So, really just to add to other reports on here ...
Firstly, the idea of using flip flops is excellent, thanks to the Fifers for that idea. Left them at fence after going under bridge (grate only had half an inch of water so boots OK there) and got them on way back.
Found the wee cairn to take the left hand spur, was wondering how bad the other path must be as this is pretty boggy too, the joys of Scotland. Not too many midges out.
Made it out of trees just about dry footed (thanks to gaiters) and was pleased about that. There is a sign and map as you come through the gate, helps check your bearings. My Suunto said a fair bit lower than the 490m as per the main walk report here but not important at that stage as visibility was good. Basically straight up the grassy slopes, started aiming for the right of the last shoulder then came a wee bit East to get to the North ridge. Slopes are steep and no path so be prepared to knuckle down for that. Was very hot about this stage, 26 degrees rather than the 11 degrees on line weather report for Tyndrum ! As we ascended mist came down and, at this point, was pleased we had been able to pick our way up without having to dig out compass. When you hit the top of that shoulder it is in fact the North Ridge and nice path all the way up.
However, not a place if you are unsure of a map. We got to the first cairn and could not see the second one until mist lifted a tad. We had also taken care to look for the path off to Beinn a'Chleibh ...
Zero views and also cold at top, thankfully I have been up once before but son and friend saw zip all. Back to path and jogged down to bealach (easier than walking on the flaky path, would be better in snowy conditions). Thankfully mist lifted ahead and sun popped out albeit not on Ben Lui !
Met a lovely couple from London (Sally and Tim) and had a nice chat with them, they were decent enough to give my son a tenner towards his Nepal fundraising. Despite Tim having done almost 100 munros and taking a bearing they had missed the path over from Ben Lui therefore had a painful detour/travers so just goes to show what the mist can do.
Down the path, back into boggy grass so more jogging to get it done as quickly as possible. Went into the boggy path side and indeed, as advertised, it is boggy ! River crossing was nice at the end though and always a pleasure to drink fresh, fast running water. Dogs had a great day too. Just under 9km and just over 4hrs 16mins so pretty quick but our group is pretty fit (did Brothers and Sisters in Glenshiel 48 hours beforehand). Ben Lui is a cracking hill though, enjoy.
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