Creag Mhòr and Bynack More

Thursday, 01 November 2012

25.5 km/1083 m/08:45 hrs

Corbett: Creag Mhòr (No. 35)

After I found out (to my dismay) that I would have to wait until next spring/summer until my Munro completion, I decided to focus on the Corbetts in the meantime.

A sunny day was forecast for the Cairngorms, and Creag Mhòr, the Corbett between Bynack More and Glen Avon, seemed a good option. To vary the route a bit, I could return over Bynack More.

From the end of the road at Glenmore Lodge, I walked along Glen More and past An Lochan Uaine, the Green Lochan. At the junction at the Ryvoan Pass I turned right towards Bynack More.

Ryvoan Bothy.

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Meall a’ Bhuachaille.

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And twenty minutes later, cloudless.

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Strath Nethy.

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Ben Rinnes on the skyline.

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Ben Avon.

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Bynack More and Bynack Beg.

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First glimpse of Creag Mhòr.

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The path leads into Coire Odhar and over Bynack More’s E shoulder down to the Corrie of the Barns.

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As the name suggests, the Corrie of the Barns gives a good view to the Barns of Bynack.

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At the ford before Lochan a’ Bhainne I left the path and climbed up the easy slope to the bealach between Creag Mhòr and the rocky 875 m top opposite.

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Creag Mhòr summit tor.

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Beinn Mheadhoin.

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Bynack More.

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I even managed to climb on top of the tor without problems :mrgreen:

View NE.

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Beinn a’ Bhuird.

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View E towards Glen Avon.

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On my way down the easy slopes towards the S end of Lochan a’ Bhainne, I tried to figure out the best route up to Bynack More’s S ridge.

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Lochan a’ Bhainne.

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At the start of the ascent.

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Higher up, the slope becomes very steep and I made slow progress.

Looking towards the Fords of Avon and the Lairig an Laoigh.

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Lochan a’ Bhainne and Creag Mhòr.

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The Glasath, a tributary of the Water of Caiplich.

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Beinn a’ Chaorainn Bheag and Beinn a’ Chaorainn.

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Beinn a’ Bhuird.

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Ben Avon.

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After the steep ascent I needed a break and sat down on a boulder for a late lunch, enjoying the sun and the views.

Beinn a’ Chaorainn, the Lairig an Laoigh and Beinn Mheadhoin.

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With my energy levels topped up, I continued along Bynack More’s S ridge, passing the Barns of Bynack on the way.

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Barns of Bynack.

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Apart from this largest one, there are several “Little Barns of Bynack” dotted along the way.

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Bynack More summit cairn.

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Bynack Beg.

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The path along the ridge was easy to walk on, but for the steep descent from the N end I had to put MicroSpikes on.

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Looking E.

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Bynack More.

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It got dark very quickly, but on the good track back to Glenmore Lodge this wasn’t a problem (I generally try to avoid using a headtorch if I can). It was definitely worth getting out on a day like this 🙂

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