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3 Beinn a'Ghlo Munros by MTB

3 Beinn a'Ghlo Munros by MTB


Postby DrookitMunter » Wed Nov 09, 2011 3:54 pm

Route description: Beinn a'Ghlo

Munros included on this walk: Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain, Carn Liath (Beinn a'Ghlo), Carn nan Gabhar

Date walked: 05/11/2011

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 22 km

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Nipped up the 3 Beinn a'Ghlo Munros on Saturday. Great day out! Couldn't have had better weather. Here are some photies..

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P1000438 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000562 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000433 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000435 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000445 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000449 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000451_stitch3 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000452 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000461 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000462 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000463_stitch by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000464 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000467 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000470 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000473 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000476 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000480 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000482 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000486 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000497_stitch by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000497_stitch2 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000500 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000502_stitch by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000504 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000511 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000512 copy by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000515 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000518_stitch by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000516 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000518_stitch2 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000520 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000523 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000524 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000531 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000538_stitch by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000542 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000546 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000547_stitch by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000547_stitch2 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000551_stitch by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000552_stitch by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000560_stitch by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000563 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000572 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000577 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000580 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000591 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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P1000593 by DavidHodgson, on Flickr

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Re: 3 Beinn a'Ghlo Munros by MTB

Postby Fudgie » Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:15 pm

Some phenomenal pictures there, particularly of the sunset.
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Re: 3 Beinn a'Ghlo Munros by MTB

Postby davetherave » Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:49 pm

I totally agree with Fudge.
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Re: 3 Beinn a'Ghlo Munros by MTB

Postby PhilTurner » Wed Nov 09, 2011 5:52 pm

Great photos - I'd love to see some words to accompany them though!
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Re: 3 Beinn a'Ghlo Munros by MTB

Postby Alastair S » Wed Nov 09, 2011 6:05 pm

Yes, a really great set of photos - I seen them before (on Flickr). David (who took them) used to be a member here which is why I know about his Flickr account. If you follow the link on the last photo there is a link there to the route taken.

Agree with the others: some words would be nice, particularly how much pushing/walking/cycling was involved :D

BTW DrookitMunter love the avatar pic - do you train guinea pigs to wear tams for a living :lol:
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Re: 3 Beinn a'Ghlo Munros by MTB

Postby DrookitMunter » Wed Nov 09, 2011 6:33 pm

Thank you for all the kind comments.

Sorry, normally my report thingies are more verbose. Here is the route:

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Basically we cycled the normal landrover track/walkers path NE along to Airgiod Bheinn. Then ascended it's very, very steep slopes with the bikes on our backs. Cycled along and up to Carn nan Gabhar. Left the bikes for the last 20m or so.

From there it was an excellent, very fast, not-too-technical descent down to the bealach at NN958727. It was about 3pm and we were becoming conscious of the limited hours of sun remaining. So, we ramped up the pace and blasted up to the summit of Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain with the bikes on our back. The second Munro of the day.

The descent back down to the start of the final ascent was really good fun. Very fast and very technical. There's no obvious line for much of it so we enjoyed taking our own lines, jumping off any rocks in our path, and generally being "gnarly" as the kids would say. Time for a sandwich before commencing the last climb for the day starting at NN938714. We met a dog, who was very friendly, and a few walkers who were not friendly at all. Here is a very grainy photo my friend took on his phone of us reaching the bottom:

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The final ascent starts with a short section of bike-carrying, followed by a long, moderately steep cycle to the final summit - Carn Liath.

By this time the sun was starting to set, casting a beautiful orange glow over everything. We spent some time at the summit soaking up it's rays, enjoying the atmosphere and posing for photies.

The final descent was pretty wild. Probably the most technical thing I've ever ridden (Ben Lomond comes a close second).

We all crashed a load of times, but wear elbow and knee pads so it's not a problem. All part of the fun. There was a section where we kept overtaking each other then crashing - great big smiles on our faces and laughter in the air :lol: :lol:

The walking/biking ratio was about 70/30 which is poor, but we expected that. Walking up mountains with a bike isn't too bad once you're used to it. My bike, plus water, clothing, spares, tools and other gear probably totals about 30kg. I'm sure many people carry more weight when camping.

I wouldn't recommend anyone do this route on a bike unless you're very experienced walking with a bike on your back and at descending steep technical terrain.

If anyone is interested in more bikey-Munro routes let me know and I'll post some. Some are 100% possible on a bike. A climb up to Mullach Clach a'Bhlair, then along to Sgor Gaoith before descending via Carn Ban Mor makes an excellent day out and isn't too technical.
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Re: 3 Beinn a'Ghlo Munros by MTB

Postby rockhopper » Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:35 pm

I've done some daft things on a hardtail but you guys take the biscuit - no way would I ever try that even with knee and elbow pads ! :lol: You were rewarded with some really great photos but the sunset shots at the end are crackers. :D Cheers

My bike, plus water, clothing, spares, tools and other gear probably totals about 30kg. I'm sure many people carry more weight when camping.
That's quite a weight. I suspect most camping packs would be 15kg or so lighter than that ! Mine was 15 - 17kg and people thought that was heavy ! :o
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Re: 3 Beinn a'Ghlo Munros by MTB

Postby malky_c » Wed Nov 09, 2011 9:14 pm

Interesting stuff, and great photos 8)

I'd love to see more, as my mountain bike adventures are confined to hills that have some kind of vehicle track most of the way. I'm too much of a scaredy cat to do those kind of descents on bike, so I wouldn't do this sort of thing unless the riding/carrying ratio was the other way round :lol:
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Re: 3 Beinn a'Ghlo Munros by MTB

Postby Alastair S » Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:27 pm

Thanks for the details DM. Way too technical (aka suicidal) for me too but I could be tempted to tackle Mullach Clach a'Bhlair, albeit with a bigger dinner plate on the back.
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Re: 3 Beinn a'Ghlo Munros by MTB

Postby Lukeyhear » Thu Jan 14, 2016 7:28 pm

Interesting you thought the walkers were unfriendly, folk normally aren't. If you think it's because you're a biker Here's an article you may like about the understanding and resolution of rural land use conflicts (bikers vs walkers). It's interesting and has both points of view.
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Re: 3 Beinn a'Ghlo Munros by MTB

Postby Fife Flyer » Thu Jan 14, 2016 7:43 pm

Not sure if it is my laptop, but the photo's are not available, even tried seeing them via Flickr :roll:
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