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Blown away by Bla Bheinn

Blown away by Bla Bheinn

Postby ScotiaTheOne » Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:04 am

Route description: Bla Bheinn (Blaven)

Munros included on this walk: Bla Bheinn

Date walked: 03/03/2017

Time taken: 4 hours

Ascent: 928m

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Thought I'd try my first trip report after being a long-term lurker on the site.

Just spent a week with the missus on Skye and we were fortunate enough to catch a break with the weather on our walks - always a bonus! This report will deal with Bla Bheinn, although I also had a very memorable walk in the Quiraing in the mist and snow, which gave it an eerie, otherworldly feel. But that's another report for another day!

The day I chose to do Bla Bheinn was an absolute scorcher - it might even have reached double digits - with barely a cloud to be seen which, on Skye, guarantees that it's not going to rain for at least 5 minutes. It was a real last minute decision to do the walk at all, and I'm ashamed to say it was past noon when the mountain came into view along the Broadford road :crazy:


After a gentle ascent through a well-defined path surrounded by heather, I began to feel an over-inflated sense of my level of fitness, which would be put right after the climbing began in earnest. I bumped into a guy coming down who had spent the night playing cards in a bothy (which is definitely being visited next time round). Although he'd taken a tumble on the scree, he was "still aright tae kick a baw" and we chatted about the route. After we parted ways I thought it was time for a cuppa.

Image Around 450m, looking roughly southeast towards the wee Loch Fionna-choire, with the west coast of mainland Scotland in the background.

The going got a little steeper above 500m where the snow started. Whenever I stopped to catch my breath I turned around and watched the landscape open up around me the higher I went. It was slightly frustrating at not having anyone to share the spectacular views with - I'd left the missus in Broadford - and had to settle for shaking my head disbelievingly and muttering obscenities.

Image Looking south over the water at Rum (top right) and Eigg & Muck (top centre)

After reaching the summit, the Cuillin appeared suddenly and I just had to laugh out loud at the majesty of the ridge. I'm so glad I went up when there was still snow, as it gave the whole day a mountainous, alpine feel, especially after scrambling through knee-high virgin snow to get there. The views made it feel like I was at 4000m in the Alps rather than 900m in Scotland.

Image Summit looking west at the Cuillin

The visibility was so good I could just about make out the back of my own head. I ended up staying at the summit for about 80 minutes until my camera ran out of battery and was forced to start the descent. I really, really didn't want to leave.

Image North-west over Sgurr nan Gillean and the rest of Skye.

Image Obligatory mugshot

Image Southeast looking over Loch Slapin at the village of Torrin

Image I can think of worse ways to spend a Friday afternoon

Absolutely cracking weather, visibility was ridiculously good the whole day. I'm so glad I went in the snow, really added an extra dimension to the trip. It's really opened my eyes to how big a task tackling the Cuillin will be - not your usual rolling slopes and gravelled path to the top! Can't wait.
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Re: Blown away by Bla Bheinn

Postby gaffr » Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:36 am

Many thanks for posting the fine images of the snowed-up Cuillin. :)
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Re: Blown away by Bla Bheinn

Postby litljortindan » Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:08 pm

Looks great. Don't see pics of the Skye munros with that much snow too often.
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Re: Blown away by Bla Bheinn

Postby Alteknacker » Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:16 am

VERY envious of you having done Bla Bheinn in that weather - the Cuillin Ridge looks even more sensational than usual!

"...and had to settle for shaking my head disbelievingly and muttering obscenities...." - a lot of us who do solo walks know that feeling so well - joyous disbelief!

Excellent first foray into print :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Blown away by Bla Bheinn

Postby rockhopper » Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:25 am

Nice first report and good to Skye in the snow :thumbup:

ScotiaTheOne wrote:I can think of worse ways to spend a Friday afternoon
Yup - not hard to do :wink: - cheers :)
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Re: Blown away by Bla Bheinn

Postby Mal Grey » Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:17 am

Superb! The views were rather good that day, weren't they! We were a little further up the NW coast.
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Re: Blown away by Bla Bheinn

Postby Cairngorm creeper » Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:00 pm

Oh that looked and sounded wonderful :) , what a brilliant day. :clap:
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