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Ben Griam Mor and Ben Griam Beg

Ben Griam Mor and Ben Griam Beg


Postby rob munbett » Sat Jul 12, 2014 1:28 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Ben Griam Beg, Ben Griam Mor

Date walked: 09/07/2014

Time taken: 5 hours

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It was a fine morning as I drove round from the Crask Inn through Alltnaharra and Syre to the start to the walk on the B871 to Kinbrace.
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Ben Griam Mor from the road
I parked the car in a space off the road at NC787378 and walked back to the start of the anglers' path marked on the OS map. After about a kilometre I left this path and plodded across the rough ground to the west shoulder of Ben Griam Mor.
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Heading across from the anglers' path
Then it was a steeper climb, zigzagging through some quartzite gravel tiers and some crags to reach the summit in an hour.
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Approaching the cairn
The views were extensive and there was one of the most comfortable shelter cairns I have even sat in!
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The summit cairn of BGM with BGB in the distance
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The route down the ridge looking across to BGB
I looked across to Ben Griam Beg - and I must say the trip across didn't look too enticing. Anyway, I set off down the NE ridge of BGM, encountering some fairly steep rocky, heathery sections on the way to come out on to a rough boggy moorland.
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Looking across the moorland to BGB
There was no alternative so it was a case of head down and get on with it, finding the best route possible. After crossing a narrow river, I was on the lower slopes of BGB which soon steepened and the remains of the walls of the ancient fort came into view. By now, underfoot, the ground was crisp short-cropped grass, lichen and gravel - a relief and a pleasure to walk on after the horrendous terrain below.
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Heading towards the summit of BGB
Soon I was standing beside the broken trig point at the summit and admiring the views back over to BGM and Morven and Scaraben to the East.
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The summit of BGB looking across to Morven and Scaraben
I must confess, though, that my enjoyment of being there was tempered somewhat by the view of the route out which seemed to be an endless morass.
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Looking back to BGM, the lochs and the route out
I thought that there might well be better terrain beside the two lochs to the west and this proved to be the case: there were pretty distinct deer tracks along the shore-lines (with even an odd boot print) and, much quicker than I anticipated, I was at the red boathouse on the west shore of Loch Coire nam Mang which had looked impossibly distant from the summit.
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BGB from the southern shores of Loch Druim a' Chliabhain
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A pan of BGB and BGM across the loch
From here, it was an easy 3km stroll back to the car - very pleasant indeed in the late afternoon sunshine.

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Re: Ben Griam Mor and Ben Griam Beg

Postby litljortindan » Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:10 pm

Fine views from BGB.
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Re: Ben Griam Mor and Ben Griam Beg

Postby Yorjick » Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:52 pm

I did a similar route in 2000 while recovering from a sprained ankle - I was still having to proceed with great care. Great choice of route and fantastic to see the photos as I don't think I took any myself. :clap:
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