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Glen Etive - Ben Starav & Glas Beinn Mhor

Glen Etive - Ben Starav & Glas Beinn Mhor


Postby jwramsay » Tue Nov 09, 2010 10:56 pm

Munros included on this walk: Ben Starav, Glas Bheinn Mhor

Date walked: 12/06/2010

Time taken: 10 hours

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On Friday 11th June 2010 I headed to Glen Etive to wild camp for the night with the intention of getting an early start for my 2 targets, the munros of Ben Starav and Glas Bheinn Mhor.

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Ben Starav - tomorrows first target!





I took a walk up the corbett Beinn Trilleachan to suss the area out. A few beers with some fellow campers and off to bed around midnight (that was when it got darkish!). An early rise at 5am and after getting the tent into the car and a bite to eat, I started on Ben Starav at 7am - first on the hill!

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Daybreak on Loch Etive (5am) - Ben Cruachan


After getting my feet wet crossing the River Etive, I crossed the main burn down from the mountains, via a bridge this time!
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Glas Bheinn Mhor from the bridge over the burn


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View back to Glencoe from Ben Starav


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Loch Etive and the Trilleachan Slabs


From here it gets a wee bit exposed and in the words of a fellow climber who I encountered near the top "Fall down there and it's good night Vienna".

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Top of Ben Starav beckons




I reached the top at 10.30am, 3.5 hours. Not bad for me. Was passed by some real fit and eager dudes who planned on bagging all 5 munros, one of them did Starav in 2 hours!

This is the ridge all the way to Glas Bheinn Mhor:
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Ridge Walking!


And if you feel adventurous, swing right here for Beinn nan Aighenan:

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Stick left for Glas Bheinn Mhor, right for Beinn nan Aighenan


Dressed in my camouflague I got close up and personal with a pair of Ptarmigan:
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Startled ptarmigan


And then whilst having a wee bite to eat this Red Deer wandered by:
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Red Deer






Along the rather easy ridge to the bealach, where I could have added Beinn nan Aighenan (3150 feet) to make it 3. I decided against this as the sole was coming away from my (now binned) walking shoe, so decided just to bag Glas Bheinn Mhor which is really on the route back to the car.

And here I am ontop of the 2nd munro with Ben Starav and it's ridges directly behind

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Jim atop Glas Bheinn Mhor


Another look back to Ben Starav:
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Ben Starav from Glas Bheinn Mhor


Almost down:
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Glas Beinn Mhor (left), Ben Starav (right)


I got back to the car at 5pm, so was really glad that I didn't add Beinn nan Aighenan or it'd have been 8 or 9pm.



Managed to be home in front of TV with a fish supper and a beer to watch the England v USA World Cup game at 7.30pm (thats why it takes me 3.5 hours and a fit young man 2 hours to do a munro!).




[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VWmytPdBiI[/youtube]
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Re: Glen Etive - Ben Starav & Glas Beinn Mhor

Postby Glenrothes » Tue Nov 09, 2010 11:22 pm

Jim, the only reason you took so long on your walk was to give us a superb trip report, photos and video diary of your day - stunning, especially of the Osprey fishing on the loch - Many thanks :clap:
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Re: Glen Etive - Ben Starav & Glas Beinn Mhor

Postby jwramsay » Tue Nov 09, 2010 11:34 pm

Thanks for your kind words. The osprey was at Loch Earn. I'd just missed one heading to the nest with a big fat trout in its talons too!

This was of course on the previous day.

I'm a slow git, part of the reason why I used to like to go on my own. I'm also into photography and video, which is as important to me as doing the mountains.

Glad you enjoyed it, more to come while I get all of my previous walks/photos/videos uploaded to this site.
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Re: Glen Etive - Ben Starav & Glas Beinn Mhor

Postby rockhopper » Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:05 am

Some nice photos there Jim - good job

jwramsay wrote:Was passed by some real fit and eager dudes who planned on bagging all 5 munros, one of them did Starav in 2 hours!

- can't have been monty as I think he was up there just last weekend :lol:

jwramsay wrote:I'm a slow git, part of the reason why I used to like to go on my own. I'm also into photography and video, which is as important to me as doing the mounta

- no need to make excuses; not much point in walking if we don't enjoy it 8)
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