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The Glen Lyon Beinn Dearg

The Glen Lyon Beinn Dearg


Postby John Burgess » Sat Dec 05, 2009 12:05 pm

Route description: Beinn Dearg, Innerwick, Glen Lyon

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Dearg (Glen Lyon)

Date walked: 04/12/2009

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 8 km

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An early start from home meant the Moon was still bright as I drove up Glen Lyon. My walk started at the forest track which meets the road just west of Camusvrachan. Parking seemed fairly non-existent here but I found a spot a couple of hundred yards west of the start where I figured the car wouldn't be in anyones way.


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The track climbed quite steeply at times and, just as it swung right to head across the Cul Lairig another track (not on the map) headed uphill. I used this on the way down as it leads to the hillside below Creag Ard.
Keeping on the main track I soon emerged from the forest and got my first good look at the way ahead. I kept to the slopes on the right of this photograph.

Dawn on Beinn Dearg.JPG


The view opened up with the sun striking the tops of the surrounding peaks and soon I saw my first herd of deer of the day.

Tarmachans.JPG


The first Deer.jpg


Higher up the ridge steepened and, in the soft snow, the ascent was slow. Near the top I found one patch where I was in up to my thighs. I'm really too old for the contortions required to get my leg out of one hole and plant it a few inches higher :(
Finally I was out of this and into an 'easier' area of wind sculpted snow.

A view from the upper slopes.JPG


Snow Sculpture.JPG


Avalanche debris on another part of the slope was a timely reminder of the need for care even on this 'undistinguished outlier of the Carn Mairg range' - as Walkhighlands describes it. I wouldn't have wanted to end up underneath that lot :shock:

Avalanche.JPG


The angle eased and I reached the big flat summit plateau. The cairn itself looked like something from 'Scott of the Antarctic'.

Summit Cairn.JPG


Summit looking North.JPG


Summit looking South.JPG


Nevis and the Aonachs.JPG


Today I was trying out my new winter boots :D Although it was completely unnecessary I put the crampons on for the first part of the descent to make sure I had them properly adjusted. Better to find out if they fall off in these conditions than when they are really needed :lol: They worked :D
The plan was to swing round over Creag Ard. Hard work but there's something nice about making the first set of tracks in the snowy wonderland.

Lochan on the ridge.JPG


My tracks.JPG


Mind you, I should say first 'man tracks'. The deer had got there first and a group crossed the ridge just ahead of me. One stag dawdled behind and took a good look at me before heading off after the others.

Deer.JPG


Stag.jpg


Creag Ard proved to be a good viewpoint - a place where much of Glen Lyon is visible at once.

Looking west along Glen Lyon.JPG




Looking east along Glen Lyon.JPG


Ben Alder.JPG


An Stuc.JPG


From the ridge of Craig Ard I saw a large herd of deer crossing the upper slopes of Beinn Dearg.The ridge lead swiftly to the edge of the forest where I met some of the local keepers out after foxes. I heeded their advice and descended back through the forest - well out of the way of any line of fire!

The ridge of Creag Ard.jpg


Beinn Dearg.JPG


Deer near the Summit.JPG


The track provided some fine views over Ben Lawers and I was soon back on the road. Now I know you're probably thinking - 5 hours for 8 kms :o - but, hey, the snow WAS soft and, anyway, on a day like this, why hurry :D

Descending through the forest.JPG


Lovely!.JPG


The start and finish.JPG
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Re: The Glen Lyon Beinn Dearg

Postby Caberfeidh » Sat Dec 05, 2009 12:15 pm

Brilliant photos ~ loved the wind-sculpted snow especially. Looks like you bagged a day of perfect weather.
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Re: The Glen Lyon Beinn Dearg

Postby Alan S » Sat Dec 05, 2009 12:20 pm

Great set of pics again john 8)
That shot of the stag with the hill in the background is a cracker
Heading out next weekend hope to get weather like that
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Re: The Glen Lyon Beinn Dearg

Postby John Burgess » Sat Dec 05, 2009 12:24 pm

Caberfeidh wrote:Looks like you bagged a day of perfect weather.


You can say that again - the whole of Scotland looked to be having superb conditions.
Back to normal now, grim, grey and wet. Perfect excuse for a lazy day :lol:
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Re: The Glen Lyon Beinn Dearg

Postby gaffr » Sat Dec 05, 2009 12:25 pm

hello,
You had a very fine day out....my approach to this hill was from Cam Chreag to the West...good to see things from another side. Quite a number of estate motors at the start/finish of your day out....did you come across some, perhaps, hind shooting on the hill?
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Re: The Glen Lyon Beinn Dearg

Postby John Burgess » Sat Dec 05, 2009 12:26 pm

alan sherry wrote:That shot of the stag with the hill in the background is a cracker


Definite case of right place at the right time. He even posed :lol:
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Re: The Glen Lyon Beinn Dearg

Postby John Burgess » Sat Dec 05, 2009 12:28 pm

gaffr wrote:hello,
You had a very fine day out....my approach to this hill was from Cam Chreag to the West...good to see things from another side. Quite a number of estate motors at the start/finish of your day out....did you come across some, perhaps, hind shooting on the hill?


Keepers out after foxes. They were very friendly and hopefully I didn't disturb things for them.
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Re: The Glen Lyon Beinn Dearg

Postby kevsbald » Sat Dec 05, 2009 12:47 pm

Ah John,

you painted a pretty picture. Almost an idyllic day on the hill I imagine after last weekends more arduous trekking.
Is there a better day on the hill? I would imagine it ended rather nicely in the Inn?? Je suis jaloux.

Kev
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Re: The Glen Lyon Beinn Dearg

Postby John Burgess » Sat Dec 05, 2009 1:15 pm

kevsbald wrote: Almost an idyllic day on the hill I imagine after last weekends more arduous trekking.
Is there a better day on the hill? I would imagine it ended rather nicely in the Inn?? Je suis jaloux.
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Hi Kev,

As you suspect it was nice to have a lazier day without the big packs. I even got down before nightfall and had time for a couple of photos on the journey home.

Looking Downstream.JPG


The entry to Glen Lyon.JPG


And, yes, a visit to the local was enjoyed :D

All the best,

John
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Re: The Glen Lyon Beinn Dearg

Postby Freewheelin » Sun Dec 06, 2009 2:24 am

Some nice pics there John.

It's a beautiful glen with some fine scenery. Doesn't get the amount of attention it deserves (definitely a good thing!).
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Re: The Glen Lyon Beinn Dearg

Postby mountain coward » Sun Dec 06, 2009 2:53 am

Great report and pics - very timely reminder about the avalanche danger - I'm definitely one of those who wouldn't even think of such a thing on a fairly gentle hill but I should know better. You may say you're old but you certainly proved to be very fit last weekend on the Tarf trip!
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Re: The Glen Lyon Beinn Dearg

Postby Caberfeidh » Sun Dec 06, 2009 11:36 am

mountain coward wrote:you certainly proved to be very fit last weekend on the Tarf trip!


OOO-err Missus! :lol: Did the gamies say what they did with the fox skins ? I'm always on the look-out for a new hat !
As in "When I said I was going to Auchtermuchty, they said 'wear the fox hat...' " Geddit ?! :D
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Re: The Glen Lyon Beinn Dearg

Postby John Burgess » Sun Dec 06, 2009 4:45 pm

Caberfeidh wrote: Did the gamies say what they did with the fox skins ? I'm always on the look-out for a new hat !
As in "When I said I was going to Auchtermuchty, they said 'wear the fox hat...' " Geddit ?! :D



Got it :lol:
When I passed them they hadn't found any foxes yet. I did hear one shot when I was down on the road.

All the best,

John
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Re: The Glen Lyon Beinn Dearg

Postby mountain coward » Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:44 am

Caberfeidh wrote:
mountain coward wrote:you certainly proved to be very fit last weekend on the Tarf trip!


OOO-err Missus! :lol:


As in he led the way on most of the walking!!
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Re: The Glen Lyon Beinn Dearg

Postby Graeme D » Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:49 am

Cracking report John. What is your Inn of Choice following a Glen Lyon ascent? Hoping to get back up there over Christmas to tackle Meall Ghaordaidh from that side (and hopefully tag on the Corbett Beinn nan Oil Rig as well).
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