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Beinn a'Chlachair, Creag Pitridh, Geal Charn
by gman » Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:47 pm
Route description: Beinn a'Chlachair, Geal Charn and Creag Pitridh
Munros included on this walk: Beinn a'Chlachair, Creag Pitridh, Geal Charn
Date walked: 24/02/2013
Time taken: 7.15 hours
Distance: 26 km2 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
MWIS had 20% chance of cloud-free Munros but BBC weather showed sunshine for Spean Bridge so thought I'd get mixed weather. Parked car, got on bike & headed across the bridge, Beinn a'Chlachair behind:
Usually read the map while I'm walking but I now know this is tricky on a bike so I missed the fork to the left and continued uphill on the wrong track. Finally stopped, checked map, backtracked and made it round to Lochan na h-Earba with frozen beaches. The ascent ridge of Beinn a'Chlachair is in the middle of pic:
Snow was frozen on the way up, other walkers had left deep footprints while the snow was softer so I could follow these and use them as steps:
Back down to Lochan, low cloud now moving in to Creag Meagaidh so it's going to get claggy:
Lovely sunshine in Glen Spean...
...but not up here:
Onwards in the cloud following GPS, was now pretty cold:
Long walk now to Geal Charn, eventually got to bealach and under the cloud. The descent here is very steep on hard icy snow so I got the crampons on:
Start of Geal Charn from the bealach:
Tricky descent of Beinn a'Chlachair:
Into the clag again, couldn't see much but walk seemed to take longer than expected with several false summits:
Started walking back, all of a sudden the weather cleared:
Beinn a'Chlachair still in cloud though:
Last hill today, Creag Pitridh:
Steep ascent of Creag Pitridh, the large patch of snow behind the deer had more footsteps frozen into it so I used these like stairs. Cheers to whoever left them
Back to Geal Charn descent, again tricky in places:
Best hill of the day, with views & everything Down to frozen lochan:
Straightforward descent from the cairn:
Beinn a'Chlachair finally free of cloud:
And back to Lochan & bike for a nice coast to the car
Weather really clear now so could see all the hills on the way home through Glencoe etc - always a good way to end the day with the music on loud NB police speed trap at the bridge works near Bridge of Orchy.
by gymman47 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:15 pm
Looks like you had a good day and love the pictures. Cheers
by gman » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:52 pm
gymman47 wrote:Looks like you had a good day and love the pictures. Cheers
Thanks, always good when the cloud finally lifts & you get a view
by PeteR » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:04 pm
Nice one. Loved my time on these three hills. Looks like the weather wasn't too bad for a 20% day
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