Blethering females on Beinn Bheithir
by Fife Flyer » Sun Sep 07, 2014 6:59 pm
Route description: Beinn a'Bheithir
Munros included on this walk: Sgorr Dhearg (Beinn a'Bheithir), Sgorr Dhonuill (Beinn a'Bheithir)
Date walked: 06/09/2014
Time taken: 7 hours
Distance: 15.5 km
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This outing started off by Karen pleading with me to accompany her somewhere/anywhere as she had had a bit of a mare the previous weekend, but I won't spill the beans, suffice to say there were no blue balloons
The original plan was to venture out on Friday, so I posted in the meets section & up popped jepsonscotland who was on bended knee pleading with us to head out on Saturday rather than Friday So we did the decent thing & changed the date to Saturday & then sunnyspeyside also appeared & volunteered to make up a foursome, not for a round of golf though
I won't mention or blame Chris for the good soaking we got, you can't beat a good downpour to blow away the cobwebs. I haven't checked the Friday forecast because that would really rub it in
The plan was for me to uplift Chris in Perth at the Park & Ride, then meet Karen in Crianlarich & take one car through to meet Evie in the car park at the Tourist Information at 8.30am I won't mention the fact that Chris was slightly late which meant I had make up a wee bit of time, which I did to perfection as we arrived in Crianlarich bang on 7.30
The initial climb upwards was fairly easy and straight forward, Chris was pleased with his new "App" Maverick (thanks Andy) and was only too keen to make sure we were sticking to the WH route, at times we did stray off course by a couple of metres, but not for long Once again the climb involved battling through bracken, thankfully nowhere near as much or as thick as my 2 previous walks, I will be checking out Ebay for a machette if this continues
We reached the fence as per the WH route & elegantly climbed over it, not sure why there isn't a style or a gate to prevent the fence becoming damaged
Once over the fence Chris guided us with pinpoint accuracy to the path, which we then managed to follow (for a change) all the way to the summit and beyond
The weather on this part of the walk was very summer like, blue skies and not a breath of wind, subsequently we were all overheating. The midges were out in force looking for someone to feed on, so stopping for any length of time wasn't an option
As we gained height the views back over Ballachulish & Loch Leven were fabulous, however we could see the weather was going to try and ruin the day, the summit disappeared under cloud as did all the surrounding high summits
As you can see from the pictures above the cloud is thickening and the summits are disappearing, once we entered the clag as is the norm photographs become a rare event
If there are any readers who have never walked in cloud, you are very lucky, so just to give some idea as to what you are missing the photo below demonstrates how the visibility is slightly restricted/reduced
We reached the summit of Sgorr Dhearg in good spirits, that was of course after the peak of Sgorr Bhan which we initially thought was our first Munro of the day, as it boasts a fair size cairn
I have to confess I did carry my portable tripod all the way and took ONE photo on the summit, however due to technical problems (operator error) the photo of the 4 of us was out of focus So to save my embarassment it was accidentally deleted
The descent down to the bealach seemed to be quite a drop and it was during the descent that Chris & I came into our own and had to wait a couple of times for our colleagues, even through the cloud we could hear them "blethering", hence the WR title Funnily enough on the ascent you could hear a pin drop, apart from my boots squeaking of course Anyone who has walked with me will have no doubt noticed the occasional squeak I am planning to purchase some new boots, as the tread is becoming a bit less noticeable, can't complain though as they are 15 years old
After the bealach the ascent came as hard work, you get so used to descending and using your descent muscles, kick starting the ascent muscles was hard work and the silence confirmed that
As you near the summit of Sgorr Dhonuill the walk gets quite interesting, there are a few exposed bits, not that we really noticed because all we could see was the initial drop Then a few minor scrambly bits
Just before the walk got interesting Chris suggested we leave our rucksacks in a nice prominent position, as we would be returning the same way. The girls decided against that idea and womanfully carried on, Evie probably calls it cheating if you don't have a rucksack on your back
It does feel rather strange not having the 10 ton weight on your back, it also seems to affect your sense of balance
The next & final phase was the descent, firstly back down to the bealach & then down through what turned out to be a real bogfest
It was just as we started the descent from the bealach that the heavens opened & we got a bit of a soaking, Chris was quite smug because he got a chance to test out his numerous new purchases (jackets, tops etc) and was pleased with results. However he wasn't pleased when his nice silvery/red boots, well one of them got completely covered in mud I slipped on more than one occasion, but managed to prevent myself from getting a wet rear end, Evie fell & did get a bit of wet rear end & Karen decided to test the depth of particular boggy bit & it was almost knee deep
Once the path, if you can call it that, reaches the forest area, there is a sign pointing you in the right direction through the forest and the path then becomes a trillion times better. Well constructed and well placed stones for quite a bit of the way make that part of the descent very easy going. The forest path was by far and away the best part of the descent. When we appeared out of the other side of the forest out popped the sun & the views of where we had been could be admired
Another great day courtesy of WH, in great company, next outing for me is Tuesday
Footnote: Chris would like to take the credit for the WR title It was far too clever for me
by jepsonscotland » Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:31 pm
Great report, as always.
The weather didn't prevent your ability to get in some great shots.
Plus it didn't really ''put a dent'' in what was a great day out.
Karen definitely won the most muddy prize!
Great company and a cracking day in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Looking forward to the next......................................
PS. The boots are now clean and thanks for not mentioning it, again!!
by tina bonar » Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:43 pm
by cmarcol » Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:00 pm
by simon-b » Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:19 pm
Some really nice photos despite the cloud coming down.
by Fife Flyer » Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:29 pm
tina bonar wrote:Was looking forward to this trip report as this is still on our to-do list.We looked up the hill admiringly as we watched Balla get humped by Kinlochshiel at Jubilee Park a few months back.We are not lucky mascots when it comes to shinty!
Didn't know you were into Shinty - interesting, is very big near us in Aberdour
Cracking hills, but I think views are essential
cmarcol wrote:Brilliant hill - enjoyed reading your report The way you went was much better than my route in May will definitely do it the WH way next time.
Thanks Cat, they are hills that would deserve a 2nd visit in decent weather
simon-b wrote:Another great day out with the team, Martin. Pity my arranged encounter with Evie and Chris last month got scuppered by the weather, but I'll look forward to meeting them on a future trip. It looks like you had better weather in Glen Coe than we had in Yorkshire yesterday, but today was nice and sunny.
Some really nice photos despite the cloud coming down.
Thanks Simon, weather in Glencoe was fine when we went through it both times, we just timed the summits wrong
by tommyatr » Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:10 pm
Only thing worse and more frightening is walking in a snow storm/whiteout. When you stop and not sure what way is which for a moment.
15 years on a pair of boots, well seen your a fifer.
by SecretSquirrel » Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:19 pm
by Gordie12 » Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:06 pm
Every time I see a report on these two hills they move further up my very large "to do" list. Shame about the clag but the views from half way up were stunning anyway - I preferred the first photo of Glencoe (the max zoomed version).
by Malckyb » Sun Sep 07, 2014 11:36 pm
by kmai1961 » Mon Sep 08, 2014 5:49 am
For the record, I did manage to enjoy the view on the way up. I blame FF and his propensity for lying in wait to take incriminating photos (thanks for the one of the "elegant" bum shuffle as well ).
My next personal challenge is to try to minimize the number of times the words "bog" and "Karen" appear in such close proximity in walk reports.
by The Rodmiester » Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:12 am
by BlackPanther » Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:27 am
My other half has done these two and he keeps saying they are worth the effort. I guess I'll get them under my belt soon, if not this year then next spring.
We were stuck in Beauly last weekend due to car problems, hopefully next Saturday gets the weather I wish for...
by Silverhill » Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:10 pm
by teaandpies » Sat May 30, 2015 2:54 pm
I came across these hills because they were on the edge of the map and curiosity made me look them up
- OS Map 41 'Ben Nevis'
I enjoyed your report