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Return to Kintail - Attow'll Do Nicely
by LeithySuburbs » Tue May 08, 2012 10:48 pm
Munros included on this walk: A' Ghlas-bheinn, Beinn Fhada
Date walked: 06/05/2012
Time taken: 8 hours
Distance: 19.9 km
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The weather was perfect for hillwalking - sunny but not too hot and with just enough cloud to create some interesting skies.
I gained height easily on the excellent path into Gleann Choinneachain with Beinn Fhada on my right an A' Ghlas-bheinn on the left.
There were quite a few other walkers about. At the 400m contour I turned right onto the path toward Coire an Sgairne. The path zig-zagged it's way to the large summit plateau. From here it was a simple walk to the summit. And the views! S to the Brothers and Sisters ridges, E to Glen Affric and it's Munros.
Beinn Fhada's northern corries cut into the grassy plateau like bites out a giant cheesecake.
From here I retraced my steps and on to the minor summit Meall a' Bhealaich. Next came the only tricky part of the walk - the descent off this top to the Bealach an Sgairne. I started down the very steep N slope but had to stop and re-assess my route. It was just too steep to be safe so I clambered back up to the top and headed more NE on grassier ground. This was still very steep and required care. I had to drop my pack at one point to allow me to slide down some rock. I picked it up quite a distance below! I certainly would not want to do this in wet conditions and it would probably be necessary to drop some way below the col on the E side of the hill if this were the case.
Anyway, after a quick break it was onward up the remaining 400m to the summit of A' Ghlas-bheinn. Looking back to my descent route, I was glad I had backtracked (not always an easy decision to make) as there was dangerous ground below my initial route. The weather was really nice now and I lingered some time at the summit. The views were slightly different - W to Skye and the ocean, N to Torridon and the vast Monar and Mullardoch mountain wonderland.
The descent was not too bad along A' Mhuc to join the Dorusduain Wood track. The walk back to the car was enjoyable in the warm evening sun.
A cracking day out and Beinn Fhada is a hill I will return to, perhaps with a full traverse
by Bod » Tue May 08, 2012 11:20 pm
by dooterbang » Tue May 08, 2012 11:21 pm
My friend Stevie and i did these 2 six weeks ago and didnt see a thing
Thanks for showing me what i missed....have to do them again now!!
by jonny616 » Wed May 09, 2012 11:31 am
I need to get back to Kintail soon
by EwaMH » Wed May 09, 2012 11:36 am
by b-illie » Wed May 09, 2012 3:58 pm