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starav finally we meet!

starav finally we meet!


Postby jac the lassie » Sun May 31, 2015 10:30 pm

Munros included on this walk: Beinn nan Aighenan, Ben Starav, Glas Bheinn Mhor

Date walked: 30/05/2015

Time taken: 11.3 hours

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First time I saw ben starav was a year ago whilst walking up Ben Dorain. From there it looked almost star shaped and very much caught my eye.
Having walked the west Highland way a couple of weeks ago, it once again caught my eye coming over the hill above bridge of orchy.

Unfortunately whilst walking the way I torn the meniscus in my left knee. It seemed to be ok now, but any hill I did would be slow going to make sure I didn't stress the knee. I decided to go myself, so I could pick the pace that felt right or at worst, just turn round with out feeling guilty. Still thought I'd have a go at starav though, any others being a bonus.
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Waterfall on the way up


Lovely walk in to the start

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View up glen etive


Heading up and up and up......

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Ridge to the summit


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Ptarmigan in summer/ winter combo plumage


View in every direction where stunning!

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View down glen etive

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Over to Ben Cruachan


Then over a little plateau and down Stob Coire Dheirg. Nice grippy granite along the top.

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Route down

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Sort of path on to ridge

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Much fun!


Decided i'd try Beinn Nan Aighenan as Glas Beinn Mhor could easily be tagged onto another day if I got tired.

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Up Aighenan


Must be some kind of optical illusion in play here, because it looks sooo near, but was far....
And down...... Before finally heading up

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Cairn looking over to cruachan

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And back down again...


By this stage the weather was glorious! I still felt great because I'd been moving at a snails pace all day, so headed up Glas Bheinn Mhor via Meall Nan Tighearean. Nice grassy ridge along the top, so finally able to stride out a bit. Had a coffee and soaked in the view for a good hour, sun was out and not a hint of a breeze.

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Ben starav from Glas Bheinn Mhor


Finally headed down. Cracking day! :D
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Easy going now

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Lovely waterfalls all the way down

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River etive
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Re: starav finally we meet!

Postby edinburgh36 » Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:19 pm

Looks lovely Jac! Very jealous :(
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Re: starav finally we meet!

Postby Fife Flyer » Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:35 pm

Nice one Jac :clap: :clap:
One of the contenders for my favourite hill :wink:
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Re: starav finally we meet!

Postby basscadet » Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:59 am

What an achievement with a knee injury.. Looked brilliant :clap:
Funny how much some bonny weather perks you up :D
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Re: starav finally we meet!

Postby jac the lassie » Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:35 pm

edinburgh36 wrote:Looks lovely Jac! Very jealous :(


Cheers laura! July's not far off for getting back out! :D

Fife Flyer wrote:Nice one Jac :clap: :clap:
One of the contenders for my favourite hill :wink:


Thanx martin, it's a cracking hill! Think I still love ben lui a bit more, but it's defo a close second.......currently! :wink:

basscadet wrote:What an achievement with a knee injury.. Looked brilliant :clap:
Funny how much some bonny weather perks you up :D


Cheers bass cadet, nothing better than getting fab weather. Getting to see that your on top of the world! :D
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Re: starav finally we meet!

Postby JimboJim » Fri Jun 05, 2015 5:24 pm

Wow, cracking hill and report, Jac. You're brave. That's a big hill. Well done! Still got this one to do and just hoping summer will kick-in someday.

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Re: starav finally we meet!

Postby Alteknacker » Fri Jun 05, 2015 10:44 pm

Nice pics, Jac. I got my first view of it when doing the Buichailles last year, and it's a really imposing looker - top of my list for this year (but being a wimp, I'm waiting for good weather to justify the long drive :) ).

Frustrating when some kind of physical problem gets in the way of one's aspirations - like you, I had a bit of a knee problem for part of last year that interfered with the plans.

But in the end you got a smashing day, eh?
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Re: starav finally we meet!

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:43 am

Inspiring stuff, glad to know that taking it gently meant you could do such a big walk with a knee injury. Makes it a possibility with an iffy back :wink: lovely photos.
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Re: starav finally we meet!

Postby jac the lassie » Sat Jun 06, 2015 8:27 am

JimboJim wrote:Wow, cracking hill and report, Jac. You're brave. That's a big hill. Well done! Still got this one to do and just hoping summer will kick-in someday.

Jimmy

Cheers jimmy, it's a long slog up but the views are amazing!!! The weather really has been a bit hit or miss. I'm just running up when it looks hopeful, not worth the diesel otherwise. :lol:
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Re: starav finally we meet!

Postby jac the lassie » Sat Jun 06, 2015 8:33 am

Alteknacker wrote:Nice pics, Jac. I got my first view of it when doing the Buichailles last year, and it's a really imposing looker - top of my list for this year (but being a wimp, I'm waiting for good weather to justify the long drive :) ).

Frustrating when some kind of physical problem gets in the way of one's aspirations - like you, I had a bit of a knee problem for part of last year that interfered with the plans.

But in the end you got a smashing day, eh?


Cheers! Ye it's a striking looking hill. Think it'll be nice to see it now I've been up it. I'm not particularly the bravest either, like to pick the better weather, not worth the diesel otherwise! I'm always injuring myself, I just keep going, but slower, much slower :lol:
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Re: starav finally we meet!

Postby jac the lassie » Sat Jun 06, 2015 8:41 am

Huff_n_Puff wrote:Inspiring stuff, glad to know that taking it gently meant you could do such a big walk with a knee injury. Makes it a possibility with an iffy back :wink: lovely photos.


Cheers, impossible to take a bad pic up there. Injury never stops me, just got to limit expectations of what can be done in a day. Anything else being a bonus. I hate captivity! I've been known to get out on wee marlyns on a badly sprained ankle before. Very very slowly :lol:
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Re: starav finally we meet!

Postby dogplodder » Sat Jun 06, 2015 4:50 pm

Well done with the knee. Looks a great hill - or three! :clap:
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