Having climbed Ben More several times in February (4th and 11th) and March (18th), I still hadn’t managed to make it to the neighbouring Stob Binnein due to the weather. So I returned again today with that intention. I parked as usual in the layby beyond Ben More Farm, and made my way up the twisting farm track. As usual the summit of Ben More was enshrouded with cloud.
But the overall visibility wasn’t too bad, and after leaving the track and scrambling up the side of the mountain I was rewarded with a great view down over Loch Dochart.
I was soon into the cloud though, and after negotiating some sections of old frozen snow, I was at the misty summit.
And that is where my photos stop for a couple of hours. The south side of Ben More‘s summit was ice-free, so I made my descent there, but as I walked across towards Stob Binnein the heavens opened with a torrential downpour. It wasn’t too bad a walk, despite the rain, but too wet to be taking photos. As I approached the summit of Stob Binnein the rain turned to sleet, then hailstones. Rather than continue on to Stob Creagach as I had intended, I decided to drop down to the west out of the stinging rain and into the relative shelter of Benmore Glen.
I followed sheep tracks around the edge of Stob Binnein until I saw the farm track at the bottom of Benmore Glen, then dropped down onto that, following the Benmore Burn for a while until the final descent down to Benmore Farm.