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Ben Donich

Ben Donich

Postby foggieclimber » Tue Feb 02, 2010 5:30 pm

Route description: Ben Donich, via Rest and Be Thankful

Corbetts included on this walk: Ben Donich

Date walked: 29/01/2010

Time taken: 3 hours

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Hill: Ben Donich
Date: Friday 29th January 2010
Company: Foggieclimber and Beinn
Time: 3Hrs 15Mins
Dog friendly: Yes

We parked at NN228070 where there is room for 6-8 cars (with plenty further parking back at the Rest and Be Thankful).

The ground was frozen solid from the start so I opted to wear my four season boots and carry my crampons. Right from the start the wind was bitterly cold, not a day for hanging around.

Beinn waiting at car parking area (Ben Donich summit in distance):

We took the sign-posted footpath up through the initial grassy slopes and was pleasantly suprised to find a new gate through the fence instead of a stile as mentioned in previous reports of this hill.

New dog-friendly gate:

The surrounding hills looked quite frozen too.

Beinn an Lochain and Loch Restil:

Beinn Luibhean:

We continued to follow the path over a couple of small grassy tops.

Looking back towards Stob Coire Creagach:

Beinn Narnain and The Cobbler:

Upper section of Ben Donich:

Looking towards first rocky top:

Just below the first rocky top I decided to put on my crampons as I was aware of a short scrambly bit ahead.

Gladiators on (Def. not microspikes :wink:):

Looking over the short icy down-scramble:

The scrambly bit was really straight-forward. Was a bit worried about how Beinn would cope with it but he managed it fine with his in-built crampons.

Looking back to wee scramble:

I found this section of the ridge to be very interesting. A large jumble of boulders stretching across the ridge.
Would be easy enough to disappear down a hole in this section if some of the gaps were covered in snow.

Looking back to wee scramble, rocks and fissures:

The Cobbler:

After passing the jumble of boulders the walk to the summit is straight-forward.

Heading towards next rocky top:

Distant trig point:

We stayed at the summit for a few minutes before heading back via the same route. The views down to Lochgoilhead were nice.

Beinn at summit:


Summit trig point:
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Re: Ben Donich

Postby Graeme D » Tue Feb 02, 2010 5:55 pm

Stunning photos - and on the Beinn Mhic Chasgaig report too. I was thinking of doing a wee mini-tour of the Arrochar Corbetts at some point this summer, but seeing these pics, I may just wait until next winter. :D
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Re: Ben Donich

Postby allansmitchell » Tue Feb 02, 2010 11:53 pm

Great report, nice to see what its like with some snow. Hat off to the dog getting down the crags.
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