A Big Day From Dalwhinnie
by iainwatson » Mon Jun 06, 2011 10:03 am
Route description: Aonach Beag: Four Munros from Culra
Munros included on this walk: Aonach Beag (Alder), Beinn Eibhinn, Carn Dearg (Loch Pattack), Geal-charn (Alder)
Date walked: 04/06/2011
Time taken: 9 hours
Distance: 50 km
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With having booked up to go to Mull this weekend coming to do my 100th Munro,i had left 2 walking days to bag 6 summits,the previous week i chose to complete the Black Mounth hills which left me searching for a route to take in 4 Munro's.It was either going to be The Grey Corries adding in Stob Ban or i could visit the Alder area and bag 4 there........but after researching the route i realised that the day in total would amount to 50km was this possible? i am by no means the fittest hillwalker around and had reservations about taking on so much in one day,would i be able to finish the route? what were my options if i couldnt? i thought it over for a few days with the plan being-
-3 hr drive to dalwhinnie
-2hr cycle to Culra bothy
-8-9 hrs walking the four Munro's
-2hrs back to the car
-3 hrs drive home
With these times in mind i decided to set off at 4:30am and after a coffee and some cereal i was on my way.The drive to Dalwhinnie was great as the roads were so quiet and i made good time arriving at the train station at 7am,got all my gear ready and set off on my bike to head for Culra.The cycle in was pleasant although i was starting to struggle with some of the uphill bits and the previous days worries were coming back to mind about my level of fitness but i struggled on telling myself it was due to the fact it was still so early in the day.
I arrived at the gate at Alder Lodge and after passing through cycled up the track and round the corner to be welcomed of the sight of Culra bothy which still seemed miles away but on i went and cut off the main path to head for the bothy.A short time later i arrived at the bothy and decided to take a ten minute break before setting off up the hillside to the first munro of the day Carn Dearg.
The going was pretty tough especially after the bike ride in but i eventually got up to speed and after an hour and a half reached the cloud covered summit of Carn Dearg,a quick photo and a snack was had before setting off for Geal Charn.
The weather report for the area had promised rain but so far so good and the walk over to Geal Charn was easy going with only the pull up to the grassy plateau where the summit is being quite steep
but around about an hour from leaving Carn Dearg i arrived at the second summit,Geal Charn.
Again a quick pic was taken as i set off for Aonach Beag,with the cloud being low i had no idea how close Aonach Beag was and duly arrived on the third summit after only 25 mins where i had my well deserved lunch and got another summit pic.
At this point i was very happy with the progress i had made and the legs were feeling suprisingly ok so with renewed vigour away i went again in search of the last summit of the day,Beinn Eibhinn.
After just under an hour i reached the summit of Beinn Eibhinn and was a very happy chappy that the bulk of the walk was over,
now just for the descent,the walk back to the bothy and then the small matter of another 15km on the bike back to Dalwhinnie.i returned to the bealach and started to make my way down toward the stalkers path that led back to the bothy eventually breaking in to a quick jog which helped cover the ground in great time,once on the stalkers path it was a very pleasant 5km walk back to the bothy.
Arriving at the bothy i chose to take a ten minute break to get some liquids on board and have a wee tour of the bothy properly,signed the guest book then just as my backside hit the saddle once more the rain which had been promised started and i got soaked on my way back to Alder Lodge but at that moment i could not have cared less,i was feeling great at completing the round way ahead of my prescribed times and i have to say the cycle back to the car was much quicker than the road in.
I arrived back at the car at the back of 4pm and you couldnt have removed the smile on my face if you tried,i was buzzing at having taken,and (in my eyes) beaten the route i had been nervously dreading the whole week.
My times ended up
-2 hrs cycly to Culra bothy
-6 hrs over the four Munro's and back to the bothy
-1hr 15mins cycle back to the car
The drive home was brilliant due to my elation and now,at last i can turn my attention to a weekend on Mull with my family where i can eventually reach the milestone that is 100 Munro's
by davetherave » Mon Jun 06, 2011 10:37 am
Apart from it being a big day, did anything else happen on your journey. Pics and report would be nice !
by iainwatson » Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:51 am
by Stretch » Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:59 pm
by Graeme D » Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:55 pm
Good luck in Mull for the big 100!
by gammy leg walker » Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:59 pm
by dooterbang » Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:16 pm
Got this lined up for myself, so thanks for the info.
Your fairly rattling through the munros, enjoy the ton.
Oh and i love your new photo
by Gable Gable End » Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:29 am
by iainwatson » Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:44 am
greame-if you camp or stay in the bothy you could bag the six no problem in one day....i had even considered it on sat as i was feeling really good upon reaching the stalkers path but Mull would have not been as big a weekend if i had
(and yeh,thought the profile pic was suitable )
by malky_c » Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:53 am
I can't remember how long it took me to do a pretty similar route, but you seem to have got round at a pretty decent pace . One that should have Monty looking over his shoulder
by Alastair S » Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:34 pm
by LeithySuburbs » Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:39 pm
by PeteR » Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:46 pm
by davetherave » Wed Jun 08, 2011 4:14 pm
This brings back memories for us, all good ones. Well nearly.!
Your views were fairly poor all day on the ridge, that was a shame. At least the rain stayed away until you got off the mountain.
We did a 3 day route in the area last year, a pretty big route that was. First 2 days were good. Come our final day we were behind schedule, and when we popped our heads out the tent on that final morning the mist was right down and never lifted the whole day.
We completed 6 on our final day. We bagged the two that sits to the east of Loch Treig, and then ascended Beinn Eibhinn from the west ( my 100th )then carried on along the ridge. We then dropped down to the bothy before walking out.
We never saw a thing on the final day, may have to go back soon for the views.
Enjoy your Mull trip, hope you get the views for 100........
As i said shame about the views.......
by Border Reiver » Wed Jun 08, 2011 4:47 pm