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Snow, cornices & rock makes Beinn a'Chaorainn looks great...

Snow, cornices & rock makes Beinn a'Chaorainn looks great...


Postby Petr Dakota » Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:33 pm

Route description: Beinn a'Chaorainn and Beinn Teallach

Munros included on this walk: Beinn a'Chaorainn (Glen Spean), Beinn Teallach

Date walked: 12/04/2016

Time taken: 5.54 hours

Distance: 18.01 km

Ascent: 1198m

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Rain forecast for the East, Central and South-West made the choice for the two Munros from Glen Spean as there was chance to get a dry day with good visibility North of Fort William despite the strong winds... :roll: :)
My day off work in week day means to get back home early, hard to get far away to North. Originally I planned Torridon with a start at 00:45 am from home, but more circumstances changed it for Glen Spean - my plan B.
Woke up at 02:15, I left home around 03:15 am heading North via Stirling, Perth and Dalwhinnie...
Enjoying the driving in morning's silence, listening music and thinking about a lot of things made the distance seem shorter :)


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Sunrise during my way between Dalwhinnie and Loch laggan


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Arrived around 06:00, parked my car in the wee parking place just before the gate


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Started my walk just before 6:15, nice to see the daylight getting longer every day now :wink:


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The innitial way


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Need to turn left at this junction and follow the track for a short distance until a wee cairn shows the shortcut into the forest. I dont know why I ignored the junction at first and continued still the wide road until I checked my position and turned back :lol: :lol: :lol:


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Here is the point - the very small cairn where you can turn into forest...


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The entrance into the forest...


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...and the exit from the forest


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Looking back to the ladder over the fence


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Looking back from higher level


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...and higher. Here I removed my insulated jacket from rucksack and used for rest of the walk as the wind was really strong and cold. :shock: :crazy:


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Almost on the top


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The main summit of Beinn a'Chaorainn ahead


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Looking back to South near the edge


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Beinn a'Chaorainn summit


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Some nice cornices all the walk along the edge


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White...white...white :crazy:


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I did not follow the usual route here and decided to continue along the cliffs to get more views from the north - rocky side and I was surprised how the Beinn a'Chaorainn looks great from this side, especially in winter condition 8) :D


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Happy for the views and without any regrets for some extra but short distance, I turned back and joined the usual route ( even pathless here ) for the descend...to connect my second target Beinn Teallach




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Still a lot of snow on the top near the summit

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Nice snowy slopes



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Beinn Teallach summit(s)


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...and the snow between them


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Nice summit cairn


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Loch Treig zoomed from the summit


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The way down


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Looking back to the summit


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Beinn a'Chaorainn over the Glen


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Grey Corries and Aonachs zoomed


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Easains...


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Zoomed

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Almost in the bottom

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Crossing point

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Almost in the car park


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Back there shortly after 12:00, the gate was opened now, but I did not see anyone on the hills...probably workers somewhere in the forest.


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I had a company shortly before I left the place :D


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As the forecast said before...the weather was better on the hills...rainy Central belt :crazy: :D


Back home before 15:00, always nice to have plenty of time after a mountain's trip :wink:
Last edited by Petr Dakota on Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:59 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Snow, cornices & rock makes Beinn a'Chaorainn looks grea

Postby jamesb63 » Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:32 pm

Another nice report Petr with some super photos
and the weather looked good for you also :clap: :clap:
I really admire your pics all the time
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Re: Snow, cornices & rock makes Beinn a'Chaorainn looks grea

Postby Cairngorm creeper » Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:36 pm

Enjoyed your report and pictures, especailly the whit, white white white.
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Re: Snow, cornices & rock makes Beinn a'Chaorainn looks grea

Postby Petr Dakota » Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:48 pm

jamesb63 wrote:Another nice report Petr with some super photos
and the weather looked good for you also :clap: :clap:
I really admire your pics all the time


Cairngorm creeper wrote:Enjoyed your report and pictures, especailly the whit, white white white.



Thank you both...I appreciate :D
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Re: Snow, cornices & rock makes Beinn a'Chaorainn looks grea

Postby McMonty » Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:26 pm

Just missed you, went past that way around 6.30 on my way to the Loch Lochy pair. You chose wisely, I didn't see a thing from the bealach up due to clag.

Nice pictures, well done.
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Re: Snow, cornices & rock makes Beinn a'Chaorainn looks grea

Postby ancancha » Thu Apr 14, 2016 11:07 pm

Those cornices look fabulous 8)
Pied wagtails are great, loads of them in Ireland :D
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Re: Snow, cornices & rock makes Beinn a'Chaorainn looks grea

Postby onsen » Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:56 am

It pays to have a 'Plan B'... lovely wander, Petr. :thumbup:
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Re: Snow, cornices & rock makes Beinn a'Chaorainn looks grea

Postby Jaxter » Fri Apr 15, 2016 7:54 am

Very nice - I've still to do these so good to see what I'll probably miss in views :lol:

I've often come home to a horrible rainy Glasgow after a wonderful day in the hills. Vice versa as well sadly... :shock:
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Re: Snow, cornices & rock makes Beinn a'Chaorainn looks grea

Postby Petr Dakota » Mon Apr 18, 2016 1:20 pm

McMonty wrote:Just missed you, went past that way around 6.30 on my way to the Loch Lochy pair. You chose wisely, I didn't see a thing from the bealach up due to clag.

Nice pictures, well done.

Thank you :D Pity you had not the views on the Loch Lochy duo, hope you will get clear views on your next trip

ancancha wrote:Those cornices look fabulous 8)
Pied wagtails are great, loads of them in Ireland :D

Thank you Craig, the cornices looks fabulous, but better to keep the safe distance :D

onsen wrote:It pays to have a 'Plan B'... lovely wander, Petr. :thumbup:

Thank you :D Sometime also plan C & D is necessary, especially when the weather is changing so quickly :wink:

Jaxter wrote:Very nice - I've still to do these so good to see what I'll probably miss in views :lol:

I've often come home to a horrible rainy Glasgow after a wonderful day in the hills. Vice versa as well sadly... :shock:

Thank you :D Hope you will not miss the views there :wink:
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Re: Snow, cornices & rock makes Beinn a'Chaorainn looks grea

Postby dogplodder » Mon Apr 18, 2016 5:04 pm

Good report. You wouldn't want to be walking too close to those cornices! :shock:
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Re: Snow, cornices & rock makes Beinn a'Chaorainn looks grea

Postby Petr Dakota » Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:19 pm

dogplodder wrote:Good report. You wouldn't want to be walking too close to those cornices! :shock:

Thank you :D It maybe looks closer than it was, I kept the safe distance :D
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Re: Snow, cornices & rock makes Beinn a'Chaorainn looks grea

Postby Happyfeet » Sat Apr 23, 2016 5:17 pm

:o looked like some super hours spend on the hill :D
nice cornices too !!

Thanks for sharing Petr
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Re: Snow, cornices & rock makes Beinn a'Chaorainn looks grea

Postby The Rodmiester » Sat Apr 23, 2016 7:20 pm

Some very useful info within your report there Petr, excellent stuff. Nice photographs of the snow cornices, glad you got off the hill in the dry.
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Re: Snow, cornices & rock makes Beinn a'Chaorainn looks grea

Postby Petr Dakota » Sun Apr 24, 2016 8:58 pm

Happyfeet wrote::o looked like some super hours spend on the hill :D
nice cornices too !!

Thanks for sharing Petr



The Rodmiester wrote:Some very useful info within your report there Petr, excellent stuff. Nice photographs of the snow cornices, glad you got off the hill in the dry.


Thank you Emmelie & Rod :D
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