Buidhe & Cnapanaich - a late start to a year of promise
by Graeme D » Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:24 pm
Corbetts included on this walk: Meall Buidhe, Sron a'Choire Chnapanich
Date walked: 18/01/2014
Time taken: 5.5 hours
Distance: 14.9 km
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Kevsbald and I had planned to do the walk in from Linn of Dee to the Hutchison Hut on the Friday night before nailing Mheadhoin on the Saturday morning, but heavy snowfall at that altitude meant it was probably going to be a grim slog in the upper reaches of Glen Derry and up to the hut in Coire Etchachan. And I speak here from bitter personal experience having failed in a previous attempt in heavy snow one February night a few years back.
We batted around some alternatives and finally settled on the Gaick Corbetts but research suggested that given the recent levels of rainfall, there might be a couple of potentially tricky river crossings involved. That led us to the upper Glen Lyon Corbetts of Meall Buidhe and Sron a'Choire Cnapanaich and a 7.30am meet up at Bridge of Balgie.
The rain was lashing down by the time I pulled in beside Kev's car at Bridge of Balgie and the cloud was barely above the roofs. We considered jacking the whole thing in but decided to give it a go - we might only get the one Corbett in and get a drenching in the process but we'd come all this way. And after my aborted Hogmanay attempt at the Roughburn Round in Glen Spean, I was determined not to go back home empty handed again.
We drove along to just short of the Loch Lyon dam before doing a bit of cross country to pick up the track on the north side of the loch.
We didn't stay on the track for long before taking to the slopes and heading up onto Meall Phubaill. We soon got above the murk and into nicer conditions. The views may have remained limited for most of the day, white room stuff for much of it, but it was oddly atmospheric and, as long as the wind wasn't pummeling us full in the face, quite pleasant.
We contoured round Creag a'Chaorainn and dropped down into the bealach before following the fence posts up the south east ridge of Meall Buidhe. Once onto the broad curving plateau, it was a nice high level pad along to the big domed summit which sits just a few metres below Munro height.
The walk back into the howler was less pleasant and necessitated the wearing of goggles. It was a relief to be back down at the bealach, from where we picked our way along the Feith Thalain and over an area of rough peat hags onto the nose of Cnapanaich. There were some nice views down to Loch an Daimh and the stand of trees by the shoreline.
We soon got back up into winter proper .............
............ but from the summit there were no more views down to the loch - I walked over to the drop off to check but there was nothing to see.
From there we headed off the south ridge and descended into the swamps of the Allt Phubaill before picking up the track at the little dam and dropping back down to Pubil.
Not exactly what was hoped for but at least we got a result of sorts in the end, and I got what promises to be a big year on and off the hills up and running.
by gammy leg walker » Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:33 pm
by pigeon » Sat Feb 01, 2014 1:06 am
by rockhopper » Sat Feb 01, 2014 1:07 am
by ChrisW » Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:05 am
Good luck with, what sounds like a very busy year and don't forget, if you need a break from it all there's still time for you to change your mind and come along to North Carolina in April
by The Rodmiester » Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:17 am
by kevsbald » Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:00 pm
by PeteR » Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:14 pm
Not been down this way for a while and have been thinking I ought to get myself over there and tick these two off.
by Collaciotach » Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:22 pm
Good shout though getting out the weather has been hellish !
by dogplodder » Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:29 pm
by Johnny Corbett » Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:04 am
by Graeme D » Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:57 pm
kevsbald wrote:Twas two weeks ago! Drove up to the lairig over to Glen Lyon today with Em and pooch - no chance of getting over so we had a nice pad in the snow. Good to get out - are we still up for something on the 17th?
Nope. Not up for anything on the 17th. Working! Up for something on the 20th though. Or 21st.