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Beinn nan Aighenan - no road too long...

Beinn nan Aighenan - no road too long...

Postby Quincy » Mon May 28, 2018 9:27 am

Route description: Beinn nan Aighenan, Glen Etive

Munros included on this walk: Beinn nan Aighenan

Date walked: 06/05/2018

Time taken: 9 hours

Distance: 15.75 km

Ascent: 1320m

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01 Glen Etive.jpg
Looking down Glen Etive

After a last minute visit from Rum Truffle we tried to find some munros neither of us had done without a huge drive from my place. My pick for sunday was Beinn nan Aighenan since it would be nice to have company for a longer day out. After driving through Glencoe we turned off at the long and winding road down Glen Etive. The mist was still quite low giving Glencoe it's famous eerie presence. We finally arrived at our destination and managed to get a parking spot just along from the full to bursting main carpark for the Starav hills.

From the start we could see as far as the ridge we needed to cross and Ben Starav looking rather imposing still with a fair amount of snow on top. We headed down a wide track and across the river. The track then narrowed to a footpath skirting around a cottage and eventually leading to a footbridge across the Allt Mheuran.

02 Footbridge.jpg

03 Footpath to Ridge.jpg

04 Starav ridge.jpg

From here the good path travels up beside the burn for most of the way to the ridge. We missed the higher track and ended up having to keep close in to the side skirting around some erosion and a bit of a drop to the gorge below. The higher path is definitely easier to see on the return journey.

05 Stream Crossings.jpg

07 Way back down.jpg

We headed up the glen as it wound its way up to the ridge getting steeper and steeper. We had almost caught up with the party in front of us until they turned at the ridge and headed to Glas Bheinn Mhor. Unfortunately for us we still had a bit further to go and had to loose 150m before our objective in the distance could be reached.

08 Ridge Top.jpg

09 Starav.jpg

It was a much less steep descent this time and pleasant views down the glens before another steep ascent back up to Beinn nan Aighenan where we had to pick a path through the rocks in places. No scrambling just a little hands on.

10 Beinn nan Aigean.jpg

11 Back to Starav.jpg

There was a figure in the distance halfway up the rocks. We gradually caught up with him not far from the top. We were a little concerned about him as he said he had been struggling and offered him some of our food but he said he was happy just to keep taking rests and was more concerned about getting a good snowy picture for the grandkids. He was happy to take his time and have a few more rests. 'Not as young as I used to be' he commented but seemed to be a pretty seasoned walker none the less. He said he could tell we were women as he had been able to hear us from the bottom of the hill. Right enough we probably hadn't stopped talking since the start apart from to catch a breathe. We continued our ascent and pretty soon reached the summit. There were amazing views all round particularly down to loch etive and back to Glencoe and the distinct valley between big and wee Buachaille.

13 Summit Girls.jpg

14 Loch Etive.jpg

15 Still Snow.jpg

We stopped for some photos and a quick bite to eat before the cold wind picked up and we decided to head back down and up and down again! It was a short climb back up to the ridge then a steep slow steady descent back down the glen where at least we had the magnificent views all the way. We met up with our new hill mate on the way back down as we were slowing ourselves on the return. As we reached the footbridge we crossed earlier in the day he and Sue went for a nice cooling foot dip in the river but by this time all I could think about was food so I headed back to the car. Just as well as I came back to a flat tyre so pumped it up and as Sue arrived back we headed gingerly out the Glen stopping to check it every so often. We were pretty relieved to reach home and rewarded ourselves with takeaway fish and chips to end an epic day out. Why is it they always taste so good after a big hill walk?

17 Deer Crossing.jpg
Deer crossing the river Etive

18 Foot Dip.jpg
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