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Finally bagged the one that got away!
by dogplodder » Mon Sep 26, 2011 12:16 am
Route description: Beinn a'Ghlo
Munros included on this walk: Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain, Carn Liath (Beinn a'Ghlo), Carn nan Gabhar
Date walked: 14/07/2011
Time taken: 9 hours
Distance: 23 km3 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Next attempt was in August 1999 when we took the more usual approach from Loch Moraig. It was a special occasion to celebrate my son's return from 6 months in Thailand and a friend leaving for a year in China. NIne of us set out but very quickly one dropped out because her new boots were hurting and she spent the rest of the day reading in the car. After the previous abortive attempt I was determined to make it this time and wasn't going to offer to go back with her! We successfully negotiated the eroded path, reached Carn Liath's summit cairn and were soon on our way along the ridge. The wind was again very strong on the ridge but it was easy walking down to the col and then up to the Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain summit. But at that point the vote was to return, coming off via the west ridge and head for Pitlochry for a meal, so we never reached Carn nan Gabhar.
The chance never came to finish Beinn a' Ghlo until August 2010 when I planned to do it again with gizmogirl but deer stalking was going to be a problem on the day so we did another hill instead. Then finally this July I persuaded Anthony it was time he got Beinn a' Ghlo under his belt.
We left the car at the parking area at the south end of Glen Fender just before the gate and headed in along the track past Loch Moraig. It was a beautiful morning.
I wasn't taking any chances on Carn nan Gabhar this time and suggested we reverse the Walkhighlands route and head for the far one first. Anthony was happy to do it this way although we later agreed that going up the eroded path would have been preferable to coming down it!
Carn Liath's eroded scar of a path and our planned route of descent
We turned left off the track heading for Glen Girnaig just before it swung south east and headed north east on a path which was boggy in places but mostly dry.
Heading for the V to the left of the pointed hill, Airgiod Bheinn, a top of Carn nan Gabhar
Some have written of this route as being tedious but on a morning like this with the climb ahead I thoroughly enjoyed it and appreciated seeing the hills from this angle.
Once into the V the climbing up to the col started and by this time with no breeze it was warm.
Looking back down the path towards the less seen side of Carn Liath
View north to Cairngorms
It was a steady pull but easy walking to the top of Carn nan Gabhar past the big cairn which isn't the summit (where a bird was nesting among the stones - not the most private place I'd have thought. I didn't see it but from another walker's description wondered if it was a dotterel)) to the big cairn that is the summit. Unlike my two previous visits to these hills there was very little wind and I was feeling the heat in my newly acquired Paramo trousers (vastly reduced in Tizo sale which seemed like a good idea at the time to avoid hassle of putting waterproofs on and off). But today I'd have been happier in shorts and was glad of the venting zips!
Summit cairn of Carn nan Gabhar
Descent of Carn nan Gabhar with ridge of Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain (which apparently means "height of the corrie of round blisters" - who thinks of these names? ) ahead on the right. The ridge to the left leads to the steep descent off Airgiod Bheinn.
Looking back to Carn nan Gabhar from lower slopes of BCCB
Carn Liath ridge ahead
Final climb to BCCB summit
Anthony at BCCB summit cairn
View north from BCCB summit
Carn nan Gabhar
Zoom to hills around Glenshee
Snaking ridge of Carn Liath
Looking into Glen Tilt
The path down to the col between BCCB and Carn Liath is eroded in places
At the col there is a choice - path to left going off the hill avoiding going over Carn Liath (path up which at this point is worn by many boots into patches of scree)
Looking back at path down BCCB
Nearing the point of the wind incident that caused us to abort climb in 1997
Anthony collects trig points so here he is at his trig point with Loch Moraig below
Carn Liath summit cairn from trig point
The final descent was steep on loose gravel causing a few unplanned sit downs. That's when we saw the wisdom of doing it the way WH suggests - although it suited me to do the third one first to make sure I got it this time!
Well you eventually managed to back the three Looks like the sun is shining as well. I must admit the walk out going clockwise is a pain but walking in your full of the joys of spring so you dont notice it so much Lovely photos.
by dogplodder » Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:31 am
monty wrote:Nice walk Dogplodder.
I must admit the walk out going clockwise is a pain but walking in your full of the joys of spring so you dont notice it so much
by jonny616 » Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:04 pm
great to read as i am planing to do these next month. I see you mentioned had to abandon for stalking reasons. I guess i'll need to check hill phones before i do this walk.
by dogplodder » Tue Sep 27, 2011 10:51 pm
You could still do the three munros when stalking's on but you're restricted to the path over the tops which we thought would be a bit much both ways.
But for a strong fit chap like yourself that would be no problem!
by soulminer » Wed Sep 28, 2011 10:11 am
A wise buy from Tiso, you might be have been too warm on the day, but you will love them in the winter I swear by them,even though my ones are the older- and heavier,pair
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