2 out of 3 ain't bad!
by Jockstar » Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:13 am
Route description: Beinn a'Ghlo
Munros included on this walk: Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain, Carn Liath (Beinn a'Ghlo)
Date walked: 04/06/2011
Time taken: 11 hours
Distance: 18 km
Ascent: 1070mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
signalled for us to head towards the clear path that scarred the ascent to our first munro of the day, Carn Liath.
The weather conditions were perfect and as we got higher we were able to see more clearly Loch Moraig and also the road through the estate that seemed to go on forever. What we didn't know was how important that road would become as a focus for us to get back to the car.
We could also see the great view towards the south.
With good conditions for climbing we were zig zagging our way to the first munro in good time. There was a hint of cloud starting to appear as we got nearer to the top but at that point there was nothing to worry about.
Glamis Castle - the home of the Duke of Atholl - in the distance easily recognised with the white stone.
As we got to the cairn and trig point of Carn Liath there was now a noticeable clag starting to appear. But we had fine views to the north and to the 2nd and 3rd Munros, so without hesitation we had the obligatory photos and having met another group of walkers we set off down the ridge towards Braigh Coire Chruinn- Bahalgain - BCCB for short. And it was a fine view that we had until we got near to the ascent up to BCCB.
Great views also across to BCCB and Carn nan Gabhar, which gave us a great idea of what we should have seen for the whole walk as it is described in all the walking guides. Unfortunately this would only last another 30 minutes and by the time we reached the cairn at BCCB we had had the best of the day.
Following the clear path towards BCCB we were still able to see our way and climbed steadily up to the top of BCCB and our second munro of the day. However, by this time the visibility was down to 20 metres above 600 mtrs so by the time we reached BCCB cairn we had made good time but conditions were deteriorating. We also had the same guys who had climbed up Carn Liath for company which was great for morale as all the great views had now gone.
We made the decision then as the weather forecast had been for the sun to come through in the afternoon and so we made to towards the third munro. After a short time it started to rain quite steadily and we kept on by map and compass to find the little path down to the right and ended up at a path that would take us down to the Alt Bealach an Fhiodha.
We had missed the bealach to Carn nan Gabhar and so decided that knowing that there was along walk back out of this we followed along the burn and knowing reading previous reports (thanks Gammy) we had a long slog in front of us.
This was born out by the clag with never more than 10 yards visbility and when we did drop down we couldnt get onto any path and had to keep up on the hill to make sure we didn't slip down the slope. So we walked on and eventually after 3 hours walking through heather and grass reached the road that took us back to our car. In my opinion it would be helpful if the walk report made a point that this is a walk on its own of you do the 3rd Munro. Even if the weather was fine it is still a bigger walk than the 13.75 miles.
I will be back to do this again especially as I now know where the paths are on an alternative way into Carn nan Gabhar.
by Jock McJock » Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:33 am
by skuk007 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:09 pm
What's with Mr McNeish's timings on this one, he reckons all three can be done in 6-8 hours.
by gammy leg walker » Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:23 pm
Jockstar wrote:knowing reading previous reports (thanks Gammy) we had a long slog in front of us.
Glad to be of help Brian/Sue
You got more views than I did when doing these 3,and your right its a fair old slog back to the car.
by Jockstar » Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:46 pm
What's with Mr McNeish's timings on this one, he reckons all three can be done in 6-8 hours
I reckon McNeish (or his buddies) must have been on a bike !!! The walk out is 3 hours on its own !
Also I like to take the walk in and enjoy the moment..not run round like a demented dog! though that has been the case a couple of times when we have had to double back
by Alan S » Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:37 pm
I really enjoyed this route apart from the long walk out, that was murder
skuk007 wrote:Nice pictures, before the clag turned up
I didnt know gammy leg walker was even there
by Bod » Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:39 am
by Jockstar » Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:45 am
by pollyh33 » Thu Jun 09, 2011 2:36 pm
You both look fab in your photos, thanks for posting
by Jockstar » Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:32 pm
monty wrote: Never mind it gives you a chance to do the long walk out again
gee thanks Monty...I never thought of that !!!!