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Ben Hee

PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 4:04 pm
by rob munbett
I drove round to West Merkland from the Crask Inn and parked just over the bridge on the right hand side. Through a locked gate, a good estate road heads NE. In about one and a half kilometres, a stalkers path leads up beside the Allt Coir' a Chruiteir.
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The view down the Allt Coir' a Chruiteir to the estate road in the glen
I have to say, though, that this track is not in good condition and there were quite a few sections which had fallen away into the river, leaving some quite awkward sections to negotiate.
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Looking up the Allt Coir' a Chruiteir to Ben Hee
The weather had by now deteriorated and I was being soaked in a continuous heavy downpour and visibility was very poor. I was aiming for the 630m bealach between Ben Hee and Meallan Liath Mor and from the end of the track, where there was a shelter cairn, I made a steady rising traverse to end on this wide col marked by a cairn, After a brief pause, I headed off up the stony and bouldery SW shoulder to reach the trig and shelter cairn perched on the cliffs above the eastern corrie.
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The stony SW shoulder of Ben Hee from the col
Here, it was cold enough for all my spare clothing, including hat and gloves. Just then, the rain stopped for a while and the clouds parted to allow me just a brief glimpse of the surrounding hills and my route down.
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Standing at the trig looking along the summit ridge to a cairn
I returned quickly to the bealach and the cairn and followed a line of small cairns back to the start of the stalkers path. This took a lower line than my line of ascent and was much boggier! By now the track was very wet and slippery and it was a relief to get back to the estate road in the glen for a more relaxing walk out.

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