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A lovely day up Beinn a'Ghlo

A lovely day up Beinn a'Ghlo


Postby captainslow » Sun Aug 05, 2012 2:26 pm

Route description: Beinn a'Ghlo

Munros included on this walk: Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain, Carn Liath (Beinn a'Ghlo), Carn nan Gabhar

Date walked: 04/08/2012

Time taken: 9 hours

Distance: 22 km

Ascent: 1239m

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Yesterday we got up very early (for me-5.30 am) to drive up to Blair Atholl for the three Munros of Beinn a'Ghlo. After waking up and hearing what I thought was rain here in St Andrews I checked the weather-it didnt look promising with rain and thunderstorms throughout with only a 30% chance of cloud free summits and a decent chance of fog-but we tried nonetheless!

The cloud in Fife 'twas low and gloomy, but once past Perth the sun came out! My only navigational faux pas then occured when I parked in the wrong car park! I'dd followed signs for Glen Tilt and ended up at the start of the Carn a' Chlamain walk! Once we realised and had found the correct place to leave the car we began.

The wrong car park:
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Carn Liath soon loomed and the reality of seeing a 500m ascent with no false peaks was quite daunting. The sun was hot, with no breeze making the early part of the climb almost tiresome, soon, however we felt a tad better and made reasonable progress up the obvious but broken path to the summit.

Carn Liath looms:
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Alex found a skull, much to Hikemouse's disapproval:
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'Good' weather:
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The summit:
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The ridge from Carn Liath to Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain:
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We were going to stop for an early lunch at the top (it was only 11am) but what seemed to be a wasp nest in one of the cairns encouraged us to wander over to the ridge before lunch. After lunch and still with clear weather we made for Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain, then the descent to the bealach and ascent to Carn nan Gabhar. In the ascent of this final Munro we saw the only other pair of people that we saw all day!

Summit of Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain:
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I really like this one, second cairn of Carn nan Gabhar looking back to the first:
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The final summit of the day:
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Alex and his skull:
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As we began the descent we had our only (very) light shower-so much for the weather forecast! Then it was time for the 6/8 km walk along the burns and through the slight bog (on a pretty obvious walkers route) to the landrover track and back to the car.

Part of the boggy walk, Beinn Bhearg to the right of the image:
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Hikermouse attempts to converse with a noisy sheep:
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Re: A lovely day up Beinn a'Ghlo

Postby jonny616 » Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:56 pm

Captain not so slow! Good time for these hills. What a great day you had. I hated the walk out & would have happily died there instead of walking out if it wasn't for the good company i had :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: A lovely day up Beinn a'Ghlo

Postby captainslow » Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:45 pm

Indeed, my comrades were not a fan of teh walk back and were fairly tired by the end!

Forgot to mention in the report itself that it was the first time that any of us had done more than two hills in a day, and two of us got past the 10 Munro mark :)
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Re: A lovely day up Beinn a'Ghlo

Postby HikerMouse21 » Mon Aug 06, 2012 5:00 pm

Excellent photos! I'll have to get all the ones from our trips off you sometime. Looking forward to our next 3 Munro day! (Though of course you're contemplating 5 soon.)
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Re: A lovely day up Beinn a'Ghlo

Postby jmarkb » Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:08 pm

Nice report! Glad you had a good day for it despite the forecast: always seems like a bonus when that happens :D

The walk-out is a bit of a killer isn't it? I think there is something to be said for doing this route the opposite way round, getting that bit out of the way early, as it also has the benefit of not going up that ****** path on Carn Liath!
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Re: A lovely day up Beinn a'Ghlo

Postby Sabbathstevie » Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:07 am

Terrific Photos! :clap: We were out on those hills slightly earlier than you - It might have been you guys we saw from the top of BCCB :? A fantastic day for it and, despite the almost relentless heat and the muddy walk out, a really enjoyable day. Just glad my Jack Russell didn't stumble across those bones... :lol:
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Re: A lovely day up Beinn a'Ghlo

Postby captainslow » Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:40 am

jmarkb wrote:Nice report! Glad you had a good day for it despite the forecast: always seems like a bonus when that happens :D

The walk-out is a bit of a killer isn't it? I think there is something to be said for doing this route the opposite way round, getting that bit out of the way early, as it also has the benefit of not going up that ****** path on Carn Liath!


Indeed, though I think I prefer to walk up rather than down the steepest sections
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Re: A lovely day up Beinn a'Ghlo

Postby captainslow » Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:46 am

Sabbathstevie wrote:Terrific Photos! :clap: We were out on those hills slightly earlier than you - It might have been you guys we saw from the top of BCCB :? A fantastic day for it and, despite the almost relentless heat and the muddy walk out, a really enjoyable day. Just glad my Jack Russell didn't stumble across those bones... :lol:


As we were begining the climb up Carn Liath we spotted a couple of people in dark clothes much nearer the top-at about 9.45am or so I suppose. Was that you? I don't think it was the same people that we passed later on our final ascent.

Incedentally, I too have climbed Mayar twice already! (I had a quick nosey at your profile :roll: )
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