Ben More & Stob Binnein - winter
by davgil » Wed Jan 26, 2011 11:41 pm
Route description: Ben More and Stob Binnein
Munros included on this walk: Ben More, Stob Binnein
Date walked: 26/01/2011
Time taken: 6 hoursRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
The weather was supposed to be reasonable so I was hoping for lots of good photo ops...typical though...beautiful at first then nearing Ben More's summit the cloud came down and there was a horrendous, bitterly cold wind.
The cloud remained most of the time and the wind wasn't much kinder.
A couple of people were coming up about half an hour behind me but I wouldn't bump into them until my descent of Stob Binnein...nobody was stopping for very long as it remained bitterly cold near the summits.
Pleasantly surprised that there were no difficult bits on either hill although crampons were a necessity due to the hard snow and ice.
2 hours got me to Ben More's summit and that was the hardest part of the day as the ascent of Stob Binnein was relatively easy after fighting the wind previously. After chatting to Darren for a bit I reached the second summit to see 2 more people coming up from the opposite side.
Had a good chat with them, took their photo, then headed down into the valley.
6 hours total although I do faf about a lot taking photos, even in this weather..always optimistic
Jogged a fair bit of the 3 km along the track to the car.
Ben More ahead.
Looking back - River Fillan into Loch Dochart.
Ben More Summit. Extremely windy. Extremely cold
Looking back at Ben More from Stob Binnein.
A few pics on the summit of Stob Binnein.
The 2 gents who came up from the other side...at last...a bit of colour
Back down in the valley.
...and a wee waterfall to finish
Poor visibilty but great day all the same!
by darren712001 » Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:05 pm
Great report and pics, basically the same for me. Great meeting you up there, at least I know i'm not the only person going into those conditions on my own. I also completed in 6 hours but lost the track on my descent. Made my own path and headed for the farm track and eventually met up with the path again running down parrallel to the stream. Was in the car for 1:25pm and at home for 2:40pm, plenty of time for picking up the little one. Took a couple of snaps of you in the distace on your ascent of Stob Binnein, not very clear but your the litle black dot on the snow. Let me know if you want the originals.
by sloosh » Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:26 pm
Two paragliders had to be airlifted off Ben More on Saturday.
Police said none of the men had ice axes or crampons and were dressed in jeans, trainers and light jackets.
by rockhopper » Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:58 pm
With regard to sloosh's note, it must be something about this hill. When we climbed Ben More [a long time ago] we also passed two other walkers who were very unprepared for the conditions - no axes,crampons etc.....and that was only a few weeks after a fatal crash of a montain rescue helicopter trying to rescue an injured climber.
by Merry-walker » Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:09 pm
by darren712001 » Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:35 pm
sloosh wrote:Thought you guys would find this interesting.
Two paragliders had to be airlifted off Ben More on Saturday.Police said none of the men had ice axes or crampons and were dressed in jeans, trainers and light jackets.
People are crazy going up hills in this weather without the proper equipment, I had a slip coming off of Ben More and can only say thanks to my crampons and ice axe as it could have turned out nasty.
That sounded realy cold up top but well done on getting out. Meeting Darrren was bonus.
by davgil » Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:42 pm
I noticed when I came down myself that you had probably missed the track as it was well to the left of where you headed.
Don't think it would matter much as you can probably descend quite safely anywhere there.
Sloosh & rockhopper - you'd think people would be aware of the dangers by now but we all still seem to meet and hear of people who are inappropriately dressed in the hills
Thanks Merry-walker & monty