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Beinn Each and Bealach nan Cabar circuit

Beinn Each and Bealach nan Cabar circuit


Postby findhornloon » Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:43 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Each

Date walked: 02/03/2013

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 8.44 km

Ascent: 946m

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With continuing good weather and clear skies forecast we decided on a short hop out to the Trossachs to tackle Beinn Each with the option to continue to Stuc a' Chroin. Straight from the car park you head up through some pleasant woodland and a steep-sided glen to reach the open moor after about 30 minutes leaving behind great views of Ben Ledi.
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Looking back at Ben Ledi after clearing the woods and reaching the moor

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No problem finding the start of the route.

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The route winds it way up through the heather to the first ridge, not much snow.

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Actually more snow and ice that you think, especially in the north-facing slopes.

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The footsteps in the snow were deceptively easy looking but had frozen solid so we had to tread carefully without crampons.

Great views all around on such a clear day, it was even pleasant enough in the lee of the summit to enjoy some Spring sunshine with our tea and sannies.
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Ben Ledi and Loch Lubnaig from the summit of Beinn Each

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Ben Lomond and the Arrochar Alps in the distance beyond Ben Vane

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Looking north down Glen Ample towards the snow-covered Tarmachan Ridge (?)

At the outset we were undecided if we would tackle Stuc a' Chroin after Beinn Each, it would depend on the snow/ice cover we encountered en route as neither my son Leo nor I had crampons or ice axes. As it turned out the snow/ice cover on the north-facing sheltered areas was about 50% after the summit of Beinn Each, we did however manage to carefully pick our way down to Bealach nan Cabar with only one minor fall by Leo. Another couple behind us made it half way down then proceeded to climb back up the steep slope again - and they had crampons and ice axes. Down at the bealach the decision to give Stuc a' Chroin a miss for another day was a no brainer - it was clear that the snow / ice cover ahead would increase and it would also become rockier and steeper - a simple slip at the top of an snow / ice slope in this terrain would be bad news. So we decided on a circuit back down the steep slopes beyond Bealach nan Cabar to the head of Glen Ample and back to Loch Lubnaig. A long but enjoyable 5 hour walk with around 1.5 hours of stops for tea and to soak up the scenery and views. Lots of evidence of deer in this area and some good deer tracks to follow on the way down through the heather.
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Looking back at the steep north end of Beinn Each from Bealach nan Cabar

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The summit of Stuc a' Chroin as seen from Bealach nan Cabar

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Heading down Bealach nan Cabar to Glen Ample

Our route up Beinn Each and back down the steep slopes beyond Bealach nan Cabar to the head of Glen Ample.

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