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Ian Nixon
wrote on October 10, 2011:
Approached from Cononish this is a splendid walk with a fine ascent via the NE ridge. Excellent views all round and an easy traverse to Beinn a' Chleibh. If you have employed the two car strategy you will have to descend into Fionn Choirein and the forest. In the forest particularly the terrain is very boggy with deep mud in many places and only a narrow passage through the trees which must be detoured at times or waist deep mud baths are the order of the day. The route may be easier in summer but will still be quite wet. Finally the river crossing may entail boots off and trousers up.
Kenneth Pepper
wrote on October 16, 2010:
climbed ben lui on thursday 14th october,not one sole in sight,started from darigh along the track to the sheep farm,once at the plateau i took a left,traversed along the slope towards the plane wreckage then up the gully and finally to the top,would say in winter this would be hard
mackenzie barker
wrote on October 31, 2008:
Climbed Ben Lui via the central gully, a recommended winter scramble great for testing out ice axe and crampons.
Craig Robinson
wrote on August 30, 2006:
Climbed Ben Lui and Beinn a Chleib on a beautiful summers day July 06. Starting from the A85 in Glen Lochy, this route gives a shorter ascent to these two hills. That is it's only quality. There is no easy way over the Eas Diamh ouflow, even in dry conditions,just get your boots off and get on with it! The path through the forrest is terrible. Really boggy and one of the worst l have encountered. When you make it to the open hillside, things improve. From the top of Ben Lui, the views are tremendous. A Fantastic vantage point to view the southern Highland mountains.
Ben Dolphin
wrote on February 20, 2006:
Stood atop Ben Lui a few years back in what could only be described as filthy 'summer' weather. Feb 18th however, couldn't have been further removed. Very cold, light wind, clear blue skies and the most stunning approach to a mountain you could wish for. With deep snow filling Coire Gaothach and heavily laden ridges running to the summit, Ben Lui has a Himalyan air to it. A wonderful day, though the ridge from Stob Garbh to the summit was a little dicey at times. Good job the trail had already been broken.
Stacey Hearl
wrote on July 20, 2005:
For an alternative route to Stob Garbh take the direct ascent up Stob na Tighe Aird ridge. For exposed scramble, keep to the rim of the corrie. This is a challenging route and demands a good head for heights and scrambling skills. For less experienced walkers, take the obvious path to the left of ridge, avoiding crags.
Thomas Smith
wrote on June 18, 2005:
God bless Ben Lui, what a mountain. Me and wee nic love it, a love hate relationship. So challenging attempted her 4 times made it to the summit twice. Always headed from cononish farm route mostly in winter. Centre gully amazing but can be accessed via Stob Garbh easier route but still very difficult. Best mountain weve challenged to date.
David Moore
wrote on May 23, 2005:
My girlfriend and myself climbed Ben Lui on a bright sunny day (May 7th 2005). We ate lunch at Stob Garbh before the weather broke and we were battered with strong winds hail and snow on our ascent to the summit! Due to poor weather we decided against bagging Beinn a' Chleibh and made our way back - a great walk and very impressive mountain! The walk through Glen Cononish was nice at the start of the walk but was a real slog on the way back - I would recommend cycling to the foot of Ben Lui before the climb - the track is flat and would be an easy cycle.
John Malcolm
wrote on May 20, 2005:
Climbed this Munro in May 2005 from the A85. The path before the mountain is very boggy just now and the stile is on it's last legs. I agree this route doesn't show much of the mountains character until you get near the summit and see the drop over the snow-covered north face, spectacular. Excellent views all round (fog permitting).
Mark Gibson
wrote on October 15, 2004:
The A85 route does this hill a great injustice. I agree, there are no easy ways across the river, be prepared to get your feet wet. The "path" through the trees is nothing short of a bog, grim stuff! Take the long walk in from Tyndrum, it is a far superior route.
Jim Brown
wrote on September 19, 2004:
I climbed Ben Lui on 15th September,2004; I parked at the Green Welly shop car park in Tyndrum on what was a very cool Autumn morning.The weather for the remainder of the day was almost perfect for hillwalking. It was fresh but not too blowy,the long walk in was very pleasant but I realise it might be a bit tedious on a short winter expedition. I met a lad from Scottish Natural Heritage who was doing field studies just beyond Cononish Farm,he passed on some good information on the birdlife on the hillside.I progressed up to the top of Ben Lui and continued on to Beinn a' Chleibh. A super day.
Dave Macdonald
wrote on August 5, 2003:
Went up on Saturday via the A85 route. Firstly don't believe there are stepping stones across the river 'cos there ain't!. We removed boots and socks and paddled across which was a refreshing wake up for our feet. Path through the tress is very boggy and the route up the grassy North slopes reminiscent of nearby Ben More. Some minor scrambling near the summit gave a bit of character but we never got a feel for the mountain as viewed from the other Tydrum hills. I will definitely go back and climb this mountain from Coronish sometime. NB-If you are bagging, Chleibh is worth it (only 1hr added) .
Alex Bryce
wrote on March 10, 2003:
A fantastic mountain to climb - truly exhuming a majestic Alpine presence in the more genteel southern highland region. The Cononish approach is unmissable, the views of Lui breathtaking. The ascent up the northeast spur was far easier than I expected, and this was in full winter conditions. If one is returning to the glen but doesnt fancy the scrambly east spur, the difficulties can be avoided by a traverse path found a short way down the broad southeast ridge, which rejoins the east spur further down. A beautiful and inspiring mountain.
Robert Wall
wrote on January 13, 2003:
Decided to take easy route from A85, cross river, through the forest, on to open hill & head for the ridge between both mountains,bag both peaks and be back early pm. Wrong! Managed to soak one foot in river, cut thumb, take 2 wrong turns in forest, come out under craggs&forced to lose height. Scrambled up snow &i ce as cloud base dropped to 700m. Made summit as visibility dropped to 20ft. Rested & made way back down, managing to by-pass ridge and drop down into wrong valley. Took time & finally got bearings. Trudged back to car weary, wet but in good spirits. Good fun & lessons learned
Rob Jeffries
wrote on August 6, 2002:
The "baggers" route has got to be to traverse from Dubchraig to Oss and then up the SE ridge of Lui (and then onto Beinn a Chleibh) and down to Glen Lochy (if you have a lift - about 7-8 hours and 1.7km of ascent) or back up to Lui and down the Cononish Glen if you don't (about 9.5 hours and 2km of ascent).
Allan Jamieson
wrote on July 15, 2002:
I'd still vote for the Cononish Glen approach as the views to Ben Laoigh ( Lui ) are much better from this direction. It also gives you a bit of time to warm up before starting the climb.
Craig Coid
wrote on May 27, 2002:
Don't believe the comments: the beauty of this mountain can be appreciated from the Glen Lochy approach on a clear day. The view from the top down into the corrie is immense and avoids a very long walk in from either Dalness or Tyndrum. The quickest way is to climb straight up the path to the bealach and strike generally east straight up. Despite this being the quickest route, it is still most enjoyable and the panoramic views are worth the work.
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