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Beinn Chabhair to An Caisteal - I did it my way!
by fipriestley » Tue May 01, 2012 2:35 am
Munros included on this walk: An Caisteal, Beinn a'Chroin, Beinn Chabhair
Date walked: 29/04/2012
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Getting more confident with my planning (when walking alone) I'd checked the WH route for An Caisteal and Beinn a'Chroin and figured that Beinn Chabhair really wasn't that far away for me to include it. Part of my planning involved reading other reports on these hills - with a few reports on the first pair mentioning disappointment at not 'just dropping down' to pick up Beinn Chabhair too. Then I came across Monty's report from almost 2 years ago, showing a shorter route around all 3 (done in just 4hrs )
So this is just what I did, in reverse order, starting with the climb to Beinn Chabhair. Took 3 hours to get to the first summit but what a beautiful day (I don't edit pics - the sky was really that clear!)
I probably left the river and started climbing too soon - walking in the tufts of long grass was almost as bad as deep snow (step, sink, step, step, sink... ) I'd crossed a couple of fences, managing to find gates both times so taking short diversions to use them. Then I came across a wire fence taller than I could reach the top of with no gate in sight, so I climbed over it... and discovered the top wire wasn't actually attached to the fence posts (but made sure it was sitting on top again - leave everything as you find it!) Once up Meall nan Tarmachan the views opened up, and I found the path!
Bit chillier up there, stopped for lunch looking over to my next target - drop to the bealach then aim towards the right for the lowest point between these two, avoiding the rocks I made it to the bealach, double-checked my co-ordinates against my map (got a GPS with me this time!) then headed towards Beinn a'Chroin and found the next path! Stopped for a short blether on the way up here when I passed a couple then a man going the other way who pointed out the summit was the second cairn. So I continued and again checked the GPS to make sure I was at the summit (cairn at the first top I came to was bigger ), 2.5 hrs after leaving the last summit. I retraced my steps back to the bealach and could see the path carried on straight up An Caisteal, which was really just on my way back to the car now. 1hr20 after leaving summit 2 I reached the final summit of the day
Now all I needed to do was find a way down I decided to aim straight (ish - avoiding snow slides and rocky crags) for the low point rather than retrace my steps to head around to get on to Stob Glas. Made for some extra zig-zagging but I got there without falling! I even found a path heading over Stob Glas and followed this until it just stopped. I did think about dropping down in to the valley and following the river back along, but decided that would make it a longer route and I was already nearing the time I said I'd be home by So I made a gradual descent around Stob Glas, picking up bits of 'path' (more likely sheep trails) along the way until I could see the track I started out on. Then I just headed straight for that and joined it just before Derrydaroch.
A long day but loved every minute - home to pile on the aftersun. Forgot the sun cream so a wee bit red after 9hrs with the sun beating down!
by jonny616 » Tue May 01, 2012 1:09 pm
by 2dalmatians » Tue May 01, 2012 1:21 pm
by nomorework » Tue May 01, 2012 1:41 pm
by Fudgie » Tue May 01, 2012 1:57 pm
Great stuff fi
by Jock McJock » Tue May 01, 2012 2:09 pm
by ScottishLeaf » Tue May 01, 2012 9:33 pm
by brpro26 » Tue May 01, 2012 11:22 pm
Noticed your face was a bit red....sure it was only just the lack of sun cream.
Did you manage to navigate your way to The Drovers for a pint?
by skuk007 » Wed May 02, 2012 8:27 pm
Route is fairly similar to how I joined them up (I may have borrowed Monty's route too?) except maybe the route down - luckily I didn't have snow to contend with on mine.