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Thirsty Thursday on Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain

Thirsty Thursday on Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain


Postby lindseym » Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:37 am

Route description: Cruach Ardrain and Beinn Tulaichean

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Tulaichean, Cruach Ardrain

Date walked: 11/06/2015

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 12.5 km

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Extensive sunshine! Almost certain Munros will be cloud free! Precipitation very unlikely! You can't ignore an MWIS forecast like that, even though they have been somewhat dubious recently. That said at 10am on Thursday, my only possible Munro day for a long time, I was running around Ayr like a headless chicken and at 11.30am I was running around Glasgow like a headless chicken but somehow or another I found myself suncreamed, fed and ready to go at the carpark at Inverlochlarig at 1.30pm, which was completely packed.

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Setting off...


It was an absolutely glorious day, temperature well into the early to mid 20s and barely a cloud in the sky. I followed the Walkhighlands route along the path and turned off at the farm where the stile is. The WH route says there is a diversion here but there was no sign of it for me. Either that or I wasn't looking properly...

The path continued pleasantly through the valley between Beinn Tulaichean and Stob Binnein via a really big cow pat. All was going well until I turned off the path and began the ascent proper. So. Sweaty. An afternoon ascent while recovering from a cold in that heat was pretty grim and involved lots of huffing and puffing and wondering why I do this to myself. It was very much a day for setting extremely small targets, regularly failing to reach them and then stopping anyway. The going was very steep and I was really struggling in the heat but mercifully reached the plateau around 750m and found an ideal chocolate chip cookie stop where I refuelled and had a stern word with myself - I needed to realise that today was not a day for beating world records but for making the most of the long sunshine hours and keeping myself hydrated. With that in mind, and the fact that the worst of the ascent was over, I set off for the rest of the walk which was much more enjoyable that the previous 750m, but not before I took one last look at the stunning views back down to Lochs Doine and Voil.

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Definitely a break for a photo and not for a breather, honestly...


From here, I started to pick up bits of a path and this combined with the more undulating profile of the hill meant the going was much better and it wasn't long before the summit of Beinn Tulaichean was reached. The views were absolutely fantastic in every direction and I wanted to stay forever, but Cruach Ardrain was looking mighty so after a few photos I had to crack on.

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Stob a'Choin... I think.


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Cruach Ardrain seen from the summit of Beinn Tulaichean.


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Ben More & Stob Binnein looking lovely from the summit.


By now I was really enjoying the walk and appreciated the downhill section to the bealach before heading up the winding path to the summit of Cruach Ardrain. Here I met the first and only other people on the walk, despite the full car park, who were clearly still buzzing from the views at the top. This spurred me on and, although it looked like a long way away from the bealach, the summit didn't take too long to reach at all. The views really were incredible; I particularly enjoyed seeing as far North as Ben Nevis on the horizon and from my sunbaked position in the Crianlarich hills noting that it appeared to still be in full Winter conditions - crazy!

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Looking North from Cruach Ardrain's summit.


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Ben More & Stob Binnein again, this time from the summit.


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Looking back at Beinn Tulaichean which now seems tiny!


The ills of the ascent were long forgotten as I basked in the late afternoon sun and pondered how lucky we are to be able to enjoy views like that at 5pm without a concern in the world. Having said that, I eventually accepted that I would have to descend at some point and grudgingly did so towards the bealach. Once there, I turned off making a beeline for the path. This beeline did occasionally leave me stranded atop a crag and as per usual I appreciated the lack of bystanders to see my graceless descent off from them. Anyway, onwards and upwards... or in this case downwards... I was back on the path eventually and was enjoying the evening sun so much that I even started jogging at one point... before stopping about 10 seconds later.

I often find that the end of a walk towards the car is the worst bit and that I'm looking forward to its sanctuary but on Thursday it was with a heavy heart that I returned as it really was so peaceful, warm and beautiful; I wish I could have stayed until sunset.

My summary of this pair: a tough initial ascent but an enjoyable walk between the two peaks with gorgeous and varied views all round - a cracking day out as per! And the reason for the title? Two words: four litres.

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The perils of solo Munro bagging: dodgy self-timer shots making the proceedings even cringier than usual.
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Re: Thirsty Thursday on Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:14 am

Enjoyed that, and beautiful photos. Agree with you about the ascent but it feels good once you're up! :clap:
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Re: Thirsty Thursday on Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain

Postby dogplodder » Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:45 am

I went up to the bealach and did Cruach Ardrain first which made it feel an easier ascent. Got the same conditions as you on Thursday climbing Ben Challum. :D
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Re: Thirsty Thursday on Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain

Postby spiderwebb » Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:32 am

Great pics and the self perfectly timed :lol:
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Re: Thirsty Thursday on Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain

Postby lindseym » Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:06 pm

Huff_n_Puff wrote:Enjoyed that, and beautiful photos. Agree with you about the ascent but it feels good once you're up! :clap:


Absolutely, worth the struggle!
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Re: Thirsty Thursday on Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain

Postby lindseym » Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:16 pm

dogplodder wrote:I went up to the bealach and did Cruach Ardrain first which made it feel an easier ascent. Got the same conditions as you on Thursday climbing Ben Challum. :D


Ah good idea, wish I'd thought of it :lol: what a wonderful day eh? Could've given you a wee wave from the summit!
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Re: Thirsty Thursday on Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain

Postby lindseym » Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:17 pm

spiderwebb wrote:Great pics and the self perfectly timed :lol:


Haha thank you, wish I could say it was my first attempt :shock: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Thirsty Thursday on Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain

Postby teaandpies » Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:00 am

I seen that jump picture on instagram. The visit Scotland instagram :lol:
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Re: Thirsty Thursday on Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain

Postby lindseym » Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:13 pm

teaandpies wrote:I seen that jump picture on instagram. The visit Scotland instagram :lol:


Brilliant! I had no idea they had shared until you said, thank you :D must have scrolled past it and just though it was mine... :lol:
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Re: Thirsty Thursday on Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain

Postby StevieC » Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:44 am

That's a great selfie! Must be a bit of a pain carrying a trampoline all the way up the hill though :lol:
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Re: Thirsty Thursday on Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain

Postby jamesb63 » Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:30 pm

Hoping to do these 2 tomorrow ,but MWIS forecast not to good :?
so doubt I will get such great pics and views as you did :clap:
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Re: Thirsty Thursday on Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain

Postby lindseym » Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:13 pm

StevieC wrote:That's a great selfie! Must be a bit of a pain carrying a trampoline all the way up the hill though :lol:


Hahaha :lol: nothing more than a well placed rock!
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Re: Thirsty Thursday on Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain

Postby lindseym » Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:13 pm

jamesb63 wrote:Hoping to do these 2 tomorrow ,but MWIS forecast not to good :?
so doubt I will get such great pics and views as you did :clap:


How did you get on?
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Re: Thirsty Thursday on Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain

Postby jamesb63 » Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:03 pm

Hi done the 2 as planned yesterday Done Cruach Ardrain first then Tulaichean
without stopping as the weather was horrible after the 2000 ft mark
thick clag galeforce wind and rain,was up and down in 4hrs 10mins
but still enjoyed the walk,
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Re: Thirsty Thursday on Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain

Postby ancancha » Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:32 pm

Looks like you sweated out your cold on the initial assent and by the summit were in full fettle, or was that a chocolate chip cookie rush :lol:
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