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Ben More 4 from Inverlochlairg
by RTMcB » Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:48 pm
Route description: Cruach Ardrain and Beinn Tulaichean
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Tulaichean, Ben More, Cruach Ardrain, Stob Binnein
Date walked: 07/07/2013
Time taken: 10 hours
Distance: 19.4 km
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A word of warning, the road in from Balquiddher is arse-clenchingly narrow, with blind corners and summits everywhere. Plus lots of folk were using the passing places to park their cars whilst camping on Loch Voil.
The weather conditions on the hills were excellent, although the heat made for thirsty progress. I'm knackered and my thighs are still burning - I'll let the pictures do the talking, the route was straightforward but steep in places with some bog. We did this route anti-clockwise, Stob Binnen first, ascent starts from the car park, north to Ben More, retrace steps, down into the glen then up Cruach Ardrian, south to Beinn Tulaichean then down to Inverlochlairg. Currently there's some hydro electric work going on and detour signs were in place. We followed them at first but the signs were really vague and unhelpful. We were completely shattered thus decided to just climb some fences to get back onto the road.
Stob Breac to the south from the southside of Stob Binnen
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A wee pool on the way up Stob Binnen
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Grassy ridge of Stob Binnen
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Thank you to the hill runner who took our photo on top of Stob Binnen, you are one of the most interesting people we've met in the hills, truly inspiring, keep it up!
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Alot less snow on the Ben since we last papped you 3 weeks ago!
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Ben More Trig
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Ben More cairn
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Sauchiehall St (Ben More style)
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Descent down from bealach between Ben More and Stob Binnen was steepish and wet underfoot, plenty of frogs!
07 Jul 2013 HX20v-63.jpg by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
The bottom of the glen was so quiet and boulder strewn
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Plenty opportunity to fill up on much needed water,we went through 7 litres!
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Walking south through the glen Beinn Tulaichean came into view
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The rocky cliffs on the south of Cruach Ardrain were fantastic
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Stob Binnen in the background
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There was nowt for it but to get into this waterfall
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Looking back to Ben More and Stob Binnen
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More waterfall goodness
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Cruach Ardrain from the plateau at about 700m, so close yet so far! Rather than head straight up the south side, we carried on to the left to pick up the well worn path between the two summits.
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Beinn Tulaichean from the same vantage point. Remarkable how lush it was up there.
07 Jul 2013 HX20v-94.jpg by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
So relieved to make it to the summit of Cruach Ardrain, every step we took from here would be a steep nearer the car and a well deserved pint!
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Cruach Ardrain from Beinn Tulaichean, path between the was short and obvious.
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I was shattered.
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From where we came, looks steeper than it felt.
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Stob a'Choin (centre) from the descent south off Beinn Tulaichean
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A mutt - yes but not on a Munro, not even our mutt! Dinner in Mhor 84 at Balquidder, well earned
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Then home to find out Andy Murray came through in straight sets - awesome! Well done lad
by Steve B » Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:35 am
Did the first 2 from the same direction about a month ago, a great way up them. Don't think I would have had the energy to add those last 2.
by weaselmaster » Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:56 am
Only done these hills in the snow, so good to see them in green for a change.
Well done on getting all 4 in on such a hot day
by SMRussell » Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:22 pm
Benmore Glen is just lovely - we even stopped for a wee nap on a nice flat slab of rock before heading up towards the bealach between Cruach Ardrian and Beinn Tulaichean. As we were descending in a Southerly direction off BT we noticed a great looking potential wild camping spot at about 904mtrs. Opportunity missed!
by pigeon » Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:40 pm
by jmarkb » Tue Jul 09, 2013 6:07 pm
RTMcB wrote:A word of warning, the road in from Balquiddher is arse-clenchingly narrow, with blind corners and summits everywhere.
And stray Buddhists from the retreat centre are another hazard!
by simon-b » Tue Jul 09, 2013 7:13 pm
by ScottishLeaf » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:33 pm
by malky_c » Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:18 pm
Years ago, when I had driven up to Glasgow for an open day at the university, I tried to do all 4 from the Crianlarich side. Unfortunately, I only had a couple of tangerines and a peanut butter sandwich with me, and after detouring to Meall na Dige, I totally ran out of energy and couldn't haul my way up to Cruach Ardrain. I gave in, crawled back to the car and drove all the way back to Wales after eating a whole packet of Club biscuits that I picked up on the way through Crianlarich. Maybe that has coloured my memory of these hills
by basscadet » Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:11 pm
Tried to do all 7 in a weekend, but ceased up on the sunday and had to call it a day after 5.. 4 is pretty darn for a days walk
by Gavin99 » Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:21 pm
by SMRussell » Fri Jul 12, 2013 11:14 am
Gavin99 wrote:Well done , that's a lot of ascent in that heat . I think I'd have been sneaking off to the pub after the first two hills
I was certainly tempted to just jaunt on off down the Glen but RT was determined we were going to bag the four. If there had not be as many opportunities to fill-up on water though it just wouldn't have been possible in that heat.
by catmandu » Wed May 13, 2015 5:47 pm