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Easter Monday up Ben More
by edinburgh36 » Wed Apr 08, 2015 3:08 pm
Route description: Ben More and Stob Binnein
Munros included on this walk: Ben More, Stob Binnein
Date walked: 06/04/2015
Time taken: 7 hours
Distance: 12 km3 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
The drive up past Loch Earn and along the A85 was amazing. Gorgeous sunshine and what was actually set to be a really hot, nice day – for those not atop Ben More, but in other parts of Scotland.
We hit the trail at 8:25. Ben More lives up to it’s reputation as a formidable giant and slog of a hill! Almost as soon as you leave the car you look and just think – that is a LONG way up!!
We followed the sign for the farm and then the track for a wee bit of the way. Probably could have made things a tiny bit easier for ourselves if we had followed the track a bit further than we did before coming to the gate. We were going to need every bit of energy we had to get up here.
Then the slog began. We took regular breaks to admire the views behind (as our lungs nearly burst out of our chests!!) The clouds kept rolling across as we climbed and it was pretty claggy. There were patches of snow and ice higher up but all totally avoidable. After 2 hours 55 we reached the summit.
We had had glimpses through the clouds so decided to stop here for lunch and wait in the hope we’d get a ‘magic moment’ and the amazing views that had been threatening to show themselves off and on. Siobhan was up and down like a yo-yo every time it looked like the cloud was on the move. We didn’t get what we wanted but we did get a couple of cool shots.
The summit of Ben More is an ideal lunch stop – has a couple of nice sheltered seats in the rocks. After 15/20 minutes we headed down to the bealach, and again were just willing those clouds to blow over to get the view of the ridge between the two peaks.
The wind really picked up at this point, easily 40mph (maybe more) so my focus was just pushing up to the top of Stob Binnein so that we could then head back down to more sheltered terrain!
Before long we were at the summit and there was a brief break in the wind. We sat for a bit – again hoping for the views to appear and make the slog all the more worthwhile, but they didn’t really.
So down we went. Easy descent with lovely views, but a long walk along the side of the burn and back to the car.
6 hours 55 later we were back at the car. Not bad going, with a couple of decent stops.
Munros 13 & 14 for me and 50 and 51 for Siobhan. Great end to the Easter weekend!
by jac the lassie » Wed Apr 08, 2015 3:24 pm
Your on a roll now wi the trip reports
by shivy88 » Wed Apr 08, 2015 4:11 pm
by litljortindan » Thu Apr 09, 2015 9:02 pm
by Nesa » Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:20 pm
by dooterbang » Wed Apr 15, 2015 11:19 am
I love this hill simply because of the challenge it throws at you, and the views from the summit are pretty decent to.
I was last up here in December, was a great day... http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=48387
Well done on compleating another hill/munro...you've a great journey ahead of you