Ben More from the NE – a collection of days.

Date: 20th October 2007
Distance: 17.1km
Ascent: 1670m

Winter is setting in and I’m starting to withdraw into “home ranges” which for me is anything SE of the Great Glen.

What with the Forth Bridge works and all thought a mosey up to Crianlarich would be fun and decided to climb Ben More and Stob Binnein for the first time in a while.

There’s a few ways up here, the direct route from Benmore Farm and the route up Ben More glen seem extremely busy. I’ve not tried the Balquidder route which seems attractive. The route I’ve favoured is the NE ridge Sron Nam Forsairean – quiet with nice views.

This trip was the loop running out to Leacann Riabhach and over Stob Creagach and Meall na Dige to Stob Coire an Lochain, over Stob Binnein and Ben More and then back down the NE ridge to rejoin the path.
Given the cloudy conditions I’ve combined photos from about 4 separate trips on this side of the hills.

Park your cars at the parking space at NN 454 276 climb up the wee path at the back of the space, over the fence and across the field to join the forestry road.

Meall Ghlas and Sgiath Chuil:

They’ve stopped logging here so follow the forest road about 2km to a small cairn on the R that indicates a small track through the forest to the glen. The view opens up to Ben More’s NE ridge.

The ridge running down from Stob Binnein is S of here around 750m across open ground, no path so make for wherever you want.
The ridge is pretty knobbly so it’s a matter of onwards and upwards to Stob Creagach.

Carry on up to Meall na Dige and then on to Stob Coire an Lochain. Don’t know where everyone was this weekend but the ground seemed alive with fieldfares (presumably migrating). Quite a lot of Red Deer around.

Saw one Golden Eagle over Meall na Dige dipping into the cloud for cover.
Easy walk from Stob Coire an Lochain to Stob Binnein where the wind was getting stiff.

View back to Meall na Dige:

Stob Binnein:

Vorlich over Meall na Dige:

300m drop then back up to Ben More. Saw no-one till Stob Binnein then around 30 people between the munros (then no-one on descent).
Minor rocks to get over to the Ben More Summit.

W to Crianlarich (2 views):

North from Ben More:

Then head NE down the long arm with only a couple of steep sections.

The NE ridge with Loch Tay background:

NE ridge in snow:

NE ridge early light:

There’s now a stile at the ridge base allowing a direct rout back to the forest edge and then back through here to the car.

We were pushing dusk on one of our descents:

A more substantial route over these 2 utilising the full horseshoe of the ridge.

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