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Perthshire "Catch Ups"

Perthshire "Catch Ups"


Postby martin.h » Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:30 pm

Route description: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Ghlas, Ben Lawers

Date walked: 25/07/2019

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 12 km

Ascent: 1006m

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We booked this long weekend as an "added extra" to our holidays this year, with me being made redundant at the end of June and Denise's rota working in our favour to give her 4 days on the trot, we thought a "catch up" trip would be ideal, well, why not, I've got a bit of time on my hands after all :D :lol:

We booked four nights in the Stirling Premier Inn, travelled up from West Yorkshire Wednesday t.time taking just 3.5 hrs which is pretty good going, got settled in and made ready for an early start Thursday morning.

I did Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers about 24 years ago with a couple of friends Allan and Doreen, Allan was an avid birdwatcher and really wanted to see a Ptarmigan, he was pretty chuffed that day because he spotted two :lol:
These two Munros were firsts for Denise and a chance for us both to remember Allan who died 3 years ago, he was one of the good guys in this world and every time we see a Ptarmigan now, we think of him :D

We set off from Stirling in good time to get a parking spot in the car park, when I did these two the visitor centre was still there, nowadays you can't tell there was a sizable building nearby at all.

We followed the Walkhighlands route because it served our purpose well and was a slight variation on the one I did with Allan and Doreen
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The forecast was for early low cloud clearing, giving way to sunny intervals, a brisk wind but mild, when we set off walking at 08:40 the clouds were covering the tops but it was mild :wink: :D

ImageDSC03571 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

ImageDSC03572 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

The path is excellent, there's no problem keeping with it all the way, the views were a bit hazy but we could see Ben Vorlich and bits of the Tarmachan Ridge, Loch Tay was looking a brighter and so were the mountains around us.

ImageDSC03573 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

ImageDSC03574 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

At around 900m we walked into the cloud, it was being blown about by the strong wind and every now and again we could see what was ahead of us.

ImageDSC03575 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

Eventually we reached a large cairn, I'd read somewhere that there are two marking the summit of Beinn Ghlas one big, one small, the smaller one of the two is further along the path and is the true summit, I took a photo of Denise at each one, just in case :D

ImageDSC03576 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

ImageDSC03578 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr


We were in the mist here unfortunately

ImageDSC03577 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

ImageDSC03579 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

The wind was blowing the cloud around so views were coming and going, we were hoping the forecast was going to be right by the time we reached the summit of Lawers, we still had a way to go so after a short food stop we carried on.

The path on this route is really good so navigation is not a problem even in the mist

ImageDSC03580 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

When we reached the bealach between the two mountains the return path was plain to see, we had a quick break then started up Ben Lawers.

It's a 200m climb from the bealach to the summit, the path is so good it just didn't feel like it, we arrived at the summit almost exactly two hours from the car park, a reasonable pace for a couple of oldies :lol: so much so we hadn't given the cloud a chance to lift :roll:

ImageDSC03581 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

ImageDSC03582 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

ImageDSC03583 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

ImageDSC03584 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

We waited for the wind to do its job, we kept getting the odd glimpse of Meall Corranaich,Meall a' Choire Leith,
Beinn Ghlas and Loch Tay but not for long :roll:

ImageDSC03586 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

ImageDSC03587 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

ImageDSC03588 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr


The wind was quite strong and, unlike the rest of the U.K, we were feeling rather cold the longer we stood around :-| we decided to get back down to the bealach to warm up a bit

Nearly at the bealach we met a couple of groups on their way up, they were asking if we'd had any views, not for us was the reply :roll: but you might :think: by now Beinn Ghlas was clear of cloud so they were going to be lucky :D

ImageDSC03589 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

ImageDSC03590 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

ImageDSC03591 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

By the time we'd travelled a couple of hundred meters along the decent path Ben Lawers was clear :roll: :lol:

ImageDSC03596 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

ImageDSC03592 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

By now the sun was shining, the afternoon was shaping up to be a good one, Meall Corranaich looked good from this side, really green against the blue sky, in fact, all around was fantastic green.

ImageDSC03594 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

ImageDSC03593 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

ImageDSC03597 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

ImageDSC03595 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

ImageDSC03602 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

ImageDSC03607 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

When we reached the point the path crosses the stream we sat down and had lunch, it was suprisingly quiet with only a few people around. It was nice and warm now, so we took our time.

The car park was full by the time we got back to it, quite a contrast from when we arrived. We could see Beinn Ghlas now.

ImageDSC03609 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr


So, two more munros taken off Denise's catch up list, four down, five to go :D :clap:
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