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Beinn a'Chlachair, Creag Pitridh, Geal Charn

Beinn a'Chlachair, Creag Pitridh, Geal Charn


Postby 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 km

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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:
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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:
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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:
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Back down to Lochan, low cloud now moving in to Creag Meagaidh so it's going to get claggy:
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Lovely sunshine in Glen Spean...
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...but not up here:
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Onwards in the cloud following GPS, was now pretty cold:
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Cairn:
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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:
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Start of Geal Charn from the bealach:
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Tricky descent of Beinn a'Chlachair:
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Into the clag again, couldn't see much but walk seemed to take longer than expected with several false summits:
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Cairn:
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Started walking back, all of a sudden the weather cleared:
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Beinn a'Chlachair still in cloud though:
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Last hill today, Creag Pitridh:
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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 :D
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Bird:
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Back to Geal Charn descent, again tricky in places:
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Best hill of the day, with views & everything :lol: Down to frozen lochan:
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Creag Meagaidh:
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Beinn a'Chaorainn:
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Easains etc:
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Straightforward descent from the cairn:
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Beinn a'Chlachair finally free of cloud:
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And back to Lochan & bike for a nice coast to the car :D
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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 :D NB police speed trap at the bridge works near Bridge of Orchy.
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Re: Beinn a'Chlachair, Creag Pitridh, Geal Charn

Postby gymman47 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:15 pm

Looks like you had a good day and love the pictures. Cheers

JP :clap:
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Re: Beinn a'Chlachair, Creag Pitridh, Geal Charn

Postby 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 :D
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Re: Beinn a'Chlachair, Creag Pitridh, Geal Charn

Postby 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 :D
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