Our leader Iain Walker categorised Stob Binnein from Inverlochlarig CP as an A+ walk.
It was. Iain led 6 reasonably fit ramblers Evelyn, Pauline, Surinder, Archie, Neil, Bob on the challenging but tough circuit up to the 1165m top on a direct steep path running N. from the end of the 10km narrow road from Balquidder.
Data: distance 14.3km, Elapsed time 7:40, Total Ascent 1117m.
Group at the start of the climb.
The welcome refuge at the Inverlochlarig CP.
The steep climb started immediately on a clear winding path.
Iain sensibly gave us regular mini breaks to take the views and recover our breath.
View back down into the main valley with Invelochlarig farm below.
The only way was UP.
The welcome tea break with our glorious leader bring edible goodies to the starving masses.
Onwards and upwards with Loch Doine and Loch Voil down below.
No this isn't the top of SB, but SB is shown in the distance under mist.
Yes this is the top of SB in the mist. No celebratory team photo here.
We aren't sure whether Ian is praying to the mountain gods or just drinking Lucozade.
After a quick lunch out of the strong wind, we descended N towards the beleach,
where our leader pointed out Ben More, behind him, also in the mist.
Now began a tough descent contouring SW with no path to follow, down to the Inverlochlarig Glen running S. to the river Larig glen.
past a big boulder, a clone of the Narnain one.
carefully down to the Inverlochlarig Glen so as to minimise unwanted height gain.
The mist hung over us on the way down, still a tough descent without path.
Now the river crossings, getting wider and deeper as we go down.
until, at last, we reach an easy track and enjoyed the final kilometres back to the main valley and farm.
A team photo, with thumbs up, journey nearly complete.
Past a little Alice in Wonderland house, or perhaps a mini hydro turbine hall who knows?
Civilisation again, well farm cottages and buildings but with a nice new river bridge.
Signposts to Beinn Tulaichean, Cruach Ardrain or Crianlarich along tracks.
The Inverlochlarig burn, now a significant river flowing into the river Larig.
Neil was trying to hire or buy horses to take us back to the cars. One is the mum of the other.
Our considered opinion was that Iain had made and led a magnificent walk, the VoT being given by all of us. In particular Evelyn and Archie deserve special brownie points for also doing the recce with Iain.