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Fhionnlaidh's Fudgey Fingers
by Jaxter » Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:06 am
Route description: Beinn Fhionnlaidh
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Fhionnlaidh, Sgor na h-Ulaidh
Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Maol Chaluim
Date walked: 19/05/2018
Time taken: 10.45 hours
Distance: 23.59 km
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We found a parking spot just before Invercharnan, booted up and headed off down the track towards Beinn Fhionnlaidh.
It was still a wee bit hazy but the views down Glen Etive to Ben Starav, Ben Cruachan in the distance and Beinn Trileachean were already impressive.
We reached the end of the track for real and it became a lot less firm underfoot. We dodged some boggier areas and made it across a couple of very dry burns.
Looking backwards to the Ben Starav hills
We met a Ptarmigan – Colin fannied around taking hunners of photos of it. I went in search of more water from a waterfall as I was already beginning to melt
As we climbed up Meall nan Gobhar the gradient increased but it meant we were gaining height quickly! I was being very careful to avoid a rib disaster but everything seemed to be feeling ok.
Another excuse to stop….
From Starav to Sgulaird
Ben Starav and Beinn Trilleachean with Loch Etive
Despite being steep it was an easy climb up to the top of Coire Reidh and once there we were able to see the final ascent to the top of Beinn Fhionnlaidh
As we gained more height we were able to see across to the fabulous Beinn a’ Bheithir; very different looking without snow!
Sgorr na h-Ulaidh and Bidean
A few scrambles later and we were on the summit of Beinn Fhionnlaidh – it was still a wee bit hazy but it was absolutely glorious Colin produced a couple of fudge fingers leading to a lot of inappropriate jokes
Of course I climbed the trig point
The Bookles down to Ben Starav
Trilleachean round to Fraochaidh
The Bookles and the hills above the ski centre
Beinn a’ Bheithir
Colin doing his thing on the top of Beinn Fhionnlaidh
Beinn Sgulaird and Loch Creran
The Ben with Sgorr na h-Ulaidh
We chilled for a while and it started to clear slightly
But it was quite windy so once we started getting cold we decided it was time to get moving. There were a few awkward bits to get down (although I made it harder by missing the easy options ) And past the bealach the views back up Glen Etive were even better
Ben Starav, Cruachan and Trilleachean
Looking back to Fhionnlaidh
We followed the fenceposts downwards; initially it was a sensible gradient and there was evidence of footfall (we weren’t sure if it was human or animal ) We were able to avoid the crags and still enjoyed stunning views North
Colin and Jura trying to get a better photo than me
Soon the gradient got too steep and the crags were blocking the route so we headed down a bit further to the right where it was much easier, even for me in my very old boot with no grip Seems I need to fork out for some new footwear…
Short person problems
Back on easier ground we crossed over ground that looked like it ought to be boggy…but wasn’t… Yay for dry weather
Looking back we could see what we’d just come down
The Ben Starav ridge
We climbed higher towards the bealach Clach nam Meirleach and found a nice spot to pause for some food as we were both starving
From the bealach it was a steep climb but there were smatterings of path which led us steadily upwards to the summit of Sgorr na h-Ulaidh where Colin dug out some more fingers of fudge We were soon joined by a group of other folk who had come up over Stob an Fhuarain.
Looking over Stob an Fhuarain Bidean looked super impressive
Beinn Fhionnlaidh and Loch Creran
Ben Starav and friends
Beinn Maol Challuim, Stob Coire Sgreamhach and the Bookles
Buachaille Etive Mor
Scoping out our onwards route – Beinn Maol Challuim’s impassable crags
The Aonach Eagach and the Mamores
A wee bit of posing….
Loch Creran and Mull
Meall Lighiche and Beinn a’ Bheithir – this was giving me ideas for a future walk
After enjoying the views for a bit longer we started heading down the ridge – figured we may as well have a look at the ascent to BMC – we could always drop down from the bealach and the ridge looked like too much fun to miss
Looking back up to Sgorr na h-Ulaidh – it had been a steep descent to the bealach!
Beinn Maol Challuim, Bookles and Clach Leathad from Stob an Fhuarain
Bookles, Clach Leathad and Stob Dubh
Stob Dubh with Meall nan Eun and Stob Coire an Albannaich behind
The Ben with the AE below
Meall Lighiche, Fraochaidh and Beinn a’ Bheithir
Looking back from Stob an Fhuarain to Sgorr na h-Ulaidh
View to Loch Etive
We continued down the ridge – it was a joy to walk along and the views were still awesome
As we got closer Bidean was becoming huge
Looking down Fhionn Ghleann
Colin waiting for me to have yet another pee
Looking back to the impressive Sgorr na h-Ulaidh
The final descent down to bealach Fhionnghaill was steep but we managed to dodge the crags without incident. We had thought to climb up steep ground to the right of the crags but once at the bealach Colin suggested that the left hand side actually looked easier. I realised he had a point (although there were sections which we couldn’t see… )
Fortunately we managed to make it to the top without incident and the views were just stunning
Loch Etive, our two conquests from today and Beinn a’ Bheithir
Colin couldn’t decide which was the better backdrop so did both
Looking down the ridge towards Ben Starav
It felt so awesome to be out on the hills after 5pm and not being worried about daylight! Summer evenings are awesome
Beinn a’ Bheithir
Beinn Fhionnlaidh, Sgorr na h-Ulaidh and Stob an Fhuarain
Colin and Jura on Beinn Maol Challuim
Stunning Loch Etive
It was still quite windy and it had been a long day so after enjoying the views a little longer we started to head down the long ridge. The views down Loch Etive improved as we dropped lower
Our day’s peaks again
We found a sheltered spot for another wee snack – Colin handing out his final Fudge fingers….
Bookles and Glen Etive
Loch Etive again
Looking back up
And a last view down Loch Etive
We dropped much more steeply; negotiating boulders, then tussocks, the boulders and tussocks….
Looking back up to the bealach
From here it was an easy walk along a forest track back to the car. No bogs were fallen into…..
by tall-story » Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:16 pm
by Jaxter » Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:12 am
tall-story wrote:Fantastic Jackie, you covered the days events perfectly It's always a pleasure to walk with you and I look forward to our next on or off piste ramble in the hills
Cheers Colin, until next time
by Graeme D » Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:03 pm
by Alteknacker » Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:29 pm
Interesting that you chose to go for BMC. When I was planning a walk in this area (a couple of years ago), I looked on the map at this, and was surprised that more folk hadn't reported on it - it seemed (confirmed once I'd been up it) to have plenty of character - although, unless you head for Bidean, there's a heck of a drop between it and the hills you did!!!
I guess your ascent of BMC was to the right, rather than to the left???? I did the more or less the same route as you, but anticlockwise, and I remember the most dramatic high vertical cliffs to the left of the bealach between BMC and Stob an Fhurain. And I recall thinking: I'd hate to be trying to get down to the bealach from BMC in clag! There looked to be a long drop if you got it a bit wrong . I wrote something on this in my WHR with a view to warning folk who followed a similar route.
by rockhopper » Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:37 am
Jaxter wrote:Short person problems
compared to some, I know the problem well - cheers
by Jaxter » Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:24 am
Graeme D wrote:Dinnae mention ANY of these hills to me! They're all EVIL!
Tough wee buggers arent they!
Alteknacker wrote:I guess your ascent of BMC was to the right, rather than to the left???? I did the more or less the same route as you, but anticlockwise, and I remember the most dramatic high vertical cliffs to the left of the bealach between BMC and Stob an Fhurain. And I recall thinking: I'd hate to be trying to get down to the bealach from BMC in clag! There looked to be a long drop if you got it a bit wrong . I wrote something on this in my WHR with a view to warning folk who followed a similar route.
Looking at BMC from the bealach we traversed left along a wee bit then headed up kind of diagonally through the crags to the ridge then turned right towards the summit. It was fine in ascent but wouldnt have fancied coming down that way!
rockhopper wrote:Nice loop - quite a few variations possible in the hills around here but good to bring in the Corbett - cheersJaxter wrote:Short person problems
compared to some, I know the problem well - cheers
Love a good corbett!!