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On Top of Drumochter on a round of 4

On Top of Drumochter on a round of 4

Postby Grisu » Thu Aug 03, 2023 4:49 pm

Route description: A' Mharconaich and Geal Chàrn, Drumochter

Munros included on this walk: A' Mharconaich, Beinn Udlamain, Geal-chàrn (Drumochter), Sgàirneach Mhòr

Date walked: 28/07/2023

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 26 km

Ascent: 1252m

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Well, I definitely wasn't running like @Amoveritas one day later, so it took me a little bit longer than him, but the weather was fairly good this day, apart from the first munro when reaching the plateau, I got right into the predicted weather.
But it didn't take long and the rain stopped and soon the mist lifted, too, so the rest of the day was just fine. Only the wind was quite strong in some places but the sun got stronger and warmer throughout the day.
At the wide bealach I met a women at a windshelter cairn who was waiting for her friend to come down from Geal-charn. She had already done this munro, so she had come up the track. We had a little chat about our plans of day and it turned out that they, too, intended to do the round with all four munros.
So we regularly met again on each summit. At the end they kindly offered me a lift back to the car park at Balsporran Cottages - THANKS a LOT for this :D :thumbup:
It is a very nice and enjoyable circuit. Although a long walk it is really worth to combine the two walks :D :D
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The start of the walk from Balsporran Cottages - it is alwasy nice to have a sign!
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Sheep is watching me closely.
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Only one cairn and a half is left of the ,,road of cairn"

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Meeting the clag right in time.

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Loch Ericht veiled by wafts of mist

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But soon the mist lifted, only Ben Alder kept itself mysteriously in clouds.

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... and the next two munros still were hidden in mist.

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nice staircase
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little window towards Balsporran Cottages

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dnd spotlights on posh Ben Alder Lodge

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Junction: for A' Mharonaich turn left, for Beinn Udlamain turn right or go straight ahead when you come from A' Mharonaich.

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here they come
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Just follow the path, supported by a line of fenceposts

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Beinn Udlamain's decorated summit cairn

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here they come again

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Ben Alder disclosed eventually

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Outlook to the fourth: Sgàirneach Mhòr and the looong slope

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summit view

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summit view

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bealach at the head of Coire Dhomhain

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long slope but nice walking on soft heathery and mossy ground
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Nice path like a red carpet leading to the final destination

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Trigpoint at Sgràineach Mhòr

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Nice summit view towards the sunny side of Allt Coire Dhomhain

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runner's short cut (don't do it!)
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further down it got pretty warm

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end of story

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outlook to Beinn Udlamain
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