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Cruachan Horseshoe

Cruachan Horseshoe


Postby 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

Time taken: 7 hours

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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 .
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Mist rising across the Pass of Brander
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Face of the dam, ladder above
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Coire Cruachan, route on skyline
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Meall Cuanail and Ben Cruachan
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Little friends
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Bealach an Lochain and the route up Ben Cruachan
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Final pull up to summit
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View back to reservoir
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The ridge ahead from the summit with slabs right of centre
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A look back at the summit and Stob Dearg
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The slabs ahead

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 .
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Cloud boiling up on the ridge ahead
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Cruachan disappearing in mist
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View north from ridge
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The wild northern side of Ben Cruachan , looking into Coire Caorach
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Drochaid Ghlas , a fantastic northern promontory , thankfully not part of todays wander .
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The view ahead to Stob Daimh
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Strange pose on summit , hoping camera doesn't fall over
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The long easy ridge down to Lairig Torran

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.
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The rocky ascent of the corbett
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Beinn a'Bhuiridh summit

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.
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Wet slopes down to dam

A stroll back down through the woods finished the day nicely , a smashing circuit on a fine day .
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Last edited by Gavin99 on Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:13 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Cruachan Horseshoe

Postby 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.
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Re: Cruachan Horseshoe

Postby 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 .
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Re: Cruachan Horseshoe

Postby 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.
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Re: Cruachan Horseshoe

Postby 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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