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First walk of 2013

First walk of 2013

Postby kmsharp » Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:01 pm

Fionas included on this walk: Uamh Bheag

Donalds included on this walk: Beinn nan Eun, Uamh Bheag

Date walked: 04/01/2013

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 14 km

Ascent: 820m

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A great day for a first walk of the year. As predicted by the forecasters the cloud cleared by mid-morning and I had intermittent sunshine for most of the day.

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I parked at the Glenartney Church car park and set off at first light, just after 8:00am. Heading pretty much due south I slogged my way through the 3km pull to the summit of Beinn nan Eun - I've really lost a lot of fitness by not doing any walking for the last few months. There's not much on this summit so I quickly continued on, dropping down to the west and ascending to the summit of Beinn Odhar.

At this point the cloud began to clear and I was treated to spectacular views to the south and Stirling.

Great view - you can see Stirling Castle. Shame about the windfarm!

After a brief stop to enjoy the sunshine, views, and some wine gums, I climbed up to the summit of Uamh Bheag. Interestingly the trig point isn't actually at the summit, instead you get this delightful sculpture:

Bucket head sculpture at the summit of Uamh Bheag

From the summit I headed north over Meall Clachach to Am Beannan. The descent from Am Beannan to the Allt Ollach river is quite steep. The river was in spate, but luckily there's a bridge at NN695145.

Uamh Bheag

Once across the bridge it was a simple case of following the Water of Ruchill back to the road and then a quick 1.5km stroll back to the car.

A good start to 2013's walking - long may it continue!
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Re: First walk of 2013

Postby nxmjm » Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:46 pm

Thanks for the report. I'm planning my trips to climb these "northern" Donalds this year.
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