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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.

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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.

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Route up to Coire Gaothach


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

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Stream emerging from Coire Gaothach


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

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Inside Coire Gaothach


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

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South ridge of coire and summit


Ben Lomond appeared in the distance.

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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.

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Ben Oss


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

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View westwards


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

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Northwest top


Ben Cruachan forms the magnificent backdrop to the summit cairn.

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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.

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Southeast summit


Ben More and Stob Binnein dominate to the east.

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View eastwards


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

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Looking back to summit


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

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Coire Laoigh


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