Ben Alder and Bheoil, the alternative route !
by spiderwebb » Sun Jun 28, 2015 5:17 pm
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Bheoil, Ben Alder
Date walked: 27/06/2015
Time taken: 14 hours5 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
In the end although I had packed ready I didn’t make the decision until I went to bed and then set my alarm for 0330hrs.
I didn’t exactly get off to a flying start, I think I was calmly believing I had all day and it should be plenty.
I pulled in at Aviemore for my usual Costa fix and breakfast and stopped a couple of times on route to be a tourist and plish off the aforementioned coffee
Started at 0700hrs and the good track had me pass Luibeg ruins and onto the river crossing before the ascent part way up and around Meall Nathrach.
The acsent is marked in a few spots by posts and small cairns, and once a bit of height is gained it turns the corner and heads fairly level all the way to my target bealach between Aonach beag and Beinn Eibhinn.
The bealach ahead
Once reached Ben Alder appears for the first tme, my route straight down to the Bealach Dubh and up the other side seen here.
A fair pull up these slopes but no worse than the usual route, the height must be gained.
Eventually arriving on Ben Alders summit plateau with a stroll to the distant summit just seen peeking out.
The summit appeared then disappeared as the cloud rolled in and out and I arrived at the summit with no views, but before I had made myself comfy in the wind shelter it lifted.
View back to my way in, the bealach
I was joined at the summit by Bill, who asked how far I was in my munro quest. I told him I was down to the last few now, and he replied telling me he was on his third round with 50 to go….that sorted me out.
We continued together around Alders corrie rim and onto Bheoil.
Alder summit and the view down to Culra.
My original plan was to retrace my steps but after seeing the descent to Bheoil I came up with an alternative.
Bill leads us down.
Bheoil from the bealach
On the summit of Bheoil I confirmed my change of plans to Bill. I would head down to Culra and Loch Pattack and round the corner to come up the pass between Beinn a Chlachair and Geal Charn.
View of the new route out with Carn Dearg in front and Geal Charn beyond !
The descent from Bheoil was made along its crest and dropping off left before the ridge ends to avoid the boulders on its northern slopes.
I parted company with Bill and reached the bothy and bridge as he just past me on his bike back via the usual route.
The walk out via Loch pattack and on up to the high pass was on good tracks, and soon I was at the head of the pass, the path still covered in snow in parts.
The last time I was here the path was not visible at all and we ended up on the steep sided flanks, in snow up to out knees/waist threatening to slip us off into the loch below….jeez
The top was reached and it was good to see Creag Pitridh beyond, knowing I now had a good track albeit long, all the way out and past the beach at Lochan Na H Earba.
I started at 0700hrs and reached my car at 2115, over 14 hours ! For anyone interested in the times…
Base of Alder reached at 1130
Alder summit 1320
Bheoil summit 1545
Bealch between Beinn a Chlachair and Geal Charn 1945.
It was a rewarding day to say the least, I had traversed one line of hills to reach beyond to the two targets, rounded 4 other Munros and passed two more on the way out. But this is the time of year to be getting out for longer, the corner has already turned after midsummers day. I could quite easily have gone straight to sleep on arrival back at the car but a couple of hours drive awaited before shower and bed….and the legs still worked this morning.
by Gordie12 » Sun Jun 28, 2015 5:54 pm
Any idea what mileage you covered??
by spiderwebb » Sun Jun 28, 2015 6:29 pm
by simon-b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 7:57 pm
by ancancha » Sun Jun 28, 2015 8:30 pm
Great photo of the beach
by dav2930 » Sun Jun 28, 2015 8:40 pm
by Beaner001 » Sun Jun 28, 2015 8:47 pm
Well done pal
by spiderwebb » Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:00 pm
simon-b wrote:That's a big route. When I saw the title I thought you might have started from near Loch Rannoch. 14 hours 15 is a long day, but still an impressive time for that walk.
thanks I'm curious as to how long it would have taken returning the same way, I may have to go back and try it
ancancha wrote:Still a lot of snow
Great photo of the beach
Nice seeing the beach, nearly got wet feet crossing the bridge last visit but one
dav2930 wrote:Ooph that's a long way in a single day! Great stuff. Amazing how much snow is left up there in late June - incredible that the path above Loch a' Bhealaich Leamhain was (still is?) banked over. Did these two back in March 2009, cycling down Loch Ericht and staying at Culra Bothy; was nearly blown into space on Beinn Bheoil. Enjoyed your report.
I can empathise with that, Geal Charn tried its best with the wind when I reached the summit
Beaner001 wrote:Aye Dave, a nice wee lesson on how to make a hill walk harder and still come out on top
Well done pal
Cheers, I don't do things by halves
by lochlaggan » Mon Aug 03, 2015 9:07 pm
by spiderwebb » Mon Aug 03, 2015 10:39 pm
lochlaggan wrote:Yep this is one of the better ways to climb Ben Alder.
It certainly is, was a great day, one to look back on
Walkhighlands community forum is advert free
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by donating by direct debit?