A fantastic long day over some fairly remote hills.
Distance: 23.5km, Ascent: 1440m; Mainly dry and clear with a cold wind and occasional squally showers; Solo
I stirred a couple of times during the night owing to the tent flapping in the wind. There seemed to be 15 minutes or so of during winds followed by calm, and it seemed to go on like this through the night (well at least the bits that I was awake for anyway!) I woke up shortly after 6 to find confirmation that it had been cold last night: I had frost on my tent. Although I had already guessed that it had got down to freezing owing to the amount of clothes I had to wear inside my sleeping bag to stay warm. Time to dig out my winter bag when I get home methinks!
|Sunrise at 7:45am over Na Gruagaichean in the Mamores|
|Early sunlight at 7:45am on Am Bodach - taken from my tent door :-)|
|Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg and An Gearanach from E ridge of Stob Coire a' Chairn|
|Morning view of my overnight stop in front of Am Bodach|
|Am Bodach and Stob Coire a' Chairn from the east|
|Summit of Na Gruagaichean|
|Loch Leven and Am Bodach from Na Gruagaichean|
|On the summit of Binnein Mor|
|Binnein Beag and the Grey Corries|
A steep ascent up scree and rock from the bealach brought me to the summit of Binnein Beag (Munro, Marilyn) at around quarter to midday. This seemed as good a place as any for lunch, so I stopped here a while to admire the amazing views. Looking at my map I concluded that it was approximately the same distance to walk out to Spean Bridge as it would be to walk down Glen Nevis to Fort William but the former option offered the chance to bag another Munro: Stob Ban. This sounded like a good idea and so after lunch I descended the north side of Binnein Beag, which is not to be recommended due to the horrible steep scree and rocks!
|On the summit of Binnein Beag|
The walk up the corrie was pleasant enough and I was accompanied by the roaring of stags all around me. At around 500m altitude, my plan became somewhat unstuck! During my hurried look at the map earlier I had failed to spot that the for the next few hundred metres the burn I was following would be in a bit of a narrow steep sided valley. Therefore there was only one thing for it, which was to take a more or less direct line up the steep ground to the summit!
|Summit of Stob Ban|
|Cruach Innse and Sgurr Innse|
|Looking down the Allt Leachdach|
|The Wee Minister|
N.B. This was sent from my phone. At some point during the next week I will be editing this post to include more photos and a route map of the day's walk. Post updated on 12/09/12 to include route map, photos and links to hills; post date also altered to actual date of walk (from 08/10/12).
|Mobile phone photo of Binnein Beag, uploaded whilst on walk|