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Stob Binnein, sno' More!
by 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
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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.
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.
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!
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
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
- Towards Lui and Cruachan.
- Towards Black Mount/Orchy Hills?
- Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin.
- Beinn Tulaichean
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