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Glen Lochy Corbetts

Glen Lochy Corbetts

Postby weaselmaster » Thu Dec 26, 2013 5:22 pm

Route description: Beinn Udlaidh and Beinn Bhreac-liath, Glen Orchy

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Bhreac-liath, Beinn Udlaidh

Date walked: 26/12/2013

Time taken: 4.26 hours

Distance: 12.5 km

Ascent: 999m

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Boxing day and a chance to get out in the hills again. Sick Kid's stuck at work :lol: so it's me on my own and it's Corbett time. Didn't think I could manage to squeeze the 5 around Tyndrum into a short light day, so opted for Beinn Udlaidh & Bhreac-Liath instead. It was rainy and claggy driving up which didn't fill me with much enthusiasm initially, but the day turned out well from a weather perspective.

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Parked just after the bridge at Invergaunan farm and headed past the cottage, clearly upsetting a disgruntled looking group of cows who mooed menacingly but didn't pursue me. Followed the edge of the river, planning to climb Udlaidh first of all, but came to try and cross the river and decided it was too deep and fast flowing to safely get across. Rethink called for - let's do Bhreac Liath first and finish on Udlaidh. I'd noticed a landrover track on the other side of the river which I guessed (correctly) came out at the gate where I'd left the car, which would mean no river crossing needed on the return leg.

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River - not crossing that!
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Only problem with this change of plan was a steeper climb up the flank of Bhreac-Liath than if I'd headed up the shoulder of this hill. This revealed just how unfit I am at present, as I had to keep stopping for a breather after every 100 double paces :o Eventually I did manage up onto the shattered stone strewn plateau. Was icy up here and a bit of wind chill. Reached the small summit cairn then pressed on westward heading for the bealach I'd seen earlier joining the two hills.

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Steep going up Bhreac Liath
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Summit Bhreac Liath
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Happy to be out here
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There's a drop of about 200m down to the bealach and the main hazard was streams covered by snow which led to unpleasant surprises to the unwary. As I had my new boots on today my feet fortunately remained dry despite the occasional plunge. Stopped for lunch on a big quartzite boulder then followed some hare tracks up towards Udlaidh.

Towards Glen Lochy
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Lochan na bi
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Heading on up the sun came out and I had a bit of a hunt to find the cairn - surprising as it's a large cairn surrounded by assorted debris. Met another walker and his dog.

Cairn Udlaidh
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North from the cairn
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Cloud swathes
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Beinn Dorain
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Now it was a matter of heading NE until the tree line was reached. On the way you walk alongside a spine of quartzite rock.

Looking back over to Bhreac Liath
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Quartzite spine
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Still some autumn colour left
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Down through the trees, startling a pair of deer who leapt over the fence deeper into the forest, then joining up with the track at the bottom. As I suspected this brought me right out at the spot I'd parked the car. A very enjoyable day out.

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Re: Glen Lochy Corbetts

Postby gaffr » Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:02 pm

News from Glen Orchy..... oops? I had forgotten that the tops can be approached from both sides? Even more of a dump on Udlaidh now with the mast on the ground. :)
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Re: Glen Lochy Corbetts

Postby Graeme D » Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:41 pm

I did that river crossing last year in considerably drier conditions and it was quite a handful then so not surprised you didn't fancy it.
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