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Beinn Damhain

Beinn Damhain

Postby rob munbett » Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:31 pm

Fionas included on this walk: Beinn Damhain

Date walked: 18/02/2013

Time taken: 4 hours

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Parked the car on the A82 just opposite Glen Falloch farm in a space which can take about 3 or 4 cars, depending upon the considerate parking of the drivers. This is also the start for the Corbett Meall an Fhudair, so an early start is recommended. Through the gate and then up the rough road which ziz-zags up the hillside until it reaches a T-junction. At this point, turn left along the road for about 3km until it ends at a small dam. From here the going gets much tougher. I followed the left bank of the stream which flows down from Lochan Beinn Damhain for a bout half a km, all the time checking for an easy crossing place and a good route from here on to the higher ground. However, nothing stood out as obvious, so it was just a case of finding the best ways up through deep heather, crags and frozen tussocks. Indeed, this seemed to be the order of the day. Once on higher ground the hill came into view and I took a direct route to the base of the final ascent. It was an exercise in bog-dodging, keeping on the most solid snow and avoiding the ankle-breaking, knee-twisting pot-holes which lurked under the soft sections of the white stuff. The final ascent seemed quite daunting with the ice-clad rocks and the steep snow-filled gullies but in the event was quite straightforward and the summit cairn was soon reached - no false tops here! The views all round were excellent and, despite the hill's relative proximity to the A82, there was a real sense of remoteness. I didn't see a soul - or even a boot-print - all day. I would certainly choose a clear day for this Graham, for the views but mostly because I think it would be soul-destroying in the murk. I just descended by the route of ascent, picking up all my mental markers on the way down to get back to the dam where there is a lovely large flat boulder, acting as a table and chair for lunch. From here it was back to the car in an easy 40 minutes
Beinn Damhain in the ditance from the road in
The rough ground of the ascent
Looking across the rough terrain to Beinn Damhain
Beinn Damhain
The final ascent
View of the route in from the summit
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Re: Beinn Damhain

Postby Graeme D » Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:16 pm

That's a cracking summit view there Rob. I quite fancy an early summer wild camp combining this one with the Corbett.
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Re: Beinn Damhain

Postby kevsbald » Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:13 pm

Did this today. There is a tremendous wild camp spot just beside Lochan a Daimhain.
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