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A (Black) Carls-berg day :)

A (Black) Carls-berg day :)


Postby Mrs Scoob » Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:42 pm

Munros included on this walk: Spidean Coire nan Clach (Beinn Eighe)

Corbetts included on this walk: Meall a' Ghiubhais, Ruadh-stac Beag

Date walked: 14/03/2015

Time taken: 14.33 hours

Distance: 20.1 km

Ascent: 2119m

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I've not written a report for the public forum for a while, but thought this one was worth sharing! 8) :D

Feeling an urge to get back on to big walks I suggested this week's route, knowing we'd have a full 12hrs of daylight: starting from the car park a bit further up the road from the Beinn Eighe Visitor Centre (as per kevsbald), head up Meall a'Ghiubhais then take a direct line down to carry on up the NW shoulder of Ruadh-stac Beag, straight over the summit and down to the lochan at the bealach then bear right to curve around the coire and pick our way up Ruadh-stac Mor (maybe even by way of a snow gully!) then full traverse of Beinn Eighe right around to finish on Creag Dhubh before heading off the North shoulder to join back up with our path back to the car park! :crazy: :lol:

I did ask Scoob for a reality check, which was met with 'we'll see...' :roll: :lol: I knew we had bail out options though, like heading back after the Corbetts only, or missing out the western Munro if we didn't fancy the off-piste route.

We set off following the signs marked by a mountain picture rather than a tree, then later realised that Kev's route was the one through the woods and might have been quicker/more direct. Nice views over to Slioch though, and it meant we passed by the viewpoint before turning off for Ma'G.
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view to Slioch
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from the Viewpoint - RsB and the full BE ridge
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Meall a'Ghiubhais
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from Ma'G summit, heading straight down there to pick up RsB shoulder (RsM seen behind)
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took a direct line down from the summit and had no problems with the river crossing :)
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fairly broad shoulder up RsB, with more scree and boulders


We were pretty worn out after the Corbetts :o but instead of bailing, when we saw the pinnacles on Beinn Eighe's eastern ridge we decided to go for it! We didn't even realise until later (thanks to JC and AnnieMacD) that these were the Black Carls 8) :lol: Plenty of scrambles and climbs, use of crampons and ice axes, lots of scree (which I haven't quite mastered yet = plenty of 'battle scars'!) and we made it to the end of the ridge before sundown, leaving just the walk out in head torches... this day really had a bit of everything! :thumbup: 8) :D
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heading down RsB, looking over to BE's western ridge - skipping this section for today!
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Chuffed to have 'discovered' the pinnacles in the background here
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climbing up SCnC, this would be our only Munro for today
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still climbing up SCnC... stopped here to put crampons on!
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BE looking West with hazy Liatach beyond
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our route along BE's eastern ridge
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wow we've come a long way! Ma'G in distance with RsB left of centre
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getting closer to the Black Carls pinnacles :)
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approaching the 'Carls - stunning sky!
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dodgy down climb!
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across the snow-covered gap
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past the pinnacles now but still a bit of ridge walk left - nice colours in the sun setting though :)
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nearing the end of the ridge
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coming off the shoulder of Creag Dhubh to loop back to our path in, looking towards Ma'G
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Night shot to finish with :) Stars over Beinn Eighe (CD on left, RsB on right), a bit blurry as I didn't use a tripod

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Last edited by Mrs Scoob on Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:30 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: A (Black) Carls-berg day :)

Postby Scotjamie » Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:10 pm

Great report Fi. A superb day out by the look of it. Well done

(ps
the words Scoob and reality check don't sound quite right in the same sentence)
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Re: A (Black) Carls-berg day :)

Postby ChrisW » Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:05 am

Great report Fi.....makes me think I'm going to have to get some practice in before you two get here :shock: Some lovely shots of a hellish round in the springtime....half of that would be a hellish round for me :lol:
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Re: A (Black) Carls-berg day :)

Postby ceaser » Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:49 am

Fantastic report and pictures Fi , far better than Scoobs videos :D
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Re: A (Black) Carls-berg day :)

Postby basscadet » Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:02 am

Oh that looked brilliant Fi, Such good weather this weekend :D
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Re: A (Black) Carls-berg day :)

Postby malky_c » Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:11 am

That's way better than Carlsberg, I'd say :D . Looked at this route in the past, but not done it. A fine day, especially with some snow 8)
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Re: A (Black) Carls-berg day :)

Postby weaselmaster » Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:08 pm

The Carls are a good bit of fun aren;t they.
You got so much better visibility than me for doing them too.
have to drag you both up there again soon for Meall Dearg :lol:
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Re: A (Black) Carls-berg day :)

Postby SAVAGEALICE » Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:36 pm

Wow! that's some day! :clap: the pic of the Down climb looks a bit hard core!? :shock: :wtf: fingers crossed for more bluebird days like these :D
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Re: A (Black) Carls-berg day :)

Postby MountainHare22 » Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:53 pm

Great photos - looks like you had a super day, thanks for sharing.
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Re: A (Black) Carls-berg day :)

Postby Mrs Scoob » Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:56 pm

Thanks all :thumbup:
Scotjamie wrote:... (ps the words Scoob and reality check don't sound quite right in the same sentence)
It's not often, but sometimes I need to balance my half-full glass with Scoob's half-empty one :wink: :lol:

ChrisW wrote:Great report Fi.....makes me think I'm going to have to get some practice in before you two get here :shock: Some lovely shots of a hellish round in the springtime....half of that would be a hellish round for me :lol:
Oh please don't use this as a benchmark Chris! :crazy: While much fun, it was extra-ordinary... now 2 days later and we're both in agony and can hardly move :roll: :lol: :lol:

ceaser wrote:...far better than Scoobs videos :D
You know it's coming anyway though! :wink: :lol:

basscadet wrote:... Such good weather this weekend :D
If only they were all like this! 8)

malky_c wrote:That's way better than Carlsberg, I'd say :D . Looked at this route in the past, but not done it. A fine day, especially with some snow 8)
We'd checked your route for the Corbetts too :thumbup: not sure there was much in it to have gone to/from the Visitor Centre carpark instead.

weaselmaster wrote:The Carls are a good bit of fun aren;t they. You got so much better visibility than me for doing them too. have to drag you both up there again soon for Meall Dearg :lol:
Great fun! ..and dragging not necessary - we're happy to go voluntarily :lol:

SAVAGEALICE wrote:Wow! that's some day! :clap: the pic of the Down climb looks a bit hard core!? :shock: :wtf: fingers crossed for more bluebird days like these :D
It felt pretty hard core at the time too :shock: great buzz though! Fingers are crossed 8) :D
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Re: A (Black) Carls-berg day :)

Postby Alteknacker » Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:37 pm

Great report, and great pics of one of the finest places in the Highlands. And what BRILLIANT weather - I'm green with envy :? .

Every time I've planned to go North, the weather has not played ball (and 10 hours each way is too far to drive for a couple of days in the clag - I'm a wimp that way!).

The scrambles looked interesting too.... :)
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Re: A (Black) Carls-berg day :)

Postby scoob999 » Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:26 pm

I'm picking the next walk :shock: my legs are killing me :( :lol:
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Re: A (Black) Carls-berg day :)

Postby Beaner001 » Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:46 pm

Wow wee, well done Mrs Scoob, really enjoyed that. It's an area of Torridon I've still to get onto, very much look forward to it now, thanks :clap: :D
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Re: A (Black) Carls-berg day :)

Postby ChrisW » Tue Mar 17, 2015 4:19 am

Oh please don't use this as a benchmark Chris! :crazy: While much fun, it was extra-ordinary... now 2 days later and we're both in agony and can hardly move :roll: :lol: :lol:


Thank god for that :lol: I was going to tell you how great the weather has been recently (18 degrees and sunny 8) ) thought you'd have your choice of hills......then we got a metre of snow in Kananaskis overnight :shock: Such are the vagaries of Canadian winters eh :roll:
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Re: A (Black) Carls-berg day :)

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Tue Mar 17, 2015 6:12 pm

Ohhhh ... stunning, looks a brilliant day, definitely worth exploring. Thanks for posting :clap: :clap:
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