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Ben Lawers +3

PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:37 pm
by andy63
This was the second day of a two day trip to Scotland. I'd done Ben Chonzie the day before.

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NB approximate route.

From the Ben Lawers car park there's a good tourist path up to the top of Beinn Ghlas.

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Beinn Ghlas

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Beinn Ghlas summit

There's only a short descent from Beinn Ghlas before you start climbing Ben Lawers.

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Ben Lawers summit

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Ben Lawers summit

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Beinn Ghlas from Ben Lawers

I came back down Ben Lawers and then followed a path to the right which goes around the side of Beinn Ghlas. From the bealach between Beinn Ghlas and Meall Corranich, there's a path which leads off to the right.This path is a bit steep and narrow, with some easy scrambling, but it leads quickly up to the third Munro summit of the day.

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Meall Corranaich

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Ascent path

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Corranaich summit

A long grassy ridge leads north from Meall Corranich, but you have to go down off it to join a ridge further east which leads up to the next Munro, Meall a Choire Leith. Once you find the right path, it's an easy walk up to the flat summit.

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Meall a Choire Leith

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Choire Leith summit

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Ben Lawers, An Stuc and Meall Garbh

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Meall nan Tarmachan

From here I got the compass out and headed off to the south-west.There was no path visible at first, but soon after leaving the summit area I found a fairly clear path which led down the hill, over a small stream and on to a small dam on the Allt Gleann Da Eig.

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After the dam the path became less clear and the ground was quite rough and boggy as I headed up towards a ridge. Once over the top of the ridge, the Lochan na Lairige and the road that goes past it became visible. I then had a couple of miles along the road to get back to the car, and the long drive home.

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The road comes into view.

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Walking back to the car park

Re: Ben Lawers +3

PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 6:15 pm
by Silverhill
That’s good going, drive up from Manchester, do 5 hills over 2 days and then drive back! :clap: Luckily you had clear weather. Well done for the Ben Lawers 4, including the walk back along the road. But I suppose there are worse roads to walk back along. At least this one in quiet and scenic. :D