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Beinn an t-Sidhein - one of these disastrous days!

Beinn an t-Sidhein - one of these disastrous days!


Postby rob munbett » Thu Jul 09, 2015 1:56 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Beinn an t-Sidhein

Date walked: 09/07/2015

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I hadn't been out for some months so I was looking forward to a day on the hills. However, things started badly when I stopped for a quick rest from driving and a cuppa on the shores of Loch Lubnaig to discover that I'd left all my maps at home. This put me in a bit of a mood but I remembered reading about a 'blue route' up Beinn ant-Sidhein from Strathyre that I could manage without OS assistance. Not what I wanted to do but at least it was something. I parked in Strathyre and walked for a short distance north up the road to cross the river on the left on a minor road to the school. Just at the bend was the blue marker showing a path up through the woods. I continued to follow these posts until I was out on the open hillside looking down on Loch Lubnaig.
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Looking down on Loch Lubnaig from the ascent of An Sidhean
The first target was the summit of An Sidhean - a rocky little knoll. There was still a path, this time marked by red/white tape on poles, which led pretty straightforwardly through the bracken and heather, becoming more distinct nearer the top.
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On An Sidhean looking over to Beinn ant-Sidhein
From this top, there was a drop to a fence, with a style, and a track led over an intermediate top to the summit with an impressive (NOT) cairn.
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On the summit (with the cairn?) looking over to the Graham, Creag Mhor
I just followed my route of ascent on the way down, popping up on to the rocky knoll again where there was an excellent flat-rock 'seat' for some tea and grub.
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Walking back over to An Sidhean
The day, though, wasn't finished with me. It was very midge back at the car and in the rush to get away, I left my two Leki walking poles behind in the car park. Ah well ... one man's loss ....
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Re: Beinn an t-Sidhein - one of these disastrous days!

Postby dogplodder » Thu Jul 09, 2015 2:33 pm

I can understand anyone leaving their poles escaping from a sustained midge attack. :wtf:
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Re: Beinn an t-Sidhein - one of these disastrous days!

Postby Sgurr » Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:37 am

Marker poles can be a great help. We were trying to get our heads round the convoluted directions as to how to get to North and South Lee on North Uist, when we saw a note that said that since 2014 marker poles had been in place. Hooray, no falling up to our waists in blanket bog (someone had pointed out this was a hazard), no going the wrong way round the many lochans and getting stuck. Just follow the yellow brick road . Shame about YOUR poles

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Re: Beinn an t-Sidhein - one of these disastrous days!

Postby rob munbett » Sat Jul 11, 2015 11:07 am

After all the years and all the hills, I felt like an absolute amateur - forgetting maps and losing poles. I'll just have to get back out again and forget about it!
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Re: Beinn an t-Sidhein - one of these disastrous days!

Postby kevsbald » Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:19 pm

Interesting wee pad.
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