Braw day on Beinn na Lap
by JimboJim » Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:18 pm
Route description: Beinn na Lap, from Corrour
Munros included on this walk: Beinn na Lap
Date walked: 13/12/2012
Time taken: 2.9 hours
Distance: 9.75 km
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I quite liked the idea of a wee train journey across Rannoch Moor, combined with climbing a hill when first suggested by Big Jesper, a few months back, though the hill descriptions and reports didn't seem too inspiring. Between weather and other circumstance's, we hadn't got round to it, till December. The forecast was for good visibility, minus temperatures and dry conditions, so it was all systems go, despite the early start to get the train at Tyndrum, at 0758.
Maybe we miscalculated, or didn't allow for the darkness and road conditions, but it was a dash along the platform and throwing the rucksack's aboard as the train was warming up to depart, as the conductor bruskly pointed out, we were 'cutting it a bit fine!' The main thing was we had made it, otherwise, we were all for a mad dash up to Glen Orchy, to try to catch it there, but then we would have missed some of the fun on the way back!
The views of the hills and Rannoch Moor, with plenty deer browsing for food and the sun beginning to show, were just spectacular, which helped to take the edge off Big Jesper's mood, having to fork out a small fortune for the train fare's. It was also, good having a wee banter with "Andy" who shared the journey and was heading for the Corbett, Leum Uilleim.
We got off the train at Corrour and parted company with Andy, just the back of 9 o'clock. Running a bit late apparently due to some lazy latecomer's at Tyndrum! We were soon on our way along the forest track, towards the loch, eyeing up the hill with some excitement due to the extent of snow covering, clear conditions and the daylight, slowly poking through. The route is pretty straight forward and in clear visibility even I could not get lost!
The slopes aren't too steep, but with a good 6 to 12 inches of snow and some large patches of ice underneath, made for a bit harder going, especially as we were intent on catching the return train at 1230. There wasn't much time to draw breath, specially for Big Jesper, who is getting a bit old and out of condition these days!! However, it was well worth the effort, as the climb is only 500 metres, or so and the views just got better and better, as we neared the ridge, whatever direction one faced.
Once on the ridge, things level off substantially and it is just a matter of watching one's footing on the rocks and heading along far enough to reach the true summit cairn, which we reached in about an hour and three quarters. Visibility was great and we had the hill to ourselves, able to get great views of all the surrounding ranges. Alas though, we had little time to tarry, having a few photo's and a quick coffee - and one of Charlie's roll's, cause dopey forgot his!!
After about twenty minutes we were back on our way. Heading down was great fun! Big Jesper, having the ice axe took the more direct, steep descent, whereas I tried to make for a similar, safer route down, taking a few shortcut's here and there. There were a few slides and tumbles, which meant a degree of caution was required, but very little risk, despite our charging down in about 40 mins. Back on the forest track, we could go at a more leisurely pace, confident we would make the train. Time for a few more photo's of Loch Ossian, a chat with some walker's heading out, before getting back to Corrour, a little under the three hours.
It wasn't long before Andy appeared heading down the track from Leum Uilleim, having had quite a rush too, sweating near us much as we were! The train arrived and the conductor suggested we move forward to the front compartment, as "there may be some entertainment later - and it's warmer!" Sure enough there were many more passengers in the front - and it was warmer! A bit down the line, a group of young lads began to take out some instruments from cases and a companion explained they were "Mànran" and doing some filming of a promotional video for Celtic Connections. "Did we mind?" No, carry on lads!
What great music, to round off a perfect day on the hill! And, nice lads to go with it, playing a great mix of Gaelic, English music, fair getting the train rocking! Big Jesper being a handy Piper himself was well into it and acquaint with connections to one of the lads and as coincidence would have it, I briefly knew the mother of the accordionist many - many, years ago, at school. The cans of lager on the waiter's trolley were looking very tempting, so it was with heavy hearts that we threw our rucksack's on our back's and departed the gig, at Tyndrum Upper. I just didn't have the nerve to phone the wife and try to explain I'd missed getting off and ended up at Queen Street ....... though, there was a day!
- The Mamores.
- Stob Coire Easain and Stob a Choire Mheadhoin.
- The Youth Hostel.
- Big Jesper blocking the view!
- Station looking south.
- Rannoch Moor.
by The Rodmiester » Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:34 pm
by quoman » Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:45 pm
A very entertaining report.. i am going to keep this one for my last hill hopfully.
by gaffr » Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:44 pm
by JimboJim » Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:49 pm
by luibnaclach » Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:58 pm
having travelled to school from corrour station and wandered over both hills mentioned many many times great stuff
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by Fudgie » Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:28 pm
by davedanson28 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:40 pm
by laconic surf » Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:10 am
by JimboJim » Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:03 am
laconic surf wrote:Nice report. Funnily enough I have just been weighing up whether I could get this done getting off the morning train and be back down in time to catch the 12.30 as I rather fancy this hill in winter. Hanging about to catch the evening train does not sound appealing Think I may well now give it a go. Cheers
Hi Compendious Surf. Unless conditions much worse, or your not so fit, think you should be ok to do in time for return train. I'm in fifties and we made it back with half hour to spare, though we didn't dilly-dally, that's for sure.
Yep, each day out has its merits - so far! Maybe just been lucky with where and when, but look forward to next one.