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Sunny Day on Ben Lui

Sunny Day on Ben Lui

Postby withypitts » Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:12 pm

Munros included on this walk: Ben Lui

Date walked: 02/06/2016

Time taken: 8 hours

Ascent: 1000m

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On a clear morning in early June magnificent Ben Lui was the target. The long walk in from Dalrigh along Glen Cononish was a delight, especially when the main attraction finally put in a dramatic appearance.

First sight of Ben Lui

Towards the head of the glen majestic Coire Gaothach loomed up ahead, with the path alongside the stream clearly visible.

Route up to Coire Gaothach

The steep path follows a beautiful stream, with the rocky summit visible above.

Stream emerging from Coire Gaothach

Emerging into the coire, there are towering walls of rock on all sides.

Inside Coire Gaothach

A steep pathless climb over grass brought the summit ever nearer.

South ridge of coire and summit

Ben Lomond appeared in the distance.

Ben Lomond to the south

Having made it onto the south ridge of the mountain, I found a fine spot to pause for lunch, with Ben More and Stob Binnein peeping out from behind Ben Oss.

Ben Oss

There was also a dazzling view westwards towards Ben Cruachan and Mull.

View westwards

The panorama from the summit was uninterrupted in all directions. Ben Nevis lurks on the horizon beyond the craggy northwest top.

Northwest top

Ben Cruachan forms the magnificent backdrop to the summit cairn.

Summit cairn

On the way to the north top I encountered a friendly fellow who told me that his was his dog's 134th Munro. I obviously have some catching up to do, but I'll need no encouragement if they are all as good as this. The dog seemed quite happy too.

Southeast summit

Ben More and Stob Binnein dominate to the east.

View eastwards

The route down past snow patches led to the pass with Ben Oss.

Looking back to summit

The long haul along the Coire Laoigh was achieved in peace and solitude without the aid of any noticeable paths.

Coire Laoigh

And the gentle, if rather long, stroll back along Glen Cononish rounded off a perfect day.
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