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by Benaden887 » Tue Mar 29, 2016 2:55 pm
Grahams included on this walk: Beinn Damhain
Date walked: 14/02/2016
Time taken: 4.5 hours
Distance: 12 km
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Sun./snow and ice. I leave a cleared M9 for Braco and Glen Artney to climb the northern pair of grahams across ruchill water. A email from Mike suggests snow level @ 450m last week. Bang ! Heavy blanket snow covers the terrain - makes for careful driving. There`s been no traffic on this B827 so slow going till I meet a 4x4, then the way becomes easier. The turn off to the narrow glen road shows tractor tracks cutting thro deep snow - not wishing to get stuck - its plan B - Glen Falloch farm for Beinn Damhain.- the going will be easier here with the snowline up at 340m. 3 cars parked at the start of my walk, I make it 4, a guy and two women on my side as I squeeze in between them and the road. This group are doing the Corbett Meall an Fhudair - as it seems is everyone else. Chews me off to know for extra mileage I could have covered both these hills when I climbed the corbett - and ditto them when doing the munros - hindsight - a wonderful thing. A brief chat and they`re away over the gate. Geared up , the walkin is easy up the track - the highland coos that haunt this route are safe below in the farmers field - cross railway bridge-under plyons to where the track splits @210m. Left turn and great views over Lomond, ben and loch the hills of Falloch , now behind me as I follow the track around the side of Troisgeach and @ 333m meet the concrete dam water inflow structure that thro tunnels in the hills feeds Loch Sloy and the power station at Inverglas.- the ingenuity of our fore fathers never ceases to amaze me. - cross burn and head up over frozen ground then snow to the white dome that is the top of Damhain.- the higher I climb - the freshness and clarity shows all the surrounding peaks from Ben Lui to Ben More Over high ground and crags til I reach the base of the snow covered top.- It`s steepish - I could go round to easier ground, but heck! havn`t done this for a while. Check the snow with my leather boot - it`s hard neve- shorten the poles, attack the face for a 50m climb. I kick steps and use the poles - crossing upwards avoiding ice runs until I gain the top - a flatish area with a triangle of stones signal I`m there - Great fun - jist like the old days - and great views - Oss Lui Vorlich and the rest - cloud drapes over More and Stobinnian - below me the lochan of Damhain, sparkles in the sun - my route down and back to the car - A sunny day with no heat - cold wind keeps you moving - cloud from the east - short breaks and a good day, which was long enough - seen enroute - mountain hares, odd birds, coos and a small group of deer with watching stag herding his hareem into the trees Seen noone on the hill till back at the car - 2 guys ignoring each other - I nod and wave - no response - strange folk these hillwalkers
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