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Beinn Ghlas & the Lawers of averages

Beinn Ghlas & the Lawers of averages

Postby Graeme D » Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:29 pm

Route description: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Ghlas, Ben Lawers

Date walked: 12/06/2010

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 10 km

Ascent: 860m

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My original plan for the weekend was to sling the tent in the car on Friday after work and head north/west somewhere, not to return home until Sunday. However, other commitments meant this idea had to be abandoned but with the forecast looking good for Saturday, I still intended getting out for the day. I though about heading for the Mamores but my wife fancied an outing but not going that far. So we settled on Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers, my last two remaining summits in the group. I'd read a few comments on here recently about people never getting decent weather on Ben Lawers, so maybe we'd buck the trend today!

We were at the busy car park at the visitors centre just after noon, and up and running across the boardwalk by quarter past. There was a steady stream of walkers snaking their way up and down the well used path up onto Beinn Ghlas.

Mountain solitude could be at a premium today!

I'd opted for shorts but wisely decided from the outset to swap the short sleeved top I had on for a heavier long sleeved number. The weather didn't seem to be living up to predictions and it was becoming increasingly overcast with the wind biting deeply across the more exposed sections of the ascent. It looked like the curse of Ben Lawers weather was about to strike again! :(

Meall nan Tarmachan from ascent of Beinn Ghlas

Loch Tay from Beinn Ghlas ascent path

Meall Corranaich

By the time we approached the summit of Beinn Ghlas, I had gloves and a wind cheater on and had long since given up hope of getting any use out of my sunglasses today. We found a nice little sheltered spot amongst some rocks and settled down for lunch as a steady procession of walkers headed past a short distance away on the path.

Approaching Beinn Ghlas summit, Ben Lawers popping up behind

Summit of Beinn Ghlas

From the summit, it looked like there were enough people crowded atop Ben Lawers to get a game of football going (11 a side that is!) including referee and linesmen. I could swear I could hear some African horns too, but that turned out just to be a hideous flashback to the mind-numbing Uruguay v. France game the night before. :lol:

North to Glen Lyon

The bulk of Ben Lawers

Meall a' Choire Leith

The dip down onto the connecting ridge to Ben Lawers offered a little respite from the biting wind on some sections, but we were soon in the teeth of it again as we made the final pull up the summit cone of Lawers. At least when we got there we had the place to ourselves for 5 minutes or so before a couple pulled in behind us and two blokes arrived from An Stuc.

Beinn Ghlas from Ben Lawers

Nearing Ben Lawers summit

We hung around for a good quarter of an hour os so at the summit before heading back down to the bealach and along the bypass path between Beinn Ghlas and Meall Corranaich.

Atop summit indicator

Debbie and Lucy at trig point

East down Loch Tay

Beinn Ghlas, Meall nan Tarmachan and Meall Corrainaich

An Stuc, Meall Garbh and Lochan nan Cat

Back at the car in 4 hours 10 and off to the Kenmore Hotel for a well earned pit-stop en route home. Not quite the weather we had been expecting but at least the rain held off. Definitely like to come back and do all seven (or five at least) in one go in deep winter conditions. 8)
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Re: Beinn Ghlas & the Lawers of averages

Postby benno » Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:10 pm

Dear me Mr Dewar, your titles get more obscure every time! :lol:
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Re: Beinn Ghlas & the Lawers of averages

Postby MG1976 » Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:52 pm

Nice report Graeme.
Some nice pictures showing the route and the terrain. Looks like you had a descent day even if it was a bit windy.
(At least you could see where you were going, which is always a plus point.)
I'm planning on taking on these two hills (and possibly An Stuc & Meall Corranaich, if my legs are up to it) at some point in the next few weeks, so this is just the kind of report I like to read :) One that I can use to gauge the route and some very helpul pictures to assist with my own planning. Pictures of where i'm going, are always a massive help.

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Re: Beinn Ghlas & the Lawers of averages

Postby CurlyWurly » Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:59 pm

Nice report fella and good to see a view from the top. Twice i've climbed Ben Lawers and twice i've seen 'Jack'' Lets hope you bring the clear skies to our Corbett extravaganza next month :)
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Re: Beinn Ghlas & the Lawers of averages

Postby bushcraft2 » Sat Jun 25, 2011 9:39 pm

I'v been up there as well. It's a great walk. I did Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers... in fact my favourite Munro is Beinn Ghlas.
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