Mad winds on Bynack More

Route: Bynack More from Glenmore

Munros: Bynack More

Date walked: 07/07/2016

Time taken: 7.25 hours

Distance: 22.5km

Ascent: 902m

The weather forecast looked reasonable so we made the decision to go for our (so far) longest route yet, with a guide time of 6.5 - 7.5 hours. Considering we are (respectively) dead slow and stop and my son's deal breaker for the hill choice was that he would be back home and feet up with a cider watching the Germany v France game, I crossed my fingers and promised him we'd manage no bother. But I wasn't really convinced if I am honest.

I decided to park at AltMhor car park, just along from the Glenmore turn off as I had read on WH how busy the lodge car park can get.

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Warm sunny calm start from the car park

First stop at the green loch; An Lochan Uaine.
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Entering the Abernethy Nature reserve

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First peek of Bynack More

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Crossing River Nethy

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A lonely Broom in the landscape

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The Glen

The climb up the excellent path from here was straightforward with a very kind gradient, especially after our weekend hike up Schiehallion which we found brutally steep!
On the plateau the wind was getting wild, so much I was getting blown off the path! Just before the ascent proper we met a very nice man and his two lovely terriers on their way down. Although we could barely hear one another in the wind, I did catch a very important piece of advice. Take the path to the left of the ridge, out of wind. We did. It was good advice. It was a very good path, and quiet all the way to the top, where, once again the Mad wind threatened to blow me right off the mountain!
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Easy path out of the wind

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Path to the side of ridge looking back

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View on the way down. Is this the barns of bynack? We were too short of time by now to investigate..

We were very pleased to reach the car in 7hrs 20 mins. 10 mins inside the guide time. I am an old lady after all and my son, well, he was 32 stone when we started our walks together 6 months ago and now he is 24. We are kinda proud of each other, enjoying the ride and looking forward to lots more heights gained, and stones lost :D
I must say, we were a bit scared of the grade "very Hard" in the guide but actually found it straight forward and fairly easy. We found Schiehallion last week to be much, much harder! :o
Oh, and we made the football :D

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Comments: 2

Curly Quartz

Activity: Mountain Walker
Mountain: Ben Suilven
Place: Torridon
Gear: my pole!
Member: none
Camera: Nikon & Phone
Ideal day out: Semi scary scramble sometimes but just getting to the top and getting an eyeful of the maginicent, stunning views.
Ambition: To climb Ben Eighe

Munros: 7
Corbetts: 6
Grahams: 5
Sub 2000: 6

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Distance: 22.5 km
Ascent: 902m
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