walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

MAKE MINE ANOTHER BIG WHITBREAD

MAKE MINE ANOTHER BIG WHITBREAD


Postby magicdin » Sat Jul 17, 2010 12:27 pm

Munros included on this walk: A' Mhaighdean, Ruadh Stac Mor

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Dearg Bheag, Beinn Dearg Mor

Date walked: 11/07/2010

1 person thinks this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

PART 2

Monday 12th
THE RIGHT DATE FOR A WALK ?
Pared down the gear in my rucsac as much as possible for the walk into the bothy.
Not as early a start as planned - told the lassie at the hostel I was heading for Carnmore
Oh there’s heavy thunderstorms forecast she said - Och well I’ve got my waterproofs.
As it turned out I hardly needed them.
Set off from the car park just before nine for the walk round to Kernsary and through the forest.
A mild morning with heavy spits of rain which did have the feeling of thunder about them.
Not heavy enough to think of putting the jacket on - didn’t fancy a self generated sauna.
Just at Loch Kernsary I caught a sudden flash of red to my left - Fox I thought right away
But it wasn’t - It was a small Roe deer hind - but very very red.

Through the forest on the newer/higher line of the track,over the stile and onto the moorland.
The rain hadn’t come to anything - just continual heavy spots which were really cooling and welcome.
Carried on to the high point and stopped for a wee break.
Image
Looking to Carnmore Crag and A'Mhaighdean
Image
Beinn Lair in the distance
This is really an excellent path now down towards Carnmore - not the mudfest I remembered on my first trip down it in 1993. The estate really deserves some plaudits.
Crossing the causeway it felt a bit cooler - thought it was just because I was next to the open loch.
But looking up to A’Maighdean I could see the clouds just catching the top, so rain not far away.
Made good time down to the bothy,which was empty,getting there just before 1pm.
Minutes after arriving the heavens opened and it rained heavily for the next hour.
The bothy is just a basic shelter with a single skin steel roof - and the rain was really clattering on it.
Had a coffee and settled down on my sleeping bag and had a wee nap.
Just after two the rain eased and it looked a bit brighter so got my rucsac packed for the hill.
Set off at 2.30 with jacket on but climbing the stalkers path I was just too warm so took it back off again.
This path takes you quickly up and round to Lochan Feith Mhic-illean and the start of the track up into the corrie. Got up the bealach below Ruadh Stac Mor in just under two hours.
The weather was now really fine - dry,warm but with a nice breeze - great walking conditions
Image
Looking up to Ruadh Stac Mor
Image
And A'Mhaighdean
Image
Fuar Loch Mor
After a drink I set off up to RSM on the rough zig zag path through the crags and then through the boulder field to the summit cairn.Took a few photos and then back down passing the MANY marker cairns on the way.
Image
Image
Image
Another wee break and then the plod up to A’Mhaighdean disturbing a mountain hare on the way up .
Oh what a summit,Oh what a viewpoint - Is it the best in Scotland - Gets my vote
A’Mhaighdean - The Maiden - is a hill of note for me - Ach I just love the hill
My third visit and the third time she has rewarded me with great weather and wonderful views
Brought back memories

Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah !

First Visit
Easter Sunday 1993 - This was the day I compleated my first round of the Munros
Had walked in to the bothy the night before on a raw,chilly April evening feeling not too good
Suffering from flu type symptoms my meal that night consisted of a lemsip
The Sunday morning was bright so set off at the back of six - Ruadh Stac Mor and then A’Mhaighdean for ten o’clock.
Sat taking in the scenery for a good hour with beautiful views out to Poolewe
To celebrate my compleation took out my hip flask for a dram.
Lifted it to my lips but YUCH just couldnae stomach it - me refuse whisky - jings I must have been ill.
Walked out that afternoon and round to Ullapool and had a meal in The Ferry Boat Inn
And in my bed for 8.30




Second Visit
July 1997 - reached A’Mhaighdean mid afternoon - fifth on my round of the six from Shenavall
On a very warm summers day
There was another lone walker at the summit who asked me to take his photo at the cairn
It was of course his compleation hill
After I took the photo he produced a bottle of whisky and offered me a dram.
Springbank it was - good stuff
So it turned out that I had my dram at the top of A’Mhaighdean after all.


Woke up, fell out of bed,
Dragged a comb across my head
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup,
And looking up I noticed I was late.
Found my coat and grabbed my hat
Made the bus in seconds flat
Found my way upstairs and had a smoke,
and Somebody spoke and I went into a dream

Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah ! --------------


Oops sorry about that - where were we

Today again the views were terrific,some photos
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
No dram at the top today, but I had one waiting for me at the bothy.
I was a bit tired so rather than go down the north west ridge I opted to go back down by the bealach and the path. Had a look at the howff on the way back down
Image

Image
Fuar Loch Mor again
Image
Dubh Loch
Image
Dubh Loch and Fionn Loch


our_route.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts



Back at the bothy at 8 o’clock.
Had the place to myself - had something to eat - and a dram - and sat reading the log book
Recognised a couple of names from Scottish Hills
Last entry was by a group of fishermen who had brought a new first aid kit into the bothy.
Must have been them who left the can of lager - cheers lads
Not T in the Park but T in the Barn
Late evening went outside and took this photo towards Beinn Airigh Charr
Image



Tuesday 13th
RED FACE ON THE DEARGS
Had a good sleep but again didn’t start as early as I wanted
The pads of both my feet were feeling a bit tender,the left especially - so applied some compeed.
Away at the back of eight,up the stalkers path again and through towards Loch Beinn Dearg.
Past Lochan Feith Mhic-illean walking along deep in thought,I didn’t notice the couple coming the other way who were suddenly right in front of me.
They had been camping and were heading for the two Munros.

Image
Beinn Dearg Bheag in the distance
Image
Beinn Dearg Mor

I suppose we all split our walks into different legs - In my mind I had split this one into eight
Up the stalkers path to the lochan
Through to the drop down to Loch Beinn Dearg
Up past the loch to the bealach
Up and down Beinn Dearg Mor
Up and down Beinn Dearg Bheag
Reverse legs 3,2,1



Leg 3 was the one I didnae really fancy - I don’t like these rises up long featureless grassy slopes.
Rough enough walking it was,grass,heather,broken rock, but in the end was,nt too bad.
Got to the bealach just after 11.00 and had a good rest.
Directly below Beinn Dearg Mor headed there first - 1000 feet to go up and down
Steep climb but with an easy enough path to follow
This summit definitely vies with A’Mhaighdean as a spectacular viewpoint
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image

Back down at the bealach and again not wanting to lug the rucsac up the hill I looked for a prominent rock to leave it at.
Soon enough at the top and a wee insignificant cairn.Could see a figure at top of BDM
Image
Image
Image
Image

Two wonderful hills,I felt a bit of a cheat in approaching them from this less than adventurous route
I really was just “bagging” them., but hey was I also glad to get them done.
Pedant to the end I remembered that this was hill 499 out of 504 (Munros + Corbetts) on the double round I started out on in 2002 - seemed a good idea at the time. :?
Headed back down to pick up the bag - now then what prominent rock was that again.
Jings they all look the same - but after five minutes and a bit of head scratching I got back to the sack.
Hands up all that have done that.
As I left the bealach I gave a wave to the walker coming down from BDM - must have been the person I had seen on top - don’t know if he saw me

our_route.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts



Back at the bothy at 5.30 I swithered about walking out - had plenty of time - but I was tired and my feet were sore again - so settled down for another night.
Still had plenty of food and enough whisky to keep me going - Had the place to myself again but I wouldn’t have minded if somebody had arrived for a bit of craic.
Started reading my book about Swedish lassies - but only got as far as Drymen before my eyes were closing.

The wind really got up in the early hours and the roof sheets were creaking and rattling good style.
Earplugs in I had a great sleep.

Wednesday 14th
QUIET WALK OUT
Packed up and was away just after 8 o’clock
Took some extra rubbish with me
For anyone who hasn’t been there and wondering about Carnmore Barn - well it is very basic but wind and watertight. And it is close to the hills
Took some photos
Image
Image
Image
Cryptic comment I think by the Fishermen
Image

Image
Leaving the bothy and the lodge
Image
Back over the causeway and along the track below Meall Meinidh and Beinn Airidh Charr.
I was thinking that this area would be ideal Eagle territory.Steep crags overlooking moorland with plentiful lochs - must be teaming with wildlife - so I kept looking up
It was then that I realised that since leaving the bothy some two hours earlier that I had not seen or even heard one single bird - no not a thing - strange - not even a crow to be seen up on the crags.
Image
Last look back

As I was approaching the edge of the forest the rain started - but it was the same as the walk in - just heavy drops of rain - cooling and refreshing - and feeling in the need of a good wash also cleansing.
Walking through the forest I met a red deer hind - funny how they always have that last look over the shoulder before prancing off.

Last bit out from Kernsary is a pleasant walk especially along by the river - back 12 noon

Not much later the heavens opened again - I really was lucky in dodging the worst of the weather

Wash - change - pint - food - home

Whitbread Wilderness/Fisherfield Munros and Corbetts climbed - Happy with that :D

Will I go round the Fisherfield hills again ? - Doubt it.
Will I go back to A’Mhaighdean - AYE YOU BET !
Last edited by magicdin on Thu Nov 11, 2010 6:01 pm, edited 3 times in total.
User avatar
magicdin
Rambler
 
Posts: 2653
Munros:282   Corbetts:222
Grahams:109   Donalds:23
Sub 2000:13   Hewitts:24
Wainwrights:10   
Joined: Aug 11, 2008

Re: MAKE MINE ANOTHER BIG WHITBREAD

Postby skuk007 » Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:33 pm

Another great report magicdin with lots to look at.

That bothy looks really really basic. Not sure I'd be able to sleep somewhere like that. I expect it gets spectacularly dark at night. Not scared of the dark, just what might be prowling about in it! :)
User avatar
skuk007
Hill Bagger
 
Posts: 1419
Munros:44   
Hewitts:8
Wainwrights:16   
Joined: Aug 24, 2009
Location: Bristol

Re: MAKE MINE ANOTHER BIG WHITBREAD

Postby walk aboot » Sat Jul 17, 2010 9:07 pm

Top report magicdin :D .


I love reports like this - with all the extra bits about the things you do/wonder/notice :thumbup:



The howff and the barn photos are great too.
User avatar
walk aboot
 
Posts: 2465
Munros:36   Corbetts:4
Donalds:1
Hewitts:2
Wainwrights:2   Islands:27
Joined: Feb 12, 2009
Location: Glasgow

Re: MAKE MINE ANOTHER BIG WHITBREAD

Postby magicdin » Sat Jul 17, 2010 9:14 pm

skuk007 wrote:Another great report magicdin with lots to look at.

That bothy looks really really basic. Not sure I'd be able to sleep somewhere like that. I expect it gets spectacularly dark at night. Not scared of the dark, just what might be prowling about in it! :)


There was mention in the bothy log about some giant mouse or something - did'nt see it


walk aboot wrote:Top report magicdin :D .


I love reports like this - with all the extra bits about the things you do/wonder/notice :thumbup:


I wonder as I wander

cheers WA
User avatar
magicdin
Rambler
 
Posts: 2653
Munros:282   Corbetts:222
Grahams:109   Donalds:23
Sub 2000:13   Hewitts:24
Wainwrights:10   
Joined: Aug 11, 2008

Re: MAKE MINE ANOTHER BIG WHITBREAD

Postby mountain coward » Sat Jul 17, 2010 9:32 pm

Yeah definitely another great report and photos - especially enjoyed seeing inside Carnmore Barn (might have a visit myself) and Beinns Dearg Mhor and Bheag... When I do the Beinn Deargs, I'll definitely be going the coward's route up the back to the col! Were the paths up to the 2 summits horribly steep and loose? I heard rumours they were :o
mountain coward
 

Re: MAKE MINE ANOTHER BIG WHITBREAD

Postby magicdin » Sat Jul 17, 2010 9:35 pm

mountain coward wrote:Yeah definitely another great report and photos - especially enjoyed seeing inside Carnmore Barn (might have a visit myself) and Beinns Dearg Mhor and Bheag... When I do the Beinn Deargs, I'll definitely be going the coward's route up the back to the col! Were the paths up to the 2 summits horribly steep and loose? I heard rumours they were :o


No - just steep zig zag paths - having read your reports methinks you would be OK :)
User avatar
magicdin
Rambler
 
Posts: 2653
Munros:282   Corbetts:222
Grahams:109   Donalds:23
Sub 2000:13   Hewitts:24
Wainwrights:10   
Joined: Aug 11, 2008

Re: MAKE MINE ANOTHER BIG WHITBREAD

Postby mountain coward » Sat Jul 17, 2010 9:41 pm

Great - might need another trip to Shenaval then :D

I'm thinking you must have gone up Ruadh Stac Mhor on a slightly different line to the one we came down - looks to be far more grass on your craggy bit and our route down the crag definitely finished (at the cairn) with a traverse across the scree (would be to the left looking up), never saw any cairns in the boulderfield - the only one I saw was at the bottom of the craggy bit... I suppose there's lots of routes up and down it in reality though
mountain coward
 

Re: MAKE MINE ANOTHER BIG WHITBREAD

Postby magicdin » Sat Jul 17, 2010 9:46 pm

It is always easier when you go up to start with (I think you only went down) - that way you can't miss the right line
It is directly up and down from the wee cairn at the bealach - but hey you did it after all
User avatar
magicdin
Rambler
 
Posts: 2653
Munros:282   Corbetts:222
Grahams:109   Donalds:23
Sub 2000:13   Hewitts:24
Wainwrights:10   
Joined: Aug 11, 2008

Re: MAKE MINE ANOTHER BIG WHITBREAD

Postby mountain coward » Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:28 pm

Fully agree about it being much easier to go up scrambly bits - that way you can see where you should be going - from above it just looked horribly vertical so I spent most of my time averting my eyes and getting my poor companion, Mike, to scout it out - he did an excellent job! :D
mountain coward
 

Re: MAKE MINE ANOTHER BIG WHITBREAD

Postby litljortindan » Sun Mar 20, 2016 12:51 am

A great hill indeed. Already looking forward to a return.
User avatar
litljortindan
Walker
 
Posts: 1728
Munros:111   Corbetts:55
Grahams:26   Donalds:1
Sub 2000:47   Hewitts:12
Wainwrights:10   
Joined: Dec 11, 2011

1 person thinks this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).



Walkhighlands community forum is now advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: xtina89 and 47 guests