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Beinn an Lochain & Binnein an Fhidhleir

Beinn an Lochain & Binnein an Fhidhleir


Postby rockhopper » Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:29 pm

Route description: Stob Coire Creagach (Binnein an Fhidhleir), Butterbridge

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn an Lochain, Binnein an Fhidhleir

Date walked: 02/02/2013

Time taken: 7.5 hours

Distance: 14 km

Ascent: 1565m

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Corbetts: Beinn an Lochain, Binnein an Fhidhleir
Date: Saturday 2 February 2013
Time taken: 7.5hrs (incl stops 2hrs 20mins - food, photos, warm up camera, crampons on/off, scenery gazing etc)
Distance: 14km
Ascent: 1,565m

Have been rather busy of late and showing little sign of change resulting in very few if any chances of getting out but a brief window appeared last Saturday. Late night on Friday so wasn’t up as early as usual on Saturday. Drove up to the Rest and be thankful and parked in the lay-by at the roadside for Beinn an Lochain.

Got over the wee burn from Loch Restil then followed the track up on to the start of the ridge.

Image01 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Further up the going got a wee bit trickier in places with some traversing across steep snowy slopes and a wee ridge. Kicking steps worked for a while but eventually gave up and donned the crampons.

Image02 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Image03 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Image04 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Better views higher up

Image05 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Got to the summit

Image06 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Self portrait

Image07 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Weather still quite clear allowing me to see further afield

Image08 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Image09 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Image10 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

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Image13 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Walked a bit further SW to have a closer look at the snow formation

Image14 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Image15 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Image16 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Over to the west

Image17 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Then retraced my steps and headed back downwards. Looked quite a bit steeper going down than going up.

Image18 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Still clear further down

Image19 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Got back to the car – still only midday and plenty of light left so drove down to the Butterbridge car park. Had some food and decided then to head off for Binnein an Fhidhleir.

Walked along the road to the start of the normal northwards approach. Very boggy early on before firming up higher up the hillside.

Image21 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

More views of surrounding hills

Image22 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Image23 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

And looking further upwards

Image24 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Panorama

Image25 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Small stalactite

Image26 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

With hindsight, think I headed too far to the right when going through the second set of crags. Got very steep in places and, once again, getting harder to kick steps so crampons on again. Did feel a bit exposed at one point but got up to Stob Coire Creagach.

Image27 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Image28 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Binnein an Fhidhleir looked rather far away but set off towards it. Weather not so good now, cold wind and occasional low cloud but stayed dry.

Image29 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Image30 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Got to the summit. Camera not working yet again for the umpteenth time today – had to heat it up, more condensation etc etc. Had also changed batteries several times to no avail. Got it going again eventually.

Image31 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Image32 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Image33 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Started to head back the same way I’d ascended. However, before getting to Creag Bhrosgain could see on the map a possible way down through the two sets of crags so headed off fairly sharply southwards.

Image34 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Steep in places but not too bad.

Image35 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Views to the south and west as well as some deer as I headed downwards.

Image36 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Image37 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Image38 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr

Got back to the car, changed and headed off home. Great to be back out after such a long couple of months.

Image20 -BaL&BaF 2feb2013 by rockhopper63, on Flickr
Last edited by rockhopper on Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:47 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Beinn an Lochain & Binnein an Fhidhleir

Postby pigeon » Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:48 pm

Ah wondered where you'd been hiding RH,looks like your brief window fell just on the right day :lol: Great effort to do both hills and some great pics as well :thumbup:
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Re: Beinn an Lochain & Binnein an Fhidhleir

Postby gammy leg walker » Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:41 pm

Whats the world coming too,rockhopper corbett bashing.

Good to see you back out RH,some cracking pictures you have there.
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Re: Beinn an Lochain & Binnein an Fhidhleir

Postby Frigate » Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:58 pm

Good day and excellent photos
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Re: Beinn an Lochain & Binnein an Fhidhleir

Postby Silverhill » Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:29 pm

How fantastic to get out again! I'll have to wait a few more months... You certainly made the most of the day, bagging two, albeit Corbetts :lol: Well done!
Love the picture of the snow formation, it looks like a giant wave 8)
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Re: Beinn an Lochain & Binnein an Fhidhleir

Postby ChrisW » Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:28 am

Brilliant Rockhopper, you certainly made the most of the opportunity to get back out there, stunning photos (glad you stuck with the camera fixing/warming rather than lobbing it over a cliff in anger :lol: ) Lovely stuff, great to see you back :clap:
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Re: Beinn an Lochain & Binnein an Fhidhleir

Postby Luke88 » Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:28 am

Brilliant pictures, well done!
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Re: Beinn an Lochain & Binnein an Fhidhleir

Postby pollyh33 » Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:15 am

Absolutely loved this RH :D

Fantastic photos as ever :clap:
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Re: Beinn an Lochain & Binnein an Fhidhleir

Postby mrssanta » Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:13 pm

ooh your pictures are a total knock-out
fantastic
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Re: Beinn an Lochain & Binnein an Fhidhleir

Postby Graeme D » Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:26 pm

I've often heard it said that Beinn an Lochain is a classic winter hill, and you can see why from this report. I've let it get away over the last several winters, but might just get a chance to squeeze it in later this month. Another great report RH and good to see you back out there doing your stuff! :D
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Re: Beinn an Lochain & Binnein an Fhidhleir

Postby Bod » Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:03 am

Stunning report rockhopper, love it! :) :) :)
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Re: Beinn an Lochain & Binnein an Fhidhleir

Postby SAVAGEALICE » Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:28 pm

lovely pics ..looks like a great day :) :D :clap:
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Re: Beinn an Lochain & Binnein an Fhidhleir

Postby Johnny Corbett » Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:42 pm

You got some lovely photos there Rockhopper. One of my favourite areas this and so close to home :D
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Re: Beinn an Lochain & Binnein an Fhidhleir

Postby Scotjamie » Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:25 pm

Nice one RH - a good looking day and quality pics as always
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Re: Beinn an Lochain & Binnein an Fhidhleir

Postby Stuart Angus » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:52 pm

:thumbup: TREMENDOUS...........route down An Lochain looks a bit perilous though :shock:
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