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Ben Challum

PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 10:12 pm
by iainR

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After spending the winter months walking in the Southern Uplands i was keen to get back up into the Tyndrum area having climbed Beinn Odhar there last summer and having a good look at Ben Challum from the summit.
The WH report indicated a high bog factor but the recent long dry spell gave me some hope that it wouldn't be too bad so off i went intending to follow the WH route and not get creative as it looked quite a slog.
Parking at the layby on the A82 opposite the entrance to Kirkton Farm i set off over the River Fillan and up past the farm and the ruin of St. Fillan's Priory then taking the footbridge over the railway and onto the hillside.

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River Fillan

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Ruins of St. Fillan's Priory

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Footbridge over the West Highland Line

The steep climb up from Kirkton Farm was relentless and still fairly wet underfoot but straightforward enough despite the awkward stiles over a couple of fences, one of which had insulation on it suggesting it could be electrified but that was easily avoided. The higher i climbed the terrain improved as wet grass gave way to dry dirt and stone. Eventually the slopes of the south top came into view, not too welcome a sight as i'd read this mountain has two tops !

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Yet another fence !

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Ascending the south top

From the summit of the south top the views were extensive with Ben More and Stob Binnein a particular highlight. Following the WH route i wandered west and soon picked up the path heading north along a rocky ridge followed by a descent to a col between the two tops and the final approach to the true summit of the hill.

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The ridge between the two tops

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Approaching the summit of the north top

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Ben Challum summit cairn with the Tyndrum hills in the distance

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Ben More and Stob Binnein from Ben Challum

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Looking back to the south top

Ben Challum was indeed a slog but the views on the day i climbed it made the effort worthwhile, that said i don't see me rushing out to climb it again especially after a rainy spell !