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Ben Cruachan - pt2

PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:15 pm
by Milesy
Nearly at the Bealach.


Self Portrait!


From the Bealach the clouds have started to come in. The steep slopes of Meall Cuanail in the background.


We should be looking out at Oban and the Isle of Mull from here. You can see a little of the ocean, but not much.



Looking south down Loch Awe.



Spindrift snow seems to get everywhere!


About a third of the way to the summit from the bealach the ground becomes hard nevé, and definately time to get crampons on and ice axe out. Very slow ascent with some icey precipitous run offs into the coire! I emphasise good footwork here and steady balance.

Craig has reached the summit of his third Munro. Craig has also reached the summit of his third Munro with no views. Such is life in the Scottish mountains and weather.


Feeling very comfy in my new Rab Latok Alpine Jacket.


Settling down for a brew in the clouds.


The view opened up for about 30 seconds although not very far.



Looking down the Coire.




We started to see a little more once we came down out the cloud base.


Back at the bealach.


Trying some vertical ice climbing (not)


All the other peaks mostly seem to have sunshine except Cruachan.


A little freestyle glissade. (Don't do this with crampons on)


Back down at the dam and the south seems to be enjoying more sun than us.


The obligatory sunset pictures just as we get down towards the car.



Ben Cruachan - pt1

PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:34 pm
by Milesy
Another coin toss weather forecast and Craig and I headed off with two plans. An Caisteal or Ben Cruachan. On arrival at Crianlarich the skies seemed blue enough and with an optimistic feeling Ben Cruachan was chosen.

On driving along the road to Dalmally the eastern flanks of the Cruachan Massif came into view. This can be climbed as a circuit known as the Dalmally Horseshoe. Note to myself that I need to climb it from this direction one time.


After a lovely early morning drive along Loch Awe we arrived at the Falls Of Cruachan train station (only in operation in the summer months) and parked the car at the layby. The start of the climb is through a underpass under the railway line.


Nothing better than waking your muscles up with straight into steep leg work. Loch Awe is getting further below us.


Craig is optimistic about his first winter climb and hopeful that for his third time in the hills will get some views at the top (will he get them???)


The Pass of Brander. Site of a famous military battle in the Scottish Wars of Independance.


Hungry Robin eat some seeds out my hand.



The monstrous Cruachan Dam comes into view.



The Cruachan Horseshoe surrounds the Cruachan reservoir. Incredibly tranquil.




At the top of the reservoir we swung west towards the main summit: Ben Cruachan at 1126 m (3694 ft)


The Bealach comes into site.


Plenty of blue skies everywhere with just a flutter of cloud. Hopes are right up just now.




Re: Ben Cruachan - pt2

PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:47 pm
by mountain coward
Some nice pics there... very brave of your mate to do that as his third Munro but in winter - it was about my first Munro and my mountain cowardice came to the fore leaving Cruachan's summit to descend along the edge! I'd probably enjoy it now though - now I've got a few more under my belt! :D I see it was t-shirt weather lower down :D

Re: Ben Cruachan - pt2

PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:51 pm
by Milesy

Yeah the Sun was beating right into the Coire and resevoir and it felt like a nice sun trap 8)

Re: Ben Cruachan - pt2

PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:07 pm
by davetherave

Will take note of the carefull foot work needed going up the ridge to the summit of Ben Cruachan. I think there should be slightly less snow now but there will be plenty ice conditions to contend with.

Can you park near ST Conans kirk and make your way along the access road to the reservoir ??

Your pic looking down the coire ...... ?? there are 3 Coire'S near the summit. :?

Surprised you only did the 1 hill on the day, and it took 7 hrs, was it the conditions or were you just taking it easy. :lol:

Re: Ben Cruachan - pt1

PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:36 pm
by Milesy
Yeah was going at Craig's pace. The one hill was enough for him.

Just parked at the Falls of Cruachan station layby and went up to the resevoir that way. It is a nice walk :)

Re: Ben Cruachan - pt1

PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:16 pm
by davetherave
Yeah but, can you park at the St conans kirk, that may be more suitable for the route i have in mind.

Re: Ben Cruachan - pt1

PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:21 pm
by Milesy
I dont know but you can get onto the ridge from near Dalmally onto the "Dalmally Horseshoe" which can be extended to Cruachan.

Re: Ben Cruachan - pt1

PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:50 pm
by kinley
:lol: Like your vertical climbing shot :lol:

Re: Ben Cruachan - pt1

PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:11 pm
by davetherave
yeah looked at something like that, but if time is on our side , may head east off Sron a isean and then north heading for Lairig Noe before heading up Beinn a Chochuill.
I will defo try and park at st Conans Kirk on the access road i think, then head up to reservoir and do the 2 munros and the corbett hopefully. And if time allows we will decide if we can do the rest of the route.

Re: Ben Cruachan - pt1

PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:59 am
by Rekrab ... =607500577

nice to know i'm not the only one who does this.


Re: Ben Cruachan - pt1

PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:04 am
by Glenrothes
kinley wrote::lol: Like your vertical climbing shot :lol:

Kinley, you mean he wasnt??? :wink: :lol: