Chochuill and Eunaich - sounds as good as it was
by old danensian » Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:50 pm
Route description: Beinn a'Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich
Munros included on this walk: Beinn a'Chochuill, Beinn Eunaich
Date walked: 15/10/2012
Time taken: 5 hours
Distance: 14 km
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The early morning mist was a blessing. It masked the relentlessly rising track as it disappeared upwards from Castles Farm. At least you could only see a few yards of the track immediately in front, rather than the dispiriting prospect of all the height and distance ahead as it snaked away. Sometimes ignorance is bliss – or at least less tiring.
After twenty minutes or so a large cairn emerged out of mist, marking the point at which the descent from Beinn Eunaich and Stob Maol meets the outward route. At this stage there was the suggestion of sun and the hint of blue above.
A few yards further and the path came out of the inversion and the day ahead was laid out against a perfectly clear blue sky. There are days when you just know that everything is going to fall into place: this was one of them.
Once past another spectacular blue sight (a building site toilet), the bridge across the Allt Lairig Ianachain was soon reached and I began to look for signs of the path up to the right. 300 metres the guide suggests, but by the time I’d counted 350 steps and nothing had been encountered, I thought “sod it” and just struck off up the hillside. There may have been a cairn marking the route a little further on, but it wasn’t worth waiting for.
So began the only really tough part of the day, a forty five minute slog up the rib that falls from the summit ridge of Beinn Chochuill. One benefit of tackling steeper ground is that water flows off it quickly. As a result, it was easy to find a relatively dry way between damper patches of ground: quite an achievement for this year.
It may have been hard work, but the emerging views of Stob Diamh and Ben Cruachan occupied the mind and soon enough the skyline was broached and the views north burst into view. Fragments of hills and lochs were glimpsed between patches of mist that still hung around, but beyond Ben Starav it was difficult to tell if tops were clear and folks could be enjoying a similarly spectacular day. I’ll find out on WH later no doubt.
With an easy amble across the final stretch of summit ridge, I was pleased to reach the top in just 2 hrs 10 min and not feeling too knackered either. Once stopped however, the chill could be felt in the breeze and it wasn’t a time to hang around once the obligatory photographs had been taken.
Turning round, the remainder of the day wended its way in front of me, and stretched across to Beinn Eunaich. Those down in the valley and around Loch Awe were now getting a chance to see blue sky as the clouds below began to break up and drift across the tops.
Although it’s a depressing drop to the bealach, the slope beyond is relatively gradual for most of the way. It only rears up in its rockier final couple of hundred feet when the large pile of stones appears offering plenty of opportunities to shelter and rest.
After a half hour for lunch and absorbing the views down Kinglass, I worked out which bits of which hills I could still see, then began the descent towards Stob Maol and back down the steep slope to the work track.
Five hours out and I was back at the car, walking past the farm and looking back to the view that wasn’t there in the morning. The weather was scheduled to be grotty for the next few days, so I was more than happy with what had been a surprisingly gentle day.
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by Fudgie » Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:52 am
We also just headed up the side of the hill as we couldn't see the cairn and it wasn't the hardest ascent I've done. You've taken some great pictures there on what looks like a great day out.
by pollyh33 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:39 am
Love your early morning ones best- must confess to having the theme from MASH running through my head when I saw them
by GillC » Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:52 am
by old danensian » Fri Oct 19, 2012 8:11 pm
But I must confess to being confused Polly - given the title for the MASH theme - it wasn't that bad!
OD / Nigel