Bla Bheinn and a rainbow seen from above
by jacob » Sat May 07, 2016 4:53 pm
Route description: Bla Bheinn (Blaven)
Munros included on this walk: Bla Bheinn
Date walked: 01/05/20165 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Driving from Broadford towards Elgol, this was our first sight of Bla Bheinn, causing nothing but strenghtened excitement.
Getting closer however, the blue turned to a beautiful red of the heather along the perfect path.
Finding and following the path is easy enough, so we headed off upwards only to stop for a couple of kodak-moments at the waterfalls along the way.
Because of Allt na Dunaiche being in spate, we couldn't do the regular rivercrossing and we had to head up northeast to find a proper crossing possibility. No hard work in that, just an extreme BOG guarantee.
From there on no problems though in reaching and traversing Coire Uaigneich, a beautiful gorge/gully (?) that reminded me of previous walks in Norway.
Sunshine came and sunshine went, as did fog, clouds and hail. The point where to turn right after Coire Uaigneich was not easily chosen, even though the slope was full of paths. Which one is the best one? No need for overthinking though, so up we went.
We soon gained height and left An Stac well behind us, giving a nice view on the start of the walk and the approach route.
On the slopes we were literally attacked by a hailstorm. As all bad weather has done the past days, the attack only lasted some 15 minutes. Offering a nice dramatic shot though.
By the time the storm was almost over, we headed further up again, tackling the last bit of the scree and boulder slopes.
From there it wouldn't take long before the views on Clach Glas, the Red Hills and the Black Cuillin would open up behind see-throughs.
All these views didn't go at the expense of views towards the start of the walk.
And it wasn't for long before, after the promised minor scramble, we arrived at the summit. No views whatsoever at arrival, but with our experiences over the past days, we were confident in getting them later on.
And after a while we got what we hoped for.
And more. We got a rainbow. From above. Never experienced it, never seen it. Normally I'm no sucker for rainbows, but this one seemed quite special to me.
To be honest, I was even a bit surprised and struck by my, maybe slightly childish or naïve thought: if you're above the rainbow, shouldn't it be turned upside down?
What a stunning mountain. Pity to have to leave it behind again.
And with a windspeed of about 100 km an hour, I even attempted a panorama. Don't click if you expect a lot:
See you all next year!
by steven65 » Sun May 08, 2016 7:35 am
by BobMcBob » Sun May 08, 2016 11:09 am
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by Alteknacker » Sun May 08, 2016 10:30 pm
by Mal Grey » Mon May 09, 2016 10:36 am
by jmarkb » Mon May 09, 2016 11:01 am
If the sun is higher than 42 degrees in the sky, the top of the rainbow's arc will appear below the horizon (the centre of the rainbow's arc is always directly opposite the sun), in which case you can only see a rainbow if the you are higher than the raindrops refracting the sunlight back to you. It is possible to see the entire circle, more easily from the air than from a mountain (see http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/10/11/1413004153578_wps_15_PIC_BY_BIRDSEYE_VIEW_AERI.jpg )
by jacob » Mon May 09, 2016 2:24 pm
Stefen should be up there right now and Alteknacker: I do hope you get to it this year. Waiting for your report.
by rockhopper » Wed May 11, 2016 1:32 pm
they are possible although not due to light refraction through raindrops.....quick google shows more to do with ice crystals - cheersjacob wrote:To be honest, I was even a bit surprised and struck by my, maybe slightly childish or naïve thought: if you're above the rainbow, shouldn't it be turned upside down? !
by jacob » Wed May 11, 2016 4:26 pm
they are possible although not due to light refraction through raindrops.....quick google shows more to do with ice crystals - cheers
Ha, see, I'm not completely stupid
by jupe1407 » Wed May 11, 2016 7:20 pm
by jmarkb » Wed May 11, 2016 9:40 pm