Knoydart and the Rough Bounds day 4 - Ladhar Bheinn is fab
by mrssanta » Wed Jul 22, 2015 3:32 pm
Munros included on this walk: Ladhar Bheinn
Date walked: 06/07/2015
Time taken: 9.45 hours
Distance: 13 km
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here is the link to day 3. http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=54410
The original version of this trip had involved starting from Kinlochhourn and doing the circuit of Coire Dhorrchail anticlockwise, but after a bit of reading of books and trip reports it seemed more sensible to do it this way, doing the more difficult scrambly bits in ascent and having already eaten three days' worth of our food so leaving our packs a little lighter.
We had a beautiful spot to sit and eat breakfast and watch the clouds waft in and out of the amazing corrie opposite (between Meall Buidhe and Luinne Bheinn) but eventually we had to pack up the house and set off.
We decided to head back to the top of the pass where we had noticed a path setting off up towards Ladhar Bheinn but this path seemed to last all of twenty metres before disappearing into a bog.
Ah well, we thought, so we set off on a rough bearing into Coire a' Phuill (bog corrie) heading for the slope up to Stob a'Chearcaill where we thought we had seen a gap where we hoped to get up the steep cliff. The bearing weaved about a bit as we dodged bogs, but it was not long before we could see where we were heading for and it looked impassable from a distance with cliffs and waterfalls at the bottom of our target. But as we got closer we could see that there was a possible route right up at the eastern edge of the cliff. There was a short, steep scramble and then a path traversing nicely across the slope to pt.849 at the eastern end of Aonach Sgoilte.
We had our first snack stop just below the ridge line here and sat in the sun thinking it might just count as summer!
From this point there is another 1.5km of lumpy ridge with several ups and downs and quite a lot of hands on scrambling in short bursts, with one or two moves which are slightly tricky, especially with a full pack. We met a gentleman coming the opposite way, with an enormous rucksack, and were glad we had decided to go clockwise (less uphill, less down-scrambling).
It was a fresh, breezy sunny day with excellent visibility and we stopped for a second lunch in a sheltered glade just before the final push to the summit.
What views from the summit and we were so pleased that it was a clear day for this most majestic of mountains.
And now we had the treat of walking along the airy ridge of Stob a'Choire Odhar. Nothing at all difficult but you get a feeling of being on top of everything, with great views of the cliffs of Coire Dhorrcail and the way we came, right into the hills to the south of Loch Quoich, with a real sense of satisfaction and achievement.
The path down the ridge eventually peters out and we declared UDI and took our own route down the grassy slope into the coire where a confluence of burns marks the start of the Stalkers path down into Barrisdale. This path was boggy at first but soon became another of these beautifully constructed, well graded paths that we were so grateful for.
This brought us right down to Barrisdale Bay where suddenly we were confronted by midges. By this time it was clouding over with spits of rain but fortunately it never came to anything and by the time we had walked around Barrisdale Bay the rain had gone. We chose not to camp at the site because we didn't have any money with us and didn't know if there was a charge. Also we are a bit antisocial and like to be on our own. We found a lovely camping spot on the machair not far from the track and out of sight of the estate house. There was enough breeze to keep the midges away while we enjoyed our tea and watched a ringed plover sitting on its nest.
So, again, there was evening, and there was morning, and that was the fourth day.
When we walked out the next day we came across a polite sign asking people coming in from Kinlochhourn not to camp anywhere (particularly the sea shore!) except at the campsite. The explanation was to preserve the wildness and to avoid disturbing wildlife which makes perfect sense. There were no such signs when we came the other way and we felt very guilty and hope that we didn't frighten off the plover.
The campsite, for info, costs £1each per night so if we go again we will definitely take some pennies with us. The bothy is £3 per night
here is the link to day 5 http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=54435
by Mal Grey » Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:57 pm
What a trek.
We had a beautiful spot to sit and eat breakfast and watch the clouds waft in and out of the amazing corrie opposite
I remember looking at Coireachan Leacach from Loony Bin, and thinking what an incredible place it was.
by ancancha » Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:27 pm
Summit to sea
by dav2930 » Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:12 pm
by basscadet » Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:36 am
by Alteknacker » Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:40 pm
I love the view looking out from your camp site in the morning - doesn't get better than this
by mrssanta » Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:51 pm
Mal Grey wrote:I remember looking at Coireachan Leacach from Loony Bin, and thinking what an incredible place it was.
I could have sat and looked at it all day -but I think the midges would have got me in the end!
oh yes sea and mountains what could be better?ancancha wrote:A better day for you and the views are fabulous.
Summit to sea
dav2930 wrote:Magnificent. That's a steep hill to climb with a big back-pack! Well done.
thanks. bit bonkers really but it's the only way to get round the hills when you have all that way to come
basscadet wrote:So glad you got a good day for it.. Its never been clear when I've been in Knoydart, but maybe one day
one day I'm sure. worth going back for anyway
Alteknacker wrote:Great that you had another day of good weather - I'm sure it wasn't forecast to be such on MWIS!!!
the good thing about being out of contact for a few days is you don't get a forecast and you just get what you're given - but I think we picked the best week by the sounds of it!
by gammy leg walker » Fri Jul 24, 2015 8:20 pm
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