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A gruelling yet very satisfying hike up Beinn A'Ghlo :)

A gruelling yet very satisfying hike up Beinn A'Ghlo :)


Postby Bod » Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:38 am

Route description: Beinn a'Ghlo

Munros included on this walk: Carn nan Gabhar

Date walked: 23/11/2013

Time taken: 7.75 hours

Distance: 21.5 km

Ascent: 985m

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A wee return to the Blair Atholl hills and Valerie's first time up Carn nan Gabhar via Airgiod Bhein........magic stuff but a tougher today than photos look. Plenty of fine fresh air and ample leg-stretching :D :D :D

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Looking across the valley floor of the Allt Coire Lagain towards Beinn Beag and Airgiod Bheinn. A bit of a tramp into here today, but so worth it :)
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Carn nan Gabhar the highest point of Beinn A'Ghlo still not in sight. We need to first go up and over Airgiod Bheinn the pointer of the two summits behind me :)
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Valerie and Ritchie leading the way.....
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Selfie!!! Carn Liath over my shoulder there .... lead many Scouts from all over the world up there in my time :)
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Striding up Airgiod Bheinn, and can you believe it? I am actually in front at this point :)
(The weather is about to worsen, but it was not too serious provided our timing was still good...and it was ....)
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Ritchie-lad, always keen to show the way :)
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Looking down over our approach. See the path above the steep slopes dropping to the burn .....
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Carn Liath now shrouded in chilly clag........
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This is my type of route.....steep and straight up :)
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Hard shell on ... actually getting pretty cold now, but with the wind being reasonably kind :)
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Up and over now, the hard work done :)
Keeping a keen eye on the watch and assessing the day :)
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Big cairn One, not the summit yet .....!
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Trig point at 1121 metres above sea-level, still not the summit! Watch out for that if you are up here. The top is 200 metres further on through the chilly - clag :0
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And we're there, yeha!
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Great shame...no views (same last time I was here with Marty many moons ago), but we couldn't complain a fantastic climb enjoyed. Had to quickly descend to the safety of the bealach onto Braigh Coire Chruin-bhalgain....careful footwork, nae probs :)
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Beginning the route home and planning a munchies stop :)
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Nice crunchy snow aiding a swift drop-off :)
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Looking for a seat .... sustenance required :)
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One happy boy...eyeing up Valerie's oatcakes, then we're ready for the final leg back to the van parked down at Loch Moraig :)

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Wonderful what might be happening next weekend ? :D :D :D :D :D
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Re: A gruelling yet very satisfying hike up Beinn A'Ghlo :)

Postby scoob999 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:38 am

Great pics Bod :D Not that long since i done this one but it looks better with the snow on it 8)
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Re: A gruelling yet very satisfying hike up Beinn A'Ghlo :)

Postby pollyh33 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:01 pm

Well done Val, Bod and Ritchie :clap: :clap:

Loved my day out on these hills despite the boggy stalkers' path which I see you managed to avoid! (or maybe it was suitably frozen over!)
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Re: A gruelling yet very satisfying hike up Beinn A'Ghlo :)

Postby pigeon » Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:55 pm

Nice work Bod and Val,i also remember the bog fest return from these,does going over Airgoid Beinn miss most of it?
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Re: A gruelling yet very satisfying hike up Beinn A'Ghlo :)

Postby Gordie12 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:43 pm

Hi Bod

Only done these in summer conditions so no idea what they are like with their winter coats on but they look great!
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Re: A gruelling yet very satisfying hike up Beinn A'Ghlo :)

Postby scottishkennyg » Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:46 pm

Nice one...must have been really cold over that final exposed ridge to the summit.
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Re: A gruelling yet very satisfying hike up Beinn A'Ghlo :)

Postby Bod » Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:48 pm

pigeon wrote:Nice work Bod and Val,i also remember the bog fest return from these,does going over Airgoid Beinn miss most of it?


Hi pigeon, just misses out the top section from the bealach, but serves for a fine route over the munro and gives Carn nan Gabhar an new apeal :D :D :D
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Re: A gruelling yet very satisfying hike up Beinn A'Ghlo :)

Postby Bod » Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:50 pm

Cheers scoob, polly and Gordie12 too :wink: :D :D
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Re: A gruelling yet very satisfying hike up Beinn A'Ghlo :)

Postby scooby0511 » Thu Nov 28, 2013 9:55 pm

Nice report and looked a cracking walk.
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Re: A gruelling yet very satisfying hike up Beinn A'Ghlo :)

Postby simon-b » Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:41 pm

Nice pictures, Bod. It looks a great hill to climb.
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Re: A gruelling yet very satisfying hike up Beinn A'Ghlo :)

Postby PeteR » Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:47 pm

Superb :clap: :D

Really enjoyed Beinn a;Ghlo and seeing it with a covering of snow looks tempting for a return this winter :D Just so long as the Mountain Police aren't about of course :lol:
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Re: A gruelling yet very satisfying hike up Beinn A'Ghlo :)

Postby Collaciotach » Sat Nov 30, 2013 12:20 am

Nice one shame the weather turned a wee bit though
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Re: A gruelling yet very satisfying hike up Beinn A'Ghlo :)

Postby Bod » Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:38 pm

Cheers Scooby0511, simon-b, PeteR and Collaciotach, it was a fun and rewarding day .... managed to dodge the law Pete, and revelled in the weather Colla :D :D :D
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Re: A gruelling yet very satisfying hike up Beinn A'Ghlo :)

Postby rockhopper » Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:24 am

Long way for one, Bod, but looked well worth it in the end despite the claggy bit - these hills do look good in the snow - cheers :)
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