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East ridge ascent of Beinn a'Chaorainn with Beinn Teallach.

East ridge ascent of Beinn a'Chaorainn with Beinn Teallach.

Postby mamoset » Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:08 pm

Route description: Beinn a'Chaorainn and Beinn Teallach

Munros included on this walk: Beinn a' Chaorainn (Glen Spean), Beinn Teallach

Date walked: 03/10/2019

Time taken: 7.1 hours

Distance: 21 km

Ascent: 1190m

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Always open to trying new routes, we plumped for these 2 Glen Spean Munros, but decided to ascend Beinn a'Chaorainn via the East ridge after reading Cairngorm Creepers' detailed account of a similar ascent. We parked at Roughburn Forest on a fine morning and followed the track through the Forest, which is currently getting felled.
Stob a; Choire Mheadhoin & Stob Coire Easain from the track.
Stob Ban & Stob Choire Claurigh.
Chno Dearg to Stob Choire Claurigh.
We exited the forest above Allt na h-Uamha, with our intended ascent route in full view.
Our route on the right.
Approaching the ridge.
Fortunately, the route didn't look particularly difficult, and we headed across the moor, where the route up was easy enough to pick out. Ignoring the obvious at times, we made the climb a bit more fun and hands on than it might have been, and were soon alighting on the top, very close to the summit.
Creag Meagaidh.
Looking down the ridge,
Beinn a'Chaorainn summit.
From here, we made a quick detour to the South Top, which turned out to be a good decision, as 3 Golden Eagles flew by us here :clap: Unfortunately, my camera couldn't focus on them against the white sky, so I missed out on pics :thumbdown:
Memorial, looking towards South Top.
Loch Treig.
We retraced our steps over the summit, and made for the North top, before the steep descent down to the bealach Tom Mor.
Stob Poite Coire Ardair & Creag Meagaidh from North Top.
Beinn Teallach & Loch Sguadaig.
Darkening skies.
We sat for a while for refreshments, before heading straight up the body of Beinn Teallach. Eventually, we found a bit of a track, which we followed all the way to the summit.
Beinn Teallach summit.
Fortunately, the cloud that had moved in, stayed well above any summits, so the views all around were good, if a little hazy. We headed South off the summit, and then dropped in to the glen and took the boggy path alongside Allt a'Chaorainn which eventually meets up with the path we took earlier.
Towards the Grey Corries.
Distant Loch Arkaig.
Descent route.
Had no problems fording the Allt, so we arrived nice and dry back at the car. :lol:
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