Ben Lui 25th June 2012

Was asked to accompany a Duke of Edinburgh group as they were going over 600m, and were aiming to summit Ben Lui….

The boys were in good spirits despite the midges, and set off at a good lick along the track.  They had fun crossing the burn, and then continued apace up the path.  Teenage boys – I was amazed at their pace, but reality creeped in when they only managed to keep it up for about 10 minutes and then needed to rest.  I tried to explain the concept of the tortoise and the hare, but they weren’t having any of it.

Resting before final attempt at the summit

We had fun scrambling onto the summit and here they are enjoying another (!) well deserved rest….

Summit of Ben Lui, looking South

The original plan was to then go back the ay we came, but as we had transport, we took the deicions to head off towards Beinn a Chleibh with a view to taking it in and then descending into Glen Lochay.  However once down in the Bealahc the boys decided they would head on down to the road.

The path through the forest is predictably wet and muddy, with the river crossing at the end, so whilst the route from this side is much shorter, I would always climb Ben Lui from Dalrigh and would urge you to do the same…

The latest fashion!

 As well as being impressed by the boys speed of walking (albeit in short bursts) I was also amazed at their insistence on changing into clean (how is that possible after two nights camping?) clothes before going for Fish and Chips in Tyndrum…


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I am a mountain guide based in Ballachulish near Glencoe. On this site I will be sharing my guiding activites
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