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Typical Scottish Day on Ben More

PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:22 pm
by Quadbarrel

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So, as our cousins were up from England for the week, we decided to go hillwalking one of the days (today :wink: ). We chose to do Ben More and Stob Binnein.

Parked on the right hand side of the road (as you come from Crianlarich). Headed up the wee path and onto the bigger track snaking up the hillside to the left of Benmore Glen. At the start of the long straight bit then took off left, following a faint path, the start of which was signified by a cairn just after the gate. Started the the long slog up the bog (poet in the making here :wink: :wink: ).

The slog up the bog

Eventually cleared the boggy part of the hillside and started on the firmer ground further up.

Perfect photo op ;)

The view up Glen Dochart

After many, many zig-zags the path finally straightened out and you could finally see what lay further ahead - some cloud!!! :roll:

The cloud and my wee sis

Followed the path round to Cuidhe Chrom and then up and finally to the top!!! :D :D :D Hallelujah :D :D :D !!!

Us at the top. Left to right, my wee sis, me (above), my big cousin (below), my bigger cousin

The trigpoint and the amazing view of some cloud

Headed down the other side of Ben More and down towards Bealach-eader-dha Bheinn.

Bealach-eader-dha Bheinn

Started the relatively simple ascent up the path to Stob Binnein.

Amazing cloud formations up the ridge

Heading up

Us again

The view down Allt Coire Chaorach and towards Beinn Bhreac

When we reached the top of Stob Binnein the cloud was just starting to clear so got little glances over to Ben More just so we could see it was now out the clouds - Argh!!! :shock: :shock: :shock:

Stob Binnein

Headed down back to the bealach (honestly can't be bothered typing it's name again) and met up with my weeer (6-year-old) sis and my mum who had just conquered Ben More! :clap: :clap: :clap: Sheltered under a rock for a wee bit and had some snacks before starting to descend.

Me stupidly wearing shorts?!?

Headed down into Benmore Glen, towards the head of the track we came on. Eventually after much back and forthing of the stream found the path down. Once we hit the path the going was steep but easy and we were down in a jiffy (relative to what we had just done)!

Found a little froggy at the bottom - Awww!

After sinking to our knees in the bogs of Benmore :? finally found the track.

Me in an... awkward position - Hmmm

Now just the few kilometres along the track to the car.

Looking back

I know you're thinking "the title says it was a typical Scottish day but it hasn't rained yet" but just as we were heading back on the track (more poetry there) the heavens opened. We were very happy indeed on reaching the car. Now off to the Drovers Inn for a pint (of lemonade in my case!) - other pubs are available in the area :wink: