Bla Bheinn - with its head perpetually in the clouds!
by EACHANN AN DOIRE » Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:19 pm
Route description: Bla Bheinn (Blaven)
Munros included on this walk: Bla Bheinn
Date walked: 08/07/2010
Time taken: 4 hours
Distance: 7 km
Ascent: 926mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Anyway – I climbed Bla Bheinn and despite the conditions I rather enjoyed it. The cloud base was about 500/ 600 metres so up to that point the views were pretty good back down to Loch Slappin. Indeed the first 300 meters or so by the Allt na Dunaiche was very picture-skew. Visibility in the top half was very poor – the going was steep on loose scree – and my legs hurt. On the plus side, because the ascent was over less than 4 kilometres, it was steep but quick. Bottom to top in 2 hours 40 minutes. (1 hour 25 mins for the descent)
The weather didn’t clear until Saturday when the best of these photos were taken. The cottage we had rented was really fab and I’m hoping I can rent it again at short notice for a long weekend – just to pounce upon a reliable and favourable weather forecast. Can’t wait for the chance to climb this mountain again.
- Oor wee hoos
- Our cottage grounds gave access directly on to this wee beach and this great view of Bla Bheinn
- Loch Fionna choire and beyond down to Loch Slappin
- At the summit - no point in taking a camera tripod so I just plonked the camera on the ground for this picture.
by Penguin » Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:07 am
by gaffr » Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:08 am
One way is to keep an eye on the forecasts and go...not so easy when you have to arrange, in advance, leave from work, a holiday place to stay etc....easier with the tent/bothy combination but that too can have it's downside
Just have to keep coming to the North.....fifty% sucess rate acceptable?
by Paul Webster » Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:11 am
by HighlandSC » Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:50 am
A timely reminder for me not to take too much of a chance. Me and some friends are on standby thinking of Skye this weekend, or more likely next weekend and Bla Bheinn's at the top of the hit list. We're in that club lucky enough to have a tent and no fixed dates - just waiting for the glorious sunshine!
by Taraloo » Tue Jul 13, 2010 1:00 pm
by Jock McJock » Tue Jul 13, 2010 1:21 pm
by EACHANN AN DOIRE » Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:53 pm
Was it difficult to find the route? – well sort of yes and no. I tried to follow the route in this web site and for the most part that was OK. From about 500m, from where I took the photo of the wee lochan, the going was hard on a steep scree slope and very poor viz. At about 600m (map ref 533210 to be exact) there was a bit of levelling out then all scrambling almost to the summit –not difficult or arduous scrambling but a bit of a bugger trying to find trace of a route. I found traces of a discernable path here and there but it wasn’t clear. Dead simple to find on the way down of course –doh!
The accommodation was in Torrin and we booked through Islands & Highlands Cottages – here’s the link to the page on our cottage.
£470 per week including fees. It was a lovely lovely house but the weather was the very definition of dreich × 10!