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A'Ghlas Bhein & Fhada
by weaselmaster » Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:51 pm
Munros included on this walk: A' Ghlas-bheinn, Beinn Fhada
Date walked: 02/07/2013
Time taken: 10.42 hours
Distance: 26.5 km
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Alan hadn't done these two in his 250-odd munros claimed. so seemed an ideal opporchancity to get them done. Away at 7.30 and ready to go from the car park at Morvich by 8.15. Weather was almost dry and pleasnat at this time- no way was that going to last.
P1020885 by 23weasels, on Flickr
We'd decided to go along Gleann Choinneachain to Bealach an sgairne, head up A'Ghlais Bheinn and then go over to Beinn Fhada, thereafter choosing to return the way we'd come or over the ridge to Meall an Fhurain Mhor if weather permitted. The initial section of the walk was along a well laid path, through heather and pine trees.
A Ghlas Bheinn
P1020886 by 23weasels, on Flickr
The path to the Falls of Glomach went off to the left- maybe for another day - and we passed through a gate warning of bull and calves in the fields - but must have been an invisibul as we saw nothing of the sort. We reached the waterfall of Allt a choire Chaoil which was easy enough to cross on the stepping stones. Then up into the bealach between the hills where we reached a large cairn and stopped to check our route.
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P1020888 by 23weasels, on Flickr
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Allt a choire chaoil
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view back west from bealach a sgairne
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Up quite steeply to out left to AGB -
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Alan "pushing the mountain" - he said it was "stretching exercises"....
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the path undulates after reaching the top with several drops and rises
P1020897 by 23weasels, on Flickr
Overlooking Loch a Chleirich afforded some good views over the hills to the west.
P1020898 by 23weasels, on Flickr
Finally the top came into view -
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stopped there for a breather then back down to the bealach for a bite to eat.
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looking south from AGB
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The wind had risen significantly over the last hour and was gusting ferociously at times. Looking up at the top of Beinn Fhada I was not by any means certain that we were going to be able to survive the wind up there - the idea of returning along the ridge was out for sure. We set off back along towards the waterfall crossing and turned up to our left before we reached it.
P1020905 by 23weasels, on Flickr
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In retrospect, following this path wasn't the best idea as it involved losing about 250m from the bealach - an alternative would seem to have been to contour round the east side of Meall a'Bhealaich and rejoin the route further round, but we stuck to the path and had the displeasure of losing so much height. Winding round the side of the coire was pretty miserable - the rain was smirring, David was dispirited and asking if there was "much further to go" and the ascent was slow, slow, slow. Every so often we'd be met with a blast of wind, and i was dreading how powerful the wind was going to be when we pulled over the lip of the coire. As it happened, it was much less fierce than I had expected. The clag came in for the last 100 metres or so - no views from this top. On the return leg I looked over to the ridge with interest - be one for a better day, up to Hunter's pass etc.
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View to AGB
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The walk back to our starting point went on for hours, or so it seemed. There was still no bull in the field, despite David having donned a bright red waterproof coat and we made it back to the car in time to head off to Dornie for a bar meal and a couple of well earned pints.
by Wimpie » Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:12 pm
by weaselmaster » Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:35 pm
Wimpie wrote:Looks like a great walk to me. Will try to do these to in July. What would you advice me to do? Your roundtrip or the other way around? Cheers.
If you were looking to improve the day you could do A'Ghlas Bheinn first and return from Fhada over Hunter's Ridge - we did that in this report and it was a highly enjoyable experience
by Wimpie » Sun May 27, 2018 9:18 pm
by Wimpie » Sun May 27, 2018 9:23 pm
by weaselmaster » Mon May 28, 2018 12:07 am
Wimpie wrote:I think u send the wrong link.... :-p
No - it's the right link. The description / photos of coming down from Fhada via Hunter's Ridge at in the last section of that report