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Beinn a'Chlachair 3 - trying not to Laggan behind!

Beinn a'Chlachair 3 - trying not to Laggan behind!


Postby fipriestley » Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:57 pm

Munros included on this walk: Beinn a'Chlachair, Creag Pitridh, Geal Charn

Date walked: 17/03/2012

Time taken: 7.75 hours

Distance: 26 km

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3 of us on this trip to Loch Laggan, which meant instead of lagging behind keeping pace with the back of the group as I often do, I (almost!) kept pace with the speedier front runners :shock: Legs are really paying for it today - shins are in agony and knees are a wee bit sore too :( Not enough to stop me doing the 100ft high assault course at Ratho today, so I'm sure I'll be just fine! :lol:

The day started fairly clear, there were what felt like just 5 drops of rain before the first ascent, followed by a couple of snow flurries and clag with glimpses of views at the tops... then the third summit was all clear and it was a beautiful day! I had to update one of my earlier reports as I had the Geal Charns mixed up - the one on this walk was part of a natural set.

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Beinn a'Chlachair across the reservoir
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Lochan na h-Earba

Left the track and went up through the boggy ground then around the corrie to reach Beinn a'Chlachair summit after a couple of short rock climbs.
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heading around the corrie (view soon disappeared!)


Beinn a'Chlachair summit was reached in the clag so after a quick lunch stop we set off for Geal Charn. WH guide says this looks (and is!) a long way off, but I wouldn't have known otherwise! Back round the top of the corrie, then once we could see the path across on the next hill it was straight down - literally for me :shock: :roll: The short snow spells had still felt fairly dry, like being in a packaging factory with wee styrofoam balls, so I hadn't felt the need to put waterproof over-trousers on... which of course meant I had a few slides coming down this first steep descent :problem:

Heading up Geal Charn the sky occasionally cleared. A short dip before reaching the cairn meant crossing a snow patch - no ice axe with me today but the snow was soft.
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snow patch on Geal Charn
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hard to miss Geal Charn summit!
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at Geal Charn's barely noticeable summit cairn :P
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Beinn a'Chlachair and beyond from Geal Charn summit

Now the clag was gone, it was off to Creag Pitridh. In clear view, tiring after 2 Munros at speed, I still thought 'is that it?!' :? Still needed to push myself to get up there though! :lol:
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Creag Pitridh, coming from Geal Charn
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Back down through the mush but I'd managed not to fall since that first downhill so was dried out by the time we were back at the car :D
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return past the Lochan
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Re: Beinn a'Chlachair 3 - trying not to Laggan behind!

Postby scoob999 » Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:31 am

Another great report Fi :D
And have you got a new camera? i noticed your photos seem to be of a much better quality :D
Still feel under pressure that your gaining on me :lol: :lol:
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Re: Beinn a'Chlachair 3 - trying not to Laggan behind!

Postby fipriestley » Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:25 am

Thanks Scoob! Actually used my camera most of this trip (usually just use phone) as it was mostly dry enough to keep it out the backpack :D
I'll make 50 this weekend! Now have to keep reminding myself I'm not racing... figure I'll go for the 100 before the end of the year though :lol: :lol:
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Re: Beinn a'Chlachair 3 - trying not to Laggan behind!

Postby scoob999 » Thu Mar 22, 2012 7:30 am

fipriestley wrote:I'll make 50 this weekend! :

:shock:
I'll have to look for a group of three for sunday then :lol:
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Re: Beinn a'Chlachair 3 - trying not to Laggan behind!

Postby quoman » Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:07 am

Hi Fiona
You are fairly racking them up,nice picture's and report hope your 50 goes well.
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Re: Beinn a'Chlachair 3 - trying not to Laggan behind!

Postby ChrisW » Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:38 am

Great report FP, looks a little windy in the first 2 pics and damn cold in the 4th one :lol: I love the shot of the footprints crossing the snow bank :D
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Re: Beinn a'Chlachair 3 - trying not to Laggan behind!

Postby ianaird » Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:18 am

Nice report Fiona, i was up these hill's the same day as yourself with my dad.
Walk was great but got back to the car to find a flat tyre on the car :-x grrrr, but still had a good day...
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Re: Beinn a'Chlachair 3 - trying not to Laggan behind!

Postby kevsbald » Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:20 am

Some lovely clear photos of Clachair - got snowed in last May so nice to see what it looks like.
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