stob binnein and ben more from the south
by Alan S » Mon May 18, 2009 5:45 pm
Route description: Ben More and Stob Binnein
Munros included on this walk: Ben More, Stob Binnein
Date walked: 11/05/2009
Time taken: 6 hours
Distance: 14 km
Ascent: 1410m2 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
WEATHER : clear blue skies all day
TIME TAKEN : 6 hours + 1 hour in stops
i chose to climb these 2 cracking munros last week due to the great weather we had.
starting from the car park at inverlochairig at the end of loch voil which i thought was best to miss out the steep slopes of ben more and a quicker starting point coming from stirling following the road from balquidder down the side of loch voil.not the best road in the world with a bit of advice for this road,dont eat a big breakfast before you go its likely to come back on you.
the starting point for this route is very steep from the off and testing on the legs,(as this was to prove to me as its my first walk in 2 months)
by cosssing the stile and heading in a straight line up the hill ascent is quickly gained to offer fine views down the glen
after the steep climb the path eases to a slow incline for about the next 1/2 hr until the climb to stob coire an lochain.great views here to beinn tulaichean
the walk up the ridge from here is very impressive which wasnt what i expected from this big lump of a hill with the legs getting a chance to ease along the ridge
i reached the summit of stob binnein after 2 1/4 hrs and could only stand in amazement of the views which where by far my best yet but by looking accross to ben more i was in 2 minds weather to attempt this but with the clear skies i didnt want to miss my chance so it was down the steep slopes of stob binnein to tackle ben more.
this was really difficult in which was now hot sunshine and by forgetting my sun tan lotion my face was on fire.
it took me an hour to get to ben more with the legs really aching now but that soon dissapeared on the summit of ben more with a real sense of acheivement here as this was my 20th munro on one of the best hills in scotland (for me anyway)
after a good break and loads of pics it was back down the steep slopes to the bealach eadar dha beinn with my first thoughts being i aint climbing that again
the view from here up to the the top of stob binnein looks very scary after what youve just climbed but by looking at my map i could see there was a track on the opposite side heading up the inverlochairig burn and going round the western slopes of stob binnein.i so a guy here heading back down this direction but thought it best to return the same route.
this may have been hard but i was back at the car park 15 mins before him.he said that way was very boggy and wouldnt reccomend it.
after the slow crawl back down stob binnein i had forgot about the steep starting point to the car.this was very hard on the leg muscles but most of this was done on my backside
this was my best walk by a long way but really difficult at the same time i would definetly return to stob binnein but not so sure about ben more along with it again
hope you enjoy
by LeithySuburbs » Mon May 18, 2009 7:47 pm
by kinley » Mon May 18, 2009 8:05 pm
Enjoyed Stob Binnein from the south
by Paul Webster » Mon May 18, 2009 8:44 pm
by Can 0f Airy » Tue May 19, 2009 11:22 am
by Alan S » Tue May 19, 2009 2:04 pm
LeithySuburbs, i really fancy cruach ardrain now that i got a good view of it and seen the return path down the glen.my father in law and my mate done these 2 on saturday and got soaked and didnt enjoy it so ill leave it to a decent day if possible .i couldnt go at the weekend as my legs were still sore
paul, i would highly recommend stob binnein from this side apart from the 1st hour its a really enjoyable walk up the ridge.it would also be a good option to return by the route kinley mentions,i wish i had looked at that before
can of airy, i like you often looked up at these 2 and thought not yet but im glad i done it now but i think the good weather makes a huge difference,hope you enjoy them as much as me
by Colin » Tue May 19, 2009 6:18 pm
by Paul Webster » Tue May 19, 2009 6:21 pm
Not going to recommend these two from the north. Absolute nightmare up to Ben More. Never felt so bad on the hills. Felt like the top would never come, a really steep slog. Thick mist and absolutely no views didn't help matters. Remember being battered going down and up to Stob Binnein. You'll never get me up there again! Sends shivers down my spine every time I drive past it on the way back home after being up north.
I quite enjoyed it Had good views when I did it though.
by Alan S » Wed May 20, 2009 12:24 pm
paul is the only person ive ever heard say they enjoyed ben more from the north everyone ive spoke to has the same opinion as you.
i met a guy at the car park who said he nearly passed out near the top he was that exhausted
I like a steep and direct ascent as I actually find it easier and quicker (makes me use the correct muscles on the backs of my calves) but I think, in Ben More's case, I'd probably get vertigo it's that steep!
- mountain coward
by Paul Webster » Sun May 24, 2009 7:58 am
I think, in Ben More's case, I'd probably get vertigo it's that steep!
I always thought that Helen (and perhaps I too) might get vertigo going up there, but it's not quite so steep as you might beleive. The first half is mostly steep heather has only a faint path. After that there is a fairly decent path heading up by a drystone dyke to the left of a corrie, and then the path swings left and goes round the side; I don't think it ever felt there was a realy big drop below. The accidents on this slope have happened when there is snow, and some people have ended up heading up in the corrie (backed by very steep broken rock) rather than its left edge.
by Wanderlust » Sun May 24, 2009 10:26 am
Great pics aswell , I like the one of Ben Lui and the one of Stob Binnein from Ben More, would like to do more of the Crianlarich hills someday.
by kinley » Mon May 25, 2009 1:31 pm
mountain coward wrote:I'm intending to do Ben More, Stobinien and the 2 'tops' as a round starting along the NE ridge of Ben More further along the road from Crianlarich (heading back East). Anyone done it that way?
A few times - probably my favourite route for these hills- never fancied the direct ascent or the Benmore Burn approach.
As long as the forestry is open the NE ridge is a great ascent with views developing to Loch Tay and out to the north.
Over to Stob Binnein is easy then the ridge over Meall na Dige to Leacann Riabhach is bobbly.
A good long day.
by Alan S » Mon May 25, 2009 2:24 pm
i met a guy who was coming down ben more as i was going up.he said he started from where you mentioned and said it was easier than from the farm but he was built like a whippets tail and practically ran up stob binnein,made me feel a bit out of place.i watched him return down the bealach-eadar dha beinn which i thought was a bit of a trek but i suppose it saved the return over ben more.
maybe worth a look at the way kinley mentions that looks good.
glad you like the pics
i wasnt 100% sure that this was ben lui it was only by memory of looking at pictures but knew if i was wrong someone would have pointed it out