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Ben Lui & Beinn a'Chleibh - A webteam walk for charity

Ben Lui & Beinn a'Chleibh - A webteam walk for charity


Postby Chris Mac » Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:21 pm

Route description: Ben Lui and Beinn a'Chleibh

Munros included on this walk: Beinn a'Chleibh, Ben Lui

Date walked: 16/09/2016

Time taken: 5.35 hours

Distance: 11.05 km

Ascent: 1091m

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It's that time of year again, another webteam walk for charity, this time raising funds for the University of Glasgow Trust and the Beatson Pebble Appeal. Last year it was Ben Challum, this year we opted for Ben Lui and it's wee neighbour Beinn a'Chleibh.

We met at the car park at about half 9 and donned our gear, prepped for the crossing of the River Lochy which we had done our homework on reading several WH reports. We donned our selection of flip flops, walking sandals, beachwear, old trainers and ninja turtle feet and crossed the almost knee high water which was refreshingly nice and not too cold:
Image20160916_095018 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

While putting on our boots again at the other side a train whizzed by, a reminder from nowhere that crossing the railway would be a bad idea! So we headed under the bridge seen in the photo above and after stashing our array of water footwear we set off through the forest path:
Image20160916_100526 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We quickly reached the crossing point and easily made it over, aided by the rope which wasn't really required:
Image20160916_101007 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

The track continues on...
Image20160916_101411 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

...crossing a fence...
Image20160916_101840 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

...then you head left on the track, with the occasional roar of forestry machinery and JCB's being heard in the distrance:
Image20160916_102123 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Follow the track a short distance and turn right at the bridge to follow path up next to the Fionn Choiren burn:
Image20160916_102847 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

This is by far the boggiest part of the walk next to the burn and it's many cascading waterfalls:
Image20160916_102918_001 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Beinn a'Chleibh makes an appearance, shrouded in early morning mist and clouds:
Image20160916_103259 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

A river crossing, boggy path and dew on the grass meant a very wet start to the walk...
Image20160916_104201 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

...but a very atmospheric one at that:
Image20160916_104407 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Beinn a'Chleibh:
Image20160916_104435 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

The boggy path just before the gate that exits the woods, i'll not lie and say that I think every one of us had at least one good foot dunk in the bog, luckily my gaiters protected me for my one and I was glad I had put them on:
Image20160916_105040 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Upon exiting the gate we look left and Ben Lui is still shrouded in cloud:
Image20160916_105217 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Looking up towards the bealach between the two Munros:
Image20160916_105229 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Beinn a'Chleibh showing it's craggy side:
Image20160916_105234 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

"We're going up that thing...?...you're crazier than I thought!" newcomer Jessie (climbing her first Munro) didn't say at any point:
Image20160916_105800 DSCF7577 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We head left and follow the fence as the ascent proper begins, Beinn a'Bhuiridh, Stob Garbh & Stob Daimh of the Ben Cruachan range appear and look impressive in the morning light :
Image20160916_110047 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Beinn a'Chleibh again wearing a crown of clouds but still a fine looking flat-topped Munro:
Image20160916_110058 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Heading up Ben Lui's north west side:
Image20160916_110108 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Ben Cruachan, i'm edging ever closer to climbing it...
Image20160916_110401 DSCF7585 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Beinn a'Chleibh & Ben Cruachan:
Image20160916_110821 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

At this point we continue the trudge up the hill, with my Viewranger route telling us to head to the left to join the path:
Image20160916_111704 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We follow my route for a while but end up following another path which leads more to the right...
Image20160916_112323 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

...as the summits tease us in the distance...
Image20160916_113200 DSCF7595 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

...on realising that the path we took is not going to turn back left we end up changing course to get back on our pre-planned route.
Image20160916_113558 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Image20160916_113600 DSCF7596 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

I thought this was the hill of the calf...?
Image20160916_114200 DSCF7598 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

About to reach the proper path at last:
Image20160916_115400 DSCF7599 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

It's clear that conditions are not going to clear:
Image20160916_115952 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Getting there, we take advantage of the view on the way up since we're going to see hee-haw at the summit:
Image20160916_120300 DSCF7601 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Image20160916_120335 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

At last we're going up the north ridge and Lui's Stob Garbh comes into view:
Image20160916_120918 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We continue on the path:
Image20160916_120920 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Image20160916_120926 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Image20160916_121000 DSCF7611 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

The south west ridge leading down to the bealach between the hills:
Image20160916_121200 DSCF7613 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Knowing we'll not get any summit view we decide to stop below the cloud for lunch and soak in this view of Stob Garbh and some of the hills beyond, including Ben Challlum in the centre above Stob Garbh's top and Ben More to the far right, also topped in clouds:
Image20160916_121202 DSCF7615 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

At this point we thought the other half of the group had seen us stop down to the left of the path out of the wind but realised they had continued walking past and as Rick ran up to shout that we had stopped further down, he kicked his bag which then rolled down the hill in slow-mo, luckily stopping at the edge of the crag below and saving his lunch. :lol:

We refuelled then headed up towards Ben Lui's north top to regroup and make the final summit push:
Image20160916_121203 DSCF7616 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Conditions were as expected:
Image20160916_123208 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Image20160916_123213 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

What I didn't realise about this walk was that we would have some fun scrambling to do for both summits:
Image20160916_123517 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Rick in mid crag-hopper action shot:
Image20160916_123530 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Hands on fun:
Image20160916_124145 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Ben Lui's north top:
Image20160916_124517 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Well done Jessie :clap: still not quite your Munro yet though, next one along...
Image20160916_124553 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Looking down to the east, no view... time to press on for the summit:
Image20160916_124706 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Image20160916_124720 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

More scrambling fun ahead:
Image20160916_124854 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Image20160916_125004 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We made it! Another successful Munro climb for the UofG webteam for cancer research:
Image20160916_125501 DSCF7619 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Also, Munro number 8 for me:
Image20160916_125502 DSCF7621 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

After summit celebrations were finished, we started to head back to find the path down towards the bealach and our next target, Beinn a'Chleibh...
Image20160916_130735 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

...unfortunately with our heads in the clouds and not checking Viewranger we started heading down the south east ridge of Sgiath Dhubh by mistake:
Image20160916_130737 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Hmm this isn't right...
Image20160916_130800 DSCF7622 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Image20160916_130801 DSCF7623 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

...check the route... re-adjust path to the right:
Image20160916_131329 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We cross a boulder field which is good fun as we hop from rock to rock and the view clears to give us tantalising glimpses of the Crianlarich, Lomond and Arrochar hills:
Image20160916_131329 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Image20160916_131331 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

The view south:
Image20160916_131345 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

As we head down hill Beinn a'Chleibh comes into view and is finally clear:
Image20160916_131500 DSCF7624 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We can see again!
Image20160916_131501 DSCF7625 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Hill of the chest:
Image20160916_132301 DSCF7630 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

It doesn't take long to rejoin the main south west ridge path:
Image20160916_132339 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Image20160916_132700 DSCF7634 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Image20160916_132807 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Ben Lomond and Ben Vorlich come into view at last:
Image20160916_132814 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Ben Lui's cloud top showing no sign of abating today:
Image20160916_133600 DSCF7636 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Beinn a'Chleibh ahead:
Image20160916_133601 DSCF7637 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Ben Vorlich and the Little Hills looking grand to the south:
Image20160916_134201 DSCF7639 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

At this point David and Jessie decide to head back from the bealach:
Image20160916_134300 DSCF7640 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Craig, Rick and I dump our bags and take 15 minutes to head up to the summit of Munro number 2 for the day:
Image20160916_134700 DSCF7641 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Beinn a'Chleibh, the third smallest Munro:
Image20160916_135423 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

At least we get a partial view from this hill:
Image20160916_135454 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Note the excellent use of the law of thirds in this pic by the gaffer :D :
Image20160916_135527 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Time to head back down, Ben Lui clouds still insistant on staying put:
Image20160916_135709 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

The car park way down below:
Image20160916_140006 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We descend in no time:
Image20160916_140012 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Probably the clearest shot of Ben Lui so far:
Image20160916_140454 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

To the south east An Caisteal, Beinn Chabhair, Ben Venue and Ben Lomond are now visible:
Image20160916_140458 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

The view north has also cleared a bit:
Image20160916_140653 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

I take advantage of the cloud free tops to take a few shots of the surrounding summits:

An Caisteal & Beinn Chabhair:
Image20160916_140700 DSCF7648 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

To the south, Ben Lomond, Ben Vorlich, A'Chrois, Ben Vane:
Image20160916_140715_001 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Lomond & Vorlich with the Little Hills very prominent:
Image20160916_140800 DSCF7649 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Arrochar Alps in clouds:
Image20160916_140801 DSCF7651 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Satisfied and now wanting to catch up with the other two, we begin the descent down the bealach path:
Image20160916_141200 DSCF7652 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Ben Cruachan, Beinn a'Chochuill & Beinn Eunaich to the west:
Image20160916_141700 DSCF7656 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We spy D&J at the fence and make haste:
Image20160916_141800 DSCF7659 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Image20160916_142355 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Last shot of Ben Cruachan I promise...
Image20160916_142702 DSCF7663 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Beinn a'Chleibh's craggy north face, a descent route to try another time:
Image20160916_143307 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We reach the gate and enter the Bog Forest of Glen Lochy again:
Image20160916_143826 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We make good progress bog hopping and tree hugging our way down the path and reach the bridge, turn left, along the track, then right and back down to the rope crossing:
Image20160916_145132 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

A last look at Ben Lui, head still in the clouds:
Image20160916_150246 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

We pick up our stashed beachwear assortment and reach the railway underpass:
Image20160916_150905 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Noted:
Image20160916_151258 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Jessie was next ready after Rick who had already crossed and on entering the water I heard her in a commotion, looked up and it seemed like she had lost a flip flop as she gestured to the water next to me so I jumped in, waiting for a floating flip flip to pop into view round a bit of the bank and on landing in the water I noticed a walking pole in the murky knee high depths... picked it up and in one motion fished out the passing flip flop... rescue successful! :lol:

I left the pole for the next person to make use of and on that cheery note we waded across, loving the refreshing water on hot feet and like walking up Hacha Grande in Lanzarote then having a pool dip when finished it was the perfect end to a walk:
Image20160916_151417 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

The view up Glen Lochy, all flip flops and frog feet accounted for :) :
Image20160916_151435 by Chris Mac, on Flickr

Thanks to everyone who sponsored us, it was another successful and enjoyable webteam walk, this time taking in 2 Munros when only one was required. The question is, will we raise the stakes and go for three next time... :crazy: :D
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