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Beinn Suidhe - big consolation in isolation

Beinn Suidhe - big consolation in isolation


Postby kevsbald » Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:53 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Beinn Suidhe

Date walked: 09/12/2012

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 16 km

Ascent: 500m

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I knew that I was being over-optimistic when I hatched a plan to tackle Beinn nan Aighenan from Loch Tulla but I also knew that if time was short, or conditions were inclement, that I could check out Beinn Suidhe. As it was, I never got to the car park until 0900 so I figured it was going to be a no-no. As I walked into Glen Kinglas, I wasn't too worried since the views ahead were magnificent. I relaxed into the walk and really relished this occasion. Having taken ownership of a bulldogue francaise, she has been quite a bind. Plus, her short stature presently doesn't allow for hill terrain. That will be tested on Conic Hill soon enough though....hehe. :wink: The walk past the turn-off for Clashgour feels remote and the impressive crags of Beinn Suidhe soon come to the fore. Not a hill to be tackled direttisima. As I approached Loch Dochard, Meall nan Eun looked magnificent. As did the sweeping peak of Albannaich. It looked cold up there. I had a cup of cha and some ricky pig crisps - fit fine. The climb up on to Beinn Suidhe itself was pleasant until I emerged on to the ridge proper. An icy blast from the North soon refrigerated exposed flesh and I was grateful for my layers and snazzy new Buff - rebuffed by the dog in actual fact. Ungrateful hound. The views from this smaller hill are quite something. Loch Dochard appeared very frozen and the weather closed on in over the larger hills. For once, happy to be on smaller ground. A relatively untechnical down climb from the shorter peak at 636 saw me at a deer fence but the route back to the car was uncomplicated and serene. A moment with a stag beside the river and just below Stob Ghabhar was exquisite. A fantastic day out with a big consolation.
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Bliss
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Loch Dochard and hills
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Meall nan Eun
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Across to the Etive hills
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Summit view
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Looking back to Loch Tulla - majestic
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Frozen Loch Dochard and intemperate weather
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Re: Beinn Suidhe - big consolation in isolation

Postby rockhopper » Tue Dec 11, 2012 1:05 am

bit of a cracker there kev - certainly a fine consolation prize - cheers :)
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Re: Beinn Suidhe - big consolation in isolation

Postby Graeme D » Tue Dec 11, 2012 4:19 pm

You dawg, you! I live in a lot of hope and some small measure of expectation that I might get to experience some similar wonders this coming weekend. :angel: And how exactly did Winnie rebuff yer buff???? :o :o
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Re: Beinn Suidhe - big consolation in isolation

Postby malky_c » Tue Dec 11, 2012 4:43 pm

Nice one 8) . I have vague memories of doing Beinn nan Aighenan from Loch Tulla some time ago at this time of year - pretty sure it involved a lot of walking back in the dark.

Fine second choice with great views and light. Sadly I think us weekend walkers are going to be disappointed by the coming weather - must try and skive off work on Thursday to get some of this.
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Re: Beinn Suidhe - big consolation in isolation

Postby LeithySuburbs » Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:18 pm

Lovely pics Kev 8) . Any relaxing xmas eve plans this year :lol: ?
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Re: Beinn Suidhe - big consolation in isolation

Postby kevsbald » Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:51 pm

Cheers chaps. Anyone up for something on the 23rd?
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Re: Beinn Suidhe - big consolation in isolation

Postby ChrisW » Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:49 am

Stunning shots Kev, what a lovely hike. Sounds like you'll be having some cute company on future wanders, though their legs never get very long so it may have to be a 3 season mutt :lol:
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Re: Beinn Suidhe - big consolation in isolation

Postby Lenore » Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:25 am

Lovely pictures! And small dogs tend to have courage to outweigh their lack of size - I bet before too long you'll have her thinking she's a mountain goat :-D
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Re: Beinn Suidhe - big consolation in isolation

Postby malky_c » Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:39 am

kevsbald wrote:Cheers chaps. Anyone up for something on the 23rd?


Tempting, but I think I'll be out the day before so unlikely.

That said, on the 22nd I have a pass out from the Braehead shopping experience, so I'm likely to head to the Luss hills if anyone is interested?
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Re: Beinn Suidhe - big consolation in isolation

Postby kevsbald » Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:40 am

I ain't done Beinn Eich or Doune Hill or Cruach an-T-Sidhean.....I think.
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Re: Beinn Suidhe - big consolation in isolation

Postby SMRussell » Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:08 pm

Sounds just perfect you lucky git :D

Looking forward to photos of your mutt up a Munro (and other hills)
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Re: Beinn Suidhe - big consolation in isolation

Postby dogplodder » Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:29 pm

This will not do - there is no photo of the new mutt :?

Apart from that major omission, very nice pics :D
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Re: Beinn Suidhe - big consolation in isolation

Postby kevsbald » Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:33 pm

Ok, here she was 2 months ago - a bit bigger now though.
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Winnie
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Re: Beinn Suidhe - big consolation in isolation

Postby dogplodder » Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:41 pm

Aww! Did you end up carrying her?
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Re: Beinn Suidhe - big consolation in isolation

Postby malky_c » Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:41 pm

kevsbald wrote:I ain't done Beinn Eich or Doune Hill or Cruach an-T-Sidhean.....I think.


It was all those plus Beinn Dubh that I had in mind, although I haven't yet reached a deal on how much time I'm allowed :wink: (I reckon a 5.5 - 6 hour day for that lot if there is no wading through snow). In fact I'm remembering now why I rarely post up my plans on here - they always change at the last minute!
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