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Fhionnlaidh fae Etive, the better option

Fhionnlaidh fae Etive, the better option


Postby Fife Flyer » Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:41 pm

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Fhionnlaidh

Date walked: 27/08/2019

Time taken: 4.75 hours

Distance: 13 km

Ascent: 950m

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Another outing, 3rd time in just over a week, what could be better? George was unavailable but Parminder was free so I had to come up with a plan of where to go. It was my turn to drive so I had to find a "new" Munro for Parminder to visit, without bikes. I quite fancied the Ben Lui group but after the recent wet weather in August not only would the river crossing be challenging, the under foot conditions would also be not to our liking.
I opted for Beinn Fhionnlaidh in Argyll and after looking at a few reports I thought why go all way round to Elleric (an extra 45mins drive), like I did last time I was here, we could give the Glen Etive start a try. I plotted out a route as I wasn't aware there would be a path to the summit, a bit hit and miss over the stony terrain but apart from that it was excellent.
I informed Parminder of the plan and arranged to uplift him at 7am at our usual meeting spot. The drive through to Glen Etive was certainly far better than the return journey. One thing we did notice was the number of campers and campervans in Glen Etive, we just hope they leave the area as they found it.
I arrived at the Park and Ride early and the car in front happened to be Parminder so once his car was parked we were on our way. We broke the journey by having a pit stop in Tyndrum.

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The parking area

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The way ahead is through the gate in the distance

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Useful info on the gate, you see that every day

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The way ahead

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Ben Starav looking like a smoking volcano

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Rhododendron and plenty of them

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The way ahead

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Looking back, Parminder in his usual "teenage" position

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That is where we are going, summit on the left doesn't look too far

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The track changes into a path

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The track continues round to the right

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Bit of descending, there is a faint path

At the end of the forest, we turned left and headed down towards the burn. There is a path that goes straight ahead and that takes you in the direction of Sgor na h-Ulaidh.

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The path keeps you just to the right of the gully

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Looking back, after a wet spell this bit would be damp

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The old rickety bridge has been upgraded and some leftover wood was used to make a wonky looking bench

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The bridge saves you wading across the raging torrent which was barely a trickle for us

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The path now heads uphill beside the dried up burn

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Looking back, the edge of the forest is very obvious

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Looking back, our first glimpse of Loch Etive dominated by Starav

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Looking back, the forest looks quite a long way now

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The way uphill, the path doesn't look obvious but it is

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Looking back

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Etive hills looking rather bulky

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Parminder able to follow the path easily, summit on the left

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Looking back and down, we are now just short of the ridge between the eastern top and the summit of BF

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Not far now

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Looking SW to Beinn Sgulaird

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Looking across to Glencoe and Sgor na h-Ulaidh

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The final wee bit

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Looking back, we avoided the extra ascent to the eastern top and traversed across the scree

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Video on the summit of Beinn Fhionnlaidh, apologies for the wobbliness, I was walking over very uneven terrain around the trig

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Parminder taking a few photo's, one of these days we may actually see one

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Camera photo looking SW

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Western end of Glencoe with the Ben in the distance

After lunch and plenty of photo's it was time to head down, we would basically retrace our steps.

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Didn't notice the cliffs on the way up, was too busy overheating

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Shows the 2 'new' bridges

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Rhododendron appear to have seeded themselves

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Glencoe in the distance

This turned out to be a fantastic day out, the temperature was ideal a bit of a breeze higher up and importantly there were no little insects wanting to annoy or eat us. I was surprised that the underfoot conditions were fairly dry, I even removed my gaiters once we were over the bridges. Thanks again to Parminder for his company and for the bacon roll and coffee.
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Re: Fhionnlaidh fae Etive, the better option

Postby parminder » Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:03 pm

FF..A braw day out...A braw report..Thanks for planning and driving.. :roll: :clap:
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Re: Fhionnlaidh fae Etive, the better option

Postby Colin1951 » Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:22 pm

Great photo essay, that’s the way I did Fionnlaidh. I remember being strangely unsatisfied by the walk in although the views are good when you get up there.
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