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Leathad an Taobhain & Carn Dearg Mor

Leathad an Taobhain & Carn Dearg Mor


Postby Gordie12 » Sun May 24, 2015 11:19 am

Corbetts included on this walk: Carn Dearg Mor, Leathad an Taobhain

Date walked: 23/05/2015

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 35.6 km

Ascent: 1271m

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Alarm set for 4am (amazing how easy it is to get up at this time in the morning when heading for the hills) and parked up and leaving the car park at Achlean for 7am on a beautiful morning with not a cloud in the sky.

It took me a long time to discover Glen Feshie but I seem to be making up for it now and this was my 4th visit in the last twelve months and today I was looking to climb the two Corbetts Leathad an Taobhain and Carn Dearg Mor.

The walk along the glen floor was just a brilliant start to the day as I headed past Achlean Farm heading for the bridge that spans the River Feshie.

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Leaving the Achlean car park and heading up the road towards the farm


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River Feshie from the bridge


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River Feshie from the bridge - looking back towards Achlean


Once over the bridge I was quickly back on tarmac as far as Glenfeshie Lodge. The views of the river and the hills beyond were still terrific.

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The big hoose!


Just before the lodge I took the left fork on to a track which headed past the front of the lodge and on up the glen then after just under a mile I took the right hand track to head up into The Slochd Mor.

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Now the climb starts albeit on a good track. The pass is narrow and steep sided and is a complete contrast to the more open glen I've just left behind. It's a fair plod up to Lochan ant Sluic which would be a good destination point for a short walk and a place I'll definitely come back to.

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Heading up


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Looking back and over to the track up to Mullach Clach a' Bhlair


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Lochan ant Sluic


After the lochan the track splits, the right fork is part two but first the left fork and there is still quite a long walk to the first Corbett.

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The track does a bit of meandering now round the sides of a couple of hills and the gradient is easy before it lifts again as it heads up close to the top of Meall an Uilt Chreagaich where the clear track ends at a turning point.

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Finally, my first clear view of the final climb up to the summit of Leathad an Taobhain


There is a narrow path starting at a small cairn which heads over to the southwest and down to an old ruin - slightly frustrating to be losing height at this stage but the climb back out of the bealach and up to the summit is easier than it looks. There is a bit of snow still lying beyond the bealach on Leathad an Taobhain but it doesn't mean a change of route.

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Three and a half hours and I'm finally standing on top of target 1 and the views are fantastic. The sun is still shining but the wind is stronger on top and it's cold enough for thin gloves if stopping for a bit.

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Leathad an Taobhain summit


I headed back down to the bealach and out of the wind and in full sun it was a real sun trap to spend a few minutes in.

On the way back I diverted off the track a massive 40 yards and climbed about 6 feet to take in the top of Meall an Uilt Chreagaich.

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Looking over to Leathad an Taobhain from the top of Meall an Uilt Chreagaich


It's now time to retrace my steps back to the fork in the track above Lochan ant Sluic.

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View towards Carn Dearg Mor


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Carn Dearg Mor getting closer


After turning left by the lochan there is a short drop down before it is time to get the head down and grind my way up the track. I stayed with the track till I was within about 50 yards of my right turn when I decided to take a more direct route up the hill on a feint path through the heather. Once on the wide ridge I picked up the main track again and followed it up to the summit.

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Final climb to the top of Carn Dearg Mor


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Summit of Carn Dearg Mor


By now the wind was stronger and with fairly extensive cloud cover it was also a lot cooler. I spent 5 minutes on the top (mainly trying and failing to get my digi radio to pick up Radio Scotland to get the football commentary for company on the way back).

I chose to retrace my steps back to the lochan (rather than continuing along the ridge line as per the WH description) as I wanted to take a few more photos as I walked through Slochd Mor.

Once back in Glen Feshie it was a long but fairly flat walk back to Achlean.

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My longer return from Carn Dearg Mor meant that my distance covered was 22.1 miles rather than the 20.75 miles on the WH walk description.

Really enjoyable day and as an added bonus a new pair of approach shoes gave me a blister free day which was a bit of a surprise.
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Re: Leathad an Taobhain & Carn Dearg Mor

Postby dogplodder » Sun May 24, 2015 1:48 pm

Good to meet you coming off CDM. Need to get a life I know but we did wonder why you chose to go back the way you came rather than via the top which was easy walking on springy moss and great views! But I agree Glen Feshie is a beautiful glen and the morning walk in was perfect. :D
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Re: Leathad an Taobhain & Carn Dearg Mor

Postby Gordie12 » Sun May 24, 2015 5:47 pm

dogplodder wrote:Good to meet you coming off CDM. Need to get a life I know but we did wonder why you chose to go back the way you came rather than via the top which was easy walking on springy moss and great views! But I agree Glen Feshie is a beautiful glen and the morning walk in was perfect. :D


That explains it dogplodder - I thought you looked familiar but didn't want to say anything in case I was completely wrong - obviously recognised your face from your reports.

Must have been a lot of peeps out yesterday, that's as busy as I have seen the car park.
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Re: Leathad an Taobhain & Carn Dearg Mor

Postby Silverhill » Sun May 24, 2015 9:53 pm

Gordie12 wrote:On the way back I diverted off the track a massive 40 yards and climbed about 6 feet to take in the top of Meall an Uilt Chreagaich.
You must be keen to make such a massive detour! :wink:
I’m heading for Glen Feshie soon and by your pictures I’ve got something to look forward to! :D
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Re: Leathad an Taobhain & Carn Dearg Mor

Postby Beaner001 » Sun May 24, 2015 10:18 pm

Stunning pics that do that fabulous Glen justice. That's a fair trek too :clap: :clap:
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Re: Leathad an Taobhain & Carn Dearg Mor

Postby Gordie12 » Mon May 25, 2015 9:16 am

Silverhill wrote:
Gordie12 wrote:On the way back I diverted off the track a massive 40 yards and climbed about 6 feet to take in the top of Meall an Uilt Chreagaich.
You must be keen to make such a massive detour! :wink:
I’m heading for Glen Feshie soon and by your pictures I’ve got something to look forward to! :D


Had a quick look at your Munro map Silverhill - looks like you could have a couple of visits to Glen Feshie in the future (looks like a very structured map - mine has much more of a scatter gun approach).
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Re: Leathad an Taobhain & Carn Dearg Mor

Postby Gordie12 » Mon May 25, 2015 9:19 am

Beaner001 wrote:Stunning pics that do that fabulous Glen justice. That's a fair trek too :clap: :clap:


Thanks Beaner001 - everything went to plan except for being able to listen to the Hibs v Rangers match on the radio. Next time I think I might walk through from Glen Feshie to White Bridge.
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Re: Leathad an Taobhain & Carn Dearg Mor

Postby kevsbald » Mon May 25, 2015 6:50 pm

Nice one - must be two of the most unfrequented hills.
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Re: Leathad an Taobhain & Carn Dearg Mor

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Tue May 26, 2015 8:05 am

Enjoyed reading that, Glen Feshie is one of my favourites too ... So that's a couple more Corbetts added to the ever growing list :lol:
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Re: Leathad an Taobhain & Carn Dearg Mor

Postby The Rodmiester » Tue May 26, 2015 8:47 am

Well that's not something you see very ofter, Three and a half hours to reach your first Corbett, and your NOT a slow walker, WOW. Looks a great day out, these two are on my immediate radar now after seeing your TR, must save it for a nice day though :)
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Re: Leathad an Taobhain & Carn Dearg Mor

Postby BlackPanther » Tue May 26, 2015 9:06 am

I agree these two are underrated. A long walk, but Glen Feshie is a charming place. At least you avoided the midges :lol: This glen is infamous for a very aggressive breed!
8 hours is still a fast time for this route... We took almost 10, fighting the wee black vampires and rain :shock:
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Re: Leathad an Taobhain & Carn Dearg Mor

Postby Gordie12 » Tue May 26, 2015 8:22 pm

kevsbald wrote:Nice one - must be two of the most unfrequented hills.


Nobody to be seen heading for Leathad an Taobhain but there were a few peeps heading up the closer Carn Dearg Mor.
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Re: Leathad an Taobhain & Carn Dearg Mor

Postby Gordie12 » Tue May 26, 2015 8:23 pm

Huff_n_Puff wrote:Enjoyed reading that, Glen Feshie is one of my favourites too ... So that's a couple more Corbetts added to the ever growing list :lol:


Hope you get a good day for it Huff_n_Puff.
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Re: Leathad an Taobhain & Carn Dearg Mor

Postby Gordie12 » Tue May 26, 2015 8:26 pm

The Rodmiester wrote:Well that's not something you see very ofter, Three and a half hours to reach your first Corbett, and your NOT a slow walker, WOW. Looks a great day out, these two are on my immediate radar now after seeing your TR, must save it for a nice day though :)


Yip, it's a fair old walk out to reach LaT, being a fellow purist though, I know you won't be tempted to find a space for the bike in the car...................
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Re: Leathad an Taobhain & Carn Dearg Mor

Postby Gordie12 » Tue May 26, 2015 8:28 pm

BlackPanther wrote:I agree these two are underrated. A long walk, but Glen Feshie is a charming place. At least you avoided the midges :lol: This glen is infamous for a very aggressive breed!
8 hours is still a fast time for this route... We took almost 10, fighting the wee black vampires and rain :shock:


Hi BP - I read your report the night before.

I reckoned you take about 200 more pics than me on every outing so I allowed an hour per 100 pics and it worked out about right :lol: :lol: :lol:
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