Glen Luss sextet
by rockhopper » Tue Sep 16, 2014 8:22 pm
Route description: Beinn Dubh - Glen Striddle horseshoe, Luss
Grahams included on this walk: Beinn a'Mhanaich, Beinn Chaorach, Beinn Dubh, Beinn Eich, Cruach an t-Sidhein, Doune Hill
Date walked: 13/09/2014
Time taken: 10.8 hours
Distance: 23 km
Ascent: 2600m10 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Ascent: 2,600m approx
Time: 10hrs 50mins (incl stops 2hrs 30mins for photos, food, water etc)
Had been looking at various options for these hills – one of malkyc’s reports came in very handy in the planning. Fairly early start – drove up the A82 then up Glen Luss and parked at NS331942 on the right hand side of the road just before the turning circle.
Walked over the bridge and a little up the road until reaching a gate on the right. Through the gate and off up the hill towards Mid Hill
It was already quite warm and getting hotter. Hardly a breath of wind.
Sun appearing as I gained height
Inversion in the glen below
Up to Mid Hill then NE to get to the Beinn Dubh summit at Coire na n-Eanachan
Towards Glen Douglas
Looked like the views were all going to be very hazy today.
Set off towards Doune Hill – initially SW
Lots of spiders’ webs coated in dew
Down to the bealach at the head of Glen Mollochan
Initially started off westwards in error before checking direction and changed to NW to head up to Doune Hill
Another hazy inversion shot
View from the summit trig of Doune Hill
Down to Loch Long
Set off SW towards Cruach an t-Sidhean
Probably the easiest of the day’s ascents
Towards Gleann na Caorainn
Got to the summit
Decision time. Had previously decided that I’d continue toward Beinn a’ Mhanaich if I arrived here by midday. Now about 1100hrs so decided to continue for the six. Set off in a southerly direction.
Hazy view down in the glen
Crossed Luss Water
Beinn Lochain and Beinn Eich
Up to the hazy views at the top of Beinn a’ Mhanaich and over towards Loch Long
Lunch time. There was a little wind here so I went south through the nearby gate and on a wee bit to get a seat on a large rock for lunch just out of the wind.
Back to Beinn a’ Mhanaich
Beinn Chaorach looked quite far away with more descent/ascent to come as I headed south then SE
Followed not far from a fence most of the way up to the summit. Was starting to feel a bit weary by this point.
Hazy Loch Long again
A little be clearer than previously
The final hill, Beinn Eich was looking rather far away and with another big drop and reascent. Was starting to think that may be just too much but headed off downhill to see how I felt at the bottom.
Up Gleann na Chaorainn
Down in the glen I was just about out of drinking water. It had been very hot so far and I must have been drinking a lot more than normal (and sweating buckets into the bargain). However, brown looking algae made the Luss Water rather unappealing from a drinking point of view.
Slight detour as I started up Beinn Eich to find a semi underground burn. Have always used ClO2 drops in the past for water sterilisation but started to get fed up with the taste on my last camping trip. Tried out the sawyer mini filter for the first time today – worked a treat and a lot less hassle than the drops.
Had started off the day fairly tired due to recent lack of sleep and it was taking its toll. Slow going with quite a few stops on the way up the hillside.
Got to the top with more hazy views
Stopped for a wee while before heading off down to Edentaggart – reasonable track for much of the way
Passed the farm to the right then over the fence to the road
Quite a bit of ascent, descent and reascent – these grahams (and corbetts) are turning out to be a lot harder than the munros........................
by weaselmaster » Tue Sep 16, 2014 8:59 pm
by The Rodmiester » Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:16 pm
by chickadee » Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:41 pm
by scottishkennyg » Wed Sep 17, 2014 1:15 pm
by AnnieMacD » Wed Sep 17, 2014 3:54 pm
by litljortindan » Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:07 pm
by Gordie12 » Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:32 pm
by rockhopper » Sat Sep 20, 2014 6:37 pm
There are several variations on routes for these hills, just depends what you're after - Malky's route was from Glen Fruin and excluded Beinn Dubh....but he did take a lot less time than meweaselmaster wrote:It looks a good circuit this one, I remember Malky_c posting it recently and thinking I'd save it for a winter's day - but looks a bit too long / ascent challenging for the times of short winter daylight. .
about 0640hrs and was off and walking about 0700hrs.....getting later as the nights draw inchickadee wrote: What time did you arrive?
scottishkennyg wrote:.I think I'll need to get going back round the munros again.
by dooterbang » Tue Sep 23, 2014 10:06 pm
by malky_c » Thu Sep 25, 2014 12:47 pm
Some great photos in completely different atmospheric conditions to what I had. I think I would have done a route more like this if the time had been available. Mind you, I think I could've added Beinn Dubh from my start point given an extra 90 minutes or so, so you can start from anywhere really.