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Ben Cruachan and Dalmally Horseshoe
by young-scotty » Thu Apr 16, 2015 9:10 am
Munros included on this walk: Beinn a'Chochuill, Beinn Eunaich, Ben Cruachan, Stob Daimh
Date walked: 10/04/2015
Time taken: 9 hours
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Compacted snow on the last ridge to the summit made it a bit of a nervy final few metres to the cairn (especially as I had to go back for my stone to place on top). Enjoyed sunshine and views to Mull and the Nevis range as well as the 3 targets ahead of us which looked a long way indeed. The top Stob Dearg looked very enticing but we had no time for that given our intentions to do all 4 munros.
Most enjoyable ridge walk taking in top Drochaid Ghlas and on to beast number 2: Stob Diamh.
It was decision time now, the wind was picking up and we had 4 and a half hours until the train. George sensibly decided to head back to Falls and take his car to Oban whereupon he would arrange our refreshments for the evening. The remainder of us decided to go for it, preferring a hard day today than return to do the Dalmally brace tomorrow.
First step was to knock out another top: Sron an Isean.
The route down from here to the River Noe was tricky. A bum slide seemed the best option but stopping before the rocks was an issue. It took about an hour to get down due to the steepness and snow and ice. Once on the Lairig Noe it was hard graft up to number 3 Beinn A Chochuill and the forecast winds were really picking up now. Another 50 minutes of slog and we were atop of number 3 but no time to hang about - our train was at Garelochead and heading our way!
Choichuill to Beinn Eunaich would be easy enough if it weren't for the now worrying wind which was threatening to carry us away. I wasn't overly worried given there is little exposure on this section but wouldn't have fancied it much crossing the Cruachan ridge in winds this strong. Eunaich summit was topped with a celebratory swig of Talisker but no time to hang about, train now leaving Ardlui!
It was easy going down the gentle slopes towards Castle Farm although we had to get a jog on once we hit the farm track. Views back towards Cruachan impressive.
Jogged along A85 to Loch Awe where we made train with 7 minutes to spare.
George had the gaff ready and his reckie deemed that Wetherspoons was the venue for the evening mainly due to it being the only place still serving scran at 22.00.
by Borderhugh » Thu Apr 16, 2015 9:54 am
Which way do you recommend and is going up Sron an Isean form Lairig Noe without crampons going to be a challenge?
by young-scotty » Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:03 am
by Borderhugh » Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:36 am
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