Hill: Ben Donich
Date: Friday 29th January 2010
Company: Myself and Beinn
Time: 3Hrs 15Mins
Dog friendly: Yes
We parked at NN228070 where there is room for 6-8 cars (with plenty further parking back at the Rest and Be Thankful).
The ground was frozen solid from the start so I opted to wear my four season boots and carry my crampons. Right from the start the wind was bitterly cold, not a day for hanging around.
Beinn waiting at car parking area (Ben Donich summit in distance):
We took the sign-posted footpath up through the initial grassy slopes and was pleasantly surprised to find a new gate through the fence instead of a stile as mentioned in previous reports of this hill.
Footpath up Ben Donich:
New dog-friendly gate:
The surrounding hills looked quite frozen too.
Beinn an Lochain and Loch Restil:
We continued to follow the path over a couple of small grassy tops.
Looking back towards Stob Coire Creagach:
Beinn Narnain and The Cobbler:
Upper section of Ben Donich:
Looking towards first rocky top:
Just below the first rocky top I decided to put on my crampons as I was aware of a short scrambly
Looking over the short icy down-scramble:
The scrambly bit was really straight-forward. Was a bit worried about how Beinn would cope with it but he managed it fine with his in-built crampons.
Looking back to wee scramble:
I found this section of the ridge to be very interesting. A large jumble of boulders stretching across the ridge.
Would be easy enough to disappear down a hole in this section if some of the gaps were covered in snow.
Looking back to wee scramble, rocks and fissures:
After passing the jumble of boulders the walk to the summit is straight-forward.
Heading towards next rocky top:
Distant trig point:
We stayed at the summit for a few minutes before heading back via the same route. The views down to Lochgoilhead were nice.
Beinn at summit:
Summit trig point:
On the way back I went for a bit of a tumble. Smacking the rocks and frozen ground was a bit ouch. Thankfully no damage done.