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Ben More via A' Chioch and Beinn Fhada

Ben More via A' Chioch and Beinn Fhada


Postby ridgerunner » Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:11 pm

Route description: Ben More via A' Chioch and Beinn Fhada

Munros included on this walk: Ben More (Mull)

Grahams included on this walk: Beinn Fhada

Date walked: 18/03/2015

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 14.5 km

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Start. Water dead calm.

Got the 10am ferry from Oban and was slightly worried i would not be able to finish this clockwise circuit in daylight .
There was a bit more snow than i anticipated and i wasnt sure if this was going to make the scrambling unwise.
Decided to go for it and be prepared to turn back if necessary.
Luckily at the foot of A' Chioch met a walker coming down who said it was fine and i wouldnt even need my crampons.
Great!
Weather was fantastic and switched to my shorts within 20 minutes of starting.
It was quite soggy until that point but the un-named ridge leading to Bheinn Fhada got rockier and having lots of undulations was good to follow.
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looking down to Scarisdale river

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Across to Ben More from point 563

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Beinn Fhada loooks interesting offset to left

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The start of Beinn Fhada proper

There was opportunity for simple scrabling on BF to get warmed up for the next two peaks.
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Setting off for A' Chioch

The sun was coming over the top of AC which made it look even steeper.
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AC scramble

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Curving Glen Clachaig

The scramble up to top of AC was easy and could keep to the ridge all the way.
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Top of AC looking to BM

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Pinnacled ridge in the sun

There was no snow on the pinacled section of the ridge and very enjoyable scrambling.
Even on the steeper final approach to BM there was only a couple of small sections where the snow covered the ridge .
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Looking back from near the top of BM

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Looking north west from top of BM

What a dull descent tho.
Grey ,barren and slatey at first and i was glad i had not come up this way.
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Such a glorious day that i actually enjoyed the 20 minute walk back along the road to the car.
Only 5 o'clock so even managed a pint outside at the Salen Hotel bathed still in sun.
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ridgerunner
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Re: Ben More via A' Chioch and Beinn Fhada

Postby litljortindan » Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:24 pm

Excellent stuff and what a day for it. Scratching my head to think when I did this walk but I think maybe 1998.
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Re: Ben More via A' Chioch and Beinn Fhada

Postby simon-b » Fri Mar 20, 2015 11:01 pm

Thanks for this, ridgerunner! I'm hoping to do this on Monday or Tuesday. You look to have got great weather for it. A nice report.
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