
by dogplodder » Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:16 pm
by mrssanta » Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:31 pm
by Ranger » Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:04 pm
johnkaysleftleg wrote:Great report and wonderous pics of my favorite mountain. Reminds me of when I climbed it and was denied summit views only to be repayed in full with the best sunset I have ever seen.
Yeah I saw that report - incredible sunset pic at the end, though it is annoying when you hit mist on the final slopes - especially on a mountain like BlaBheinn!
by Meatball » Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:05 pm
by Silverhill » Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:14 pm
by Johnny Corbett » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:12 pm
by heatheronthehills » Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:25 pm
by Ranger » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:55 am
heatheronthehills wrote:Fantastic photos, I think the early morning pics of the hill more than made up for the lack of views at the top.....I guess you can't have everything Looks like a stunning day.
Some days on the hill you can have everything, those are my favourites!
You're right though, the snaps I got in the morning kept me from getting too annoyed at the mists later on.
Johnny Corbett wrote:Good stuff Ranger. Interesting to hear you wouldn't be keeping this for your final one as it was one i'd considered for the finale but have since chose another. This could well be my first one on Skye though.
I've been a bit unorganised with it all. Would definitely recommend leaving one that's accessible if you're planning on having friends/family along on the day. Mull/Knoydart/Sutherland - couldn't have done much worse in that respect!
Silverhill wrote:The weather could have been worse! Had to doublecheck the date when I saw the first few pictures (very nice btw), looked more like spring!
I know, the vibrancy of the colours are not typical of winter, especially those bright greens at the shoreline. Very welcome though
by BlackPanther » Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:25 am
We were lucky, climbed Blaven in the middle of hot summer, one scorching day but the panos made up for all the sweat. On the way back we jumped into the stream and had a long soak
by Mountainlove » Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:22 pm
by Sarah86 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:58 am
by JimboJim » Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:46 pm