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Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas


Postby Wanderlust » Tue Apr 06, 2010 1:53 pm

Route description: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Ghlas, Ben Lawers

Date walked: 02/04/2010

Time taken: 6 hours

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After all of the snow that fell last week, the forecast for Friday was good. I had stayed for a few days at SYHA Crianlarich, but today was moving on to the Braveheart Backpacker's Hostel in Killin.

The road to the Ben Lawers visitor centre was not passable, so I parked my car lower down in the forest then walked the rest of the way up. It was around 11 o'clock when I started the walk in earnest, the views were very clear - could see Beinn Ghlas right in front of me and Meall nan Tarmachan to the left with Meall Corranhaich in between.

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Meall nan Tarmachan

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me and Beinn Ghlas

It was a steady ascent to the bealach between Meall Corranhaich and Beinn Ghlas, I saw a chap below us plodding up on skis!

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Around the back of Beinn Ghlas it was quite icy and it was time to crampon-up for the traverse to the bealach below Ben Lawers, it was a good view down towards Glen Lyon and I got my first view of the top of Ben Lawers. Also a nice view back to Meall Corranhaich.

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Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

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Glen Lyon

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Meall Corranhaich

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Traverse to bealach between Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

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Ben Lawers from the bealach (notice the man on the skis!)

The visiblity was excellent, but there were patches of cloud that would soon pass over and I had a good view of Beinn Ghlas on the ascent of Ben Lawers.

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Beinn Ghlas

Made it to the top and the views were extensive, particularly to the north, where it looked like it was clear on all of the summits.

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view from Ben Lawers

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me on Ben Lawers summit

Stayed for a while on the summit, taking in the views, the wind was very cold though. The man on the skis was up there at the same time as me and I looked on in amazement as he ski'd back down towards the bealach! he said was going to ski down off Beinn Ghlas aswell.

I set off on foot for summit of Beinn Ghlas, enjoying the ridge walk and the surrounding views.

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Meall nan Tarmachan

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Loch Tay

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ascending Beinn Ghlas

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Ben Lawers

From Beinn Ghlas it was a straight-forward descent down to the path that I'd followed on the way up from the Visitor centre.
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Re: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Postby Graeme D » Tue Apr 06, 2010 3:31 pm

Nice report Wanderlust. I was out at the same time on the other side of Loch Tay. Wasn't it a brilliant day until the cloud rolled in from the west in the mid-afternoon? It's always nice to see a report of what you were looking at while the author of the report was looking at where you were at the same time! Try as I might though, I can't quite pick myself out on either the Shee of Ardtalnaig or Creagan na Beinne. :lol:
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Re: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Postby bazer100 » Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:21 pm

nice report, particulary like the picture from the top of ben lawers , the view looks amazing, done these 2 a great number of years ago, however seeing your trip gives me the bug to do them again, exellent, thanks for sharing

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Re: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Postby mountain coward » Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:50 pm

Those 2 look great in snow! Some super pics there :D I'm always amazed at the steepness of where people will ski - it's usually where I'm picking my way very carefully across the hard-frozen snow in my crampons (I'm not very confident going downhill in them yet :lol: )
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Re: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Postby monty » Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:02 am

What a great set of pictures. Looks like it was warm at the start with you in shirt sleeve order? I love picture no 10 looking out from Ben Lawers. :D Its nice to get some sunshine on your back :lol:
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Re: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Postby walk aboot » Wed Apr 07, 2010 1:10 pm

Nice report wanderlust...pink snow (first two photos)? :lol: 8) :lol:
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Re: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Postby Wanderlust » Wed Apr 07, 2010 3:01 pm

walk aboot wrote:pink snow (first two photos)? :lol: 8) :lol:


ha, I noticed that effect on a few of my photos - must have been a bit too bright for my camera
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Re: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Postby IainG » Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:13 am

Wanderlust wrote:
walk aboot wrote:pink snow (first two photos)? :lol: 8) :lol:


ha, I noticed that effect on a few of my photos - must have been a bit too bright for my camera


If it's a Sony Cybershot then be prepared for your next purchase!!!
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