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Dalwhinnie to Beinn Eibhinn and back

Dalwhinnie to Beinn Eibhinn and back

Postby donnaryan69 » Mon Oct 06, 2014 2:02 pm

Munros included on this walk: Aonach Beag (Alder), Beinn Èibhinn, Càrn Dearg (Loch Pattack), Geal-chàrn (Alder)

Date walked: 02/10/2014

Time taken: 11 hours

Distance: 53.6 km

Ascent: 1m

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I biked into Culra Bothy and over-nighted there. I didn't get left Aberdeen until 3pm; then on arrival in Dalwhinnie came upon a rather lost couple who had driven up from Staffordshire and had ran out of petrol. Unfortunately the station at Dalwhinnie had just closed and they needed somewhere to stay, but the hotel there was also closed. I assissted best I could and then left them to drive to Newtonmore for petrol, I hope they made it. The man had cancer and was having a good day so they took off for a drive :( . Eventually I got under way on the bike at about 6:30pm arriving at the bothy in the dark about 7.45pm. I had carried the tent in for nothing as it was totally dark when I arrived, I decided to stay the night at the bothy and forgo my ambition to do another two Munros on the other side of the valley. No one else was there but I didn't sleep too well, so a later start than expected next day. Got under way about 10:30 and back to the bothy at at 6:30. It was seriously windy which impeded progress along the ridge, in places I had to hunker down to avoid being blown off the hill! Not a sole on the hill, but back at the bothy I was greeted by two Dutch guys who kindly offered me some fresh pasta but I was in a rush to get back. A quick turn around with the bike (glad I packed up before I left in the morning) and I was off arriving at the car at 7.45pm. A sleepy journey home ensued, having to stop three times for a snooze. Got to Aberdeen at 12.40am.

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Re: Dalwhinnie to Beinn Eibhinn and back

Postby rockhopper » Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:06 pm

Interesting that you decided to use the bothy - wondered if you knew that it had been closed (though left unlocked) and should not be used except in extreme emergency due to exposed asbestos ?

Asbestos find closes Culra Bothy on Ben Alder estate as demolition looms

MBA - Culra Bothy is CLOSED until further notice
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