Monday, May 14, 2018
Wonderful day out climbing Ben More and Stob Binnein.
Members of Blairgowrie and District Hill walking club left Blairgowrie early on Sunday morning in heavy rain but, the weather forecast was correct, and by the time we reached the start point near Crianlarich, the rain had eased. Splitting into two groups the “mountain goats” were soon tackling the steep slopes of Ben More whereas the larger group had a straightforward walk up Glen More before deciding to climb the neighbouring Munro, Stob Binnein. After reaching the col between Ben More and Stob Binnein, the walkers followed a path with seemingly endless zig- zags to the summit. On the way, the walkers shed many layers of waterproofs and warm clothes, before donning sun hats and sunglasses as they climbed the steep slopes with both groups meeting up on the summit of Stob Binnein. Fabulous views from the summit as far as Arran and Ben Nevis and a special well done to two new members who touched the cairn of Stob Binnein - their first Munro.
The scenery really was the star of the day but a cuckoo was calling, a few grouse, meadow pippets and wheaters and some early spring flowers with wood anemones and sorrel on the lower slopes. Still some patches of snow holding onto the ridges and the steep descent down to Glen More was gruelling (for some). There was great camaraderie as we encouraged each other and chatted to the many groups of fellow hill walkers on the hills.