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Ben Lawyers and Bein Ghlas

Route: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Munros: Beinn Ghlas, Ben Lawers

Date walked: 09/11/2010

Time taken: 6.5 hours

This is a short report, however I felt the need to post it as someone did the same walk 2 days previous in totally different weather.
We started at the Visitor centre carpark. The centre is gone but they were busy working in the carpark area.

Myself and Dougie and the dog made our way along the usual path which was frozen solid to the first hill gate. Then we hit it. Snow and wind. The snow was knee deep and I kid you not, waist deep in places with a wind that cut you to the bone (Windproofs on). We followed the general direction of where the path was, I say general as we couldn`t see the terain itself, so rellied on the map and the fact Dougie had been there before many times.

When we got to the top of Bein Ghlas which was definately the hardest due to the snow, we were met by a member of the mountain rescue, he was checking we were kitted out appropriately because of the bad weather. He told us that he had just advised 2 french tourists against going up Tarmagen, who went anyway. They were dressed in jeans, rain jackets and Adidas Samba`s. Why ?

Anyway we then made our way to Ben Lawyers, this was mentally difficult, as we knew where we were heading and how far etc we had gone and had to go, but all around was white. We saw what we thought was a path in the distance only to realise that it was a rock about 6 feet in front of us.

Then we suddenly came across the summit.

Due to visibility being extremely poor, we decided against An Stuc. We decided instead to have lunch sheltered from the wind and drifting snow then head back.

Our foot prints were gone as the drifting snow had covered them all up and we couldn`t see more than a few feet in front, so it was caution and the GPS.

I have to say though, while conditions made this difficult it was an amazing walk. I did manage a couple of photos. We managed this in 6 hours 20 mins, probably 4 hours of that was the first slog in knee/waist deep snow.
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Looking across to Meall Corranaich

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