Carn Bhac - Hill of peatbanks!
by Redrock » Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:11 pm
Munros included on this walk: Carn Bhac
Date walked: 15/08/2011
Time taken: 8.1 hours
Distance: 19.3 km
Ascent: 890mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
It had been a few weeks since my last outing on the hills - with my 100th at Creag Meagaidh on 21 July. Family and work commitments had taken me elsewhere since but now Mrs R and I were at Braemar camping overnight and the opportunity was there for me to get back on the hills. And after an even longer break - since April - Mrs R was up for coming too. So the search was on for a reasonably straightforward Munro that we could climb. Carn Bhac seemed to fit the bill. I had climbed Beinn Iutharn Mhor from the south earlier in the year and only Carn Bhac remained to be ascended from Glen Ey. So I figured out the shortest route from Inverey was via Cairn nan Seileach using a hill track that climbs the ridge from the ruin at Auchelie - then I discovered that Kevsbald had just posted a walk report of that same route: http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=13447 (Thanks Kevsbald!) so that decided us that it was a route worth taking (but it did take us rather longer!)
We parked in the good wee car park at Inverey and set off up the lovely Glen Ey looking great in it's late summer colours.
I did pay a visit to The Colonel's Bed and wondered what finally happened to him after his time hiding out here with the help of his lady.
But we had a hill to climb and Mrs R was already waiting for me at the ruin at Auchelie ready to start the climb up onto the Cairn nan Seileach ridge. So I thought I had better lead the way!
The track gave quick access to the ridge and the walking was very pleasant. It didn't have that bulldozed feel that some tracks have! Soon we could see Carn Bhac rising ahead of us.
But our track ended on the ridge just south of point 731m and we then had to set off across very boggy country! Not Mrs R's favourite ground. We were heading for the beallach to the east of Carn Bhac but as we contoured round Carn Creagach that involved some rather rough country!
Finally we made it to the beallach and from there the ascent was fairly straightforward - although through more peat bogs at first. The hill was certainly worthy of its name.
It was nice to see some rocky ground at the summit. In fact the summit ridge seems to be a ridge made up of loose rock! The sun even came out for us as we rested and snacked at the cairn.
Now, I also like to visit (and bag! ) Munro tops. So I finally convinced Mrs R that it was worth the extra effort to visit the SW top of Carn Bhac and we set of to cover the extra couple of kilometres to get there and back. We both enjoyed the brisk ridge walk to the top and we took in views of the surrounding hills on the way.
Beinn a' Ghlo seemed to be taking more of its fair share of the showers that day and it's summits were often in the cloud.
By contrast the Cairngorms were looking much brighter most of the time - although with occasional dark clouds and heavy showers bearing down on them from time to time.
The return route we took was round the shoulder of Carn Bac on its southern flank then towards Carn Creagach, taking a higher line on its north-west slope to stay on dryer and more walk-able ground, before descending to reach the track over Cairn nan Seileach again.
From there it was a good steady walk back to our starting point, spurred on by the promise of a fish supper at the Hungry Highlander at Braemar!
It was a good day out and it got me back onto the hills again after a break. The weather was pretty good to us - with only one shower in the day. Did it get Mrs R back interested in walking the hills - or did the peat bogs put her off? Time alone will tell!
by rockhopper » Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:57 pm
by Bod » Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:28 pm
by pollyh33 » Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:26 pm
Glad you got great weather, certainly made for some cracking photos.
Hope Mrs R goes out with you again cos you both look fabbie in the summit pic
by carolsnowangel » Thu Aug 25, 2011 3:03 pm
Long walk for a single though but you did add the top as well. Looks like you got the best of the weather which always makes for a more pleasant time in the hills.
by Redrock » Sat Aug 27, 2011 1:52 am
monty wrote:Long walk for a single though but you did add the top as well. Looks like you got the best of the weather which always makes for a more pleasant time in the hills.
I did offer Mrs R the chance to go on to Beinn Iutharn Mhor but she took one look across the peat hags to its towering ridge and shook her head. I can't think why!
by Redrock » Sat Aug 27, 2011 2:09 am
- On Beinn Iutharn Mhor
Bod - the poor old Colonel never seems to get a lot of peace - all these people visiting him in his bed!
Polly - you'll be pleased to know that Mrs R (aka Carolsnowangel) and I have been seen huddled up at a cairn again this week - as fabbie as can be!