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Ben More and Stob Binnein

Ben More and Stob Binnein


Postby rockhopper » Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:06 am

Munros included on this walk: Ben More, Stob Binnein

Date walked: 15/03/1987

Distance: 12 km

Ascent: 1335m

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Again, some very old pics here (Pentax MX with 35mm film)............report is more for my own record keeping information.

Left Glasgow early and followed the standard route from Benmore Farm. I can remember being awed by the starting view of the hill and also very much saddened as it was only a few weeks before that day at the start of February when there was a fatal crash of a mountain rescue wessex helicopter on Ben More when it was trying to rescue an injured climber. A very stark reminder of the dangers on the hills and the people who risk their lives to rescue others. We were all the more conscious of the potential risks as a result.

Ben More ascent.JPG


On the way up Ben More we passed two other walkers - the very annoying thing was that they didn't seem prepared for the conditions - no ice axe, crampons or anything !

Stob Binnein.JPG


The walk went fine, great weather conditions. On the final descent from Stob Binnein, we took it easy and slid down part of the way - a salutory reminder then followed in how to arrest one's descent and stop sliding with an ice axe !

Some further pics...

View from summit.JPG


My trusty old scarpas.......JPG


Interesting snow formation on top.JPG


From Stob Binnein...I think but not sure.JPG


From Stob Binnein....I think.JPG


View south to Loch Lomond.JPG
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Re: Ben More and Stob Binnein

Postby mountain coward » Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:57 am

The 'From Stob Binnein I think' is - it's looking down the route to the top of Stob Coire an Lochain (see my report for further pics and the stupendous views from that point):

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7682

Great that you got a pic of that superb gully formation round the summit trig of Ben More! :D

I can't imagine anyone tackling things of this steepness in that weather without ice axe and crampons! :o
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Re: Ben More and Stob Binnein

Postby rockhopper » Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:07 pm

Thanks mc - looked at the map and your report re Stob Coire an Lochan and see what you mean - cheers :D
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Re: Ben More and Stob Binnein

Postby jwramsay » Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:03 pm

Ben More & Stob Binnein:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eenEAu5ZEUg[/youtube]
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Re: Ben More and Stob Binnein

Postby rockhopper » Tue Nov 02, 2010 10:09 pm

nice video, jwramsay - ahh the wonders of modern technology - don't know if camcorders had been invented when we were up Ben More and if they had I suspect we'd have needed a large suitcase or two to carry them Image Image
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Re: Ben More and Stob Binnein

Postby davetherave » Sat Nov 20, 2010 6:17 pm

Some nice pics again Rockhopper. 23 years ago seems like along time !

Whats made you get back into the more serious walking then.?

Looks like salewa crampons you have on, look very similar to the ones that i use today. :)

rockhopper wrote:I can remember being awed by the starting view of the hill and also very much saddened as it was only a few weeks before that day at the start of February when there was a fatal crash of a mountain rescue wessex helicopter on Ben More when it was trying to rescue an injured climber. A very stark reminder of the dangers on the hills and the people who risk their lives to rescue others. We were all the more conscious of the potential risks as a result.


Never new of the above incident. Very sad indeed.
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Re: Ben More and Stob Binnein

Postby rockhopper » Sat Nov 20, 2010 8:57 pm

Thanks dave. It is a long time. I started in my early 20's in the 1980's but then stopped when I got married at the end of that decade, then kids, houses, jobs etc all meant it was on the back burner. I have walked up the odd munro in the last few years when up on holiday in Coylumbridge but not many. Then I went for a longish hill walk when in Glacier Park in Montana in summer and realised that I could still walk 10 - 15 miles and ascend more than 4000 - 5000 feet so just got staretd again when we came back.

You're correct on the crampons - I think they're salewa classic 12 point and I still use them and my salewa 75 cm ice axe 8)

You mentioned the accident - I've now had a look in google and found 1st February, 1987 was an almost spring-like day and no-one would have anticipated the dark cloud that would fall on the team by nightfall.......
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At the time of the accident, a Leuchars team had been at Dalmally for the weekend.....
I guess it's one of these things that you don't forget.
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