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Wrapping up Kintail in the Sunshine
by andrewdoggett » Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:11 pm
Munros included on this walk: A' Ghlas-bheinn, Beinn Fhada
Date walked: 30/03/2013
Time taken: 5.95 hours
Distance: 22.4 km
Ascent: 1723m1 person thinks this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
The walk in is straightforward... Nothing steep and the scenry eventually opens out...
There's nothing steep on the ascent - where it is steep the stalkers path zig zags and makes life comfortable... It's looking like a great day to be out, with blue skies and crisp snow...
Memories of Mullardoch come flashing back with the views and our circuit of the twelve munros in a day last May... That was something... Monty you'll know this as Affric...
The views get better with hieght all the way to the summit ridge of Bheinn Fhada... The snow is firm and over ice in places so I need to be cautious but I don't bother with crampons; it's not steep...
And in a whisper over two hours I'm at the summit; I've not stopped on the ascent save for a couple of quick snaps...
A' Ghlas Bheinn had been in cloud on the way up but it's on show now basking in the sunshine... And from here, it looks small and not intimidating...
The Sisters of Kintail are looking gorgeous to the West...
I opt to descend via the same path to the Glen that separates Beinn Fhada from A' Ghlas-Bheinn - I'm not fancying the steep descent off Meall a' Bhealaich in these conditions...
I stop fror lunch at the Bealach an Sgairne... A spot of ham and a quick drink and then it's time to tackle the steep slops of A' Ghlas-Bheinn...
The views behind open up with height and the view back to Beinn Fhada is looking good... Time to test the panoramic feature on the iPhone...
It's a 400 metre pull up to the summit; the first 250 metres steep but then it eases and undulates a little... Nothing uncomfortable though and the views are gorgeous... I can see the whole Cuilling Ridge on Skye
The descent is straightforward... All in all, a magic day finishing off Kintail... I'm back in the Bridge of Allan by 16:30... And now there's just four left...
The stats - a whisper under the six hours...
And the route... Opted for a westerly descent from A' Ghlas-Bheinn via A' Mhuic - there's nothing too steep.
by Lenore » Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:04 pm
by wilkiemurray » Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:37 pm
Good luck on final four
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Joking apart what date are you hoping to finish??
by mrssanta » Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:58 pm
by jonny616 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:05 pm
by BlackPanther » Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:42 am
Maybe I'm more cautious about routes, but to my taste, the western face was a bit tricky in snow. We tried descending along the ridge, using rocks sticking out of the snow, but got fed up with it, put crampons on and shuffled down snow-filled gully
I guess in summer conditions it would be much easier.
May the weather gods be with you on your final Munros