A very long walk for one Corbett!
by bootsandpaddles » Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:37 am
Munros included on this walk: An Sgarsoch, Beinn Dearg (Blair Atholl), Carn an Fhidhleir (Carn Ealar)
Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Bhreac
Date walked: 09/04/2011
Time taken: 17 hours
Distance: 52 km
Ascent: 2330m1 person thinks this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
The heathery slopes of Beinn Bhreac were a bit of a struggle (well for me anyway) and we sat at the cairn for a while trying to identify hills across the way in the Cairngorms. Then down again through boggy ground to reach our campsite at NN887836. There were grouse everywhere and we had occasional glimpses of deer in the distance as we brewed up and cooked our dinner.
The next morning was fine and clear so we were away early on our way up Carn an Fhidhleir, reaching the summit before 9am. I don't think the ptarmigan had expected to see people quite so early! It was then nice easy walking down the rdige towards the south top before descending east to the boggy bealach where we spotted another tent and someone having a leisurely Sunday morning. The way up An Sgarsoch looked incredibly steep but in the event was not too bad (if you took a bit of a breather where it levels out a bit!). After a snack at the summit cairn (the last of the Xmas cake!) we strolled round the broad sweep of the hill to Carn Greannach and then descended rocky slopes to reach the Tarf Water close to the building at NN956798.
Crossing the river here meant a refreshing paddle. As we were drying our feet in the sun and having lunch on the opposite bank a guy came along from the the west. He told us what must be the ultimate tale of navigational disasters. He had been up Carn A' Chlamain and was descending to Glen Tilt aiming to catch the 2pm bus back from Blair Atholl to Glasgow. When he was almost in Glen Tilt he had followed the track round to the right and just kept going north and somehow managed to continue on this course until he reached the Tarf Bothy! Carrying on east alongside the Tarf Water he encountered us. Then he hurried off aiming to catch the 6pm bus instead! I hope he made it.
After our lunch we took the track up past Dun Mor and over to Glen Tilt. Then the long walk back to Bridge of Tilt, past Forest Lodge, Marble Lodge and Gilbert's Bridge. The last 4km were very hard going (sore back, sore shoulder, headache - too much sun!) and I was incredibly relieved to get back to the car. However, a couple of large 99s in Pitlochry revived us sufficiently for the drive home.
Katie got 3 new Munros and a Corbett out of this expedition whilst I only got one Corbett. I wonder if this is the furthest anyone has walked for one Corbett!
Day1: 22K 1250 m of ascent
Day2: 30K 1180m of ascent
by foggieclimber » Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:07 pm
Brought back lots of nice memories of doing a similar long circuit with an old pal.
I did Beinn Mheadhonach, Beinn Dearg then Beinn Bhreac camped then walked back via Carn a'Chlamain - so not as long as your epic. Hard work carrying all the camping gear!
- Posts: 1041
- Joined: Aug 9, 2009
by Alastair S » Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:49 pm
by ChrisW » Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:28 pm
by LeithySuburbs » Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:44 pm
bootsandpaddles wrote:I wonder if this is the furthest anyone has walked for one Corbett!
Sorry to disappoint you - Tarf Hotel Trip - .
Looks a great trip anyway and a report to match .
by malky_c » Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:27 am
Beinn Bhreac and Beinn Mheadhonach are high on my hitlist, anong with another visit to some Beinn Dearg and some bothies I think. Quitre fancy walking out down the Feshie instead and making a full traverse of the area, but will need to wait and see.
That looked like a good couple of days regardless
by sketch » Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:02 am
by gaffr » Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:15 pm
by annesbob1 » Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:47 pm
Got 1747 train back to Glasgow and have posted up my TR on www.scottishhills.com if you want a laugh and the full explanation
I use the same name as on here
PS it was nice meeting you two
by Bod » Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:14 am
by bootsandpaddles » Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:46 am
Glad you got back OK. It's a long walk back along Glen Tilt, isn't it! I'll have a look at your walk report.
by bootsandpaddles » Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:01 am
I have had a look at your walk report. Your route was very similar to ours (apart from the huge detour! ). With hindsight I wonder if you were relying too much on the GPS and not checking regularly on your map to see where you were. We tend to rely on the map and compass and have the GPS as a back up rather than the other way round. Which is not to say that we have never been "lost" but I think you have more chance of spotting that you have gone wrong if you check the map quite often.