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Up by Glen Roy

Up by Glen Roy

Postby weaselmaster » Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:30 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Cnap Cruinn, Creag Dhubh (Glen Spean)

Date walked: 10/04/2016

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 31.3 km

Ascent: 1698m

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Back home for a day from Skye then back up the A82 for some Graham action. Allison was coming along for some low level walking as part of her rehab, miffed that I was continuing to bag Grahams without her, but there was just a bit much snow on the Munros you know :wink: I'd decided to tackle Cnap Cruinn from the Lairig Leacach, which would allow me to tag on another simm - the west top of Stob Coire Easian and would, I thought, make for a more scenic route than those from the north or east. Having passed the 1000 mark for simms, I need to start taking their collection more seriously :roll:

We camped at one of my favourite campsites, the lovely, friendly Bunroy. We could see the northern aspect of the hill from the campsite and I did, briefly, contemplate wading across the River Spean just outside the tent and heading up the hillside. Friday night was rainy after we went to bed and we woke to find the hillside covered in new snow. I set off in the car for Coire Choille farm and the cratered road up to the wee minister, having decided against my wet start option crossing the river. I could make out the rear of Cruach innse as a whitened mound up ahead - clouds were quite low, just skimming the top of the hill. The going was good underfoot and I made reasonable progress, past Cruach then Sgurr Innse, blackened and gnarled hill that it is. I was making for Bealach an Sgurr which was a bit boggy underfoot. Ahead of me was the white triangle of Stob Ban; over to my left the summit of Stob Coire Easian hove into view above the knobbly rise that was my initial target. Sugrr Innse was a shapely peak from this angle, rising as a rocky pyramid. I ascended steeply on wet grass up to the 662 spot and stopped for lunch. The weather had changed by this time, snow and hail keeping me company as I had my coffee.

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Cruach Innse
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Sgurr Innse
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Stob Ban
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Southern aspect of Sgurr Innse
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View over to the Grey Corries
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Snow comes on - must be lunchtime!
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From here my path took me down into Coire na Cabaig, passing round behind Sgurr Innse and onto flatter ground towards the brown rise of Cnap Cruinn. The Easains, on my right, appeared interesting from this approach, Stob Coire Easain having a long ridge, then the heavily snow laden high bealach between the two hills and the more rounded mass of Stob Coire Mheadoin. One to remember for another time perhaps. I crossed the Allt Ruidh Ghobhainm and started up the gentle heather clad slopes of Cnap Cruinn. It's quite a long hill from this direction but I finally spotted the pretty summit cairn.

Stob Ban
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View to Cnap Cruinn
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The east side of the Innses
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Almost at the top of Cnap Cruinn
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Summit Cairn
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Easains from Cruinn
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From here I continued NW over the adjacent summit of Beinn Chlainaig, another simm. Views continued to be special - the Easains and the Grey Corries both looking impressive. Next followed a long grassy descent off the NW shoulder of Chlainiag and round the northern side of Cnoc nan Ceann Mora, aiming for the parking spot on the other side of the Allt Leachdach. The sides of the river are steep - I found myself going through a gate to an intake - best avoided. The map also showed a dotted line of a dismantled railway that I thought I'd investigate - however unless you are much braver than me you would not choose to use the residual tracks to cross over :lol: I had to continue on about half a km to the north to find a spot where the gorge had become much shallower and the river crossing was accomplished without mishap. A thoroughly enjoyable walk today.

Over to Beinn Chlainaig
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Southern pano
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Aonach Mhor
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River crossing option for James Bond types
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River crossing for mortals
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Fungus interlude
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We had good enough weather to be able to sit outside for a bit at the campsite, enjoying the sinking sun reflected in the calm waters of the River Spean and the milling around of the resident ducks. A cold but dry night followed.

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Sunday's adventure concerned Creag Dhubh on the other side of the A86. I'd contemplated several options for this one, including Graeme D's route from earlier this week. However, Allison had been out exploring the road to Bohenie whilst I was up Cnap Cruinn and it seemed quite possible to do the hill from that side - it would also mean that she could accompany me for part of the walk, which would be nice for a change :wink: So we packed up the tent and left the site to park a short distance up the Bohenie road. You could shorten the walk by :wink: driving up to Bohenie if wished, but we enjoyed the walk along a very quiet road. As we slowly gained height the hills of Glen Roy came into view - Leanna Mhor and one of the Carn Deargs. At Bohenie the road continues as a forestry track. The views behind, of the Corries and the Aonachs were fine.

Approaching Bohenie
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View back to the Aonachs/Corries
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Glen Roy hills
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At around the 267m spot height I struck off SE heading for the shoulder of Meallan Odhar whilst Allison continued along the track. Wearing approach shoes rather than boots, I had the delights of icy water soaking my toes as I crossed the tussocky, boggy ground. Ascent was fair and before too long I was at the top of Meallan Odhar looking across at the body of Creag Dhubh. A little more effort had me at the trig point - good views back to the Easains/ Aonachs and ahead to Beinn Teallach and Beinn a'Chaorainn. It was a fine day to be out, T Shirt weather. From the summit I came off NW aiming for the plantation to the east of Bohenie. The going was a bit wet, and when I got down to the deer fence by the plantation, wetter still. I caught up with Allison as we neared Bohenie and we had a bite to eat before heading back to the car. Her walking - at least on the flat - has definately eased in the last fortnight, so here's hoping for further recovery that gets her back up hills soon.

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Meallan Odhar
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Creag Dhubh
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Beinn teallach/Beinn a'Chaorainn
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summit Creag Dhubh
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