by rockhopper » Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:01 pm
Route description: Beinn a' Chuallaich
Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn a'Chuallaich, Farragon Hill, Meall Tairneachan
Date walked: 04/04/2015
Time taken: 9.7 hours
Distance: 26 km
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This was day 1 - didn’t turn out as nice as expected until late in the day. Tomorrow would prove to be somewhat better.
Saturday morning - Meall Tairneachan, Farragon Hill
Parked in the layby just past the start of the track to the mine. Light rain started just after setting off up through the forest.
Quite steep up through the forest before getting out into more open ground.
Got to a bend in the track - stopped to put on a waterproof more to keep in the heat as the wind was getting up than for the rain which was light on and off.
Headed south to the summit of Meall Tairneachan - Loch Farleyer in the distance
Heading back down could just make out Farragon Hill in the distance. Weather closing in a bit.
Some deeply banked snow to the side of the track in places - didn’t hang around long at these points.
Track descends towards the mine workings.
Then on to the end of the track. Down over the outlet from Lochan Lairig Laoigh and eastwards up towards Farragon Hill.
Weather closed in - no view at the top.
Didn’t wait long before retracing my steps. Could just make out Lochan Lairig Laoigh.
Wet slippery snow on the descent - tried the microspikes to see if they would help - did give some grip but they clog up frequently as you’d expect. Wee waterfall on the way back.
Got back the car then drove up through Tummel Bridge to join the B847 and drove down a short way to the layby east of Beinn a’Chuallaich. Had a break and some lunch.
Saturday afternoon - Beinn a’Chuallaich
Through the big gate after wrestling a bit with the chain. Past a wee bothy to get to the start of the hill track.
Saw two walkers with their dog coming down the track but branched off steeply up the hillside before they arrived. Clear enough at this point to be able to see down to the reservoir.
Not long after that, the clag was down. Some steep snowy sections - mostly soft snow but got the ice axe out just in case.
In clag the rest of the way to the top. Substantial cairn beside the trig point.
Had some more food - didn’t clear up so headed back down. As usual, weather started to clear on the descent.
Occasional very faint brocken spectre as some mist passed but couldn’t capture it well enough. Loch na Caillich.
By now the sun was coming out and it was starting to clear up.
Final descent with the car in the layby -had taken a bit longer than expected.
by dooterbang » Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:41 pm
by ChrisW » Tue Apr 07, 2015 3:16 am
by pollyh33 » Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:09 am
Loved the big snow wall pic, I wonder what size it is now after the hot and sunny weekend??
PS Is it just me who finds it weird to be out on the hills and then suddenly find yourself in the middle of a building site??
by BlackPanther » Tue Apr 07, 2015 9:29 am
We were in the area as well, did Meall Corranaich and Meall a'Choire Leith on Saturday and Lyon circuit on Sunday. You were lucky on Corbetts, they were just below the cloud so at least you got some views... We got zilch on the Mealls, but it was a good test in navigation skills.
Just like you, we hoped that Saturday would be better than the forecast, but sadly it wasn't. Still, we enjoyed it. Sunday was much better and we almost got cooked alive
by BoyVertiginous » Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:28 am
by Graeme D » Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:35 am
by scottishkennyg » Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:29 pm
by Gordie12 » Tue Apr 07, 2015 9:09 pm
That was sum lump of snow near the quarry.
A good couple of hills these but the climb up through the woods at the start was a bit on the steep side.
Still to do your 3rd hill of the day - it looks good.
by rockhopper » Thu Apr 09, 2015 12:43 pm
Had thought about taking the bike as I've cycled some of the tracks further down round Loch Farleyer before but decided against it due to the snow and the track being very slippery in places. Not sure how much it would save as you go off the track for the latter part to Farragon Hill but maybe 10 - 12km. Likely to need some pushing as there are some very steep sections esp at the start and coming back up from the mine - cheersBoyVertiginous wrote:Two for the bike, rh? What do you reckon the bike would do for the timings on MT & Farragon?