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The Ben Lawers Five

Saturday 6th July 2024

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About the event:

Ben Lawers is a giant of the Munros at 1,214m (3,983ft). It's the 10th highest mountain in Britain. There are 5 others in the Cairngorms and 4 in Lochaber to make up the big 10.


Ben Lawers and its companions form a long ridge with 5 other Munros (Meall na Tarmachan is often climbed separately due to the bigger drop and reascent, with the road splitting them). The through road also provides a kind of mental as well as physical barrier separating them."


To the North West are two other Munros that can be linked to the five. For those wanting the challenge, it makes sense to add them." But they can make a very pleasant day another time.


This walk will take in the main Ben Lawers ridge with the 5 Munros on it. It is a linear walk so we meet at the end point to leave a car or two and drive around to the start. It means we have transport to get us back to the cars left at the start when we finish.


The traverse of Ben Lawers – along with its sisters Beinn Ghlas, An Stuc, Meall Garbh and Meall Greigh is 21.5km total distance with only 1,700m ascent (given you get 5 Munros from this - but you start pretty high up anyway which could seem like cheating a bit!)


Ben Lawers overlooks Loch Tay and is accessed from Killin, not far from Crianlarich. It can also be reached from the A9 in the east from Perth or Aberfeldy.

Your guide for this trip will be Nav, and you can read about him here.

Meeting Point:

We meet at the end point here to leave a few cars for when we return at the end of the day. There is an honesty box to park and we ask everyone to bring some coins to donate. It's private land and without this generosity we'd have nowhere to park!


We then drive back to the start point which is another pay and display car park. It can be busy so we will be starting early.


To see the start points, please click the above links and you'll be redirected to Googlemaps in new tabs.

Difficulty:

This is a big day and will require good fitness with some experience of repeated ascent, descent and reascent etc. There is easy scrambling off An Stuc. There are relatively good tracks throughout the area though some are steep and toward the end of the day, the ground gets boggier.


The total distance is 21.5km (13.4 miles) with 1,700m ascent (5,577ft)

Prerequisites:

A good level of fitness with experience of repeated ascent and descent.

Cost:

The day costs just £49 per person with discounts for booking more than one person.

Numbers:

We can take a maximum of 8 and a minimum of 4 for the day to go ahead.

Equipment:

Please see the All Activities section of the kit list here.

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