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Drumochter duo again

Drumochter duo again

Postby Coop » Sat Jul 15, 2023 6:08 pm

Route description: Beinn Udlamain and Sgàirneach Mhòr

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Udlamain, Sgàirneach Mhòr

Date walked: 15/07/2023

Time taken: 4.35 hours

Distance: 16.61 km

Ascent: 783m

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Nearly never got up , due to being tired and thinking maybe I'd got it wrong with the weather.
Anyway hauled myself up, out the door at half 5ish - destination layby 79.

Set off during a lull in the rain and came to the 1st obstacle- the stream was flowing rather rapidly with a fair amount of water !!!
One big jump and one wee jump and two streams crossed.
Down to my bridge and onto the hill straight after crossing it
A wet boggy climb up and a couple of drizzles - better than expected.
On up to the summit of Sgàirneach Mhòr- quite a contrast to feb 2017 in the snow!!!.
Looking back to the Sow of Atholl

Sgàirneach Mhòr summit


Chilled for 10, the mist came in a wee bit and time to head down round and up the 200m give or take, up to beinn Udlamain

Most bigger summits around had some clouds on top but the odd view was had - and appreciated
A Mharconaich nearly clear

The fara ( iirc that was a steep ascent!!!)

Lefr to right, The fara, gael charn , a Mharconaich

Headed in the direction of A Mharconaich following the fenceline roughly- then I decided to head down towards the stream and track back. It was steep, very steep, and the heavens opened up big time. Wasn't bothered about the rain . I was just going down slowly taking care. I think I'd come down too early as I was making for the very start of the track. If I'd carried on a bit whilst still up high it may not have been such a steep descent.
Anyway , back on the track in one piece and the nice walk back
Glad id got my erse up and got out. It was worth it.
Such a contrast to early 2017 when I was up on these last.
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