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Late December sunshine

Late December sunshine


Postby rockhopper » Tue Dec 30, 2014 9:55 pm

Route description: Beinn Chuirn, Dalrigh

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Chuirn

Grahams included on this walk: Meall Odhar

Date walked: 28/12/2014

Distance: 15 km

Ascent: 1000m

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Up later than usual as this was to be a relatively short walk. Minus 5C on leaving the house and when parking at the Lower Tyndrum train station car park. Decided to go anti clockwise as wasn’t sure about the section just below the summit of Beinn Chuirn – preference to be ascending rather than descending.

Followed the path NW by the train tracks, up through some trees then more steeply up past the old mine workings to Sron nan Colan.

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Ben More and Stob Binnein

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Beinn Odhar

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Up past the mine workings

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Ben Lui looking rather majestic

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Higher up could see over to Meall Odhar with Beinn Chuirn behind it. Plan was to ascend Beinn Chuirn to the right of Coire na Saobhaidhe – knew it would be steep and from this distance it looked covered in snow with some cornicing at the top. Decided to have another think at the top of Meall Odhar.

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Headed down and round the trees.

Ben Challum

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Lochan

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Didn’t take long to get to the top of Meall Odhar.

Glen Lochy corbetts

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Beinn Dorain and the Auch corbetts

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Beinn Dorain zoomed

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Looking over to Beinn Chuirn, my planned ascent route looked rather steep in the snow.

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Decided at this point to have a look at ascending more to the south above the mine and headed more directly down towards the tress rather than more to the north. Turned out to be a bit of a mistake as I got a bit lost in the trees – followed a few tracks which looked like paths only to end up in more trees. Up, down, up and along a few times until I found a burn and followed it out of the trees – tall deer fence to be clambered over as well.

From down below the snow at the top of the corrie didn’t look quite so bad now. Had plenty of time so decided to head up into the corrie to see what it was like.

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Straight forward enough until the last section before the top – steep and snowy. Ice axe out and crampons on - carefully headed up to the top and found quite a large flat area.

View towards Ben Challum

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Straightforward walk and the last wee uphill section to the summit.

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Views from the summit

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Although sunny the wind was very cold at the top. Dropped down a bit to get out of the wind for lunch and coffee – crampons and ice axe stowed away. Sat for a while looking at the view before setting off initially southerly then SE down to the Cononish track.

Spotted a walker on a mountain bike on his way back from Ben Lui

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Back on the track for the walk back to Tyndrum

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Back to Ben Lui

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Moon

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Beinn Chuirn

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Nice walk back to the car through the trees – met two people on the path.


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Re: Late December sunshine

Postby weaselmaster » Tue Dec 30, 2014 10:01 pm

Think the direction you took was the right one for the conditions RH, I remember coming down that steep section in deep snow and feeling a bit precarious at times. It's a good mountain, especially on a day like Sunday.
Beautiful views :D
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Re: Late December sunshine

Postby kev_russ » Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:41 pm

Braw, just braw :wink:
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Re: Late December sunshine

Postby wilkiemurray » Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:53 pm

Great shots - Lui looks magnificent in its winter coat :)

Did this one in a white out so nice to see the views :)

ATB

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Re: Late December sunshine

Postby scottishkennyg » Wed Dec 31, 2014 11:14 pm

Great day there Neil with some sharp images, liked the one with the build up of ice. :clap:
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Re: Late December sunshine

Postby litljortindan » Thu Jan 01, 2015 12:05 am

Like the zoom of Ben Lui.
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Re: Late December sunshine

Postby simon-b » Thu Jan 01, 2015 11:03 am

Fairly short walks on some of the shortest days can be among the best. Benin Chuirn looks like a good hill, and Lui does look its best from that side. You've had another great day.
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Re: Late December sunshine

Postby chickadee » Thu Jan 01, 2015 2:36 pm

Ah lovely winter photos! Especially love the half-moon shot, I find the moon quite fascinating. Haven't walked much up that way, so maybe I'll add it to the 2015 wish list (getting a wee bit long now...).
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Re: Late December sunshine

Postby dooterbang » Thu Jan 01, 2015 3:35 pm

I can confirm that the 28th was a great day to be up the mountains :)

If I knew you where taking photos I would've adopted the dooter pose :wink:

Looks a fine walk that, great view point for the surrounding mountains. Your photos are fantastic.

Happy New Year.
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Re: Late December sunshine

Postby Fife Flyer » Thu Jan 01, 2015 8:12 pm

Nice one RH, some fabulous photo's, looked like a superb day for being out :clap: :clap:
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Re: Late December sunshine

Postby Gordie12 » Thu Jan 01, 2015 10:26 pm

That just looked like a brilliant day RH :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Late December sunshine

Postby mountain thyme » Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:05 am

nice pics RH. Are you graham bagging too now :) I should have added on the graham when i done this one
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Re: Late December sunshine

Postby Alteknacker » Tue Jan 06, 2015 12:52 am

Fantastic pics. :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Late December sunshine

Postby malky_c » Tue Jan 06, 2015 9:46 am

Pick of the christmas weather there :D . Enjoyed both of these hills, athough it would have made more sense to combine them like this.
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