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Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas


Postby Jockstar » Wed Nov 10, 2010 12:37 am

Route description: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Ghlas, Ben Lawers

Date walked: 06/11/2010

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 10.5 km

Ascent: 968m

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With the forecast looking sunny and with very little wind it was a good opportunity to take in Ben Lawyers and Beinn Ghlas. With the clocks changing, it was an early start to make sure we had enough time to take in these two and a optimistic possibility of carrying on and Doing An Stuc.

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The lovely little bridge you drive over on the way to the car park


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Beinn Ghlas from the car park


The way up to the car park brings into view Bein Ghlas and with us being only the fourth car to park up raised my hopes of a relatively people free walk. That hope was quickly dashed when within the next ten minutes car after car arrived and also a couple of mini buses from Edinburgh University parked up and unloaded their eager passengers. I couldn’t blame them as conditions were great for climbing and I’m sure everyone was keen to get out on their walk. :D
So we set off through the gate and as instructed kept to the left path which would wind its way up Beinn Glas. We could see all the groups in front of us and after going through the second gate we began to catch up with the walkers in front.

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Mrs Jockstar heading for Beinn Ghlas


There was a great combination of experience and first timers (as in first Monro) whom we met along the way and would update each other on the path up as people took breathers. So it was a socially pleasant time and also meeting Louie the cocker spaniel who was having a ball. As we climbed, the cloud lying on top of Loch Tay became clear.

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The cloud covering Loch Tay



Also the higher we went Ice and frost was starting to appear. It was the first sign this year that we were going to have to be a bit careful where to put our feet especially as we got nearer to Beinn Ghlas. 8)


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brrrr...its starting to get a bit cold and frost is forming



However after a wee bit of scrambling we made it to the cairn and managed to get the photos before the next walkers appeared. :D

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Su at the top of Bein Ghlas



After only a short stop we headed on to the bealach and an easy stroll down before starting to climb up to Ben Lawyers. The weather however had started to change and before we knew it we were in the mist. I managed to get a photograph before it disappeared into the low cloud.

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Ben Lawers before disappearing into the low cloud


On the way up there was a wall of stone that was frozen and looking rather splendid with the ice particles glistening.

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Su in front of the frozen wall of stone


We continued on and steadily made our way up to the top; only having a bit of a scramble to go round some ice that had formed on the ‘path’. We reached the top and found ourselves with the decision to make about going on to An Stuc.

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Su at the trig point on Ben Lawers


I decided to go further along the path and see if the mist would clear once we started to go down towards An Stuc. However, it wasn’t shifting and made the decision that we would leave it for another day. So we headed back to Ben Lawyers to find the whole of Edinburgh University on the top (slight exaggeration!). :lol:

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Su showing her expertise in dancing on ice !


Also we came across this large piece of the mountain that was frozen ....

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The frozen boulder


We headed slowly back down the Bealach, and decided to take the path alongside the side of Bein Ghlas and heading for Meall nan Tarmachan. This was a pleasant walk and when the mist cleared as we descended we had a clear view across to Glen Lyon.

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Mr and Mrs Jockstar with Glen Lyon in the background


After having a quick look at the way up to Meall nan Tarmachan. We made a mental note of coming back another day to do a quick ascent. :)

So in conclusion it was a great days walking at a fairly easy pace and with the weather
being so good it gave us the satisfaction of knowing we had enjoyed a lovely November
day in Perthshire. :) :) :)
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Re: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Postby rockhopper » Wed Nov 10, 2010 12:50 am

Nice photo of the mist over Loch Tay. Tend to agree about the being careful bit - the hafway house of some ice/frost can actually be harder than full snow or no snow. First time I was up these two was in snow but by the time we got to the top of Ben Lawers it was fully shrouded in cloud. I'd aslo agree on your decision not to go ahead with An Stuc - having done it in good conditions I'm not sure I'd like to try it in icy/slippery conditions :D
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Re: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Postby Bod » Wed Nov 10, 2010 12:54 am

Nice report Jockstar, an interesting winter lies ahead!
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Re: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Postby Jockstar » Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:01 am

Totally agree with you and thats why we turned back. I am lucky that I have climbed An Stuc in the summer but i know that its a no - no in the winter but from the Lawyers side it could have been o.k.. However, sense prevailed and also would have run out of daylight, so we will revisit in the summer. :D
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Re: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Postby mountain coward » Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:44 am

An Stuc's fine from the Lawers side but it's a long, long walk back up Lawers again afterwards! I'm always really pleased to have lots of other people on the mountain when I'm up there - makes me feel more confident and less creepily alone! Probably 'cos I'm always in the clag - it does get a bit eerie spending all day in a mist sometimes...
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Re: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Postby suhowfar » Wed Nov 10, 2010 9:57 am

Great photos and report of a great day Jockstar :D The right decision was made by you to turn back, your judgement call was spot on.
There is always another day to visit An Stuc, as you say maybe a summer walk! :wink:
Really enjoying our walks and getting a lot of confidence and knowledge from your experience, hopefully this weekends walks will be a bit more peaceful without minibus loads of people :crazy: Mrs Jockstar (aka suhowfar)
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Re: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Postby monty » Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:31 am

Good report there Jockstar. The weather looked excellent for the first half giving you great photo opportunities. Isn't it just getting damn cold now :lol: Well done on Mrs jockstar walking Sat and Sun. :D Looks like snow is on its way Yehaaa.
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Re: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Postby Jockstar » Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:33 am

Where's the brockenspectre photo ???? :o
you can always add it on ..... :D
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Re: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Postby monty » Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:41 am

Brocken Spectre :shock:

Would I be correct in saying mrs Jockstar wrote this report and forgot the brocken spectre photo. Thats cheating :lol: :lol: :lol:

If you have one then post it because they are special. :D
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Re: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Postby suhowfar » Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:57 am

Hi monty, nope the report was all the work of Jockstar :D .

I have still to write my report on these walks (I’ m a bit slower than Jockstar as he is more used to it that me!). I will post my report tonight :? .

On one of the photos I took it shows a very feint Brocken Spectre between Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers, but it’s there never the less! :D :thumbup:
I was luck enough to spot it when it was clearly visible :D , by the time the camera came out of bag it was feint, I think I was just in awe of actually seeing one :o , that the camera went out of my mind :( ….real shame eh! :(

I think Jockstar is getting excited and wants me to get the report on :lol: ! Including the photo :wink:
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Re: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Postby monty » Wed Nov 10, 2010 11:26 am

I think Jockstar is getting excited and wants me to get the report on :lol:


I think if you take him to the vets they will give him some pills for that :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Postby Jockstar » Wed Nov 10, 2010 12:13 pm

monty wrote:
I think Jockstar is getting excited and wants me to get the report on :lol:


I think if you take him to the vets they will give him some pills for that :lol: :lol: :lol:


I think it's too late to make any difference ..... :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Postby monty » Wed Nov 10, 2010 12:22 pm

I can see a joint family completion is say 5 years time. :D
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Re: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Postby Jockstar » Wed Nov 10, 2010 12:57 pm

Thats rushing it a bit !! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Postby suhowfar » Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:26 pm

Just a bit!!!! Steady guys think I may have some in put on this :lol: :lol: :lol:
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