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ben alder and dalwhinnie area

ben alder and dalwhinnie area


Postby robertphillips » Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:04 am

Route description: Ben Alder and Beinn Bheoil from Culra

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Bheoil, Ben Alder

Corbetts included on this walk: An Dun, Maol Creag an Loch (A' Chaoirnich), The Fara

Grahams included on this walk: Creag Ruadh (Dalwhinnie)

Date walked: 09/03/2012

Time taken: 20 hours

Distance: 88 km

Ascent: 3750m

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left glasgow 10 am arrived dalwhinnie 12 noon first hill for today creag ruadh cycled up to dam left bike and set off on foot, 1 hour later arrived at summit
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ben alder in the distance


back down at car with bike 1 hour later

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and off to level crossin at dalwhinnie

Set off along loch ericht track heading for culra bothy.
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2 km along track parked bike at clearance in trees, hill nr 2 for today the fara, headed up steep ground in between trees and onto open hillside, 1 hour 45 mins later arrived at summit .
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didnt wait long spoke to fellow walkers then headed back down hill to loch edge to colect bike time now 4.30 pm.

Onwards to the bothy bit of a head wind now, stopped at hay feeder and was met with a welcome party.
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Now 6 pm arrived at the bothy unloaded all gear and made tea for tonight, no one else in bothy sleeping for 11 pm.
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Up on saturday mornin 6 am had a quick breakfast and set off for 7 am, heading up to beinn bheoil first ,the clouds were down so no good views to be had, arrived at beinn bheiol summit 2 hours later now 9 am.
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wind speed about 50 mph could harldy stand up, waited around for 2 minutes then headed down to bealach
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and then up onto ben alders large plateau

2 hours later 11 am arrived at ben alder summit
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quick cup of tea and a few photos then headed to descnd the long leachas, to cold and windy to hang around.

top of long leachas is marked with a cairn headed down through crags ,
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not to difficult arrived back at culra bothy 2 hours later now 1 pm.
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packed up all gear and headed back along track to loch ericht arrived at car 1.5 hours later now 2.30 pm, had some lunch then looked for somewhere to camp for the night.

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up on sunday mornin 7 am and headed off on bike along track to lodge below an dun,
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parked bike and headed up steep slope arrived an duns summit 2 hours later 9 am,
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quick couple of photos then headed for a . chaornich hill nr 2 for today arrived at summit
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1.5 hours later 10.30 am cup of tea some photos then headed to collect bike at lodge and easy cycle back to car ,arrived 1.5 hours later 1 pm

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packed away all gear and headed down the road home, yet again another good weekend. :D :) :lol:
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Re: ben alder and dalwhinnie area

Postby dooterbang » Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:42 am

You make this sound easy :lol:

Sounds like you had a great time - nice wee adventure.

Quite enjoy combining cycling with walking.

Thanks for posting.
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Re: ben alder and dalwhinnie area

Postby robertphillips » Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:30 pm

Cheers dooterbang

Most of it was easy going apart from the steep slopes of an dun and a. chaornich they were leg burners. :lol:
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Re: ben alder and dalwhinnie area

Postby basscadet » Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:38 pm

I enjoyed your report - straight to the point!

I love the Ben Alder area.. Just totally amazing, so quiet and beautiful, with great bothy's.. A walkers dream :thumbup:
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Re: ben alder and dalwhinnie area

Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:44 pm

Thats a nice wee jolly you had there. The two Corbetts interest me as i've been looking at them for a wee while now and you have just confirmed what i thought, they are steep buggers :( Cheers for the report, very enjoyable :D
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Re: ben alder and dalwhinnie area

Postby robertphillips » Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:59 pm

Cheers Johnny

Good easy cycle up to these 2 corbetts, but 2nd corbett is as steep a hill as ive been up anytime, 1 km of pure legs burning. :lol:
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Re: ben alder and dalwhinnie area

Postby quoman » Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:09 pm

That was some weekend pitty about the weather.
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Re: ben alder and dalwhinnie area

Postby robertphillips » Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:27 pm

yes the weather was horrible on ben alder quoman. :D
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