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Stob Binnein, sno' More!

Stob Binnein, sno' More!

Postby JimboJim » Fri Feb 05, 2016 3:43 pm

Route description: Ben More and Stob Binnein

Munros included on this walk: Stob Binnein

Date walked: 13/01/2016

Time taken: 5.6 hours

Distance: 11.6 km

Ascent: 1000m

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Into the new year and for one reason, or another the lads were itching to get on the hills, somewhere, somehow. For once the forecast held good, though there was a possible threat of ice, or snow around. With Bobby just coming off a nightshift and best of weather to the east, Ben More and Stob Binnein looked good for a stiff workout, within reasonable reach, though perhaps, the 13th, tempting fate a little?
Crossing over from Inveraray to Dalmally, there was a lot more snow on Cruachan than the boys had anticipated and nearer Tyndrum, was even whiter, as well as there being cloud cover over the summits. Ah well, nothing to be done, but get out there and see the extent of snow, at close hand. We opted to head up Glenmore, to the bealach, take Stob Binnein first, Ben More second, then descend from north side. That was the theory, anyway :)
After leaving the track in Glenmore, it wasn’t long till we were up in the snow, which quickly went from small patches, to knee height and more occasionally thigh high, with a sudden stumble into a deep hole. In addition, progress became quite tortuous, often struggling to cover a few feet due to slip-sliding back to start point.
I think if any of us were mind readers, we would have found each other thinking the same as ourselves and probably have turned back, halfway up to the bealach, but with some good old perseverance, we made it to the bealach in about two and a half hours.
Sto Binnein Jaf Bobby 107_1024_768.JPG
Charles, thigh deep - and he's 6 feet plus!
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Refueling at the bealach. Cruach Ardrain in distance.
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Ben Lawers, enjoying some sun.
Loch Tay and Lawers range, behind.

A quick bite, drink, then we set off for last slog up to Stob Binnein. The snow was firm and holding well, though there were a few icy patches. Out came the ice axes, though we held off with the crampons meantime.
Me and Bobby struggling upwards, with Ben More, Ben Challum behind.
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Slow-coach's, dilly-dallying on ascent.
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Bobby, fair enjoying the ascent from the bealach.

By now the legs were weary and the boys puffin' like steam trains, but after a few, ok, loads of false dawns, made the summit almost an hour later. By luck the cloud cover began to break a bit now and again, giving some fine views of the snow covered peaks, of the Ben Lawers, Glen Orchy, Cruachan, Arrochar hills. Superb reward for all the hard effort!
Summit, Stob Binnein, with Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin behind. Think that is Ben Ledi on my left?
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The new flask and Hazelbank, get a try out :)
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Me and Bobby, Stob Binnein.
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Yours truly, looking to east.
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Me an' Big Jesper, on summit, well exhausted!
Summit, looking south. Bobby, well pleased.
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Made it!

After some photo's, it was about turn, to the bealach, enjoying the relative ease of descent. After a few wistful glances at the slopes of Ben More and wrist watches, we decided against taking on a second summit, appealing though it was. Time for a bit of horse-play on a large rock :)
Sto Binnein Jaf Bobby 104_1024_768.JPG
A Kling-on? Bravely trying to avoid fall of about 2 feet :)
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Rock on! Looking west.

Though we were following our tracks back into the glen, the snow here was deeper and remained hard going, till down about the 1500 feet mark, before getting back on the track, to the car in five and a half hours, knackered :( Definitely, a wise idea to skip Ben More, it being the 13th and all that :D
Sto Binnein Jaf Bobby 053_1024_768.JPG
Towards Lui and Cruachan.
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Towards Black Mount/Orchy Hills?
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Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin.
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Beinn Tulaichean
Last edited by JimboJim on Sat Feb 06, 2016 12:55 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Stob Binnein, sno' More!

Postby dav2930 » Fri Feb 05, 2016 8:23 pm

Great stuff! Good to see a really substantial covering of snow and ice up there. Unlike the disappointing state of affairs down here in the Lakes! :roll:
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Re: Stob Binnein, sno' More!

Postby Mal Grey » Fri Feb 05, 2016 10:57 pm

Looks fabulous, thanks for sharing.
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Re: Stob Binnein, sno' More!

Postby Big Jesper » Sun Feb 07, 2016 9:12 pm

Great day Jimmy. Thoroughly enjoyed it and looking forward to the next one.
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Re: Stob Binnein, sno' More!

Postby ancancha » Sun Feb 07, 2016 11:27 pm

Looks like you got some fabulous views up top JimboJim 8)
Nice report :clap:
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