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by Gavin99 » Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:58 am
Route description: Ben Cruachan and Stob Daimh
Munros included on this walk: Ben Cruachan, Stob Daimh
Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn a'Bhuiridh
Date walked: 18/09/2011
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Arrived nice and early before setting off under the railway and up the path beside the burn .Reached the hydro track slightly soaked from overhanging foliage , carried on up to the dam and up the ladder .The plan was to climb west from the dam up on to Meall Cuanail , carry on around the horseshoe and include Beinn a'Bhuiridh before dropping down to the dam again . On the shoulder of Meall Cuanail I reached a line of metal fenceposts, these lead on up to the summit and down to Bealach an Lochain , they would be a great help in poor visibility. From the Bealach the path is clear ,apart from the summit of Ben Cruachan where it is lost in the boulders of the summit .
I had read a few scary reports about these slabs, also a few saying they were nae problem , when I crossed them it was dry and there was plenty grip . Long cracks run across them to use as hand and toe holds , the rear end shuffle could also be used to good effect if so desired , if you were brave you could nearly run across ( if you had Dunlop Green Flash on.... do they still make them? ) Anyway a bit of care and they are fine .
At the Lairig a path leads west to reach the reservoir but I carried on south up Beinn a'Buiridh . The way up looks steep but once on the slopes it is fine , pretty loose underfoot , a couple of crags to avoid but the summit is reached quickly.
I found it tricky to pick a way off the summit , being forced south by crags before I was able to head west for the dam, this might not be great fun in cloud , there is no path ( at least I couldn't find one ) and the ground between the crags is steep and slippery . Then again maybe I was getting tired after the day but I was glad to reach the track above the dam.
A stroll back down through the woods finished the day nicely , a smashing circuit on a fine day .
Last edited by Gavin99 on Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:13 pm, edited 1 time in total.
by skuk007 » Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:44 pm
Good report Gavin, and good to see clear pictures of the 'slabs'. Wouldn't want to do them in the rain though, the drop-off if you took a slide looks pretty steep.
by Gavin99 » Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:55 pm
Slipping down them in the rain would not be good for ones health . I don't know what the detour path below is like but if the slabs were icy or greasy it might be a safer option .
by Scaredywalker » Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:36 pm
Great report and as skuk007 says nice to see some pics of the Slabs. I have heard all about them and as a self confessed feartie it has put me off! However it looks reasonably ok and I will hopefully get round to these two next year.
by Jabber » Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:01 pm
I think this walk was one of the best I've done in a while Gav. The slabs just added to the fun of the day. Great report btw.
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