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Mixed feelings about the weather gods on Bla Bheinn

Mixed feelings about the weather gods on Bla Bheinn


Postby 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: 900m

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Of the four remaining Munros, Bla Bheinn had been counted out as a final one, warranting this first walk of 2013. 80% c.o.c.f.m from MWIS and an easterly weather pattern seemed a fair chance of getting some sunshine on Skye. So I thought... :roll: :lol:

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Sunrise over Loch Alsh en route


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! :D

Cue 30 minutes of jumping in and out of the car, dashing around trying to squeeze as much into a picture as possible. :lol:

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The sun makes a welcome appearence on the slopes of Bla Bheinn
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Only a small dusting of snow, but enough to stick the ice axe on the bag for the walk. No crampons though.


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One of the most photographed cottages in the country?!


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The lime greens of the grass and the seaweed brought this scene alive even more


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A heron poses kindly


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The path is superb heading for the first 30 mins alongside this burn


The path becomes rocky and loose underfoot once the climb into the corrie begins.

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One of the last 3 standing. Beinn Sgritheall seen beyond Torrin.


After a steeper section, where the path zigzags up fairly easily amongst scree and loose rocks, you emerge onto a flatter section.
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Glimpses of the rock scenery of Clach Glas. Before the dreaded mist set in :-(
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The last views before entering into the cloud


There was an inch of snow covering the rocks, but soft stuff and not icy so crampons were not necessary.
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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.
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A bit of blue sky teases me that the mist might clear.


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! :crazy: As usual I briefly mused over the email I'd be sending Geoff Monk at Mwis :roll: 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! :lol:

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!
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Tried to get this guys picture at the start of the walk. He came back and played ball this time.


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! :D
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Re: Mixed feelings about the weather gods on Bla Bheinn

Postby skuk007 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:50 pm

Nice photos Ranger, it's a fine looking mountain. :)

Haven't done any on Skye as yet but looking forward to it. Always good to read Skye reports.
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Re: Mixed feelings about the weather gods on Bla Bheinn

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:46 pm

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.

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=27919
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Re: Mixed feelings about the weather gods on Bla Bheinn

Postby dogplodder » Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:16 pm

Too bad about the lack of views at the top but your approach shots are some of the best I've seen! :mrgreen:
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Re: Mixed feelings about the weather gods on Bla Bheinn

Postby mrssanta » Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:31 pm

beautiful and gorgeous!
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Re: Mixed feelings about the weather gods on Bla Bheinn

Postby 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.

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=27919

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!
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Re: Mixed feelings about the weather gods on Bla Bheinn

Postby Meatball » Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:05 pm

Me likey!
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Re: Mixed feelings about the weather gods on Bla Bheinn

Postby Silverhill » Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:14 pm

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!
Well done 8)
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Re: Mixed feelings about the weather gods on Bla Bheinn

Postby Johnny Corbett » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:12 pm

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. :D
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Re: Mixed feelings about the weather gods on Bla Bheinn

Postby heatheronthehills » Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:25 pm

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.
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Re: Mixed feelings about the weather gods on Bla Bheinn

Postby 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! :D
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. :D

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! :lol:

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!
Well done 8)

I know, the vibrancy of the colours are not typical of winter, especially those bright greens at the shoreline. Very welcome though 8)
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Re: Mixed feelings about the weather gods on Bla Bheinn

Postby BlackPanther » Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:25 am

Intriguing mountain, isn't it? Nice to see it with some white dusting. Shame about the views but now you have a good excuse to do it again :lol: :lol: It's a superb viewpoint towards the Cuillin.
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 :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Mixed feelings about the weather gods on Bla Bheinn

Postby Mountainlove » Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:22 pm

If pictures could sell a mountains yours would do it...just made a mental note to climb this mountain this year (and you are right it deservs to be kept for a good day) Looovely photos! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Mixed feelings about the weather gods on Bla Bheinn

Postby Sarah86 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:58 am

Beautiful photos, I especially like the reflections. I never seem to be in the best place for reflections!
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Re: Mixed feelings about the weather gods on Bla Bheinn

Postby JimboJim » Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:46 pm

Excellent photo's and report, Ranger. Got me dreaming of days like that. Thanks for sharing.
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