Beinn Bhàn

Saturday, 12 January 2013

14.3 km/943 m/06:00 hrs

Corbett: Beinn Bhàn (No. 41)

The weather on the west coast continued to be very good, and I decided to climb another Corbett in the same area as Fuar Tholl two days previously. I parked in the large lay-by a few hundred metres W of Tornapress, crossed the bridge and followed the path leading N along the River Kishorn.

Loch Kishorn.

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Soon the various buttresses and corries on Beinn Bhàn’s E flank came into view, with the most impressive one, A’ Chioch, in the centre.

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Maol Chean-dearg and An Ruadh-Stac.

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Beinn Damh, and the snow covered tops of Liathach just visible behind it on the left.

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At the ford across the Allt Coire na Poite I left the path and continued up the slopes towards Lochan Coire na Poite.

A’ Chioch.

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Lochan Coire na Poite.

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Sandy beach below Coire na Poite and another buttress, A’ Phoit, on the right.

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My planned ascent route was the grassy slope at the head of Coire an Fhamair, and I was hoping that the snow cover at the top wouldn’t cause me any problems.

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Crags between A’ Phoit and the main ridge.

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The S face of Sròn Coire an Fhamhair.

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My ascent route turned out to be steeper than it had looked from below.

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Steep slope.

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When I reached the snow line I put MicroSpikes on to get a better grip on the frozen ground. But even with the spikes, it was a struggle to climb to the top, holding on to rocks or patches of grass wherever possible…

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It was quite a relief to emerge out of the corrie onto the wide plateau, and to arrive in the sunshine at last after climbing up in the shade.

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The N end of Beinn Bhàn’s summit plateau with Loch na Beinne Bàine.

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Sròn Coire an Fhamhair, and the Torridon hills on the skyline (Beinn Alligin in the centre).

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Liathach and Beinn Eighe (zoomed).

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The neighbouring Corbett Sgurr a’ Chaorachain – it is possible to combine the two, but the connecting ridge is supposed to be very rocky and slow going, and I didn’t have enough daylight left for that.

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On the way to the summit.

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Cornice at the edge of the summit plateau.

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Beinn Bhàn summit.

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Large cornice S of the summit area.

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For the descent I followed the easy SE ridge.

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Loch Coire nan Arr.

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A’ Chioch.

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The lower part of the ridge was very boggy and slippery, and I was glad when I reached solid ground again, but after that it was only a short walk along the road back to my car.

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2 thoughts on “Beinn Bhàn

  1. I’d waited a long time to climb these hills in Applecross and they didn’t dissapoint when I eventually managed them in October 2010 over two fine weekends.
    Glad you managed to get out of the corrie OK, I think its steep which ever way you choose.
    Must go back sometime, maybe when there is snow on the ground.

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