Beinn Dubhcraig in the snow. 18th February 2006

Date: Saturday 18th February 2006
Distance: 13.4km
Ascent: 840m

As always, we were looking for low effort, high reward winter walking. Having been across the Ben Lui group in 2004 we thought we should revisit part of it.

It was a nice looking day as we parked up at Dalrigh. Our target, Beinn Dubhcraig was looking attractive in a coating of snow.

Beinn Dubhcraig from car park

Down the road, Ben More, Stob Binnein and Cruach Ardrain were looking gorgeous.

Crianlarich hills from car park

A frosty start, the ground white and the skies were adding a rather complex look to things.

Beinn Dubhcraig and sky

Beinn Chuirn looks like Ben Lui’s little sibling…smashing wee Corbett.

Beinn Chuirn and pines

Ben Challum was not our favourite hill – only a year since our only significant hill injury over there, still not forgiven.

Ben Challum pines and trees

Plodded through the pine woods. The muddy route had frozen (although we’ve never found it too bad to be honest).

Above the tree lines it was a dramatic combination of interesting clouds above and snow below.

K on snow with dramatic cloudscape

It’s just a matter of getting onto the northern ridge of Beinn Dubhcraig which then curves in a slow arc up to the summit.

H climbing snow slope

Once on the ridge it’s…..oooft! Ben Lui is a truly characterful hill – with snow on quite jaw-dropping.

Ben Lui from Beinn Dubhcraig shoulder

Well worth the effort for the view of Ben Lui alone, but we carried on uphill.

Ben Lui and Ben Oss

Curved round towards the summit, behind us the views North and west open up. Bidean and Ben Nevis in the distance.

H on Dubhcraig NW view back

To the south Ben Lomond and the north end of Loch Lomond are visible.

Loch Lomond from Beinn Dubhcraig

Enjoyed the views from the summit and had a break

Took the route of ascent to return…..not complex but well worth it.

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