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M#11-12 Ben Lui and Beinn a'Chleibh

M#11-12 Ben Lui and Beinn a'Chleibh


Postby littlebob » Sun May 04, 2014 3:52 pm

Route description: Ben Lui and Beinn a'Chleibh

Munros included on this walk: Beinn a'Chleibh, Ben Lui

Date walked: 02/05/2014

Time taken: 6 hours

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Due to a promising weather forecast I persuaded Big Bob and Mrs H to head for the hills. Ben Lui and Beinn a Chleibh looked promising but at the carpark the peak was still shrouded.
20140502 Munro11and12aLB.jpg

but first to get across the water. River Lochy was easy enough but passing under the railway bridge the snow melt was FREEZING.
20140502 Munro11and12bLB.jpg

The walk up through the pine forest alonside the burn was very scenic but very boggy with a number of strategic detours. Bog factor x littlebob factor = very boggy.
20140502 Munro11and12cLB.jpg

Once out though the view up the steep climb was quite daunting - and the cloud was still shrouding the peak
20140502 Munro11and12eLB base of Ben Lui.jpg

A long hard slog up the steep grass and finally to the start of the ridge. But what a view!
20140502 Munro11and12iLB onto ridge Ben Lui.jpg

The ridge and a large part of the track was covered on the east side with deep and unstable looking snow. Far too deep for little legs. We opted instead for a scramble up the rocks.
20140502 Munro11and12jLB ridge snow Ben Lui.jpg
20140502 Munro11and12kHK ridge snow Ben Lui.jpg

And finally to the cairn and then across the dip to the summit. Sure the views must have been great - but at least the ice and snow was fun!
20140502 Munro11and12lLB summit Ben Lui.jpg

Then a nice easy descent and back up again to Beinn a Cleibh summit
20140502 Munro11and12qLB BeinnaCleibh summit.jpg
And a lovely walk back down
20140502 Munro11and12rLB BeinnaCleibh heading down.jpg
. Of course by the time we got to the carpark the top was clear!
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Re: M#11-12 Ben Lui and Beinn a'Chleibh

Postby Silverhill » Mon May 05, 2014 12:55 pm

You had the right gear on for all that water at the bottom of the hill. I’ve never tried swimming on snow, ice or rocks. Well done you! Think I will give it a miss though! :wink:
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