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Beinn Dearg (Blair Atholl), Carn a'Chlamain

Beinn Dearg (Blair Atholl), Carn a'Chlamain


Postby Tomsie » Thu Jul 04, 2013 12:38 pm

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Dearg (Blair Atholl), Carn a'Chlamain

Date walked: 03/07/2013

Time taken: 12 hours

Distance: 48 km

Ascent: 2121m

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The plan here was to try do the Beinn a’Ghlo hills as well a big day and ask. I drove up to Loch Moraig to leave car and take bike downhill to the car park at Old Bridge of Tilt and set off up the road, really I should have taken bike further up to save a bit of time, as didn't leave car till 9am. Took the right fork then right at crossroads leading towards rifle range, then take left fork above the range, good paths and a few gates to go through until out of the forest and you can see Beinn Dearg ahead.

The Rifle Range
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Allt Slanaidh is on your right walking in until there’s a ford to cross nothing to difficult just after making the ford I left the track onto a smaller path up the hill-side just below Elrig heading for Beinn a Chait, for time wise I should have stayed on the main track that leads to Dearg but for wildlife and scenery this was better option. Just below a Chait nearly stood on this little fellow, some hares, grouse and lizards around this area, but very wet too and between terrain and taking photo’s was taking a bit too much time.

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Pushed on up to Beinn a Chait took in the views around and looked over to the corbett Beinn Mheadhonach which was a possibility too, headed towards the 781 mark on map very haggy and boggy here, after this was able to pick-up main path to summit passing a cairn which could be mistaken for summit in bad weather. Got to summit cairn after 4hrs after setting off, which I thought took a bit long if the Beinn a’Ghlo range was to be done. Spoke to another lady here about the possibility of doing it, which she said was possible and should have the light but her option would be do the Corbett and Carn a’Chlamain and keep Beinn a’Ghlo for another day, will enjoy it more.

Beinn Mheadhonach

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Not the summit

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So I set off for the Corbett walking just below Elrig’ic an Toisich but decided to leave Corbett and try make up some time and make a decision at Glen Tilt about other 3 munros so I headed for Druim Coire na Minnsich around the 720 mark and made way across to Chlamain. The area between these 2 munro’s is really tough going haggy and marshy, once near the summit you pick up a good path, stunning views from here today.

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Refulled again and took the path off summit then leaving the path shortly to cross more haggy ground just above the cliffs of Creag a;Chrochaidh at 720 mark, just beyond here dropped into Glen Tilt to come out at footbridge. Decision now, time was 17.20 and looking up at what was ahead of me knew I was never going to get to do 3 munro’s in 5hrs when light would be fading or gone, even though I had 2 torch’s and the bivvy, after covering 32kl at this stage and the legs a little weary made sense to leave for another day.

Have I time

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Footbridge

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So made the trek out of the beautiful Glen Tilt still plenty of wildlife about so made the walk enjoyable. Once I got past Marble Lodge made my way over A’Chreag as didn’t fancy the walk to Old Blair to pick bike up for cycle/walk back to car, crossed over the sheep fields towards Monzie and those fences are electric back to car at Loch for just before 21.00.

From A’Chreag

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Sheep fields

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Picked up bike then to drop off Deans’s poles at Stuart & Fi’s, chat about the day over a cup of tea and plans for the weekend before heading back home.
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Re: Beinn Dearg (Blair Atholl), Carn a'Chlamain

Postby Driftwood » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:23 pm

That's quite a walk, even without thoughts of adding Beinn a'Ghlo! You did well to get around "just" the two and back by evening.

I've wondered about combining these two Munros and Beinn Mheadonach (from the north; your photo confirms my impression from maps that the flanks look too steep an approach), but thought that could be pushing it for a day. Still, these look a fine long walk - and a good variety of wildlife about, too.
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Re: Beinn Dearg (Blair Atholl), Carn a'Chlamain

Postby soapy27 » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:55 pm

Great report and photos there Tomsie :clap: another big day in the hills , would of been epic to do Beinn a Ghlo too
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Re: Beinn Dearg (Blair Atholl), Carn a'Chlamain

Postby jmarkb » Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:36 pm

Driftwood wrote: I've wondered about combining these two Munros and Beinn Mheadonach


This would be fine, if a bit long: from Chlamain head west and follow the Allt na Creagan Bhreac to cross the Allt Mhairc above the waterfall, then head fairly directly for the summit of Mheadhonach. From there, head north along the ridge, skirt Carn a'Chiaraidh and Elrig'ic an Toisich on the west side to curl round onto Dearg (a more direct route is possible but likely very rough going: it pays to keep as much height as possible on these hills to avoid the evil bog and heather!).

If you are Corbett and Munro bagging, another option is to do Beinn Dearg, Beinn Bhreac and Beinn Mheadhonach together, leaving Chlamain for an easy day on its own (you can cycle pretty much to the summit if so inclined!).
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Re: Beinn Dearg (Blair Atholl), Carn a'Chlamain

Postby Tomsie » Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:37 pm

Driftwood wrote:I've wondered about combining these two Munros and Beinn Mheadonach (from the north; your photo confirms my impression from maps that the flanks look too steep an approach), but thought that could be pushing it for a day. Still, these look a fine long walk - and a good variety of wildlife about, too.


Where were you thinking of starting from??
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Re: Beinn Dearg (Blair Atholl), Carn a'Chlamain

Postby Tomsie » Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:39 pm

soapy27 wrote:Great report and photos there Tomsie :clap: another big day in the hills , would of been epic to do Beinn a Ghlo too


Cheers Dean keeping me fit for a few in the pipeline :D
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Re: Beinn Dearg (Blair Atholl), Carn a'Chlamain

Postby Driftwood » Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:24 pm

Tomsie wrote:
Driftwood wrote:I've wondered about combining these two Munros and Beinn Mheadonach (from the north; your photo confirms my impression from maps that the flanks look too steep an approach), but thought that could be pushing it for a day. Still, these look a fine long walk - and a good variety of wildlife about, too.


Where were you thinking of starting from??


Still starting from Glen Tilt, I meant approaching Beinn Mheadonach from the (boggy-sounding) northern end, as jmarkb describes. Though from a nose at past reports on Beinn Bhreac, I might be wise saving this for a long spell of dry weather!

I'm getting to like mixing a Corbett or two in with my Munros. Apart from being slightly less-trodden, they often seem to be good viewpoints to look back at (or forward to) the high points of a walk.
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Re: Beinn Dearg (Blair Atholl), Carn a'Chlamain

Postby Tomsie » Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:01 pm

[/quote]
I'm getting to like mixing a Corbett or two in with my Munros. Apart from being slightly less-trodden, they often seem to be good viewpoints to look back at (or forward to) the high points of a walk.[/quote]


Few Corbetts I have done have being long walks plus some steeep one's. Grahams nearly always quite and no clag on the top :lol:
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Re: Beinn Dearg (Blair Atholl), Carn a'Chlamain

Postby ScottishLeaf » Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:53 pm

Well done Tomsie, cracking effort. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Cannae believe you were even contemplating Beinn a'Ghlo and these two!!

When we did Beinn Dearg on it's own in the winter, we took a wrong turn after the bothy and ended up on Beinn a'Chaitt. It's a fair old slog up out of the bealach to that fake summit cairn. Twenty miles for one munro was brutal enough :lol:
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Re: Beinn Dearg (Blair Atholl), Carn a'Chlamain

Postby Tomsie » Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:21 am

Cheers Bryan ots a big day just for the one, deff a bike in
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Re: Beinn Dearg (Blair Atholl), Carn a'Chlamain

Postby jmarkb » Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:23 am

Though from a nose at past reports on Beinn Bhreac, I might be wise saving this for a long spell of dry weather!


If you go over the tops, the rough boggy ground is limited to a couple of km each way crossing the headwaters of the Tarf. The rest of the 35km is fast, easy, walking!
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Re: Beinn Dearg (Blair Atholl), Carn a'Chlamain

Postby Fife Flyer » Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:54 am

Great report & plenty of wildlife on your travels, quite a walk :clap: :clap:

Am being a bit of a wimp & only doing Beinn Dearg this coming week :lol: :lol:
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Re: Beinn Dearg (Blair Atholl), Carn a'Chlamain

Postby Tomsie » Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:00 am

Fife Flyer wrote:Great report & plenty of wildlife on your travels, quite a walk :clap: :clap:

Am being a bit of a wimp & only doing Beinn Dearg this coming week :lol: :lol:


If I was doing it on its own would return over Beinn a Chait
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Re: Beinn Dearg (Blair Atholl), Carn a'Chlamain

Postby gman » Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:50 am

That's quite a trek, weather was ideal on the day though :D
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Re: Beinn Dearg (Blair Atholl), Carn a'Chlamain

Postby simon-b » Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:27 pm

That's a big walk, Tomsie. As I've replied to gman, a map and route description for linking these 2 hills is very useful. So thanks to you both.
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