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Magnificent Mamores 4.

Magnificent Mamores 4.


Postby mamoset » Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:40 am

Route description: Binnein Mor and Na Gruagaichean, Mamores

Munros included on this walk: Binnein Beag, Binnein Mor, Na Gruagaichean, Sgurr Eilde Mor

Date walked: 28/10/2018

Time taken: 10.5 hours

Distance: 22 km

Ascent: 2020m

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Having finally got a good weather forecast we could both take advantage of, we hit the road at 3 o'clock and headed for Kinlochleven to walk 4 of the Mamore range.

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Booted and suited, we left the car at 8.30 and took the muddy trail through the trees and followed the path over Am Cumhann, to take the path around Sgurr Eilde Beag.
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The Pap of Glencoe over Kinlochleven.
It's easy going up to the lochan between the Eilde's, and when we got there, a fantastic sight greeted us.
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Sgurr Eilde Mor.
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Sgurr Eilde Beag & Binnein Mor.
After a quick snack stop, we headed up Sgurr Eilde Mor. After just over 3 hours, we were at the summit.
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Treig Munro's from the Ascent.
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Stob Choire Claurigh & Stob Ban.
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The Ben & CMD.
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Sgurr Eilde Mor summit.
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Binnein Mor & Beag.
We left the summit and headed down the icy scree run, making for the "shelf" path for Binnein Beag.
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Down to the Lochan.
The well defined path made this a lot easier than it might have been, and we were soon at the lochan between the Binneins.
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Binnein Beag reflections.
With the icy scree, Binnein Beag took us a bit longer than anticipated, more being careful on the descent.
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Sgurr Eilde Mor & Beag.
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Ring of Steall Munro's.
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Binnein Beag summit.
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Grey Corries.
Looking at Binnein Mor, it appeared quite daunting, with no obvious route up, but we watched a solo walker head up the right hand side of Achlais a' Bhinnein Mhoir so decided that was our way too. However, once at the lochans, we decided the left hand, up the scree and grass looked better, so donned our Pogu spikes ( crampons in the car :shock: ) and set off.
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Route up Binnein Mor.
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Aonach Beag from the lochans.
This route turned out to be quite treacherous and we were more than happy to have the spikes on. We emerged on to the ridge, @ 60m from the summit, so that was a bonus :clap:
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Nevis range from Binnein Mor ridge.
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Looking down our ascent route.
The effort was worth it though, as the vista that greeted us was truly amazing. Clear views all around and we spent ages trying to identify all the mountains around us, even making out Cairn Toul which, as the crow flies, is about 80km away :D
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The top of the Mamores.
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Binnein Mor summit.
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Next stop, Na Gruagaichean.
The sun was rapidly falling, so we, unfortunately, had to leave and head for the final Munro of Na Gruagaichean. We had planned to do both summits, but light was definitely against us.
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Na Gruagaichean summit.
After leaving the summit, we headed quickly down Leachd na h-Aire, before heading down to the road we could make out. By the time we got to the road, it was pitch black, the only saving grace was the beautiful night sky, with the Milky Way really prominent. Followed the Mamore Lodge road down to the B863, using the torches on our phones for help :lol: Eventually got back to the car after a truly wonderful day out. ( 5 hr drive home is a pain though :shock: :thumbdown: )
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Re: Magnificent Mamores 4.

Postby dav2930 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:21 pm

Hi mamoset. Big walk that, especially with a dusting of snow - nice one. Perfect weather and cracking photos :clap:
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Re: Magnificent Mamores 4.

Postby rockhopper » Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:07 pm

Superb :thumbup: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Great set of hills in most conditions but even better on a day like this
Well worth the effort to get there and back - cheers :)
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Re: Magnificent Mamores 4.

Postby Alteknacker » Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:22 am

WHAT a day to have for these wonderful hills. That white dusting is just the ultimate.

Not a bit jealous...
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Re: Magnificent Mamores 4.

Postby mamoset » Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:24 am

dav2930 wrote:Hi mamoset. Big walk that, especially with a dusting of snow - nice one. Perfect weather and cracking photos :clap:

Thanks dav, was a grand day. 8) 8)
rockhopper wrote:Superb :thumbup: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Great set of hills in most conditions but even better on a day like this
Well worth the effort to get there and back - cheers :)

Cheers rh, days like this certainly do make the effort worth it, it's the recovery that gets you later :lol: :lol: :lol:
Alteknacker wrote:WHAT a day to have for these wonderful hills. That white dusting is just the ultimate.

Not a bit jealous...

I'm sure you will be back on your mighty treks before long Alte :thumbup: :D
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Re: Magnificent Mamores 4.

Postby hughdivers1975 » Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:51 pm

Superb a belter of a day we done this in summer the views are epic, although the decent from Leachd na h-Aire near had us greeting after a long hot day.
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Re: Magnificent Mamores 4.

Postby ScotFinn65 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:35 pm

Absolutely fantastic pictures. Wonderful day, by the sounds of it.

Thanks for sharing 😁
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Re: Magnificent Mamores 4.

Postby mamoset » Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:10 pm

ScotFinn65 wrote:Absolutely fantastic pictures. Wonderful day, by the sounds of it.

Thanks for sharing 😁


Thanks Scot, was a great day alright!!! 8)
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