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schiehallion -west ridge

schiehallion -west ridge


Postby AlisonFox66 » Sun Aug 07, 2011 11:44 am

Munros included on this walk: Schiehallion

Date walked: 05/08/2011

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 13.5 km

Ascent: 880m

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Being a perverse sort of person , this route had been on my mind for a while .
Most other Munros usually have at least one alternative route , but not Schiehallion - I guess this was the reason for trying this
I got off the train at Pitlochry and the 8.52 Broons Bus to Kinloch Rannoch was in the west end car park . The driver recognised me , I travel that bus around twice a year but for some reason people remember me .
it is a good bus service and I got chatting to the driver before we set off . I told him my intention and he gave me some advice on my route . I promised that i would get the 16.45 bus back just to reassure him that I had got down safely .
The bus dropped me off at Kinloch Rannoch . The problem I have with the east ridge of Schiehallion is that it is such a long way to the start from the bus route and I usually need to hitchhike .No such problem with the west ridge . It was quite a short walk (2 miles) round to the start at grid ref 690576. I went up the track next to a farm and followed the Tempar Burn easily upwards . Schiehallion looked magnificent in the distance .

At about Grid Refernce 697560, I set off up the ridge of Schiehallion.There wasn't much of a track but there was no real difficulty either . the going was very heathery at first , getting less so as I climbed . The climb was steep but no scrambling and I was at the top in just over three hours from Kinloch Rannoch.

The summit was a delight , both for the hill itself and also for the number of children on the summit . It seemed to be the fourth or fifth Munro for a lot children - what a great starter hill.

I returned the same way , to keep my promise to the bus driver . I resisted the temptation to break this promise and hitchhike back to Pitlochry , but could not resist an ice-cream in Kinloch Rannoch .

I great day and guess little things please little minds - I had been up the hill the naughty way and was pleased

I would like to return in winter as I think this ridge would go really well with crampons .

if you have a car - er... could be tricky , no i am not sure where to park for this

The timings for this walk include the distance walked from Kinloch Rannoch and back and I was slower than usual so it isn't that long a day
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Re: schiehallion -west ridge

Postby malky_c » Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:14 am

Hmm...doing this ridge then dropping down into Gleann Mor on the south side would give a completely different perspective on the hill to the usual route. I'm sure the Tempar Burn is mentioned in one of my Munro books, but with a note saying access is discouraged. Lucky we now have better legislation :)

Does the bus go all the way to Rannoch Station? it could give some useful additional options for when I do Beinn Pharlagain if so.
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Re: schiehallion -west ridge

Postby AlisonFox66 » Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:11 pm

The bus goes all the way to Rannoch station on Mondays, Wedesndays and Fridays only
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Re: schiehallion -west ridge

Postby morag1 » Mon Aug 08, 2011 4:01 pm

Didnt know there is an alternative route up Schiehallion, thanks for the info :thumbup:

Have just looked at your hill-bagging count. It is very impressive Alison, cant be many hills you have not climbed?
Think you must have more hills ticked off than anyone else on this site :D
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Re: schiehallion -west ridge

Postby kinley » Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:42 pm

You can park a car near West Tempar - NN 690 505 if I remember right. We took a look at a N approach to Carn Mairg a few years back from there.

Considered that approach to Schiehallion at the time - sounds alright. 8)
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Re: schiehallion -west ridge

Postby Klaasloopt » Wed Aug 10, 2011 3:18 pm

All approaches to Schiehallion seem more interesting to me than the standard east ridge option. For instance, there's routes from the south: across from Fortingall (bus from Pitlochry), from Garth Castle, both including Gleann Mor and the caves. Or from SW, across the Cairn Mairg / Carn Gorm set of hills to the foot of the east ridge. For campers.

Good to hear from someone who doesnt use a car. And what a list of climbed hills!
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Re: schiehallion -west ridge

Postby Graeme D » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:54 pm

No piccies??? :( Interesting route - one I'll bear in mind for when I finally get around to revisiting my first Munro.
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