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Ben Sgulaird on a beautifull day

Ben Sgulaird on a beautifull day


Postby jonny616 » Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:08 pm

Route description: Beinn Sgulaird

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Sgulaird

Date walked: 08/03/2010

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 13 km

Ascent: 1240m

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After the disapointment of the previous weekend I left Glasgow on at 6am to meet Glen at Crianlarich, just us two as all our other walking pals were working. (Ha Ha). As the clear night departed & sun came up it was going to be a great day.
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Ben More

We took our time driving to Druimavuic & kept stopping to take photo's of those elusive 'cloud free Munro's' & fantastic scenery.
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Across Loch Creran

Set of up the track through the woods at 9:30. Out of the woods & look for the small cairn which was easily spotted for once! Headed up ridge with the views opening up behind us. Hardly any snow around.
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Rising above the loch


As we reached the 488 point the views realy opened up & a lot of time was used up taking photo's. Glen had his fancy dan thing with big lens. When you first see the drop from there it's oh sh*t, but the path heads of left & down fairly easily.
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Summit peaking out
Over the fence & up & away again with patches of snow starting to apear
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First bit of snow
. After a silly moment on icy snow look for a spot to put on the crampons so picked our way carefully to the first top at 863 as the snow was still patchy.
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Crampons on at 800 meters
The views were just stunning all around.
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Meall Garbth & Beinn Sgulaird ahead


Droped steply down & more easily over the mini hump before climbing again to a point with a smallish cairn. Watching our step as there was some blocks of snow that would have been more risky if it had been fresh, but it had a good solid crust to bite into.
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Above or below?
There were tracks from the weekend, presumably, because apart from a nice chap with his dog who we chated to in the layby we never saw another soul all day.

With all the views distracting us & a clear root, we had not taken much notice of the notes & at the top of Meall Garbth tried to convince ourselves that the big thing in front must be another mountain! Sadly not. So steaply down again followed by a lovely rigde to the summit.
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Ridge to the summit
OMG just stunning. At this point i would like to give a nod to 'Doogz' as his report title says 'keep it for a good day'. They don't come much better than Monday. Although i would like to add 3 hours 41 minutes, you aint human!
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On the cairn


Had lunch at the summit & after much photo's headed down & up & down & up & down to the bealach with the fence. In sted of heading back up to point 488 we droped down to the track & then followed it back to the car.
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View north from summit
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View with soup
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The Cruachan
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High cloud coming in
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Just above the trees again
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Wow


Back to Crianlarich & in to the Hotel for a much needed beverage & hot pot for Glen. Home 9pm long but rewarding day.
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Re: Ben Sgulaird on a beautifull day

Postby kevsbald » Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:53 pm

What a cracking last pic you got there - stunning.
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Re: Ben Sgulaird on a beautifull day

Postby Alastair S » Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:08 pm

Great report & photos!

Weather has been brilliant here (Aberdeenshire) so far this week but I'm stuck at work :( Looks set to break to! but the weekend still looks good. Going to book a day off for next week & hope to go up Broad Cairn...
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Re: Ben Sgulaird on a beautifull day

Postby jonny616 » Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:29 pm

kevsbald wrote:What a cracking last pic you got there - stunning.

Cheers. I can't wait to see the ones Glen took on his SLR
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Re: Ben Sgulaird on a beautifull day

Postby jonny616 » Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:32 pm

Alastair S wrote:Great report & photos!

Weather has been brilliant here (Aberdeenshire) so far this week but I'm stuck at work :( Looks set to break to! but the weekend still looks good. Going to book a day off for next week & hope to go up Broad Cairn...

Hope it holds for you. I'm out again next Monday. Maybe Arrochar Alps.
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Re: Ben Sgulaird on a beautifull day

Postby Paul Webster » Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:46 pm

Great hill IMO - and you've done it justice :thumbup: .
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Re: Ben Sgulaird on a beautifull day

Postby Graeme D » Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:51 pm

Wow indeed! Sgulaird has just jumped onto page 1 of the to do list! :lol: Great report and lovely shots, not just the last one (although it does stand out!)
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Re: Ben Sgulaird on a beautifull day

Postby mountain coward » Wed Mar 10, 2010 11:59 pm

Some great pics there - especially like the 2 sunsets at the end... After doing that in summer on a boiling hot day, I think you're right to have done it in winter. There was quite a bit of clambering about on blocky stuff in summer between the 3 summits which I'm sure the snow will have smoothed out. There's a stupendous amount of snow below the main summit isn't there?! I'd have gone for above (which you looked to have done)...
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Re: Ben Sgulaird on a beautifull day

Postby jonny616 » Thu Mar 11, 2010 12:08 am

mountain coward wrote:Some great pics there - especially like the 2 sunsets at the end... After doing that in summer on a boiling hot day, I think you're right to have done it in winter. There was quite a bit of clambering about on blocky stuff in summer between the 3 summits which I'm sure the snow will have smoothed out. There's a stupendous amount of snow below the main summit isn't there?! I'd have gone for above (which you looked to have done)...


Correct above it was. As we clamberd up & down over the three peaks we did think the snow was making it easier in some ways.
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Re: Ben Sgulaird on a beautifull day

Postby yokehead » Sat Mar 13, 2010 2:35 pm

Great report, this is indeed a smashing hill whose qualities are perhaps a little unsung (ssshhh keep it quiet!). I was here a month ago, report coming soon!
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