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The Schoolhouse Rocks (Beinn a'Bheithir)

The Schoolhouse Rocks (Beinn a'Bheithir)


Postby Jokester » Sun Nov 22, 2020 6:13 pm

Route description: Beinn a' Bheithir via Schoolhouse Ridge

Munros included on this walk: Sgòrr Dhearg (Beinn a' Bheithir), Sgòrr Dhònuill (Beinn a' Bheithir)

Date walked: 31/08/2020

Time taken: 6.5 hours

Distance: 15.07 km

Ascent: 1315m

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Now this was a day I enjoyed!

This is variation of the WH route, which has you turn right at the school to take the ridge immediately above Ballachulish. Noticed that one of the Munro books mentions this alternative route which takes in a little bit of scrambling on the way up. Hadn't done much this year so thought, why not!

Parked up at the visitor centre in Ballachulish and set off through the village up towards the school.

ImageIMG_0747 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
First clear view of the way up the 2nd ridge line

Continuing past the old school house takes you onto a path that heads through to Glen Creran. Though there isn't a marked path on the map for heading up the hill and I was a bit worried that the lack of footfall earlier in the year may leave it unclear, there was a prominant track upwards towards the bottom of the ridge. From here it looks a lot more imposing and I was thinking that maybe I had a bitten a bit more off than I could handle.

ImageIMG_0749 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Look up the ridge

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Looking back over to the Mamores and the village

ImageIMG_0756 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
First section of scramble, noting to serious

ImageIMG_0758 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Next section, 15 feet maybe, but good foot and hand holds

ImageIMG_0759 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
And an easier bypass to the left

ImageIMG_0760 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
And that's it done

ImageIMG_0763 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Looking back down the ridge line from the top

ImageIMG_0766 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Sgorr Dhearg comes into view from Sgorr Bhan

ImageIMG_0767 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Looking back towards the Glen Coe Munros

ImageIMG_0773 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Ptarmigan scampering along the path in front of me

ImageIMG_0775 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Looking back from the top of Sgorr Dhearg towards Glencoe village

ImageIMG_0777 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
And looking towards the 2nd Munro Sgorr Dhonuill

ImageIMG_0778 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Looking up from the baelach

ImageIMG_0782 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Final stretch

The hike up to the top suggest that it is quite a small summit, but once up there's a fairly large plateau. I had stopped for lunch at the baelach as the wind had picked up and I though it would be worse up top, but it was beautiful calm day up there so all that was left was to soak up the great views all around.

ImageIMG_0785 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr

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ImageIMG_0788 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr

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After 20 minutes or so, it was time to head back to the car.

ImageIMG_0791 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Group at the top of previous

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ImageIMG_0802 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr

The forestry had done a bit of felling recently, but the path was still clear so there was no problem making progress.

ImageIMG_0807 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Back into the trees

ImageIMG_0808 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Turn left here rather than right, then right at the obvious path off the main track just round the corner

ImageIMG_0811 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Last look back at the ridge.

Good day out this two!
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Re: The Schoolhouse Rocks (Beinn a'Bheithir)

Postby NeepNeep » Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:35 am

Good pics showing the route. I've ever only done it in winter and I laughed when you said that all the scrambling was over. For us, the upper step was the crux in the snow conditions we had but we made over easily though my second needed a rope. I think the thought of a long snow slid probably got to his head a little. A good example of how different a route can be in different conditions. Thanks for posting.
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Re: The Schoolhouse Rocks (Beinn a'Bheithir)

Postby Bod » Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:05 pm

Great report, its always good to the the Schoolhouse ridge, its views are tremendous :D :D :clap:
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Re: The Schoolhouse Rocks (Beinn a'Bheithir)

Postby dogplodder » Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:36 pm

Good to see what Schoolhouse ridge is like, which we missed when we were up a few weeks later. If I'd seen your report then I'd have been reassured about the path through the forest which had previously been given a bad press. 8)
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Re: The Schoolhouse Rocks (Beinn a'Bheithir)

Postby Graeme D » Wed Nov 25, 2020 11:08 pm

Yes, it's a brilliant ascent up that ridge. I fondly remember my day doing this route although I suspect the chap I met between the two Munro summits who had lost the sole off one of his boots has less fond memories of it! :roll:
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Re: The Schoolhouse Rocks (Beinn a'Bheithir)

Postby Jokester » Tue Dec 01, 2020 4:01 pm

dogplodder wrote:Good to see what Schoolhouse ridge is like, which we missed when we were up a few weeks later. If I'd seen your report then I'd have been reassured about the path through the forest which had previously been given a bad press. 8)

Yeah I made a point of reading up on this as I did see comments about it not being an obvious route back to the village, but there was a couple of small sign posts here and there to stear you in the right direction.
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