MUNRO ADVENTURE –
The Munro Adventure with Graeme and Penny his dog who are hoping to do the Munros is 100 days a low key fun adventure and they have allowed me to copy his blog and share it. May is a wonderful time to be on the hills – 4 seasons in one day and the wild life and plants after a long winter will be outstanding, I envy you and Penny and enjoy the daily journey.
2015 DAY 8 ( 8th MAY )
Beinn Tulaichean Cruach Ardrain Ben More Stob Binnein
Got parked last night up past Loch Voil at Inverlochlarig ,head down early big day to come. Woke at 6.30 it was +3 inside the van and 0 outside but the sun was shining and looked good. Set off at 7.25 and headed towards the farm through the gate and headed for the broad SW ridge eventually picking up a path , got my daily snow shower from about 400m and lasted till just short of Beinn Tulaichean , the ground was frozen solid and gave me a speedy descent down to the col on perfect neve, up onto Cruach Ardrain and had a bite to eat drink and a look at the map, started to descend steeply NE towards Stob Garbh and soon found my way barred by huge steep snow slopes, with lots of zig zagging up down left right I eventually reached the col below ( that was the worst of the trip so far) skirted round to the right and down to the high point below Ben More. (It is worth remembering that there is still plenty of hard snow?neve about at this time of year Heavy)
Made a rising NE traverse to the 862m bealach ,on the way up I came across a ewe with very young lamb the ewe ran off and the lamb obviously adopted me , coming right up rubbing itself against my legs and penny , I gave it a few pats and set off again with youngster following ,eventually it responded to its mums bleats. Up onto Ben More spying 2 pairs of snow buntings on the way about 50m short of the summit , about turned and headed down with some great glissading to the bealach . It was firm snow almost all the way up the ridge onto Stob Binnein , had a break to refuel and take in the surroundings then the undulating extremely steep final 600m knee trembling descent Bach to the van.job done just.
21 Munros to date – GREAT GOING WELL DONE BOTH OF YOU Was Ben More Penny’s last Munro first round?
It is worth noting that these are big unsung hills and I have had my share of adventures on them. I was at RAF Leuchars for many years with the RAF MR team we shared many great days on these hard hills. The Big day was the seven Munros in a big day and as hard as it gets on the mountains . These mountains also have a share of big call -outs and the local Killin and Lomond Teams do a great job. I have had some wild carry -off with casualties in these rough hills. They catch many out with at times tragic circumstances as the great snow fields hold snow for long parts of the Spring! The early mornings and the frost freeze the snow and it is well worth carrying and ice axe with you? I also was involved in two tragic air crashes on Ben More one in my early years when a Viscount crashed in winter 1973 killing all the crew and the Wessex Crash in winter 1987 that killed Harry the Killin MR Team Leader, days I will never forget.
We spent 7 days in winter on the hill with the Crash Investigation I also had great joy at the end of a huge days with the views and these great unsung hills and heading down to Aunty Elma in Crainlarich ( a great friend of the RAF MR) for her famous tea and cakes . Ben More is never an easy hill going up or down it is so steep and never seems to end as I know so well.
Well done Graeme and Penny.