camping on Orchy 5 - be careful what you wish for.
by mrssanta » Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:53 pm
Munros included on this walk: Beinn a' Chreachain, Beinn Achaladair, Beinn an Dòthaidh, Beinn Dòrain, Beinn Mhanach
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Now our children tell us that Shish and I are actually the same person, but since she has already written a report I am doing my own, just to prove them wrong. and also because I have the GPX track. And some different photos.
Here is Shish's report http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=45020
and here is our route.
As Shish has already mentioned, we started off in sunshine and showers, with a brilliant rainbow.
But before long the showers became quite heavy and we put on full waterproofs.
There was water everywhere, bursting up out of holes in the ground, burns all over the place, and we had some difficulty crossing some of the tributary burns. The path fords the Allt Coire Achaladair at about the 500m level but there was no way we were going to cross there! So we continued up the right hand side of the corrie.
That was a bit of a trudge with more false summits than I care to mention, but eventually we reached a point just below the bealach and the heavens suddenly opened. As it happens there were two good tent spots at that very spot, so we got the tents up as quickly as possible. Both of them being pitched inner first, there were good sized puddles inside the tents by the time we got the flysheets on, but with the help of trusty microfibre mop-up cloths (99p for 2 in Ponden Mill now sadly defunct) we soon had a dry place to set up our beds for the night.
We'd had a good feed at the real food cafe, so a supper of sandwiches and cake was quickly eaten and so to bed.
Now Shish and I had said to each other we didn't mind a bit of rain in the night, bit of white noise on the tent, helps you sleep, etc etc, but we didn't mean torrential rain all night with huge gusts which blew the side walls of the tent right into my face! The wee summer tent stood up well, it just flexed in the gusts, but in the morning did look a bit flat at my side. The gusts had eased off by then leaving heavy, steady rain and cloud so we reckoned the tent would be ok left for the day. The forecast was for the rain to stop "a few hours after dawn".
We didn't rush to get going but there is only so long you can stay in a tent before your back starts to ache, so we got going. Our plan was to find the stalkers path from the bealach where we camped to the bealach named Lon na Cailliche. The visibility was poor and it was just as well there is a cairn to mark the start of the path, it is tucked in at the far side of the flat broad bealach. It was not a bad path and we just followed it through the murk until it disappeared, and by this time we could see the old woman's pond at the bealach.
From this point there is a fence line which leads to the bealach between Mhanach and Beinn a'Chuirn, where we turned East and went uphill to the summit.
Now Rudolph and I had said we needed some practice in navigation, but we didn't really mean it! we wanted sunshine! We followed a bearing from the summit back to the fence line and from there retraced our steps back to the bealach where we had a snack without sitting down or stopping much as we were getting pretty damp both in spirits and body. But we had a quick conference and decided we were all OK to continue to the next hill, Beinn a'Chreachain. This was not really a navigational challenge as we followed the fence line all the way to Bealach an Aoghlain and picked up the path to the summit of Munro number two.
By this time it was 2pm and we were thinking it was about time the rain stopped.
We set off at a cracking pace off Beinn a' Chreachain and suddenly realised there was a steep slope to our left which shouldnt have been there. We were heading off North down to the glen,; that would not have been good. Fortunately we hadn't gone very far and were soon back on course, and by the look of the wee path we found, we were not the first people to make that mistake.
But what is this? The rain has stopped! and it is only 14.23!
And now, perhaps a little shaft of sunlight at 14.48
And a shadow. wonders will never cease.
As Shish has said already, it is amazing how the sun coming out can lift your spirits!
And before long we were on the summit of Beinn Achaladair, looking at views!!!
we were still damp, but dried off nicely as we returned to the tent for supper.
We had a much better sleep and in the morning were ready for an early start as we had a boat to catch to take us to Islay. We headed up the side of Beinn an Dothaidh to traverse above the cliffs to climb Beinn Dorain first.
This was a lovely hill with an interesting and varied path. It was overcast but the cloud was lifting gradually. Somehow by mistake we found the bypass path which traverses below the ridge on the west side at about 1000m and comes into the summit from the South. this was actually a lovely path as we were just below the cloud and could see down into Glen Orchy.
Beinn Dorain is famous for the view from the top but sadly not today.
We came back to the bealach and from there the steady climb to the top of Beinn an Dothaidh was very pleasant with the cloud lifting ahead of us.
and back to the tent, pack up, down the hill and just in perfect time to catch the ferry. The walk down was lovely, we came by the normal path this time. Beautiful waterfalls and rocks sparkling in the sunshine.
thanks for reading, sorry it has taken so long to post!
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