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Glen Orchy Grahams

Glen Orchy Grahams


Postby weaselmaster » Sun Feb 13, 2022 10:26 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Beinn Bhalgairean, Beinn Donachain, Meall nan Gabhar, Meall Tairbh

Date walked: 13/02/2022

Distance: 45 km

Ascent: 2295m

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This is going to be a short report - I had just written a nice interesting one when my machine crashed and deleted not only the post but killed my external disk drive with all my photos and backup on it 😩. So here's the executive summary of our weekend in the rain.


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Crap windy weather again. Was going to do proper hills (western Mamores) on Friday until Allison asked me to check the avalanche forecast. So we ended up doing Grahams all weekend. To be fair Friday wasn't bad - cold and crisp, nice snow.
We did Meall nan Gabhar and Beinn Bhalgairean from Corryghoil. You used to be able to drive up as far as Succoth Lodge, but no more - so an extra mile each way for this route. Marshy through the forest, then onto track. Turn left under the pylons to face the steep slopes up to the summit of Meall nan Gabhar - ice axes were deployed. From the summit, the diminutive form of the second hill, Bhalgairean could be sen, covered in icing sugar snow.

Image50C47833-FC2B-485F-ABBD-70ADCC0106C3_1_201_a by Al, on Flickr

Image439038AF-D0E3-45A9-BD2F-668211B6DC8F_1_201_a by Al, on Flickr

Meall na Gobhar on right
Image7105F158-09C0-4182-B257-992ED6F18BE0_1_201_a by Al, on Flickr

Image31F7FB0F-8592-41D8-9E5D-5CBA20068AE1_1_201_a by Al, on Flickr

Image9FCF3385-D9E8-4305-B421-BC7ADC52588F_1_201_a by Al, on Flickr

Image2ADFFCC7-F736-4A63-AAB3-966FF7B4F61B_1_201_a by Al, on Flickr

Image8C96925F-43A7-47BF-B7F8-FA0024E26F7C_1_201_a by Al, on Flickr

Steep!
Image3FE2F9F0-E871-4B7D-97A3-FD23E279F871_1_201_a by Al, on Flickr

ImageF253B732-23B4-4740-A24C-5BABA5F2AC77_1_201_a by Al, on Flickr

Bhalgairean
Image23F81D2F-1201-422B-ADC0-D4A4FB118D8C_1_201_a by Al, on Flickr

Bit of a trek across to it, dipping down into the forestry in Coire Lair. Then onto track for a bit, across a deer fence and onto the hillside for a short snowy plod to the summit. Back the way that we'd come then back along the track to the start. I'd chosen Meall Tairbh and Beinn Suidhe for Saturday, so it made sense to head to Victoria Bridge and camp in the woods there overnight. We met a couple of guys in a van who'd been there the previous night - icy cold and clear - they'd got some great pictures of the aurora, lucky sods. Still never seen it. We knew that we'd get no such luck tonight as rain was due to start soon and continue indefinitely. We pitched before the dark or the rain fell, but it was a wet and windy night.

View back to Gobhar and Beinn a'Chleibh
Image67A58233-C19E-44A8-9B29-FD37ED91F326_1_201_a by Al, on Flickr

Loch Awe
Image96E4CBFB-CF9B-4D7A-A43C-B247662C5B72_1_201_a by Al, on Flickr

Image31A93BB5-BE9E-417A-BA27-981CBD5FFD0F by Al, on Flickr

Hard to get out of bed when it's chucking stair rods against the tent. Dragged ourselves out eventually and set off for Meall Tairbh, along the road to the "camping bridge" where two old timers and a dug were ensconced in a couple of vans and an awning that was getting blasted by the wind. marshy ground to the start of the shoulder of the hill, then a succession of false summits before the top is finally reached. I'd started to descend to continue the route to Beinn Suidhe but Allison decided enough was enough, it was endurance rather than enjoyment so we turned around and started back. We stopped for lunch, failing to find any shelter. I got the emergency shelter orange thing out to find that the clear window in it was coming apart and was therefore not really providing emergency shelter. Just as well noticed on a coffee break stop rather than the real thing...it is about 10 years old mind.


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Nice morning
Image706CE76E-AD6D-429C-913C-60B8EA50BA32_1_201_a by Al, on Flickr

ImageEE293B31-29E4-4C51-A2F6-FD7484084F6B_1_201_a by Al, on Flickr

ImageF43864E3-1A8D-4C5B-A3D0-32947CA277EF_1_201_a by Al, on Flickr

ImageF1E941B4-82FB-40FF-810B-CC9710514054 by Al, on Flickr

We walked back in the relentless rain and decided just to pitch the tent and have an early finish rather than trying to do anything else - we were both quite tired after a busy week. The rain did stop for a time then came back all guns blazing overnight, along with high winds.

Sunday was a bit better - we chatted to a guy in a van in the car park whilst we got packed up, also found we had the attentions of a young stag, who'd inveigled haylege from the trailer of bales parked up in the car park, then come to investigate the guy's breakfast noodles. Allison, big softie, gave him a Trek bar, which was well received.


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We headed down Glen Orchy, enjoying the white water rapids as the river, swollen with snowmelt and the recent and relentless rain, raced to the sea. Parked at Eas Urchaidh and set off through the woods for Beinn Donachain - we'd done this previously from Glen Strae and I'd suggest today's route is far superior. On track til almost 500m, then onto open hillside, over Creag nan Nighean before Donachain becomes visible. Some snow left on the south facing slopes, we found a stile to make our way over the deer fence easier. Back the same way, no energy left to think about adding Beinn Na Sroine today - that'll do far another, drier day

Image8EA16DED-D479-41C9-8434-24DA4F2BA01E_1_201_a by Al, on Flickr

Image5D661E9B-7BE0-4FD4-A2D6-C9930A82870D_1_201_a by Al, on Flickr

This is not Beinn Donachain
Image46081144-123E-4E76-82D3-519FCC7F7A06_1_201_a by Al, on Flickr

Creag nan Nighean
Image49D42BFA-25E8-4AC1-A179-EBF16F298625_1_201_a by Al, on Flickr

Donachain
Image76991AC6-2E35-4AFD-9098-F9E3CCC44499_1_201_a by Al, on Flickr

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ImageBD887A8E-B80D-4E1C-B7A6-DD8490D76A32 by Al, on Flickr
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Re: Glen Orchy Grahams

Postby Graeme D » Mon Feb 14, 2022 4:42 pm

Aye. It was another fairly grim weekend of weather. I was parked up in that car park by Victoria Bridge by the back of 8 yesterday morning to do the long walk in to Aighenan. Pretty sure I remember that green van parked up there at that point. Can't remember much about getting back to the car park 12 hours later - I was completely wasted after that long walk back out Glen Kinglas in the dark! :shock:
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Re: Glen Orchy Grahams

Postby weaselmaster » Mon Feb 14, 2022 5:12 pm

Graeme D wrote:Aye. It was another fairly grim weekend of weather. I was parked up in that car park by Victoria Bridge by the back of 8 yesterday morning to do the long walk in to Aighenan. Pretty sure I remember that green van parked up there at that point. Can't remember much about getting back to the car park 12 hours later - I was completely wasted after that long walk back out Glen Kinglas in the dark! :shock:

That’s a long way to go! I think I might have spotted you heading out as I was getting out the tent
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