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Carn Dearg then repeat - Glen Roy

Carn Dearg then repeat - Glen Roy

Postby malky_c » Tue Feb 20, 2024 10:19 pm

Route description: The Eachach Càrn Deargs, Glen Roy

Corbetts included on this walk: Càrn Dearg (North of Gleann Eachach), Càrn Dearg (South of Gleann Eachach)

Date walked: 10/02/2024

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 15 km

Ascent: 820m

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Corbetts: Carn Dearg, Carn Dearg.
Date: 10/02/2024.
Distance: 15km.
Ascent: 820m.
Time taken: 6 hours.
Weather: Calm, mostly in cloud and fresh snow.

Day 2 of our long weekend in the hills and we were in bed at home! More indifferent weather hadn't really encouraged us to go away anywhere so despite taking a Friday off work we hadn't been particularly adventurous, settling for a Marilyn near Errogie rather than going out to the west coast. David had joined us so after spending the previous evening racking our brains and the forecasts for somewhere to go, we settled on Glen Roy. The walk wasn't too long and it looked like there might be some less gloomy weather over that way. The wind had dropped at least.

The drive down the A82 was pretty miserable and we had left an hour later than intended. By the time we reached the end of the road in Glen Roy (via some worryingly rickety bridges) it had gone 11:30. At least it wasn't actually raining at this point, and we were somewhere that none of us had been before (my previous trips up the glen had not reached the road end and I went up these hills from the north last time).

ImageBack down Glen Roy from the end of the road

We passed the lodge then went over a bridge crossing the River Turret. There were farm tracks around here taking us up Glen Turret towards our first hill. Given our late start, we stopped next to a ruin for lunch. We had passed a couple of people coming back down the glen and there were a stampede of footprints in the wet snow ahead of us - that explained the 3 minibuses parked next to our car! We reckoned there was a group of 15 of so ahead of us - most likely a university club looking for somewhere a bit lower than the obvious summits on a gloomy day.

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ImageGlen Turret

The flank of the hill was steep and slippery with fresh snow but there were views of a kind back down the glen. After negotiating many peat hags the snow became deeper but was soft for the most part. It appeared that the group ahead (who we never caught up with) were probably doing exactly the same walk as us. It certainly made navigation and breaking trail easier.

ImageBack down Glen Turret


Finally the next steepening indicated the summit of the northern Carn Dearg of this pair. Although the cloud didn't clear it was quite thin and we could see the sun through it occasionally - would it finally break? Not on this summit.

ImageJackie and David near the summit of the northern Carn Dearg

ImageGlimpse of sun

On the descent to the col things did finally clear a bit and give us some perspective on the surrounding countryside. Jackie slipped on the re-ascent but before too long we were on the more southern Carn Dearg.

ImageCloud clearing from the northern Carn Dearg

While the cloud didn't quite lift at the top, we could soon see down Glen Roy to the Aonachs and Grey Corries - best view of the day! Most of the descent was quite pleasant with this ahead of us, although the going did get a little heathery lower down. It didn't take that much effort to get onto the track along the glen, from where it was an easy walk back in the gathering dusk.

ImageDown Glen Roy from the southern Carn Dearg

As it wasn't quite dark, Jackie and I decided to have a dip in a nice pool we'd spotted in the River Turret on the way up - this amused David no end but he wasn't persuaded (in fact I wasn't going to bother myself!)

ImageJackie in the River Turret

ImageMe in the River Turret

Quite a nondescript day in many ways but also enjoyable - Glen Roy was a spot I don't go much so it was nice to be somewhere different. It also reminded me that I need to just get out sometimes and stop downgrading plans due to the weather - This year so far has seen a bit of a lack of motivation!
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Re: Carn Dearg then repeat - Glen Roy

Postby Graeme D » Wed Feb 21, 2024 5:03 pm

It certainly takes a particular kind of mindset and mentality to fully appreciate this pair of wonderfully imaginatively named hills! Looks like you got the routine, grim experience, much like myself! :roll:
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Re: Carn Dearg then repeat - Glen Roy

Postby rockhopper » Mon Feb 26, 2024 9:33 pm

malky_c wrote: It also reminded me that I need to just get out sometimes and stop downgrading plans due to the weather - This year so far has seen a bit of a lack of motivation!
Yup, I know what you mean :roll: Have occasionally thought about taking up wild swimming (images of sunny lochs come to mind) until I see your photos than reality bites - don't know how you two manage it in winter.
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