Bynack More (inc. the Barns of Bynack)
by HighlandSC » Sat Jul 10, 2010 12:14 pm
Route description: Bynack More from Glenmore
Munros included on this walk: Bynack More
Date walked: 03/07/2010
Time taken: 7 hours
Distance: 23 km
Ascent: 978m1 person thinks this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Date - Sat 03/07/2010
Title - Bynack More (inc. the Barns of Bynack)
Route - Glenmore Lodge - Ryvoan - Summit - Continue downhill to the Barns. Retrace steps to return.
Weather - A bit windy. Avoided some passing showers. Hazy.
People - Me / Col / J
Time - 7.5 Hours
Distance - 23.1km
Ascent - 978m
Max Altitude - 1090m
A generally poor forecast for most areas over this weekend put us in the Cairngorms on the Saturday, hopeful of staying dry but expecting a bit of a wind blasting. On the day we considered ourselves lucky not to get rained on and the wind wasn't much of a problem given the directions we were walking - it also helps that Bynack More offers plenty of spots for shelter. During the ascent I was recalling Graeme and Kev's epic back in March on this hill - unaware at that very moment Graeme was in the middle of another even bigger epic!
It was a great day out - my pals were out for the first time this year and the route offered nothing in the way of difficulty. We detoured for a coffee in Ryvoan Bothy on the way out - 2 of us have been before and noticed they've built a sleeping platform there now. It's a fairly easy walk up and steepens for the final push up the rocky N ridge of Bynack More - looks harsher than it is - I took on some optional easy scrambling but there's paths all the way. We continued on from the summit to the Little Barns and then East slightly more downhill to the larger Barns of Bynack - massive chunks of granite - excellent features, great shelter, and a perfect lunch spot. From there we contoured round the hill under the summit and picked up the path to retrace our steps back. I'd highly recommened going for a look at the Barns if your on this hill.
We started from the end of the road beside Glenmore Lodge. A nice wander through the forest to begin - soon enough reaching Lochan Uaine.
Further up the path we took a half km detour to Ryvoan Bothy, complete with new sleeping platform
We went back down the path from the bothy, soon turning E along the path toward the bridge to cross the River Nethy.
Looking back NW to Meall a' Bhuachaille
Loch a' Gharbh-choire
Strath Nethy pass
The path climbs up onto the large N shoulder of Bynack More, further up veering right toward the summit.
On 818 top approaching final section of N ridge
Approaching Bynack More summit
We continued South to the Little Barns
Looking into the Central Cairngorms
From here we went East and more steeply downhill for a short section toward the Barns of Bynack
Looking back from inside the gap
The other side of it
We went inside the Barns through the gap in the middle of this pic - inside it's like a small maze of slopes and elevated platforms - great fun for a climb around!
After lunch we retraced our steps to return, although briefly contouring around the hill on the E side of the summit before rejoining the path to descend.
S into the Lairig an Laoigh
Descending N ridge
Glancing back to Bynack More summit. Bynack Beg on right
Approaching bridge to cross River Nethy
All that remained was a nice walk back through the forest, sun shining, too breezy for flying insects, perfect
by Graeme D » Sat Jul 10, 2010 1:42 pm
HighlandSC wrote:I'd highly recommened going for a look at the Barns if your on this hill.
You hear that Kev?!?!?!?!
Seriously HSC, a nice wee report. I'll always read Bynack More accounts now with a little more interest following our March encounter with this hill. Looks like you did well to get through the day without encountering any showers (or flying insect life!)
by Paul Webster » Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:44 pm
Glad you went to the Barns HighlandSC, the highlight of the hill for me. They look especially impressive from the Lairig an Laoigh far below.
by skuk007 » Sat Jul 10, 2010 10:34 pm
by blueyed » Sat Jul 10, 2010 10:37 pm
i really love those rocks definitely will put the mountain in my schedule for this 'summer'
Love the pictures especially those of the Barns of Bynack. I was up that way last Tuesday.
by kevsbald » Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:54 am
- mountain coward
by mojomcl » Fri Aug 26, 2011 3:54 pm
by HighlandSC » Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:36 pm
In good visibility it's definitely easy enough for navigation. Well worth continuing on past the summit to the Barns like we did, before returning the same way.
by ChrisW » Fri Aug 26, 2011 7:25 pm
by mojomcl » Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:28 pm
Nice to have a Munro under my belt, though it didn't grab me the way my first hills did. A bit of a relief really lol lol