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Alternative horseshoe for 3 mentalist's

Alternative horseshoe for 3 mentalist's


Postby davetherave » Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:59 pm

Munros included on this walk: Beinn a'Chochuill, Beinn Eunaich, Stob Daimh

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn a'Bhuiridh

Date walked: 05/04/2010

Time taken: 12 hours

Distance: 20 km

Ascent: 2030m

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Date. Saturday 5th April 2010
Completed by. Dave, Julie and Wilson
Weather. Clear with mainly blue skies deep snow high up.
Hills. Munro’s x 4
Corbetts’s x 3

Friday.....Beinn Udlaidh and Beinn Bhreac-Liath....... time 4hrs 40mins Ascent 935m distance 11.4km

Saturday.....Ben Cruachan......time 4hrs 30mins Ascent 910m distance 9.5km

Sunday.....Stob Diamh, Beinn Chochuill and Beinn Eunich
Beinn Bhuiridh........time 12hrs Ascent 2030m distance 19.5km






This was our first wild camping trip. The plan was to arrive early on Friday and catch the 2 Corbett’s to the east of the Cruachan range Beinn Udlaidh and Beinn Bhreac-Liath. ( this was achieved ) then to have a high camp at the Bealach just before Ben Cruachan then try to complete all 4 Munros and 1 Corbett the next day……

Never arrived at the Cruachan reservoir until near 6pm on Friday evening (raining) so we decided to camp at the south end and head for Ben Cruachan horseshoe in the morning.

The day previous the weather was glorious when we did the Corbett’s. We had packed ice axes and crampons but we found no need for them. So when we woke on Saturday morning we decided to leave axes and crampons in the tent (mistake) and head for the horseshoe.


Soon enough we had passed the end of the reservoir and were making good progress up Coire Dearg. On reaching the Bealach we realised we should have taken our winter gear. We carried onto approx 900m and realised there was a couple behind us through the thick mist, they turned back ( we later realise they never took there gear either ) any how we carried on and soon we were on the summit with no views what so ever.



We carried on the ridge for about 20/30 metres more. But the visibility and lack of gear we soon turned back and decided to get down and head for camp. As we approached the Cruachan loch we saw the couple that turned back dismanteling there tent, they had pitched at the North end of the Loch on the same day as ourselves.

Back to camp, map out Quick plan and we decide to head east to the junction at A85/B8077 at the head of Lochawe NN132/286 and set up camp for Saturday late afternoon. We even find a couple of hours to nip back to the village for supper and a few pints of McEwans.

THE PLAN….ALTERNATIVE HORSESHOE FOR 3 MENTALIST’S


Starting from.....NN132/286 just off A85


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8am and our first morning steps are taken, we scramble our way up the steep slopes to make for the ridge that leads to Monadh Drisaig from there we will be able to head up the East Ridge of Beinn Bhuiridh skimming the Corries to our right and staying well back from the corniced areas at the top of the corie wall. We soon arrive on the east top and then make our way along to the true summit on the west.


Corie glas.JPG

Monadh Driseig summit.JPG

Beinn a Bhuiridh from the east.JPG

Esast summit reached, true summit to the west. Bit more to go..JPG


This is where we met our only group for the day, 3 guys who came up the Corbett from the west and were heading round the horseshoe anti-clockwise.

Visibility at this stage was still fairly poor, but by the time we made our way down the steep north side of Beinn Bhuiridh heading for Stob Garbh the sun came out and stayed out for most of the day… It was good to see Ben Cruachan at last.

Ben Cruachan.JPG

Stob Garbh South face.JPG

Beinn a Bhuiridh north face.JPG

Stob Garbh North face.JPG



Up down and up again and we were soon on top of our first Munro of the day Stob Diamh.I was sure this was going to be a day to remember,and looking back on that super walk all the way to Beinn Bhuiridh only confirmed our thoughts

Julie on Stob Diamh, with stob Garbh behind.JPG



From here we would be treading virgin snow on our descent to Sron a Isean. This was a splendid part of the walk good views back on Stob Garbh then slightly farther on great views along the Cruachan ridge.


Heading for Sron an Isean.. looking back to Stob Diamh.JPG

Me with Stob Garbh behind (1).JPG

Beinn a Bhuiridh  and Stob Garbh.JPG

Quick decent from Sron a isean.JPG



Ideal route would have been to head for Lairig Noe, but this looked very steep, so we headed west of Lairig Noe down a shallow but steep gully and made for a bridge at one of the water tunnels so we could ascend Beinn a Chochuill.


NW of Lairig Noe (1).JPG

NW of Lairig Noe (2).JPG

misty top Ben Cruachan.JPG



This was a bit of a killer on the legs with a drop of 550m and then a climb of 550m to reach the summit of Beinn a Chochuill. At this stage of the day we both knew it would be a tall order, and not to be attempted by the faint hearted. If we could only make it up there, we were sure Beinn Eunaich would be with’n our grasp.

After much huffing and puffing we were greeted with this little Christmas cracker…

Christmas surprise on Beinn a chochuill summit (2).JPG

Christmas surprise on Beinn a chochuill summit (3).JPG

Christmas surprise on Beinn a chochuill summit (1).JPG
if you look close enough you can see my face......



From here we headed East along another super ridge walk before the final steep zig zagged climb up to Beinn Eunaich’s summit. Still weather was super and was probably at its peak in the late afternoon. Spent a we bit of time just savouring the views from here, and trying to make sense on what we had just achieved.

looking back to Beinn a Chochuill.JPG

Heading for Beinn Eunaich (1).JPG

Heading for Beinn Eunaich (3).JPG

looking from Beinn Eunaich summit.JPG




We then headed down the long gentle south ridge heading just short of Stub Maol then cut down on to the 4 x 4 track before crossing 2 bridges heading for a working quarry. Then on to another track and back up to the car to end an epic day.
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Last edited by davetherave on Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:55 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Alternative horseshoe for 3 mentalist's

Postby malky_c » Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:55 pm

Looks like a good day out. You seem to be putting in some pretty long days at the moment!
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Re: Alternative horseshoe for 3 mentalist's

Postby mountain coward » Tue Apr 06, 2010 2:18 am

That descent off Beinn a' Bhuiridh always looks horrendously steep - which way do you get down it? straight down?
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Re: Alternative horseshoe for 3 mentalist's

Postby kevsbald » Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:14 am

Blummin eck - a real tally of tops there.
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Re: Alternative horseshoe for 3 mentalist's

Postby monty » Tue Apr 06, 2010 11:33 am

Nice report Dave, looks like your doing all the tops and some :D
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Re: Alternative horseshoe for 3 mentalist's

Postby davetherave » Tue Apr 06, 2010 11:35 am

malky_c wrote:Looks like a good day out. You seem to be putting in some pretty long days at the moment!


Only trying to keep ourselves fit Malky. We never realised how tough it would be carrying bigger packs, and with us planning some bigger routes for the future looks like big packs will be a problem. May have to do some revisions to our routes. :shock: :? :lol:

mountain coward wrote:That descent off Beinn a' Bhuiridh always looks horrendously steep - which way do you get down it? straight down?


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Once on the true summit we back tracked about 200/300M NE and then Zig Zagged down, was'nt to bad really. There were steeper descents on this route though. NE down Stob Diamh was pretty steep, but was shorter. Also coming down Sron An Isean was a bit hairy at times. :lol:
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Re: Alternative horseshoe for 3 mentalist's

Postby mountain coward » Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:53 pm

Okay thanks - I'll definitely be picking a time without snow to do Beinn a' Bhuiridh - I've already done the Cruachan horseshoe but I'm sure I'll have to include part of it again when I do it... I'll probably do the 'Dallmally Horseshoe' or something
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Re: Alternative horseshoe for 3 mentalist's

Postby walk aboot » Wed Apr 07, 2010 1:12 pm

Enjoyed reading your report DtheR, great photos :)
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