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Ben More

Ben More


Postby delberto » Sat May 08, 2010 12:19 pm

Munros included on this walk: Ben More

Date walked: 08/05/2010

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 13 km

Ascent: 1140m

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Temp-12 degrees
cloud cover- 3/4
cloud height- 3500 ft
dry under foot
wind- breeze at start point- gusting at top

Greetings folks,

Yesterday, I decided to go up a hill but swayed whether to do the cobbler or alternatively go up ben more and stob binnein. A brief moment of bravado flushed over me and i decided to take my mate up Ben More..... :?
This was his first munro...oh dear.

We arrived at the small wooden sign at 10:00. Had to double back as i missed it the first time.
Upon getting out the car and getting ready it is quite an awsome sight to see the continuous steep rise of this mountain.
I tried in vain to see if there was any points on the climb which leveled off or a place in which I could take a break....errr no. :?
Off we set then...I have to say that I didnt get into the climb as there is no way to warm up at all. From the get go it is up and at em. There is a winding path that goes a mile or so which isnt too bad a start. You then arrive to the gate which then means your on the main part of the climb.
Its at this point that I decided to immidiately cross over the small stream and start the climb up following the stream coming down from the mountaion.
The climb really is relentless and unless your fit or in need of a mental health assessment ( I NEED ONE) you should give it a miss i think.
At around 800mts you will notice the drystone dyke. Follow this and you will come onto a clearly defined path.This is the first path on the climb.Ths path leads you up to the summit. Please note that the wall is there giving protection from the high sloc curraidh corrie. stay to the left of the dyke.
There is a couple of false summits on the way up.
but eventually we reached the top.
The summit is marked by a large cairn and there is a trig point a short distance away.
At this point I decided that my initial decision to attemp to go onto Stob Binnein was a little too adventurous for me.
we also considered the safest way off the mountain. Going down the way we came up looked a bit too steep at points, so we decided to go down to the bealach. At the lowest point on the bealach (gref- nn 433236) we turned to the west and headed down a small stream to ben more glen below.This is a boggy section in places and the path isnt clear.On a point of caution we didnt get on the track at first attemt. Thir is a track before the one your meant to take. This false track takes you aroung rocky steep sections of the mountain.-beware.

Upon gettin into the glen, the walk becomes very pleasnt and after a mile or so you get onto the dirt road and return to the gate that the mountain climb really starts from.
I found this climb to be arduous. A very long slog for me who is built for comfort not for speed.
However, very chuffed that i done one of the harder munros, even although it took over 7 hours 8)
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bealach looking to stob binnein
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delberto at top after resucitation...!
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delberto & graeme the "pathfider..."
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Re: Ben More

Postby Raymond » Sat May 08, 2010 12:24 pm

Nicely done - another one bagged eh?

7 hours...Ouch!

what's next?
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Re: Ben More

Postby delberto » Sat May 08, 2010 12:29 pm

Yep another one done.

However, Im not a fully fledged munro bagger. But like doing the raymie. Easie :D r ones i will do in future i think...??
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Re: Ben More

Postby Bay Bloke » Sat May 08, 2010 6:59 pm

that looked a tough day! Don't fancy that direct slog up Ben More...

It's on my list for the summer but I think I'll head for the bealoch first, then do both from the 'middle'
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Re: Ben More

Postby gammy leg walker » Sat May 08, 2010 9:29 pm

Or you could climb Stob Binnien 1st from Inverlochairg ,not just so steep I"m told then do Ben More,worth a try :)
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Re: Ben More

Postby Alan S » Sat May 08, 2010 10:05 pm

Good choice for a first munro :shock:
Nice pictures of stob binnein 8)
I was just over the glen doing Cruach ardrain and Beinn Tulaichean and Ben more was covered in cloud for most of the morning so it was a good choice to start later.
Heres a pic of ben more and stob binnein taken at the back of 9 :)
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Re: Ben More

Postby monty » Sun May 09, 2010 9:10 am

Hi Delberto,
I done Ben More from the other glen in glorious sunshine. Its a tough climb up initially but your route straight up Ben More looks unrelenting. :lol: Rest assured it must be one of the steepest so well done. Its onwards and upwards for you :D
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Re: Ben More

Postby delberto » Sun May 09, 2010 7:36 pm

monty wrote:Hi Delberto,
I done Ben More from the other glen in glorious sunshine. Its a tough climb up initially but your route straight up Ben More looks unrelenting. :lol: Rest assured it must be one of the steepest so well done. Its onwards and upwards for you :D



Thanks for the support.

i will be going back in the summer to do stob binnein from the glen then directly onto the bealach i think.Its a lovely looking mountain.

see ya :D
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long slog up- half way up
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Re: Ben More

Postby mountain coward » Mon May 10, 2010 10:00 am

Very brave! Especially for someone's first Munro... that route is wayyy too steep for me - I'm definitely doing it as a round further along the road and including the 2 tops
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Re: Ben More

Postby Raymond » Mon May 10, 2010 4:15 pm

it's his 6th Munro - I dunno how this rumour started that it's his first.

Oh well first or sixth its still a hard slog! :shock:
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Re: Ben More

Postby Alan S » Mon May 10, 2010 7:30 pm

Raymond wrote:it's his 6th Munro - I dunno how this rumour started that it's his first.

Oh well first or sixth its still a hard slog! :shock:


Its no a rumour,was talkin about his mate :)
i decided to take my mate up Ben More.....
This was his first munro...oh dear.
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Re: Ben More

Postby Raymond » Mon May 10, 2010 11:17 pm

alan s wrote:
Raymond wrote:it's his 6th Munro - I dunno how this rumour started that it's his first.

Oh well first or sixth its still a hard slog! :shock:


Its no a rumour,was talkin about his mate :)
i decided to take my mate up Ben More.....
This was his first munro...oh dear.


I stand corrected. I agree it was tough for a FIRST munro, :oops:
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Re: Ben More

Postby abbyscott » Tue May 11, 2010 8:42 pm

Hello Pals

Am planning to Climb the Ben More this Saturday 15th May 2010
all your discussions have been very useful to me to plan my trip
can anyone tell me where to find the small board " To Ben More " where the path begins from the Carpark, and how many hours does it take to do a roundtrip from carpark to summit of Ben More and back again, all your tips will be very useful to me, thanks again

cheers

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Re: Ben More

Postby delberto » Wed May 12, 2010 7:17 pm

Hi Abhishek

The sign post is quite easy to miss, but the route and start point is clearly marked on the map. It is a hundred yards or so from ben more farm.
If you are just doing ben more and back you should be able to do it 4- 5 hours depending on which way you come down off the mountain. I recommend you dont come down the most direct route.Instead continue the walk down to the bealach as described in my walk report. Depending on your fitness level consider going up ben more via the glen and then up the bealach.
hope this helps.

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