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by weescotsman » Fri Apr 06, 2012 11:10 pm
Route description: Beinn Achaladair and Beinn a'Chreachain
Munros included on this walk: Beinn a'Chreachain
Date walked: 06/04/2012
Time taken: 8.75 hours
Distance: 16 km
Ascent: 1100m1 person thinks this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Took us about an hour to get to the rickety bridge and from there on it just got tough. Pretty much an upward slog and the fog drifted through the corrie but it was a struggle to even see the cliffs never mind the lochan.... On the steep slope upwards to the left of the lochan I never thought I'd ever make the plateau as well as the non-disappearing clag the windspeed was a fair bit higher than the expected 20-25 mph. We could have lived with that....
Nowhere to shelter on the plateau so we carried on towards the ridge where we finally managed to get a seat out of the wind to grab a bite to eat. I was starving by this point and that was over 3 hrs from the start. Added the fleece and the waterproofs to warm me up as it was pretty chilly....
Still not much sign of the cloud clearing and we kept well away from the huge cornices at the edge as it was a sheer drop. Hands were too cold at this point to take many pics....
Eventually made the summit cairn in about 4 hrs and the fog here was at it's worst. Very disorientating and hard to work out a bearing and we couldn't agree on the way out to the next summit so we compromised after a wander trying to figure it out that it was safer to retrace our steps and admit a partial defeat. Better that than to go with so many steep cliffs all around us...........
Left the car at the farm at 9.45, got back about 6.30 so not far off 9 hrs..... think on a clear day we'd easily have been inside the 6 -8 hrs guide time on WH. Just shows what the effect of deep clag can have on us....
Didn't see any blue skies till we were well off down the initial steep slope but even as we got to the car the tops were still shrouded in mist. Just one of those days.................
A few foggy pics now but I'm sure you all know what they are like...............
All in all a bit disappointing but you take the good days with the bad days..............
by rockhopper » Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:11 am
by Bod » Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:25 am
by pollyh33 » Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:31 am
I did these two 3 weeks ago and I wouldn't be in a hurry to go back. Our conditions weren't as bad as yours but it was pretty miserable
After the first summit I was intending to carry on over in a easterly direction but luckily the person I was with suggested retracing our steps for about 5 mins and then head in that direction and we soon picked up a reasonable path. Fortunately the next summit was much easier than the first- wouldn't be hard!!!
Sorry should have said we went in a clockwise direction too. Don't know if it was just us but we had a lot of river crossing and fence climbing to do!!
Good luck with bagging the second one, are you going to head for the bealach with a' Dothaidh? Still a bit of a bog but the path is 80% visible.
by gammy leg walker » Sat Apr 07, 2012 7:54 am
by weescotsman » Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:29 am
Tough day but we live to fight on, don't feel overly sore this morning, despite this strenous workout as well as some BootCamp training that I've started in Edinburgh.... mad or what ?
Probably will attempt it anti-clockwise next time when we have a full complement out, and if it's a decent day will continue and do the full loop, would love to get some decent pics from the summits compared to what we got as the corries and cliffs kinda looked very nice...
As an aside, I was convinced that the path to the next summit was the actual way we came up, that's how much I was confused yesterday. Partially by the strong wind which sneakily changed direction without telling me. It had been blowing from the West into our faces most of the way up. Think I need to practise navigation a bit more....
by pollyh33 » Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:51 pm
Here's some of my photos from my walk. This is what you should be seeing after leaving Beinn a'Chreachain.
- Descent from Beinn a'Chreachain
- Climb up to Achaladair
- Bealach with a' Dothaidh
Hope this helps.
by weescotsman » Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:09 am
Hope it's like that when we return......
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