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The Luss Classic

The Luss Classic


Postby Craiging619 » Sun Apr 10, 2011 7:51 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Beinn Dubh, Beinn Eich, Cruach an t-Sidhein, Doune Hill

Date walked: 09/04/2011

Time taken: 9.5 hours

Distance: 20.5 km

Ascent: 1700m

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It's been almost six months since my last hillwalk, so I figured it was about time to get back into the swing of things now the weather's picking up again. My last attempt at these hills ended in disappointment when a friend and I had to turn back at the summit of Beinn Eich amidst appalling conditions, and I was determined to return soon and complete the round of the four Grahams around Glen Mollochan. Yesterday I caught the Citylink bus up to Luss and set off at 9.30, with the whole day ahead of me. Unlike last time, conditions got steadily better rather than worse! 8)

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Beinn Eich from the roadside at Edentaggart. A stile and signpost point the way to Beinn Eich just before the farm.

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Immediately, a great view opens up down Glen Luss to Loch Lomond and Conic Hill.

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Just like last time, the path was lost after the second drystone wall, but by turning North and finding the ridge line, it was regained.

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In 1hr 10mins the summit of Beinn Eich was reached. The cloud finally started to break at this point, giving a bird's eye of Glen na Caorainn to the South.

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From Beinn Eich I followed a faint path along the ridge to a col at 544m, then stayed roughly level to reach for the 515m col between Beinn Lochain and Cruach an t-Sídhean.

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In about 20 minutes from the col, the summit of Cruac an t-Sídhean is reached. The views open out to Loch Long, Faslane and Cowal to the West.

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A great view across to the next summit, Doune Hill.

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I returned to the col and climbed Beinn Lochain before turning North just before the summit and aiming for the trig point of Doune Hill, the highest of the Luss Hills.

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A short descent North-East to a col reveals the last summit, Beinn Dubh, to the East.

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The long descent down this gully to Glen Mollochan was, surprisingly, the least pleasant part of the day. Conditions were muddy and, when combined with the steepness, meant I was bound to fall over at some point. At least no-one was watching.

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After escaping the gully and wandering through hummocky grass for what seemed like forever, I steadied myself for the long final push up Beinn Dubh. Thankfully, the ridge was so steep that height was gained quickly and views opened out again over Glen Mollochan.

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Doune Hill from the West ridge of Beinn Dubh.

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With much relief, the final Graham of the day was bagged, affording great views to the North to The Cobbler and the Arrochar Alps.

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The Eastern ridge of Beinn Dubh heads towards Loch Lomond before dropping sharply towards Luss.

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An amazing view over Inverbeg and the loch to Ben Lomond.

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The Northern part of the loch is visible through the haze.

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From the subsidary (642m) top of Beinn Dubh, a good path descends the South-Eastern ridge to Luss. The views of the loch here were breathtaking, and rounded off a great day magnificently.

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I wanted to make the 7pm bus to Balloch, so ended up having to jog down the hill to the bridge at Luss. Not too easy after four mountains!
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Re: The Luss Classic

Postby GraemeMac » Sun Apr 10, 2011 8:17 pm

Looks like a great day. A good way to get great views of the loch without the crowds of people, like on ben lomond
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Re: The Luss Classic

Postby ChrisW » Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:04 pm

great report & some real atmosphere in some of those pics :D
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Re: The Luss Classic

Postby IainWhite » Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:03 pm

great report, and the pics are good to, looks like a bit off a treck :D
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Re: The Luss Classic

Postby lomondwalkers » Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:16 am

Great report, thats a tough walk after a 6 month lay off. Been up most of the Luss hills as they are just 20 mins up the road, the descent off Doune hill really is a bugger :lol:
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