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Beinn a Bhuiridh - a hidden gem

Beinn a Bhuiridh - a hidden gem


Postby kevsbald » Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:27 pm

Route description: Beinn a' Bhuiridh, near Loch Awe

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn a'Bhuiridh

Date walked: 16/12/2011

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 10 km

Ascent: 930m

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I had waited three weeks to get back on to the hill and was jealous of all the fantastic reports, which had been uploaded on to WH. Patience is a virtue though and I struck it lucky. I had never really considered Beinn a Bhuiridh but I wanted a good walk, which would allow for spectacular vistas and some North facing ridges. The SMC Corbett book seemed to suggest that a circular route was possible heading along the Allt Coire Ghlais up to the Lairig Torran and from there a return over the Monadh Driseig. Yet I had not found a report of any kind suggesting this.

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The previous night, my wife had awoken me helpfully to say that it was snowing and she would be worried about me. I merely reassured her that the Dalmally area was to have a high pressure over it and not to worry - there, there. As I left early on Friday morning, a brief discussion on risk management and longevity was had but I managed to escape the 3 inches of snow that had fallen in Glasgow and sped N. Upon arrival at the lay-by, I was greeted with spectacular views over the Ben Lui and beyond. Today would be a good day. I followed the old military round and into the coire and as I did so, the N facing cliffs of Beinn a Bhuiridh would come into view - tasty but this was merely the horses doovers.
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The first views up to Beinn a Bhuiridh
Rather than adhere to the Allt, I decided to move on the Eastern ridge coming down from Stob Garbh and this was to be a good move as it afforded better views all round. As I got higher, I relaxed into the walk and appreciated the solitude - I hadn't been on my own on a hill for quite some time and the loner in me revelled in the conditions. Then I got a grisly fleg - I happened upon a ex ovine which for all the world looked like it had been inverted and its skull and spine were distant from its wooly corpse - this was at about 500m - was there some kind of Predator-esque monster in the hills - I had no intention of taking this back to my wife and thankfully, she agreed.
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Help ma boab
She's got a taste for the macabre but even for her standards, this was subterranean. I proceeded up the ridge and the views just got more supreme.
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Over to BAB
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Looking back...over my shoulder
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Sunrise hidden by the summit
. Rather than head up to Stob Garbh itself, I traversed over the Lairg Torran and the views across to Ben Cruachan and its satellite peaks blew my away, as did the wind. Again, these would get better as I ascended this fantastic hill.
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First view over to Cruachan
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HIgher view over to Cruachan
I had to find a path up the pretty steep face of Beinn a Bhuiridh and this was not easy - however, it's slope obviated concentration at all times and when i did finally plateau, I could relax and enjoy the next half hour. I ambled over to the summit, had a flask of tea and lunch and sat and enjoyed the sun and silence - this was bliss.
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Ben More on Mull - zoomed
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The North Face - impressive
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On the summit
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Bliss
After sitting for quite some time, I began the walk back along the Monadh Driseig, which was most enjoyable. Stopping to look back and around every so often, I would put this walk in my top 10. I snapped a few more shots, descended and thanked the mountain gods for another cracking day in the hill.
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Looking over to Ben Lui
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Looking back to summit, cliffs and BC
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Solo steps
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I like this one
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Monadh Driseig trig w Loch Awe - in awe
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Re: Beinn a Bhuiridh - a hidden gem

Postby gammy leg walker » Sat Dec 17, 2011 1:03 pm

Simply stunning kev,pic 0264 blew me away & at around 17st that takes some doing. :wtf:
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Re: Beinn a Bhuiridh - a hidden gem

Postby mrssanta » Sat Dec 17, 2011 1:35 pm

Amazing!
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Re: Beinn a Bhuiridh - a hidden gem

Postby Graeme D » Sat Dec 17, 2011 1:58 pm

Hmmm, Caberfeidh been prowling the hills with his scrimshaws again! :shock: :shock: :shock: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Any one of those pics could have blown me away. One of your finest sets of photies yet Kev. I have often regretted not going for this one when I did Cruachan and Stob Diamh. This makes any regret vanish though as I know what I still have to look forward to.... hopefully! Got to say I'm surprised you didn't pocket the remains though..... :o
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Re: Beinn a Bhuiridh - a hidden gem

Postby kevsbald » Sat Dec 17, 2011 2:39 pm

Cheers folks. A day that makes you really appreciate life and how great it is to be a hillwalker.
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Re: Beinn a Bhuiridh - a hidden gem

Postby Gavin99 » Sat Dec 17, 2011 3:00 pm

kevsbald wrote:Cheers folks. A day that makes you really appreciate life and how great it is to be a hillwalker.

I hope you still feel the same way after Saturday :D
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Re: Beinn a Bhuiridh - a hidden gem

Postby pollyh33 » Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:21 pm

The first two words that came into my mind while reading this report were purity and clarity.

Fantastic narrative with all the usual fluff (I'm thinking of my own reports-not your's!) stripped away- very much like the cadaver you found :lol:

As for the photographs, (okay to borrow one of your favourite words?)-sublime :D

Very jealous of you having the experience and the male accoutrements to take on a hill alone in the Winter- must have been fab! 8)

PS One thing that did surprise me.... the fact that the above mentioned were still allowed to stay attached after you said 'there, there' to your wife :shock: :shock:
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Re: Beinn a Bhuiridh - a hidden gem

Postby kevsbald » Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:48 pm

"There, there" or....."I'll take you for lunch on Sunday" if I remember...still intact.
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Re: Beinn a Bhuiridh - a hidden gem

Postby pollyh33 » Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:52 pm

kevsbald wrote:"There, there" or....."I'll take you for lunch on Sunday" if I remember...still intact.



Yes that sounds a bit closer to the truth :lol:

I trust there was definitely no patting involved either!!! (yes I did say patting :lol: )
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Re: Beinn a Bhuiridh - a hidden gem

Postby rockhopper » Sat Dec 17, 2011 5:11 pm

a veritable cracker kev - great views - and big goggles - cheers :D
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Re: Beinn a Bhuiridh - a hidden gem

Postby monty » Sat Dec 17, 2011 6:45 pm

Nice report Kev,
The pictures look superb. Ben more especially so. One of the few Corbets I have done :D Good route planning. :D
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Re: Beinn a Bhuiridh - a hidden gem

Postby jimandandrea » Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:45 pm

Excellent. Grand route, report and pics.
Christmas shopping or snow topped hills...... no contest. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Re: Beinn a Bhuiridh - a hidden gem

Postby Graeme D » Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:05 pm

monty wrote:One of the few Corbets I have done :D


Christ! You heard it here first folks! "Monty in Corbett bagging shocker!" :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Beinn a Bhuiridh - a hidden gem

Postby monty » Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:07 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Beinn a Bhuiridh - a hidden gem

Postby Fudgie » Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:14 pm

I couldn't get on the hills today so I'm utterly jealous Kev. Cracking pictures.
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