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Eastern Mamores - Perseverance Pays Off
by Stretch » Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:48 pm
Route description: Sgurr Eilde Mor and Binnein Beag, Mamores
Munros included on this walk: Binnein Beag, Binnein Mor, Na Gruagaichean, Sgurr Eilde Mor
Date walked: 29/08/2010
Time taken: 23 hours
Distance: 20 km
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After packing up I headed down the path and over to the small lochan below Binnein Beag. Here I dropped my pack and ran up the slopes, easy stuff. Great views of the Grey Corries from here. Even got a nice view of Ben Nevis, the view I didn't get a few weeks before. But the view toward Binnein Mor, my next target, sort of worried me. I was by myself, carrying a fairly heavy pack, and I just didn't like the look of the few routes up from the north and northeast face of the hill. It looked like a lot of work for someone going on 2 hours of tough sleep. I nearly decided to just do the two hills and head back. I stared at my choices as I came down Binnein Beag, and when I got back to my pack I remembered I had the WH print out for Binnein Mor. After reading about the path up via Sgor Eilde Beag my spirits lifted and I made my way back to where the path for the ascent starts. It may seem like some unnecessary backtracking and ascent, but it was really easy going. The path up Sgor Eilde Beag gently zig-zagged up and in no time I was on the ridge - from there it's 5 mins to the minor top. From here I dropped the rucksack and practically ran over to the summit of Binnein Mor. What a viewpoint from here - the Grey Corries, Binnein Beag, Sgurr Eilde Mor, Nevis, the Aonachs, the Mamores - amazing. After soaking in the sun and views I collected my pack and made the easy stroll over to Na Gruagaichean. Excellent panorama of the Mamores from here and the scenery really made me want to do the Ring of Steall fairly soon.
Having had a brilliant day that almost didn't happen I decided to head back to the Mamore Lodge - saving some of the other hills for another day seemed like a good idea at that point. I have to say that the worst part of the whole walk was the descent off Na Gruagaichean. I followed the WH suggestion to descend via the Leachd instead of coming off between the minor top of the munro and Stob Coire a'Chairn. There was a path for a ways, and then it vanished. Soon I was just grinding it out down the rough slopes back to the track. Maybe it was my poor direction, who knows, but it took forever and I actually came to a fence that I had to climb over before going down more rough bits until I reached the main track back to the lodge. Shew!
Overall I really enjoyed my overnight trip, it was my first proper wildcamp and I was able to test out all of my new gear. The Laser Comp held up brilliantly, hard to believe though as it doesn't look like it can handle that kind of wind. The Alpkit sleeping bag was cozy, long enough for a giant like myself, and very warm. My new OMM Villain rucksack carried all my gear easily, and I'm pretty sure I took too much stuff. I really like the exterior compression strap device on the pack - great for holding my tripod and jacket. Can't wait to head out for another high camp, next time with maybe a bit less weight though. The Mamores are fabulous and I'm really glad I toughed it out and kept with my plans.
- mountain coward
by Alastair S » Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:20 am
by malky_c » Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:45 am
by Astronick » Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:00 am
P.S. Was that the first time with a Laser Comp? I've only had mine out once so far but really enjoyed the experience. I have supplemented the toothpick pegs TN supply with some v pegs from Alpkit and also got a couple of stakes for other ground conditions.
by magicdin » Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:07 am
The Mamores are wonderful hills
by Alastair S » Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:14 am
Astronick wrote:I can't quite believe the route I took, which can be seen in the photo titled "Binnein Mor from Binnein Beag.jpg" - basically a full frontal assualt!
I didn't think the [almost] frontal assault was too bad - certainly a lot shorter, if steeper, than Stretch's route - but probably not one if you have a full pack like Stretch. Here's the route we look the other week:
by Stretch » Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:15 am
Knowing what I know now, if the wind is blowing fairly strong from the north and I was looking to wildcamp, I'd probably do Sgurr Eilde Mor last. Meaning, I'd go up Sgor Eilde Beag via the path I've shown and camp on a nice flat spot that you reach once you make the ridge, this spot was out of the breeze on Monday so I'd say it was more sheltered than down by the lochan. You would also wake up with an amazing view of the Glencoe hills. You could then do Na Gruagaichean and Binnein Mor and circle around to get the other two hills on your way back to the lodge. This would make the final descent a breeze.
These are superb hills and I'm certainly eager to get back and do the rest of the range.
Astronick - that was my 1st go with the Laser Comp. The pegs looked small when I first opened the tent after delivery, but surprisingly they held up. I am going to upgrade to something that goes a bit deeper into the ground though. Sadly, at some point the carrying bag blew away so I have to replace it as well.
by Astronick » Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:01 am
Alastair S wrote:Astronick wrote:I can't quite believe the route I took, which can be seen in the photo titled "Binnein Mor from Binnein Beag.jpg" - basically a full frontal assualt!
I didn't think the [almost] frontal assault was too bad - certainly a lot shorter, if steeper, than Stretch's route - but probably not one if you have a full pack like Stretch. Here's the route we look the other week:The attachment Binnien Mor route.jpg is no longer available
Yeah, that route looks ok. I've drawn mine in blood red. It was exciting! I watched a couple of other folks take a walk into the coire to the north. They found a nice winding track up the headwall onto the northern ridge. I arrived at the summit first though
- My route in red, another option in green
Fantastic mountain though, whichever way you approach
by Stretch » Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:07 am
by Graeme D » Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:35 pm
by Barnety2000 » Sat Sep 04, 2010 9:01 pm
But just one question, and sorry if I sound stupid, but what is a Laser Comp?
by Alastair S » Sat Sep 04, 2010 9:08 pm
by Barnety2000 » Sat Sep 04, 2010 9:13 pm
by Stretch » Sat Sep 04, 2010 9:21 pm
A Laser Comp is actually a device I'm hoping to use to take over the world, but it's not quite ready yet, so for now I just sleep in it