Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Tyndrum Hills: Beinn Laoigh [Ben Lui] (28) and Beinn a' Chleibh (281)

Walk date: 11/07/15
My Munro #'s: 274 and 275

Pronunciations - translations - heights:

Byn a chlayv - hill of the chest - 916m
Byn loo-ee - hill of the calf - 1130m

Duration - didn't record, relatively short!
Distance -  13.3km
Total ascent -  1170m
Weather - a little drizzle and windy on tops but much better than yesterday!
Team - Paul P
Other hikers: none

Hike week 2015 - Day 8 - Saturday

This hike started with a fairly wide but shallow river crossing and a rather low railway bridge to crawl under while standing in a tributary to the river.  All very odd!  Once across and into the forest a winding path goes gradually upward getting boggier and boggier as it goes.  It even got to the stage of socks being soaked with bog water and having to grip spiky pine branches and use them to swing around the worst bits with only partial success.

Once you survive the forest and its bogs we made our way along the upper glen, opting to aim for the col rather than do the circular as plotted as we certainly wouldn't lose any views on this day!  There was a path and we even saw it at stages, but the ground was so open and wet that it makes little difference until the final climb is reached.  

Once at the col we decided to do the shorter Beinn a' Chleibh first and leave the highest peak of the week, Ben Lui, for a finisher.  Beinn a' Chleibh was quite grassy and came soon enough with the extra height of Lui meaning venturing into a rocky terrain for that hill.  I would talk about the amazing views but as you can see from the photos, we didn't see much other than the ground.

A point of interest for this hike was that I left my GPS on top of the car as we drove away from the car park!  We noticed it dropping off and so went back for it - only to find that a kindly gent had stopped and picked it up for us only then to miss us turning around - the kindly gent had only stopped there to help with a car that had just moments before left the hill and rolled down an embankment!  It was all happening at Tyndrum!  Anyway, due to having my address in the GPS the kindly gent posted it back to me the next week, and interestingly enough the GPS had continued plotting its progress from the hike all the way to the gent's house in Glasgow!

That's it for this year then.  See you in 2016 for the grand finish - 7 to go!

Views go downhill from here!  Pardon the pun!

The lower slopes of Lui:

Looking down the glen from the col:

Rocky terrain on Lui:

Last Munro of the week!

Homeward bound...

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