Warning - contains gratuitous shots of the big Buachaille
by smike » Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:02 pm
Route description: Beinn a'Chrulaiste from Altnafeidh
Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn a'Chrulaiste
Date walked: 11/02/2013
Time taken: 4 hours
Distance: 10.5 km
Ascent: 650m8 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Monday promised the best forecast, but the avalanche hazard was fairly high on the majority of Northerly slopes, so we opted for a safer option with some Southerly ridges - so we went for Beinn a'Chrulaiste, just North of the Kingshouse Hotel at the head of Glencoe. I had a sneaky suspicion from the location on the map and the reports that other people had posted that the views to the Big Buachaille might be quite something, so I was secretly very excited!
When the view from the Clachaig Inn is like this, then you know it's gonna be a good day:
This stag at the Kingshouse Hotel was obviously a bit of a show-off and was only too happy to pose with Stob a' Ghlais Choire behind:
The fresh snow had pros and cons - It made the initial boggy section much less boggy, but getting up the first steep slopes of the East ridge was an absolute slog! Thankfully the weather was behaving itself, and we were getting rewarding views to Rannoch Moor and over to Creise, so the effort was well worth it.
The final pull to the summit was very pleasant on nice hard snow with ever-expanding views. The trig point had some fantastic rime formations and it was blowing a gale! The views to Buachaille Etive Mor started opening up and really showed it in it's wonderful winter glory - absolutely stunning!
Me on the summit:
As we descended the very broad West ridge, the views down into Glencoe and across to the big Buachaille were absolutely sublime. It was one of those days that makes you really feel alive - senses heightened and on a natural high - the reason that I will continue to keep coming back for more!
Views to the Mamores:
And more gratuitous shots of the big Buachaille:
All too soon, the descent was over and all was left was the easy stroll along the West Highland Way back to the Kingshouse. Although some of this is uncomfortably close to the A82, the views are still fantastic - and of course it gave one last opportunity to pose for the 'classic' shot of Buachaille Etive Mor that is plastered over calendars and postcards galore:
A quick pint and a bite to eat in the Kingshouse and it was sadly time to head back home. This was an absolutely fantastic hill to do in these conditions. I suspect that in normal summer claggy conditions then it would be a fairly boring heathery, boggy lump. However, on a day like this it really was a hill to savour.
by wilkiemurray » Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:17 pm
by alvason » Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:41 pm
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by The Rodmiester » Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:48 pm
by SAVAGEALICE » Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:00 am
by smike » Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:34 am
The Rodmiester wrote:Makes up for all the rubbish weather days
Tell me about it - the amount of rubbish weather days far outweigh days like this - I've had 2 weeks in the highlands when I haven't seen the sun at all - see pic below from the Ring of Steall last saturday - once above 700m we were in the clag for about 6hrs straight with not so much as a glimpse of a view! However, when luck is on your side and everything falls into place, then it makes all those days worth it.
- Typical day
wilkiemurray wrote:you get some fantastic views from this one
Yeah, some hills are about the climb, where it simply doesn't matter what the weather is doing, the climb is what matters. Some hills are all about the views - this one definitely falls into that category!
SAVAGEALICE wrote:gooorgeous ..looking forward to doing this one thanks for sharing those fabby pics
alvason wrote:Fantastic! Great words and wonderful images. It's easy to flip through, but I got far morer out of the pictures by savouring ... of course!
Thanks - much appreciated
by coachmacca » Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:05 pm
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by tomyboy73 » Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:02 pm
by Sarah86 » Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:27 pm
by Tomsie » Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:45 pm
Hope to do this tomorrow.
by SusieThePensioner » Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:05 pm
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by smike » Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:35 pm