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Kinlochleven Corbetts

Kinlochleven Corbetts


Postby weaselmaster » Sun Oct 12, 2014 9:46 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Garbh Bheinn (Loch Leven), Mam na Gualainn

Grahams included on this walk: Tom Meadhoin

Date walked: 12/10/2014

Time taken: 9.45 hours

Distance: 31 km

Ascent: 2212m

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Second week of recovery from my hand surgery so decided to keep the walks simple and straightforward - hopefully without the deep water crossings of last week's trip to Galloway :roll: So decided to nip up to Kinlochleven, stay at Blackwater Hostel site and enjoy the hills either side of the loch. Arrived sometime around 7 on friday night - Hostel was booked out for a private function but no other campers around, so had a quiet night apart from some noise from the Ice Factory bar and roaring deer from the surrounding hillsides. Awoke to sunshine and high clouds on Saturday morning and took the car up to Mamore Lodge - closed, but the car park makes a useful start to the day. The views along the still Loch Leven down to the Pap and Beinn a'Bheither were superb. Set off along the track that passes various derelict shacks then meets with the WHW. Here we encountered a grizzled old timer with a very :roll: large backpack who - for some reason - reminded me of a lizard in human form. So for much of the walk we expected to see lizard-man following relentlessly behind us intent on some nefarious purpose :wink:

Blackwater Hostel
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View just past Mamore Lodge
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ImageP1040121 by 23weasels, on Flickr

Route up Beinn na Caillich
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We headed off to the R from the WHW at a small cairn and followed a path down to the river and a gate - then it's along a good stalker's path up the shoulder of Beinn na Caillich, the top of which was still swathed in cloud. Across to our right Stob Ban and the Ring of Steall flitted in and out of the puffy clouds. We reached the cairn on Beinn na Caillich the set off along a grassy ridge towards Mam na Gualainn, noting tyre tracks - which Allison reckoned were trail bikes - travelling along the ridge. It's easy going to the top of MnG from here and we stopped at the trig point - with memorial to marine Anthony Callow - for our lunch. Unfortunately the clouds were down preventing much of a view as we sat, bit chilly out of the sun. We could see the way ahead over to the Graham Tom Mheadoin. As we set off down the grassy slopes towards the bealach the clouds started to lift and the pointed tops of Beinn a'Bheither poked impressively into sight.This mountain truly dominates the skyline from this end of the glen. We reached the small cairn marking the summit of Tom Mheadoin and gazed down on Glencoe, looking at the road ribbon its way up to the east. Followed our ascent route back down to the bealach - marked by a pile of stones, then headed northeast down another stalker's trail towards the WHW, meeting a couple of guys on trail bikes heading up. An easy river crossing then onto the WHW proper and a brisk march back along to Mamore Lodge. A quick pint in the Tailrace Inn before back to the tent and chili for tea.

View over to Stob Ban/ Ring of Steall
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Ridge from BnC to MnG
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Beinn a Bheither
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View back along the ridge
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Approaching top of MnG
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Summit Mam na Gualainn
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Tom Mheadoin
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Beinn a'Bheither
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Glencoe
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B'aB again
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Mamores in background
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Path down to the WHW
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Shack
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Mamore Lodge (shut up)
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Sunday brought another sunny morning. We had a late start, enjoying breakfast on the picnic benches in the sunshine. Garbh Bheinn was the target today - a wee short walk by all accounts. Had almost changed plans and headed for Bidean nam Bian to do tops, but hadn't brought my proper boots and didn't fancy Bidean in trail shoes. Parked by the stone bridge and set off along a muddy path, initially following the Allt Gleann a'Chaolias before heading east for Stob Coire Sgoilte. Once onto the spine of the ridge it was a pleasant walk towards the steeper nose of Garbh Bheinn, views of the Aonach Eagach to our right catching the eye. Looking back there were great views down past the Pap. The final section up Garbh Bheinn is steeper and rocky, bringing us out onto the flattish summit. Unfortunately the sun hid behind a cloud as we sat to eat our lunch, making it much cooler than on the ascent. We gazed over to the Aonach, watching ant-sized figures making their way along the ridge - the AE was a busy place to be today alright - at one point it looked like they'd be able to form a conga line over it, the number of folk coming up :lol:

Garbh Bheinn
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Pap
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Stob Coire Sgoilte
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Final section up Garbh Bheinnn
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Summit
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ImageP1040191 by 23weasels, on Flickr

View over to the Mamores
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Aonach Eagach
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View up to the Ben
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Another Aonach shot
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Back down the way we came up, slipping onto my rear end a couple of times on the slippery grass. Enjoyed a pleasant drive back down the road in the sunshine, although did see the yellow copter out hovering over the Clachaig Gully, which didn't look good - hope it was only a training exercise but given the number of climbers up on the AE I suspect it wasn't.

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Wee rocky section
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Re: Kinlochleven Corbetts

Postby goth_angel » Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:21 pm

Some lovely pictures. 8)

Quick q about the car park, any signage? Last thing I heard was they (Alcan?) can now block off the car park and there was a notice to that effect?
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Re: Kinlochleven Corbetts

Postby weaselmaster » Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:07 am

goth_angel wrote:Some lovely pictures. 8)

Quick q about the car park, any signage? Last thing I heard was they (Alcan?) can now block off the car park and there was a notice to that effect?


Yeah - there's a gate near the start of the road up to the Lodge that has a notice on stating it can be locked at any time.
Did cause a mild degree of anxiety :lol: But nothing to say don't use the car park.
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Re: Kinlochleven Corbetts

Postby robertphillips » Tue Oct 14, 2014 12:06 pm

well done wm, good report and great pictures garbh bheinn is a cracking hill.
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Re: Kinlochleven Corbetts

Postby rockhopper » Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:07 pm

Another good weekend for the two of you - good to hear your hand's recovering :thumbup:
Cracking views from these hills - cheers :)
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