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Glen Orchy Corbetts a fine high level traverse

Glen Orchy Corbetts a fine high level traverse


Postby The Rodmiester » Mon May 04, 2015 10:24 pm

Route description: Beinn Udlaidh and Beinn Bhreac-liath, Glen Orchy

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Bhreac-liath, Beinn Udlaidh

Date walked: 01/05/2015

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 11.3 km

Ascent: 935m

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This was to be the club's Skye Meet, but because of the weather forecast for the Sunday was given a last minute swerve over a pint at the Sundowner pub in Dunoon after the club's AGM finished. The three of us arrived at the starting point in Glen Orchy after pitching our tents at the excellent and well run and good value 'Pine Trees leisure Park' at Tyndrum, and were ready to start on the B8074 near Invergaunan at the bridge by 1340hrs

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At the start of the walk, atrack takes you through the trees and passed an old stone sheep pen on your left then take a left fork towards the Allt Ghamhnain
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Walking the track alongside the river
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After you come out of the forestry area you find a deer fence with both pedestrian gate and a vehicular gate which is locked. We passed through the pedestrian gate assuming the estate would want walkers to go this way
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We climbed up alongside the fenceline which was to take a right angled turn to head off towards the bealach South, this section is probably the steepest gradient of the day. We also assumed that there would be another gate in the fence heading in this direction, but no, as far as we could see, nothing! with us heading further South and nearer the crags and steep sided East side of Beinn Udlaidh, we had to climb over. Would it not have been a lot cheaper and easier for the estate just to have a small sign before the first fence directing walkers along the other side of the fence we walked alongside?
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No gate or access steps, found one much later on situated on the bealach between the Corbetts
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Looking up to the North East ridge, a rocky section then a snow laden section higher up
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Looking back to Glen Orchy
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Looking North towards the Etive and Glen Coe hills
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Approaching the summit cairn, the large one not being the summit, there is a rock with some small rocks further South which is the actual summit, easily missed if the visibility is poor, you have been warned. Ben Lui on the right
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View from the large cairn
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Actual summit cairn
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To continue to Beinn Bhreac-liath, you have to walk near 1/2k South East then East to clear the crags and cliffs on the East side before heading to the bealach where there are small lochans and of course a deer fence with steps
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Looking South East from the ridge towards Lochan na Bi and the A85, and Tyndrum, Ben More
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The pull up from the bealach to the next summit is fairly easy, this hill has two small cairns very close together, not sure which is the actual top but went to both anyway
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A long summit ridge mostly on mossy grass with some stones, view of the ridge of Beinn Udlaidh
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Zoom of Bridge of Orchy hotel, from the North ridge
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The empty house at Invergaunan which we passed to get back to the roadside and car. The North ridge seems to go on and on and is slightly steeper than it looked when climbing the other Corbett
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Re: Glen Orchy Corbetts a fine high level traverse

Postby mountain thyme » Tue May 05, 2015 5:40 pm

Nice one Rod. You sure you never went to Skye as you had no corbetts over there to do :) Weather looked good.

Agree about the Pine Trees . I might take my new tent up there :wink:
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Re: Glen Orchy Corbetts a fine high level traverse

Postby The Rodmiester » Tue May 05, 2015 5:53 pm

mountain thyme wrote:Nice one Rod. You sure you never went to Skye as you had no corbetts over there to do :) Weather looked good.

Agree about the Pine Trees . I might take my new tent up there :wink:


The others did not want to travel that far, honest Theresa :wink: We had good weather apart from the Saturday night Sunday morning, glad we upgraded to Podding or should that be Rodding :lol: A graet wee campsite will definately go back and also a good pint at the Tyndrum Inn followed by a recommended Chip shop Chicken Currie and Chips at the Good food Place, just what the doctor ordered :D Think I will maybe go back to the Pine Trees camp after a Compleation Day for a club member on Sunday the 7th June, fancy it?
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Re: Glen Orchy Corbetts a fine high level traverse

Postby mountain thyme » Wed May 06, 2015 9:57 pm

Sounds good. Whats the munro ? Spot the 2 new tents in the campsite :D
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Re: Glen Orchy Corbetts a fine high level traverse

Postby The Rodmiester » Thu May 07, 2015 6:09 am

mountain thyme wrote:Sounds good. Whats the munro ? Spot the 2 new tents in the campsite :D


The Wee Buachaille, North one Stob Coire Raineach. Bui checking on your sea of Blue your nearest non walked Corbett is at Morven :)
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Re: Glen Orchy Corbetts a fine high level traverse

Postby BlackPanther » Thu May 07, 2015 9:28 am

Interesting hills from an area I haven't been to yet... Too far south for a single day visit, we must pack in our tent and come here for a camping trip. A few Munros still to bag :D

'Pine Trees leisure Park' - the name sounds great, how much do they charge per tent, may I ask?
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Re: Glen Orchy Corbetts a fine high level traverse

Postby The Rodmiester » Thu May 07, 2015 9:33 am

BlackPanther wrote:Interesting hills from an area I haven't been to yet... Too far south for a single day visit, we must pack in our tent and come here for a camping trip. A few Munros still to bag :D

'Pine Trees leisure Park' - the name sounds great, how much do they charge per tent, may I ask?

Hi BP, a great value park small tents £7.00 spotless with a wee shop and reasonable prices, Tyndrum Inn and the Good Food Place nearby, cannot be beaten, with loads of hills. Five stars See also my Corbetts from Auch report, more details.
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Re: Glen Orchy Corbetts a fine high level traverse

Postby Silverhill » Thu May 07, 2015 8:47 pm

Strange, that gate….
Very interesting to see the well known hills from a different viewpoint!
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Re: Glen Orchy Corbetts a fine high level traverse

Postby scottishkennyg » Thu May 07, 2015 10:04 pm

Nice outing there RM..liked the zoomed image down to the Hotel.
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Re: Glen Orchy Corbetts a fine high level traverse

Postby rockhopper » Thu May 07, 2015 10:59 pm

Does look a good way to approach these hills :thumbup:
Can remember going from the A85 but this looks more interesting - cheers :)
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Re: Glen Orchy Corbetts a fine high level traverse

Postby The Rodmiester » Fri May 08, 2015 4:33 pm

rockhopper wrote:Does look a good way to approach these hills :thumbup:
Can remember going from the A85 but this looks more interesting - cheers :)

Hi rockhopper, as this was a last minute decision to climb these two, did not do much homework ie read other reports, just read yours, wonderful photographs by the way. You will be glad to know that the transmitter masts etc have mostly been removed from the summit, as we never saw anything on top, either that we were to busy chatting. We really enjoyed that route apart from the fence climbing that is, don't like to climb fences if I don't have to. :( Your way got the wee Graham as well, crafty :wink: :)
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