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Glencoe Graham, short, steep and very steep, but WOW!

PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 6:15 pm
by The Rodmiester
As I was staying at the Red Quirrel Campsite I walked from there leaving the car as I had previously travelled the road and noticed many no parking signs, although there was one slightly further on near an access track beyond the point I passed through the gate to access the hill. I left the Red Squirrel at 0810hrs, summit 0940hrs roadside 1040hrs, which would make this wee beauty a wonderful evening walk.

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The gate to the hillside from the road
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Heading on up with the Pap in the background
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The path lower down is somewhat overgrown in places and would be quite wet after some rain but it soon improves the burn is on your right at this stage. Follow the line of the burn for a while before crossing over, soon you arrive at the junction of a better more open path and this would appear to come from further North presumably from the forestry carpark mentioned earlier
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The path can be quite wet in places and gives the appearance of a small stream in places. Looking back towards Loch Leven
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Looking back over the Graham Meall Mor and Corbett Meall Lighiche on the other side of the A82
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Looking West over Loch Leven from further up the path
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The stones on the right is some scree and not the path the path is closer to the burn at this point the burn is on your left until you reach the beallach
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Looking West again
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A nice convenient seat for those wishing to take a break
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Final push in sight, path somewhat erroded at this stage, but flattening out
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Path can be seen up the final section, there appears to be two the first one not quite so steep (less direct) and the path heads around below the crags where there are numerous small cairns erected to show the way for those wishing to use this route
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Near the summit, view over Loch Leven East
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View West from summit
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Another summit view SW
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Loch Leven from Summit looking East
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I took the other path down from the summit to the beallach, no problems just some loose stones
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Path down to beallach and beyond the path of ascent
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Not a bad place for a house
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The Pap from Glencoe village. There is also a very nice wee coffee place in the village which makes lovely bacon rolls, highly recommended and the coffee is good as well! That is if you climb during the day if not there is always the Clachaig Inn, take your pick.

Re: Glencoe Graham, short, steep and very steep, but WOW!

PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 8:28 pm
by Gordie12
You've been quiet for a wee while Rod but you seem to be making a comeback!!!

Always fancied doing this hill (maybe from the forestry comm car park), the views look as good as I expected them to be.

Re: Glencoe Graham, short, steep and very steep, but WOW!

PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:09 pm
by rockhopper
Have come close to it a few times but have never yet been up here - looks good, must try harder :roll: - cheers :)

Re: Glencoe Graham, short, steep and very steep, but WOW!

PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 9:50 am
by The Rodmiester
Gordie12 wrote:You've been quiet for a wee while Rod but you seem to be making a comeback!!!

Always fancied doing this hill (maybe from the forestry comm car park), the views look as good as I expected them to be.

Been quiet right enough, too many coffee stop offs :lol: :lol: think your right if taking the car head off to the one you mention, I think the track would not be quite so overgrown at the start, nice hill though.

Re: Glencoe Graham, short, steep and very steep, but WOW!

PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 9:53 am
by The Rodmiester
rockhopper wrote:Have come close to it a few times but have never yet been up here - looks good, must try harder :roll: - cheers :)

Hi rockhopper, congratulations on your Compleation! I think you would make easy work of this little chap, maybe include a few more on the same day knowing you :lol: :lol:

Re: Glencoe Graham, short, steep and very steep, but WOW!

PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 7:08 pm
by Fife Flyer
Nice one Rod, bet you never even broke into a sweat :lol: :lol:

The Pap looked pointy & steep from Ballachulish :wink:

Re: Glencoe Graham, short, steep and very steep, but WOW!

PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 7:30 pm
by The Rodmiester
Fife Flyer wrote:Nice one Rod, bet you never even broke into a sweat :lol: :lol:

The Pap looked pointy & steep from Ballachulish :wink:

Your wrong there Martin, I WAS sweating, pushed it hard to the top, but really enjoyable, a good blow out and deserved my bacon roll in the wee cafe. I might even look in there again this weekend , off with the club to Ardrundle bunkhouse for the weekend, some Corbetts or Graham's :)