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Seana Bhraigh from Corriemulzie

Seana Bhraigh from Corriemulzie


Postby spiderwebb » Sat Jun 13, 2015 8:44 pm

Munros included on this walk: Seana Bhraigh

Date walked: 13/06/2015

Time taken: 6 hours

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It was to be a hill weekend but where was the question. Ben Alder was itching to be done and planning begun, a bike ride….noooooo !!! I came up with a Plan B, none of the conventional alternatives whetted my appetite so a route was hatched to come in from Laggan via the track to Creag Pitridh. I recall doing the ones behind a good while back with Scoob and thinking how close Ben Alder looked. So that's that sorted :D

But hang on a minute, I had a word with meself, and replied too, well rude not too. I still had my manflu that had been hanging on, hadn’t been out for a bit and soppy work hours messing with sleep patterns,….hmm maybe save this for another day. Ok violins away now :lol:

Something less challenging was called for and SB seemed to fit the bill. I had done a recce twice to Corriemulzie Lodge, would the new TB1 make it down the track ?

Next question the forecast, a week of all this sun, surely I had to get a break for some wind and pish, yes said MWIS, a dampish start but improving, especially towards the coast hmm ok well you cant have it all.

5 am alarm but things started slow and it was 1000hrs before I left the car at the now signed Walkers Car Park, first gate now open (from April onwards I was told) so parked up at the Lodge.

WH1.jpg


Now on one of those recces this was the view , enough to convince me this was the best route. A stunning mountain from this side without question :D

WH view.jpg


This is the view on the day ! But improving remember.

WH2.jpg


And yes it’s a good leg stretch walking in.
But eventually eyes are drawn to the entrance bastions of Seana’s corrie.

WH3.jpg


And my ascent route up the right flank to the we nitch on the skyline

WH4.jpg


For anyone contemplating this route, there are a couple of burns to cross near the end of the walk in, no problem today but maybe in damper conditions hmm. Also the tracks divide in a couple of places but its clear enough which is needed, the last turn off heads up the aforementioned flank providing good progress before breaking out on the pathless ground. Worth marking the end of the track to find it on descent.
View on ascent to Loch a Choire Mhoir

WH5.jpg


And my route up just after the track (Land rover or probably smaller but no motorised transport had been up in a while).

WH6.jpg


Once atop Creag na Gobhar it’s a relative stroll to the summit passing close to the corrie rim. Had the clag been just 100 foot higher today but heh ho.

WH7.jpg


Summit above

WH8.jpg


Good 10 foot plus depth waiting to drop.

WH9.jpg


And of course the summit selfie for all those who hate selfie sticks and so I remember I was there :lol:

WH10.jpg


Now for that improving forecast. The waterproofs went on at the car, but never got wet coming in, weather couldn’t make its mind up. But after refreshments at the summit, within 5 minutes of departure the improving rain hit and continued to within half mile of the car. Pish and wind all the way back, plenty of that about !
You would be amazed how much water gets in through a half inch split in the trousers, yikes, gore tex patches must be found.
It was 3 and half hours from car to summit, 2 and a bit out, head first into the drizzle, but a good stretch, despite not firing on all 4 cylinders.
I guess a return will be in order to complete the loop but in reverse to ascend the scrambly, entertaining ridge on the other side of the corrie :D
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Re: Seana Bhraigh from Corriemulzie

Postby basscadet » Sun Jun 14, 2015 12:08 am

Och its a shame you got a claggy day for it, I've done it many times from that side and its a treat 8)
Shame you didn't find the caves because they are up the flank you took :?
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Re: Seana Bhraigh from Corriemulzie

Postby spiderwebb » Sun Jun 14, 2015 5:56 am

Caves !! ??? Didn't know that, cripes, a return is def on the cards then :D :D :D :D
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Re: Seana Bhraigh from Corriemulzie

Postby basscadet » Sun Jun 14, 2015 10:43 am

Ive found them twice, but twice I haven't... Elusive!
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Re: Seana Bhraigh from Corriemulzie

Postby tall-story » Sun Jun 14, 2015 12:09 pm

Sounds good Dave, I thought the route from that side would have taken a bit longer ? But I guess you would be marching on like a squaddie on a mission :wink:
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Re: Seana Bhraigh from Corriemulzie

Postby spiderwebb » Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:18 am

Haha don't know about that Colin :lol:
Not sure on the route how it compares in distance....I think it must be short this way and certainly less complex. But having seen pics of that corrie which I was only able to glimpse..no question this route would be stunning. A return will be forthcoming :D
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Re: Seana Bhraigh from Corriemulzie

Postby tartancat » Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:35 am

spiderwebb wrote:It was to be a hill weekend but where was the question. Ben Alder was itching to be done and planning begun, a bike ride….noooooo !!! I came up with a Plan B, none of the conventional alternatives whetted my appetite so a route was hatched to come in from Laggan via the track to Creag Pitridh. I recall doing the ones behind a good while back with Scoob and thinking how close Ben Alder looked. So that's that sorted :D

But hang on a minute, I had a word with meself, and replied too, well rude not too. I still had my manflu that had been hanging on, hadn’t been out for a bit and soppy work hours messing with sleep patterns,….hmm maybe save this for another day. Ok violins away now :lol:

Something less challenging was called for and SB seemed to fit the bill. I had done a recce twice to Corriemulzie Lodge, would the new TB1 make it down the track ?

Next question the forecast, a week of all this sun, surely I had to get a break for some wind and pish, yes said MWIS, a dampish start but improving, especially towards the coast hmm ok well you cant have it all.

5 am alarm but things started slow and it was 1000hrs before I left the car at the now signed Walkers Car Park, first gate now open (from April onwards I was told) so parked up at the Lodge.

WH1.jpg


Now on one of those recces this was the view , enough to convince me this was the best route. A stunning mountain from this side without question :D

WH view.jpg


This is the view on the day ! But improving remember.

WH2.jpg


And yes it’s a good leg stretch walking in.
But eventually eyes are drawn to the entrance bastions of Seana’s corrie.

WH3.jpg


And my ascent route up the right flank to the we nitch on the skyline

WH4.jpg


For anyone contemplating this route, there are a couple of burns to cross near the end of the walk in, no problem today but maybe in damper conditions hmm. Also the tracks divide in a couple of places but its clear enough which is needed, the last turn off heads up the aforementioned flank providing good progress before breaking out on the pathless ground. Worth marking the end of the track to find it on descent.
View on ascent to Loch a Choire Mhoir

WH5.jpg


And my route up just after the track (Land rover or probably smaller but no motorised transport had been up in a while).

WH6.jpg


Once atop Creag na Gobhar it’s a relative stroll to the summit passing close to the corrie rim. Had the clag been just 100 foot higher today but heh ho.

WH7.jpg


Summit above

WH8.jpg


Good 10 foot plus depth waiting to drop.

WH9.jpg


And of course the summit selfie for all those who hate selfie sticks and so I remember I was there :lol:

WH10.jpg


Now for that improving forecast. The waterproofs went on at the car, but never got wet coming in, weather couldn’t make its mind up. But after refreshments at the summit, within 5 minutes of departure the improving rain hit and continued to within half mile of the car. Pish and wind all the way back, plenty of that about !
You would be amazed how much water gets in through a half inch split in the trousers, yikes, gore tex patches must be found.
It was 3 and half hours from car to summit, 2 and a bit out, head first into the drizzle, but a good stretch, despite not firing on all 4 cylinders.
I guess a return will be in order to complete the loop but in reverse to ascend the scrambly, entertaining ridge on the other side of the corrie :D


The track from the car looks good for bikes--yes/no? And--how is the road into the lodge/parking area?
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Re: Seana Bhraigh from Corriemulzie

Postby spiderwebb » Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:24 pm

The track into the parking area is ok....A few bumpy bits but nothing too serious.
Beyond the track is certainly ok for bikes as far as crossing the two burns. Probably not much to be gained taking them much further once you head uphill, although still track it runs out soon after.
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Re: Seana Bhraigh from Corriemulzie

Postby mountain thyme » Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:53 pm

Man flu!!! I heard thats the worst illness ever. Tends to normally linger for weeks :lol:
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Re: Seana Bhraigh from Corriemulzie

Postby spiderwebb » Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:27 pm

And some MT. Highly underestimated illness severest symptoms affect men, women get away lightly with a few sniffles apparently. Only cure is tlc and sympathy :D
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Re: Seana Bhraigh from Corriemulzie

Postby tartancat » Thu Jun 18, 2015 2:03 am

spiderwebb wrote:The track into the parking area is ok....A few bumpy bits but nothing too serious.
Beyond the track is certainly ok for bikes as far as crossing the two burns. Probably not much to be gained taking them much further once you head uphill, although still track it runs out soon after.
spiderwebb wrote:And some MT. Highly underestimated illness severest symptoms affect men, women get away lightly with a few sniffles apparently. Only cure is tlc and sympathy :D

Thanks for the information. As soon as the weather improves I'll be there!
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Re: Seana Bhraigh from Corriemulzie

Postby GillC » Fri Sep 25, 2015 12:36 pm

Hey Dave,,do you have the route for this approach? distance/ascent? cheers , Gill
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