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Beinn Ghlas & the Lawers of averages
by 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: 860mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
by benno » Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:10 pm
by MG1976 » Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:52 pm
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.
by CurlyWurly » Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:59 pm
by bushcraft2 » Sat Jun 25, 2011 9:39 pm
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