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Beautiful Blà Bheinn
by AnnieMacD » Sun Apr 26, 2015 11:23 pm
Route description: Bla Bheinn (Blaven)
Munros included on this walk: Bla Bheinn
Date walked: 18/04/2015
Time taken: 9.6 hours
Distance: 11.6 km
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I'm so behind with my walk reports due to work pressures but I'm going straight to the last one as it was such a spectacular day. I had intended to do a Graham or two but on Friday night it was clear that a spectacular week-end weather-wise lay ahead so I changed plans and decided on Blà Bheinn again.
I left Applecross early but stopped countless times to take photos before getting to Torrin at about 8:30am.
The Cuillin from the top of the Bealach road at sunrise.
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
The Hebridean Princess leaving Kyle.
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18-2 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Spring has arrived in Broadford.
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18-3 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Blà Bheinn reflected in Loch Cill Chriosd.
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18-4 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18-5 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
The walk up Coire Uaigneich was hot but made easier by the improvements to the path by the John Muir Trust. Just before turning off left up to the north top, I topped up with water - it was more like August than mid-April.
The clarity of the air was amazing.
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18-6 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Once out of the corrie, height is gained pretty quickly. At this point it entered my head that maybe, just maybe, if I had enough energy on the way back I would go up An Stac as well.
Looking back down with Loch Fionna-choire and An Stac across the corrie.
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18-7 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
This hill is described as the easiest of all the Cuillin to ascend, and no doubt it is, but it's not the easiest of mountains if you are not familiar with the west coast hills. Further up, the rock is gabbro which is sharp and can cut your hands easily. However, the good news is that, when dry, it's very grippy and great for walking on.
It took me about 3.5 hours to reach the summit. One thing to know about this hill is that after leaving the corrie, there are multiple paths and sections of path that seem to run out - some involving some scrambling and ascending a rocky chute (which I somehow avoided on the way down). However, not to worry as they all end up on the summit. But today was a day for adventuring and taking photos and no rushing.
One of the chutes on the left.
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18-8 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Back to Torrin and Beinn na Cro, Beinn Dearg Mhor and Beinn na Caillich.
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18-9 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Back down to An Stac and Loch Slapin.
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18-10 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
The route up to the south summit. There are two tiny figures on the bealach. Rum in the distance.
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18-11 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Two shot pano of Clach Glas.
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18-14 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
There are lots of little detours to get better views of the surrounding hills.
Here is Ruadh Stac and Marsco beyond.
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18-16 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
And then it happens - you hit the summit and all of the Black Cuillin ridge opens up in front of you. Wow, just wow!
North part of the ridge. Because of the light you can see the sweep round from Sgurr nan Gillean to Sgurr na h-Uamha which is the final top of the Cuillin ridge. This U shape engulfs Lota Coire and Harta Coire.
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18-17 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Wider view with Glen Sligichan and Loch an Athain. Ruadh Stac is on the right.
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18-18 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
The Red Cuillin. Front to back - Garbh-bheinn, Ruadh Stac, Druim Eadar Dà Coire, Marsco, Beinn Dearg Mheadhonach, Beinn Deareg Mhor and Glamaig.
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18-19 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Fortunately I decided to go up the 'tourist' path and I'm glad I did as the chimney from the bealach between the two tops turned out to be choked up with snow - although some people scrambled over the rocks.
The south summit.
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18-21 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Panorama of the Black Cuillin. (Best viewed in Flickr)
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18-22 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Summit cairn (there's a trig point as well) with the ever-present raven taking in the view.
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18-23 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
There was hardly a soul around - I think all day I saw about a dozen people. A few of us had lunch together (Hi guys!) and people wandered off as they felt like it but we all agreed that this was the best day possible to be up this iconic mountain.
After about two hours on the top it was time to descend - it's steep and a bit of scree here and there but no problems as long as one is careful.
Photographer stopped on the descent. Beinn na Cro and Beinn Dearg Mhor form the background.
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18-24 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Clach Glas - looking down on to the Putting Green.
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18-25 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Clach Glas - there were two tiny figures on top.
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18-28 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18-29 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
When I got back to the bealach I decided it was definitely too early to go home and I was still feeling good, so up An Stac I went. This is a small hill across the corrie and I stopped for a while watching the frogs defending their spawn from newts in Loch Fionna-choire. Then straight up the grassy slope to the top. What amazing views of big brother Blà Bheinn! As I was descending I saw two people who looked like small ants wending their way up BB for an overnight camp. I was quite jealous.
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18-31 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Beautiful Blà Bheinn from the summit of An Stac.
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18-32 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
The route up, zoomed in. To get a sense of scale there are two people just left of centre and about one-seventh of the way up.
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18-33 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
What a day for my first Munro this year even if I don't get a blue balloon.
A heron, fishing on Loch Cill Chriosd on the way home.
Blà Bheinn 2015.04.18-34 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
by BlackPanther » Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:20 am
We were doing a Corbett from Kinlochleven that day and it was an absolute scorchio Mid-summer rather than mid-April... Today, I'm looking through my window and the slopes of Beauly hills are white. Weather has gone bananas!
by Mal Grey » Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:31 am
Its one of the best mountains.
by johnkaysleftleg » Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:34 am
by Beaner001 » Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:57 am
by NevJB » Mon Apr 27, 2015 11:58 am
by MilanBohac » Mon Apr 27, 2015 12:11 pm
by simon-b » Mon Apr 27, 2015 1:52 pm
An excellent report.
by Silverhill » Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:42 pm
I love the heron shot, marvelously captured
by malky_c » Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:08 pm
A spectacular day
by rockhopper » Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:47 pm
by Emmanuelle » Wed Apr 29, 2015 11:21 am
by kevsbald » Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:13 pm
by gman » Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:40 pm
by riverlodge » Wed Apr 29, 2015 9:53 pm
definitely one of my favourite hills, but now some time ago and this makes me want to return!