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In the Big Country of the Monadh Ruaidh

In the Big Country of the Monadh Ruaidh


Postby Collaciotach » Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:59 pm

Munros included on this walk: Beinn a'Chaorainn (Cairngorms), Beinn Bhreac, Beinn Mheadhoin, Bynack More, Derry Cairngorm

Date walked: 01/09/2014

Distance: 40 km

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The Monadh Ruaidh will always be "An Dúthaich Iarmailt Mor " or " the big sky country" to me , a place of featureless plateaux at times but always that feeling of openness above you.

I decided to clear up the summits I had left and planned a route from Boinnach Mor (No Y in the Gaelic alphabet :D)
through to Beinn a Chaorainn ,a total of 42km take or leave it and ascent ? ... no sure :D

Set off up the "windy ridge" , cut NE over Cnap Coire na Spreidhe and down into Sra Neithich (again no Y in the Gaelic Alphabet :D )

Rough descent , then directly up onto the Big Hat dumping my 17K rucksack to the East of A 'Choinneach

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Boinnach Mor


An interesting hill this and aye the big cap perfectly describes its strange Tórran.

We then struck South to the Ath Fhionn which was fairly fast but still able to wade with care

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Abhainn Ath Fhionn


and then up the slope to the summit of Beinn a Chaorainn which makes a surprising good viewpoint

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Air a mhulaich


A long way to Beinn Bhreac and a fair búrrach of a swamp in the middle of the plateau so I bore East a bit to avoid the worst of the wet .

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At this point thinking of a place to camp so over to Beinn Bhreac and an eye out for a sheltered spot out the wind and beside water ,wasn't seeing any so off up to Beinn Bhreac :D

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Beinn Bhreac


Boideachd !

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Iarmailt Mor


Bha an t side a fas sgothaich an drasda .... weather was clouding over now so we dropped into Ghlinne Doire and out the wind which was laider and found a spot beside the burn with enough wind to keep the Meanbh Chuileagan at bay

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Campa


The rain stayed off till during the night but light and a comfy spot , very quiet

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Oidhche


Suas aig Seachd uairean ..... up and away at 7am ,midgies were bad but they don't have the bite of their Western cousins :D

Headed off up onto Loch Etcheachan past the hut and dumped the rucksack with Doire Carn Gorm first .......

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Loch Eachachan


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Am Bheinn


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Air a Mhulaich



Some craicing light this morning and good Autumn colors with a hint of Winter in the wind ! . We then dropped back down and then up the steep path to Beinn Mheadhoin leaving the rucksack at the bottom :D

I think this is my favourite in the Monadh Ruaidh , plenty character

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Lochan


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Spent a wee while on the mulaich here tis a wee bit what I would imagine Arizona and Texas to be like and aye definetly my favourite in the range .

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We walked out via Loch A'an another beautiful spot and a favourite for An Cu with a wee swim in order

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We exited over the Coire Raibeart and back down to the Cp at the foot of Carn Gorm , sore of foot and with about 40km behind us and a lot of ascent / descent .

I'm finished with the Monadh Ruaidh for now but a visit back to Loch A'an and Eteachan areas is on the cards in the future .............. hopefully as a citizen of an Independent Scotland .

Time we got off our knees a caraidean

Saor Alba agus suas leis a Ghaidhlig

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Re: In the Big Country of the Monadh Ruaidh

Postby rockhopper » Mon Sep 01, 2014 11:25 pm

Super stuff, colla - looked great up there ! Nice route - did a similar route a few years ago on a long two days camping trip and added on Beinn a'Bhuird and Ben Avon - like you, I'm also hoping to go back and revisit some parts - cheers :)
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Re: In the Big Country of the Monadh Ruaidh

Postby AnnieMacD » Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:18 am

Gle mhath! Beautiful photos and some fantastic light you got. Was An Cu sgith?
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Re: In the Big Country of the Monadh Ruaidh

Postby robertphillips » Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:06 pm

Great route that colla well done :clap: your fairly rattling through them now.
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Re: In the Big Country of the Monadh Ruaidh

Postby litljortindan » Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:49 pm

Looks like you had a great walk there. Thinking of doing more walking in this area so good to see some of the less familiar bits.
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Re: In the Big Country of the Monadh Ruaidh

Postby Johnny Corbett » Wed Sep 03, 2014 12:27 pm

robertphillips wrote:Great route that colla well done :clap: your fairly rattling through them now.
Yes fairly cracking on and some good images there. Do you lower the Yes flag from your house when you're away on jollys? :lol:
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Re: In the Big Country of the Monadh Ruaidh

Postby Collaciotach » Wed Sep 03, 2014 8:51 pm

Johnny Corbett wrote:
robertphillips wrote:Great route that colla well done :clap: your fairly rattling through them now.
Yes fairly cracking on and some good images there. Do you lower the Yes flag from your house when you're away on jollys? :lol:


No chance a bhalaich it stays aloft all the time :D

Where did you see it from ? :clap:
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Re: In the Big Country of the Monadh Ruaidh

Postby Collaciotach » Wed Sep 03, 2014 8:53 pm

AnnieMacD wrote:Gle mhath! Beautiful photos and some fantastic light you got. Was An Cu sgith?


Taken him a couple of days ... a fas nas ' fhearr an drasda :D
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Re: In the Big Country of the Monadh Ruaidh

Postby Johnny Corbett » Fri Sep 05, 2014 10:59 am

Collaciotach wrote:
Johnny Corbett wrote:
robertphillips wrote:Great route that colla well done :clap: your fairly rattling through them now.
Yes fairly cracking on and some good images there. Do you lower the Yes flag from your house when you're away on jollys? :lol:


No chance a bhalaich it stays aloft all the time :D

Where did you see it from ? :clap:
I haven't seen it yet, was looking out for one when i was out your way last month. I just knew you would have one :wink:
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Re: In the Big Country of the Monadh Ruaidh

Postby Collaciotach » Fri Sep 05, 2014 10:35 pm

Seo a bhalaich :D

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Re: In the Big Country of the Monadh Ruaidh

Postby mountain thyme » Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:21 pm

Nice one.. Looks like a couple of cracking days :D
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Re: In the Big Country of the Monadh Ruaidh

Postby simon-b » Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:05 pm

An interesting route into some of the best parts of the Monadh Ruaidh, Collaciotach. I also found the view from Beinn a Chaorainn surprisingly good when I was there last year.
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