Beinn Mhic Mhonaidh. March 2009

Date: Sunday 29th March 2009
Distance: 13km
Climb: 750m

Weather forecast suggested a decent morning, better to the south and east. Drove down through Glen Coe with sunshine, clear tops covered in snow.

Mulling over the possibilities as we drove we plumped for Beinn Mhic Mhonaidh, a Corbett above Glen Orchy, in a prime position for views of Etive, Cruachan and Ben Ledi.

The walk is simple enough. Park at the Eas Urchaidh waterfall car park – nice falls here:

Cross the bridge, and follow the track through the forest. Although it says it’s a Caledonian pine reserve there’s only a very small area of Caledonian Pines.

The track emerges into a meadow area – there’s a signpost indicating the mountain access track – follow this branch over a bridge and then follow up the burnside on a good track all the way to the stile.

Ben Lui became visible over the trees – spiky stuff!

From the stile you can pick any line up the hill. We headed right up slightly easier slopes.

Views develop south the Ben Lui group catches the eye.

Emerging onto the summit was breath-taking – the view for sure but the wind was amazingly Baltic, real wind-chill.

The views were stunning though – Etive Hills:

Cruachan group:

Ben Lui:

The Ben:

Summit panorama:

Overflown by the Prestwick SAR – headed straight for the Ben and then turned along towards Grey Corries:

Visibility was great – could see Jura out past Loch Awe, Mull and Ben More and to the east through the binoculars we could see the squared off top of Cairn Toul backed by Macdui

We fought the wind to cross the summit are to the lower top – grandstand view of Loch Awe:

From there steep slopes back to the stile.

The sun hazed over, uneventful walk back to the car.

A great half day walk this one. Like so many others a delight on a good day. Only down side was my first embedded tick of the year, they do get up early 😦

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