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Ben Cruachan shines at Easter (now with photos!!)

Ben Cruachan shines at Easter (now with photos!!)


Postby jwramsay » Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:34 am

Route description: Ben Cruachan and Stob Daimh

Munros included on this walk: Ben Cruachan, Stob Daimh

Date walked: 19/04/2014

Time taken: 9 hours

Distance: 10 km

Ascent: 1129m

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It doesn't get any better than this!

After a totally glorious Good Friday, the high pressure was holding for the Easter Weekend, so I arranged with Peter, who had never done Ben Cruachan before to head up there and do the complete horseshow walk, taking in both Ben Cruachan and the second munro Stob Diamh.

I picked Peter up from Glasgow and we headed up the A82 - BTW The road surface around pulpit rock is like the moon, unbelievable potholes!

We deviated for a few early morning snaps of Kilchurn Castle but were parked in the layby at Ben Cruachan for around 9:30am. We started the route going under the Railway station underpass but followed the slabs for too long (it SHOULD be an immediate left!!!) and ended up scrambling through the woods until we eventually reached the path up to the Cruachan Dam!

We decided to go clockwise and get Ben Cruachan under our belts first, so headed up the left side. It was a wise move, as the subtop just before Cruachan affords great views of not only Cruachan but the whole of the horseshoe ridge walk.

When we reached the summit we didn't fancy the traverse downhill over a snowfield to meet the ridge, and as I'd done the ridge before anyway I didn't need Stob Diamh. We retraced our steps but on reaching the beallach, dropped down the steep path to the reservoir and then followed the landrover track back to the dam before heading down the equally steep gully back to the railway station starting point.

Please enjoy the photos as I enjoyed taking them!

1 - First Glimpse of Ben Cruachan behind the dam
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2 - Peter with the reservoir and Stob Diamh behind
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3 - Ben Lui, Loch Awe and the distant Arrochar Alps
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4 - Ben Cruachan from the subtop
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5 - The Beallach, Ben Cruachan and the ridge
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6 - Loch Etive with Ben Trillien to the left, Ben Starav to the right, and a snow covered Ben Nevis behind
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7 - Cruachan summit with snowy ridge and Rannoch Moor behind
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8 - Reservoir, Loch Awe and Arrochar Alps
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9 - Slabs on the ridge
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10 - Closeup of those slabs
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11 - Ridge and Three munros - name them?
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12 - Closeup of the ridge
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14 - Cliffs
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15 - Cruachan Dam
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16 - Ben Cruachan from the dam wall
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Me at the summit of Ben Cruachan:
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Video of the climb:


Snow bunting:
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Kilchurn Castle on the banks of Loch Awe:
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Re: Ben Cruachan shines at Easter (now with photos!!)

Postby jwramsay » Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:39 pm

Bumping this now that I found some time to edit my photos and add them to the trip report.
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Re: Ben Cruachan shines at Easter (now with photos!!)

Postby kev_russ » Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:33 am

Braw pics :thumbup:
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Re: Ben Cruachan shines at Easter (now with photos!!)

Postby jwramsay » Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:02 pm

kev_russ wrote:Braw pics :thumbup:


Why thanks!
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Re: Ben Cruachan shines at Easter (now with photos!!)

Postby tall-story » Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:52 pm

Re Photo 11, How about Stob Diamh, Beinn a` Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich ?? Been a while since I was up there.
Grand wee report and some great photies :clap:
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Re: Ben Cruachan shines at Easter (now with photos!!)

Postby jwramsay » Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:37 am

tall-story wrote:Re Photo 11, How about Stob Diamh, Beinn a` Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich ?? Been a while since I was up there.
Grand wee report and some great photies :clap:


Thanks tall-story.

Top of the class, correct!
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Re: Ben Cruachan shines at Easter (now with photos!!)

Postby dogplodder » Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:10 am

What a gorgeous day. Looking forward to doing these too but don't imagine we'll get as good a day as this! :wink:
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Re: Ben Cruachan shines at Easter (now with photos!!)

Postby Graeme D » Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:46 pm

Nice one. Reminds me a bit of my day up there a few years back only I had considerably more snow. :clap:
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Re: Ben Cruachan shines at Easter (now with photos!!)

Postby Stuart Angus » Fri Apr 25, 2014 8:19 pm

Whit a day that looked...........nice shorts by the way!:)
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Re: Ben Cruachan shines at Easter (now with photos!!)

Postby jwramsay » Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:29 pm

Stuart Angus wrote:Whit a day that looked...........nice shorts by the way!:)


Felt liberated!


And you have gotta feel the sensation of stepping down into a snowfield with shorts and boots on on a hot Sunny day ... exilirating!
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