Ascent of Ben Rinnes on 2017-09-24

Climber: James Stone

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, September 24, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ben Rinnes
    Elevation:2759 ft / 840 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at the Ben Rinnes car park just off the B9009. Although I was there quite early someone had beaten me to it. Indeed I met him as he was descending off Ben Rinnes. The weather forecast was for strong wind and clouds above the tops, but no rain. That was what I got. The summit trig is in amongst the tor at the top. The hill provides a grand viewpoint though today the long distance views were limited by the cloud that covered the higher hills around.

I did not stay too long as it was chilly with the wind, even hidden behind rocks. So I made a swift descent back towards the car.

As it was still early I wondered what the two rounded hills ahead of me were. I do not recommend climbing without maps, but this is what I was doing today.... I managed to download a map on to my phone and noted that Meikle Conval and Little Conval were what I was looking at. So I decided to give them a go.

There is a narrow peaty path up Meikle Conval from the car park. whilst this peters out near the dome-like top, the cairn and slighlty higher nearby ground was easy to find. The track shown on the map as coming up this hill from the Little Conval side exists mainly in the mind of the map maker. There was squelchy runnels of peat which had probably been made by vehicles. But these were mainly eroded and I tended to avoid them.

At the col a better vehicle track was available to take me up Little Conval. But there was a shortcut path that went up directly cutting out the zigzags of the vehicle track. So I took this. The summit is a small cairn in amongst grass. The trig point a hundred metres further on is clearly lower but a good viewpoint. The vehicle track runs past it.

I returned to the col between Meikle and Little Conval and then took forest roads around the west side of Meikle Conval to get back to the road about 400m from the car park. The dampness in the forest led to a profusion of various types of fungus - interesting. Just under 5 hours for the entire trip including stops.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1726 ft / 526 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1726 ft / 526 m
    Start Trailhead:1033 ft / 314 m
Descent Statistics

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