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Two nice mountains, fantastic views.

Two nice mountains, fantastic views.


Postby martin.h » Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:05 pm

Route description: Beinn Udlamain and Sgairneach Mhor

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Udlamain, Sgairneach Mhor

Date walked: 17/04/2015

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 14.5 km

Ascent: 806m

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Day two of our Perth adventure and with the weather behaving itself we thought that the two munros, Sgairneach Mhor and Beinn Udlamain would be ideal for today, not difficult to get there, good parking and another steady day to get the legs used to walking the munros again.

Last year we did the two munros Geal charn and A'Mharconaich as a last minute decision on the way up to Torridon and told ourselves we'd finish off this normally four munro day just to tidy up, as it turned out we had a very pleasant day out doing these, there was no rush so we took our time.
We parked in the next layby up from no79 northbound which is marked on the map as a parking area, we set off walking south for a km or so and found the tunnel under the railway and started the walk on a good track alongside Allt Coire Dhomhain.
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Our first objective, Sgairneach Mhor, from the A9

After 11/2 km we dropped down to a new looking bridge and crossed the burn, from here a sketchy path travels uphill towards the dip between point 758m on the map and the main bulk of Sgairneach Mhor.
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The way ahead from above the bridge

The going here is a bit soggy and we stayed high on these slopes to avoid the little burn that runs into the Allt Coire Dhomhain.
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Just before the dip down to the burn, we stayed high to avoid an unwelcome descent.

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Over to A'Mharconaich

Once at the dip the way forward onto Sgairneach Mhor is on a good path that comes fromMeall an Dobharchain,
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Path in the dip.

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Views from the dip

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partly covered in snow but the higher we got that became confined to the upper part of Coire Creagach with some fairly big cornices, I bet these are spectacular in full winter conditions.
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Cornice

We spent a good while on the summit just looking at the multitude of mountains all around us, Lawers, Cairngorms, Ben Alder, Glen Coe, etc etc, wow.It was with the promise of better views on our next mountain that we reluctantly left this summit and started the trip over to Beinn Udlamain.
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Summit views

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On the summit of Sgairneach Mhor

In bad visibility this section could be a bit confusing because the way off travels initially S.W. then west to point 809m, across soggy ground to gain the south ridge of Beinn Udlamain where you come across a line of fence post that take you to the summit. At the summit the views are great especially those of Ben Alder, at this point the song, I can see for miles, by The Who came to mind and stayed with me untill we got back to the car.
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Denise on Beinn Udlamain

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Summit views

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The way we went from the summit was as described by the WH route description, but when we got to the 902m point on the map there was a massive snowfield that we could'nt see the bottom of so we chickened out and went down the very steep heathery slopes opposite following the burn, jeez it didn't half take it out of our ankles.
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Over to Sgairneach Mhor from the heathery slopes.

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Snow still quite deep in sheltered spots.

After a long, thigh burning, ankle grinding trip down heather we arrived on the good track and from there it was an easy romp back to the car.
Another really enjoyable day out, we took our time, well, we all do on days like this, why hurry, we still had two more days and the weather was looking up!!!.
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