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Ballimore duo

Ballimore duo


Postby rockhopper » Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:04 pm

Route description: Beinn Stacath, from Glen Buckie

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Stacath, Benvane

Date walked: 02/03/2014

Time taken: 8.7 hours

Distance: 22.5 km

Ascent: 1290m

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Corbetts: Benvane, Beinn Stacath [Stob Fear-tomhais]
Date: Sunday 2 March 2014
Time taken: 8hrs 45 mins
Distance: 22.5km approx
Ascent: 1,290m approx
Attendees: me

Couldn’t get out on the Saturday but Sunday’s forecast was looking OK at least until early afternoon. Saturday night 2300hrs, Traffic Scotland Glen Ogle traffic camera was showing heavy snow with lying snow on the road so wasn’t looking so good but it had cleared by the Sunday morning. Had a loop planned to take in the corbetts, Benvane and Beinn Stacath, and the graham, Creag Mhor (blue line on map). However, conditions turned out too difficult and had to return after the two corbetts (purple line).

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Parked in the off road space at Ballimore, crossed the bridge and set off up the hillside southwards towards Benvane. Initially boggy then soft, slippery snow from about 300m.

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Not long after that the cloud rolled in – still dry but very little visibility at times. Found a fence further up which helped but by that time there were substantial areas of deep, soft snow – knee deep much of the time but thigh deep with bogs below made for harder going.

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Got to the summit with no visibility.

Christmas present (might need to paint it red :wink: )…………

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Debated for a time whether just to return to the car. Decided to drop down to the west and see what it looked like from there. Slippery descent to the west then crossed to pick up the track.

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Weather was looking a little clearer – even some blue sky appearing so decided to head for Beinn Stacath.

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Farffed about for some time wandering up and down deciding which way to go. Knew I needed to go west but the track heading uphill seemed to be going east. Eventually realised that further up the track doubled back on itself.

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Snow covering on the track got deeper as the track got higher.

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Turned off the track and headed westwards aiming just north of the 697m point. Once again encountered deep snow – where possible aimed for where I could see grasses appearing but frequently just deep snow covering bog.

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Past the 697m point I could see Beinn Stacath to the NW but needed to drop down before climbing back up.

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Several times thought about stopping and just heading east down to Gleann Dubh

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It was starting to snow and the wind had strengthened significantly. Took what seemed like ages to get across and then up to the ridge. Weather closed in again with no visibility but from here it was north to the top.

Got to the trig point.

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The view………

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No way was I even considering the graham in these conditions. Headed off SE then westwards. Large tracts of deep, soft snow again – sometimes was just peering into whiteness.

On downwards until I had dropped down low enough to see the Allt and the cattle byre which has a bridge marked on the map.

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Through the bogs and over to the banks of the Allt to find somewhere to cross. Wandered up and down but the water was too deep – really couldn’t be bothered removing boots and socks in the cold and sleety rain but didn’t want to go through the water. In the end retraced my steps and crossed the bridge at the byre. Then walked back on the track to the north of the Allt – came across a couple of locked gates announcing a private deer park but by this time had no option but to climb them and keep going.

Found this a very hard day partly as I hadn’t been out for a while and partly due to the conditions. Think I’ll be waiting for guaranteed clear blue sky days for the next trip………… :wink: :lol:
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Re: Ballimore duo

Postby pigeon » Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:02 pm

A boggy pair of hills sure enough RH,had one of our roughest days on Ben Vane a couple of Xmas's ago,you did well to keep going :wink: Surely due a good spell soon :?
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Re: Ballimore duo

Postby Collaciotach » Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:30 pm

Aye paint her red :lol:

A tough day right enough eh , I have nt been out since 30th January like you I am now waiting for a blue sky day

Could be a while :lol:

Enjoyed that :)
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Re: Ballimore duo

Postby RiverSong » Wed Mar 05, 2014 4:11 pm

Was just wondering where you'd got to when this report appeared on the site. Well done on another very hard day in the hills but as you're so close to compleation I thought you'd be out bagging Munros :think:
Will be watching very closely as you compleat the round - all the very best when the time comes :D
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Re: Ballimore duo

Postby dooterbang » Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:44 pm

Looks a nice route. Pity about the final bump but safety first always.

Weather has been brutal but hopefully spring/summer will bring glorious sunshine, clear days and a few compleations :wink:

Cheers.
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Re: Ballimore duo

Postby ChrisW » Fri Mar 07, 2014 5:29 am

Think I’ll be waiting for guaranteed clear blue sky days for the next trip

Are you coming out here..... :lol:

Great write up as always RH, it might not have been the most enjoyable of days but you got out there and nailed a couple more (got some lovely shots too) :clap:
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Re: Ballimore duo

Postby lomondwalkers » Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:16 pm

Sounds like a tough day RH. I turned back on Benvane from Ballimore a few weeks back after soaking the 2 pairs of socks I had by twice finding bogs hidden by snow and ending up with numb feet :evil: Kudos to you for getting the 2 Corbetts done :thumbup: I may follow your route once the snow has gone. Cheers
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Re: Ballimore duo

Postby Clach Liath » Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:37 pm

Some nice atmospheric photos in there...
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Re: Ballimore duo

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sat Mar 08, 2014 5:12 pm

That looks and sounds a tough day. Sometimes we can get too greedy when we plan routes and not take take the soft snow into account, i've been there a few times. :crazy:
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Re: Ballimore duo

Postby rockhopper » Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:39 pm

Thanks all :D

pigeon wrote:A boggy pair of hills sure enough RH,had one of our roughest days on Ben Vane a couple of Xmas's ago,you did well to keep going
that's my stubborn streak showing through :wink:
Collaciotach wrote: like you I am now waiting for a blue sky day
think we both have a long wait if it's to be a weekend :roll:
RiverSong wrote:Will be watching very closely
cheers RS - a few plans already made but am waiting for better weather :crazy:
dooterbang wrote:Weather has been brutal but hopefully spring/summer will bring glorious sunshine, clear days and a few compleations
aye doots - you don't have many to go now :wink:
ChrisW wrote:Are you coming out here
if only....was over there last year so can't make it again this year I'm afraid :(
lomondwalkers wrote:I may follow your route once the snow has gone
yup - think it would be a nice circuit with C2G1 on a good day :)
Clach Liath wrote:Some nice atmospheric photos in there...
thanks - a bit of luck at times - got a bit watery towards the end as the snow and rain started getting to the camera :roll:
Johnny Corbett wrote:Sometimes we can get too greedy when we plan routes and not take take the soft snow into account, i've been there a few times.
know what you mean, JC - escape routes and alternatives are all the more important in winter :)
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