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Beinn a'Ghlo

Beinn a'Ghlo

Postby Bensc01t » Sun Mar 12, 2023 2:54 pm

Route description: Beinn a' Ghlò

Munros included on this walk: Bràigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain, Càrn Liath (Beinn a' Ghlò), Càrn nan Gabhar

Date walked: 24/09/2022

Time taken: 9 hours

Distance: 22 km

Ascent: 1240m

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My group climbing towards Carn Laith's summit

For my first ever munro walk, Beinn a'Ghlo was a fine choice. I was staying in Killiecrankie with the Glasgow University Mountaineering Club, which I had just joined to get into more mountain climbing. The weather that day was nothing but impeccable, with nearly clear skies, albeit moderate wind gusting. My club had two groups go up, mine of which was the slower one. Set on the normal route through We begun by circa 08:00 from the car park near Loch Moraig. Bog levels on the path were low, but we were clear of that soon enough and begun a steep ascent up the side of Carn Laith. At this point, one of the other beginners in my group had to drop out due to their leg and the faster group ended up shedding three of their members to join our group. One of our group leaders took the hurt beginner back, and the rest of us continued on to the summit, which we reached at about 09:40.

My group reaching the plateau of Carn nan Gabhar

The wind was high on the summit, and my layering gave little maneuverability with shedding as I was wearing a very thermal coat over a single thermal shirt. Regardless, the views were great for us, and we continued on along the ridge to the next summit, Bràigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain. Wind remained high, but my group continued on just fine and reached the next summit at roughly 11:10. Afterwards, we had lunch shortly past the hilltop where we had cover from the wind. My group continued to the third summit, Carn nan Gabhar, passing the faster group while ascending up the side of the third hill. We reached the final summit circa 12:40 and took a short break to admire the views, shielding ourselves from the high winds behind the large cairn.

With the three summits done, we made our way back to the dip between Bràigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain and Carn nan Gabhar, taking a path that then led down towards the mountains' base. More bogs were encountered there, but we were able to reach a more touristy path soon enough and finished the long walk back to the car park, which we reached by around 16:00.
Summit of Carn nan Gabhar
Summit of Bràigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain
Summit of Carn Laith
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