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Ben Cruachan and then Oh No
by Fife Flyer » Fri May 30, 2014 9:48 pm
Munros included on this walk: Ben Cruachan
Date walked: 30/05/2014
Time taken: 6 hours
Distance: 12 km
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One fly in the ointment was I wasn't feeling too great this morning, I could feel "manflu" developing, had a bit of a tickly cough last night. But my theory was a day on the hills will get rid of it
I arrived at the layby near the railway armed with my WH printout of the route, I was first in the layby so didn't have the problem of having to hunt for a parking space. I did notice that the Power Station visitor centre car park had a locked gate across, so that would have been a no no, don't know what time they unlock, but did notice a lone camper van 'trapped' inside
I won't describe the route as that is already available. On opening the car door I was set upon by the Argyll midges who were trying to eat me alive. A quick rummage in my rucksack & it was out with the 'skin so soft', so that was splashed on any skin that was exposed to the hungry little blighters That was the first time I have had to use the stuff & I have to say it may have actually worked even though it must be a few years old
The walk up through the wooded area is fairly steep, the good thing is you gain height fairly quickly I was feeling OK at this time & moving quite rapidly, mainly to prevent the midges devouring me & I soon reached the edge of the woodland.
The walk round the dam & along side the reservoir are on a good path, my plan was to do the whole walk in 6 hours but things weren't really on track, maybe it was too hot - me & hot weather don't really go together. At the end of the reservoir you then turn left & head up to Coire Dearg along an easy path to start which then becomes steeper & to prevent erosion has been stoned near the top, which makes going tough
When you reach Coire Dearg there is a small lochan & a collapsed rusty old fence.
The route up to the summit of Cruachan seemed to be hard work, I was really struggling & feeling lethargic, umpteen stops, eventually reaching the summit after 3 & half hours
A few shots from the summit, sadly it was a wee bit hazy:
I hadn't seen a single person all day & after taking umpteen photo's the plan was to head down the ridge to Stob Diamh. So the descending began until after about 30 metres or so I reached what looked like a drop of about 10feet, I looked for other options, but there appeared to be only one other & that looked worse So being concious of how long I had taken so far (I had told Mrs Flyer I would be home at 4.30pm) I made an executive decision & decided to head back up & retrace my steps down Had I been accompanied I would have continued but I didn't want to take any risks, especially as the slabs were still to come
The descent from the summit was so much easier than the ascent & I met my first human beings of the day a couple of guys not far from the summit, I was well off the rocky path picking my way down on any grassy bits that appeared.
The descent was actually easier than I was expecting, I met a couple on the path by the reservoir & they were looking a bit lost. So after a quick chat they confessed they didn't have a map as they had left it on a table at wherever they were staying. My good deed for the day was to hand over my WH print out of the route, so hopefully they managed to complete their walk
Arrived back at the car just under 6 hrs after leaving it, the midges weren't that bad on the descent, must have been too hot for them Temp gauge in the car advised me it 20.5c so once mobile all windows were open
I kept thinking whilst walking up towards Coire Dearg how similar it is to Creag Meagaidh, just a thought, shame I didn't complete the whole route but safety first with me, Stob Diamh will still be there next week & the week after
by Fudgie » Fri May 30, 2014 10:00 pm
At least when you go back you'll be able to add on the Corbett
by dooterbang » Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:34 pm
I think I recall the 10ft drop you mention. A friend and I did this one winter, for the first time, and also came to a drop. We couldn't find a way down and also retreated. We did both again another time after realizing that you go back the way and find a path that skirts around this drop. Best to keep safe though, the Mrs wouldn't have been pleased if dinner got cold!!
by GillC » Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:48 pm
( this was one of my first munros and I don't remember a thing as I was simply lead up it in clag from ground level) Will do it again when I go back for the neighbour.
Glad your Avon stuff did the job too and that youre feeling better lol
by old danensian » Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:30 pm
It's a spectacular connection to the other Munro and one I'm sure you'll enjoy in the future.
by litljortindan » Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:57 pm
You've got some good pics there though despite the haze. I like the seeming water bounded nature of the hill.
by Gordie12 » Wed Jun 04, 2014 8:58 pm
Another hill I hope to do this year, just hope I can get the same weather as you but with a bit of a breeze.
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