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Beinn a'Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich - The Streak Continues

Beinn a'Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich - The Streak Continues


Postby Stretch » Mon Apr 12, 2010 7:07 pm

Route description: Beinn a'Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich

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

Date walked: 11/04/2010

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 13 km

Ascent: 1210m

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Hopefully I'm not jinxing myself here, but every time I have travelled west of Tyndrum for a day in the hills the weather has been nearly perfect. Sunday was another one of those days, bright skies and warm temps. So bright and warm that sunscreen and shorts were required. Started my walk at 9:45, making my way along the track past the farm and the lazy highland cows. Beinn a'Chochuill can be seen the entire way up the track so I could see what lay ahead - steepness. The track forked and headed around the lower slope of the hill where at one point I just turned left and headed up. Found the good path shortly thereafter and continued to climb. This was much steeper than I thought it would be and the pains of Saturday's walk were starting to set in. I took plenty of breaks up the hill for water and eventually reached the summit at noon. Great place for a Sunday picnic! The first thing that really catches your eye is the intimidating Ben Cruachan. Wow, some hill that is, I'll need my courage juice before tackling that beast. The views to Ben Starav and Glencoe were simply amazing, still a bit of snow on the highest peaks in that direction. Had lunch on Beinn a'Chochuill and proceeded down to the bealach before heading up Beinn Eunaich. Another steep climb and by this point I was stopping more often for a breather. Once at the top I had the peak to myself. Great view over to Ben Lui and the Crianlarich hills and then over to Beinn Dorain. Sat here a while taking in the sights and sunshine before heading down the south slope. There is a good path all the way to the edge where you break off straight down to the farm track. It is very steep, but you are quickly down with one steady foot in front of the other. Back to the car in 6 hours. There was a nasty accident on the road back to Tyndrum involving a motorcycle that hit a van. Hundreds of bikes were on the roads and way too many of them made some insane passes on the busy roads so it didn't surprise me to see one busted up. Hopefully everyone involved is ok.

I really enjoyed these two hills for various reasons. A. My boots stayed totally dry throughout the walk and gaitors were not required. B. There is a good path around the entire circuit. C. Great views in all directions. D. There were only a few people on these two and I pretty much had the summits to myself.

I would suggest this walk to anyone just beginning their hillwalking adventures. It would certainly set you up for some of the more strenous walks in the Glen Etive / Glencoe area.

My hair is in my eyes.jpg


Beinn a'Chochuill .jpg


Up to the summit of Beinn a'Chochuill.jpg


Beinn a'Chochuill summit.jpg


Nice spot for a picnic.jpg


Beinn Eunaich from Beinn a'Chochuill.jpg


Ben Starav.jpg


Ben Cruachan.jpg


Intimidating Ben Cruachan.jpg


Looking toward Rannoch Moor.jpg


Beinn Eunaich with Beinn Dorain group in distance.jpg


Beinn a'Chochuill with Ben Cruachan behind.jpg


Beinn Dorain group.jpg


Ben More, Stob Binnein, and Ben Lui.jpg


Ben Starav to Glencoe.jpg


To Creise and Stob Gabhar.jpg
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Re: Beinn a'Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich - The Streak Continues

Postby kinley » Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:33 pm

Lovely - but I doubt your run of weather will last - if it does we'll have to set the Inquisition on you :lol:

Great set of pics 8)
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Re: Beinn a'Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich - The Streak Continues

Postby Graeme D » Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:45 pm

Cracking report and pics Stretch! You heard it here first folks - next time there is a Walkhighlands bothy/wild camp meet organised, it's being organised by Stretch and it's somewhere west of Tyndrum! :D

Sunday was a belter and I thoroughly enjoyed it too. However, having spent 7 hours on Friday up in the Lawers range and 4 hours on Saturday tackling the Corbett Beinn a Chulachain near Loch Rannoch (report to come soon), I have to admit to enjoying Sunday from the relative low level of the back garden! :lol:
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Re: Beinn a'Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich - The Streak Continues

Postby gammy leg walker » Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:03 pm

Some views you had Stretch,was up there 2 weeks ago,here is a couple of pics of my views
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1 st munro,
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2nd munro, some views :(
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Re: Beinn a'Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich - The Streak Continues

Postby Milesy » Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:13 pm

And your army of walking sticks to take over the world? :D
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Re: Beinn a'Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich - The Streak Continues

Postby Stretch » Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:55 pm

Thanks Kinley, no one would expect the Inquisition I'm sure.

Graeme, that sounds like a huge responsibility but I could try. Perhaps I can even arrange a midge-free weekend :lol:

Tough luck about your views Gammy, I read your report a few times before I did this.
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Re: Beinn a'Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich - The Streak Continues

Postby Alan S » Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:59 pm

Cracking pictures there stretch,its good to see what we missed 8) it was some day for walking eh :)
And your army of walking sticks to take over the world?
he isnt called gammy leg for nothing,they are just his spares :D
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Re: Beinn a'Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich - The Streak Continues

Postby davgil » Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:45 pm

Great report Stretch!
Love the pics too especially the coo (with the horns growing on it's butt :lol:)
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Re: Beinn a'Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich - The Streak Continues

Postby graeme84 » Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:41 am

davgil wrote:Great report Stretch!
Love the pics too especially the coo (with the horns growing on it's butt :lol:)


:lol: did think the cow looked in some discomfort
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Re: Beinn a'Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich - The Streak Continues

Postby monty » Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:24 am

Nice report Stretch. Your keen going out on Sunday after your long walk on Saturday :D The ridge on Ben Cruachan looks good. I hope the weekend weather is a sign of a good summer to come. :D
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Re: Beinn a'Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich - The Streak Continues

Postby Stretch » Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:30 am

monty wrote:Nice report Stretch. Your keen going out on Sunday after your long walk on Saturday :D The ridge on Ben Cruachan looks good. I hope the weekend weather is a sign of a good summer to come. :D


Cheers Monty, I had also done the Cairnwell three on Friday in Glenshee so by the time I started up Beinn Eunaich I was pooped. Looking across to Ben Cruachan I instantly regretted not packing extra underwear :lol:
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