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Beinn Starav 5.

Beinn Starav 5.


Postby dooterbang » Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:13 pm

Route description: Ben Starav and Glas Bheinn Mhor

Munros included on this walk: Beinn nan Aighenan, Ben Starav, Glas Bheinn Mhor, Meall nan Eun, Stob Coir an Albannaich

Date walked: 09/10/2010

Time taken: 9 hours

Distance: 25 km

Ascent: 2560m

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After subjecting my senses to hallucinatory overload, Thursday Enter The Void @ GFT & Friday Groove Armada @ Carling Academy, i decided to grasp the favourable forecast and perhaps experience a more natural sensory overload!!. With only 4 hours sleep (my head still thumping with heavy bass ridden electronic music and strobe lighting!) i left Glasgow at 5.30am. 10 mile down the single track road at Glen Etive and i was at the start, it was 7.50am. Daylight now in full flow and the sun was making a most welcome appearance, it was going to be a great day :D . At the start i was greeted by Ross and Graeme from Inverness, i later discovered they where in fact machines!!.

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Graeme, Ross and I all started the walk together at 8am.

Due to some Munroist chit chat we missed the bridge to cross the river, it was 8.05am!, however we crossed via some large boulders and were on the path to ascend the 1st Munro of Beinn Starav. It was this point i went solo and started the unrelenting Ascent of Starav, the wind was now swirling into a frenzy!!

The start.

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Ascent to Starav.

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Looking back to the Buichailles of Glencoe.

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Final rocky ascent to Starav.

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Graeme and Ross bringing up the rear....but not for long!!.

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Stunning Loch Etive with views to Ben Cruachan.

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After 2 hours without stopping i finally reach the summit of Starav, views are awesome.

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Its been 5hrs since i've eaten so i decide to stop for a bite to eat and take in the views. Graeme and Ross are minutes behind and when they reach the summit they smile and are on there way to Munro number 2....they also inform me they don't carry water (they drink from streams) and rarely stop, WTF!! :shock:

15mins later and i'm on my way, no sign ahead of the Inverness Cyborgs!!

Navigation is simple due to clear views. It's not long till at the Bealachan Lochain Ghaineamhaich. I notice that the Cyborgs have ditched the rucksacks, i do the same. I follow a path right of the Bealach and soon start the ascent of munro no.2 Beinn Nan Aighenan. This is also relentless but having no rucksack makes things easier. The wind has relented to a mere breeze. Halfway up the Inverness boys/men are descending past me, they inform me that lunch will be taken on summit of Munro no.3.

Top of Beinn Nan Aighenan, no rucksack and water in hand.

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On descent stopped and chatted to folk doing Beinn Nan Aighenan, they loved the fact they could wear shorts in October!!. Back at the bealach a group from Stirling passed me, the leader looking **** off....i think a few too many were slowing progress, oh dear!!. At least the sun was shining.

Started ascent and was soon on the ridge to Munro no.3 Glas Bheinn Mhor.

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Summit of Glas Bheinn Mhor looking back to Starav. No sign of the Inverness duo, surely they must be starving!!.

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I'm hungry again so take a short break and refuel. I notice below me the Inverness duo heading towards the bealach....do these guys run on super unleaded!!

10mins later and i'm heading to the bealach on route to munro no.4 Stob Coir'an Albannaich, i'm feeling energetic after a huge swig of irn bru :D .

I find the Inverness duo finally sitting on their backsides and consuming food, well i think its food :? !!. Graeme is not 100%, he had flu last week....i'm guessing if he hadn't they wouldn't be sitting having food!!.

I lead the way and head for Stob Coir'an Albannaich, ascent is steep and the gruelling pace and heat is taken its toll....however i'm soon at the summit, Graeme and Ross minutes behind me.

Stob Coir'an Albannaich, looking towards munro no.5 Meall nan Eun.

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The inverness duo head off with me in tow. Descent is steep to the bealach below.

Watering hole for the Cyborgs!!

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The ascent to Meall nan Eun is across grassy slopes. The sun is strong, winds non existent....i'm thinking of going topless!!. The last push to the summit is tough going, the cyborgs are ahead of me and i manage to hang on to thier tails. Soon it's handshakes all round as we summit munro no.5 Meall nan Eun. Ross checks his GPS to confirm summit as we seemed to reach it quickly, i thought these cyborgs would have some built in GPS!!. We are indeed at the summit :D . In my euphoria i forgot to take a photo, damn!!.

Soon we're heading down the steep grassy wet slopes and following the burn. Graeme quotes that
you can really eat up the ground in this terrain!!
...yeah right!!.

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The path next to the burn becomes more prominent and easy to walk on, the finish is in site.

Looking back to Meall nan Eun

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Graeme on the bridge over the Allt Ceitlein.

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From the bridge its 1k to the finish.

This was a fantastic walk, albeit tough at times....a reasonable level of fitness is required. It was great meeting Graeme and Ross, i gained some valuable tips from these guys....fantastic humans/machines who have such enthusiasm for the hills.

It was now 5pm, the walk had taken 9hrs....a great time indeed. I was looking forward to driving in the last 2hrs of daylight, and catching the views of Glen Etive.

Glen Etive, stunning.

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Oh and if your wondering if Graeme and Ross are a halucinatory vision in my imagination then i present you with a final photo of the Inverness Cyborg Duo........

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:D .
Last edited by dooterbang on Sat Jun 11, 2016 1:27 pm, edited 4 times in total.
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Re: Beinn Starav 5.

Postby Merry-walker » Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:23 pm

Fandabidozie report Dooter! Loved the pictures. Sounds like you all had a brilliant time in the hills.

Ahem,,, cyborgs might short circuit when drinking from streams, hope they were careful... :)
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Re: Beinn Starav 5.

Postby dooterbang » Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:42 pm

Merry-walker wrote:Fandabidozie report Dooter! Loved the pictures. Sounds like you all had a brilliant time in the hills.

Ahem,,, cyborgs might short circuit when drinking from streams, hope they were careful... :)


Thanks merry walker, :) . We most certainly had a tremendous time, i'm feeling the pain today though!!.

Those are the latest models of cyborg, short circuiting and overheating are a thing of the past....i only think they drank water to blend in with us humans!!.

Oh, well done on your first 2 Munros....i hope you continue to do more, :) .

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Re: Beinn Starav 5.

Postby monty » Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:45 pm

Nice report Dooterbang. Thats a tough walk but you got good weather for it. I hope to do this route soon. :D
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Re: Beinn Starav 5.

Postby Merry-walker » Sun Oct 10, 2010 7:02 pm

dooterbang wrote:
i'm feeling the pain today though!!.

at least you know you're not a cyborg :lol:

dooterbang wrote:Oh, well done on your first 2 Munros....i hope you continue to do more, :) .



i did 3 others, hopefully more before the year is finished
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Re: Beinn Starav 5.

Postby Merry-walker » Sun Oct 10, 2010 7:05 pm

your job sounds interesting, are you a RMN?
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Re: Beinn Starav 5.

Postby Alan S » Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:52 pm

A fine report there dooterbang 8) i had looked at this route and wondered if it was possible maybe another one to stick in the diary for next year :lol:
Nices pics :D
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Re: Beinn Starav 5.

Postby LeithySuburbs » Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:32 pm

That's a lot of ascent for one day :shock: - you must be in some good shape. I prefer a slightly more sedate pace myself and that refers to your taste in music as well :lol: .
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Re: Beinn Starav 5.

Postby dooterbang » Wed Oct 13, 2010 8:59 pm

alan s wrote:A fine report there dooterbang 8) i had looked at this route and wondered if it was possible maybe another one to stick in the diary for next year :lol:
Nices pics :D


I would defo wait till you had clear views, unless your fab at navigating. Would be easy to get confused on this route as has the odd tricky steep terrain when descending.

Fantastic walk though. I was lucky with the weather, :thumbup: .
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Re: Beinn Starav 5.

Postby dooterbang » Wed Oct 13, 2010 9:06 pm

LeithySuburbs wrote:That's a lot of ascent for one day :shock: - you must be in some good shape. I prefer a slightly more sedate pace myself and that refers to your taste in music as well :lol: .


I love ascent, :D . Theres folk in better shape than me, have you met those blokes from Inverness!!.

Nice report on the Cluanie 3. I'm heading up there in weekend 23rd to do these, but i'll be adding A'Chralaig and Mullach Fraoch-choire to do the 5 in a day....8-9hrs i hope.

This will take me to 98, Stob a'Choire Odhair and Stob Gabhar will take me to the 100 soon after.

What do you have planned for your 100th?

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Re: Beinn Starav 5.

Postby LeithySuburbs » Thu Oct 14, 2010 8:03 pm

dooterbang wrote:
Nice report on the Cluanie 3. I'm heading up there in weekend 23rd to do these, but i'll be adding A'Chralaig and Mullach Fraoch-choire to do the 5 in a day....8-9hrs i hope.

This will take me to 98, Stob a'Choire Odhair and Stob Gabhar will take me to the 100 soon after.

What do you have planned for your 100th?

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No problem to add A' Chralaig I'm sure and considered it myself but the thought of MF-c as well seemed too much :lol: .

No plans for the big C. Would quite like it to be on the WH meet in 2 weeks time (ideally on the Aonach Eagach) but that will depend on the weather this weekend and next. Yourself?
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Re: Beinn Starav 5.

Postby monty » Thu Oct 14, 2010 8:35 pm

Hi Dooterbang.
I done the Cluanie 5 munros last month with danrun. Looking at your time for this round you should be able to complete in 7 to 8 hours if the weather is good. :D

Check out http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=6831
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Re: Beinn Starav 5.

Postby dooterbang » Fri Oct 15, 2010 12:08 am

monty wrote:Hi Dooterbang.
I done the Cluanie 5 munros last month with danrun. Looking at your time for this round you should be able to complete in 7 to 8 hours if the weather is good. :D

Check out http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=6831


Nice one Monty, thanks very much.

Nice report, some great photos.

The views to Loch Duich are awesome, witnessed them when doing the 5 sisters in April.

Great time. I probably could do the time you say but the likelyhood is i will be with a group of 10 people, i project 8-10hrs.

Il let you know how i get on.

Cheers :D
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Re: Beinn Starav 5.

Postby kevsbald » Fri Oct 15, 2010 6:24 pm

Excellent effort considering the lack of sleep and music for the nation.
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Re: Beinn Starav 5.

Postby Billy Sands » Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:44 pm

Man, if you think they were cyborgs, they must have been nails.
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