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Crianlarich Hills - Cruach Ardrain & Beinn Tulaichen

Crianlarich Hills - Cruach Ardrain & Beinn Tulaichen


Postby jwramsay » Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:06 pm

Route description: Cruach Ardrain and Beinn Tulaichean

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Tulaichean, Cruach Ardrain

Date walked: 11/06/2011

Time taken: 8.5 hours

Distance: 12.5 km

Ascent: 1025m

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On Saturday 11th June 2011, Peter and I headed for Cruach Ardrain and Beinn Tulaichen on the A82 at Crianlarich.

Conditions were ideal all the way from Glasgow but as soon as we got out of the car it started to drizzle.

We parked up at the long carpark off the A82 and hit the cowfield and the underpass of the railway, up the landrover track which you head left for Cruach Ardrian or right for An Caisteal, so we peeled off left down the sub path to the rickety old bridge. There is no track at this point, we stuck to the fence beside the conifer woodsand then started to cut diagonally onto the ridge, where we picked up the official path.

The track is undulating and eventually gets to the steeper ascent up Cruach Ardrain, which splits at around 3000 feet, to the right the path down to the beallach and back up to Beinn Tulacihen. This is clearly marked by a small cairn. As the clouds had moved in we decided to follow this track first and then you return to the same pint. An easy ascent of a few hundred feet then got us our 2nd munro of the day Cruach Ardrain.

The clouds came and went, so we got a bit of a view.

We returned via the same route but cut off diagonally left long before the path finished to descend down to the rickety old bridge and back along the landrover track to the car.

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This is the landrover track and the subtrack down to the rickety old bridge:
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Climb along the forest's edge (good for sheltering from the rain too!):
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Localized rain shower:
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Onto the ridge now, view of Cruach Ardrain and the other ridge (it's Y shaped):
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And now the cloud is spilling in:
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Gully with Mighty Ben More behind:
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Cloud clears to allow us to see Beinn Tulaichen from Cruach Ardrain:
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And now we can see the summit of Cruach Ardrain:
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The beallach between the BIG TWO:
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Looks as though the weather is going to improve:
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Almost at the summit of Cruach Ardrain:
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View up to Tyndrum from Crianlarich with Ben Nevis behind:
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Me at the summit with that cloud rolling in again:
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Re: Crianlarich Hills - Cruach Ardrain & Beinn Tulaichen

Postby skuk007 » Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:23 pm

Cracking pics jw. Those clouds that came rolling in really add to the dramatic effect. :)
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Re: Crianlarich Hills - Cruach Ardrain & Beinn Tulaichen

Postby ChrisW » Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:23 am

Nice wander JW and fantastic pics - love the broken cloud formations allowing a peek at the hills beyond - brilliant :D
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Re: Crianlarich Hills - Cruach Ardrain & Beinn Tulaichen

Postby MG1976 » Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:27 pm

Thank You JW for posting this report.
I've been doing my head in for days now, and unbeknown to you, this report has just made everything crystal clear.

I'm at work right now, so my own report that needs to follow this (to make sense of my reply here) will have to wait, but i promise to post it within the next few days.

It will make you laugh, and then some..
(And the rest of you can point and snigger, as well)

All i'll say is this...

The Munros i'll be writting about will be as follows:
Cruach Ardain
Beinn Tulaichen

The title of my report will have to be:
"I couldn't have BINNEIN - MORE wrong: A lesson in paying attention to your map"

Martin
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Re: Crianlarich Hills - Cruach Ardrain & Beinn Tulaichen

Postby jwramsay » Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:52 pm

Aye, if you'd have been up Ben More your legs would have let you know!!

The clouds did add a lot to that day, but the shots are all taken during clearish parts!

The paths are ideal, you canny get lost up there in the clag.
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