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Jura's 4 Paps

Jura's 4 Paps

Postby m3doc » Thu Apr 28, 2016 11:07 pm

Route description: The Paps of Jura

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn an Òir

Grahams included on this walk: Beinn a' Chaolais, Beinn Shiantaidh

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Corra Bheinn (Jura)

Date walked: 23/04/2016

Time taken: 11.15 hours

Distance: 17.3 km

Ascent: 1731m

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Left Jura Hotel on e-bikes (one of us actually pedalling) 8.20 am and in 15 minutes and 5km (3 miles) had reached the start of walk at bridge over Corran River (space for parking beyond the bridge). The path starts at south side of bridge and over a stile. Even after 2 weeks dry weather it is boggy to mid-shin in places (as can be attested) so gaiters are a plus (also keeps scree stones out of boots). Poles too are helpful for vaulting and testing boggy parts though less so on boulder scree.

After 2km we left the path, dropping down over clumpy grass to the river, crossed without difficulty and making use of bits of path headed up NW passing false top cairn 100m before summit Corra Bheinn 573m in less than 2 hours. Views of the other 3 Paps are daunting.

The route down goes back south slightly then a path appears going down grassy slopes towards the lochans 310m thence an obvious rising path through heather contours southwest round below scree slopes of Beinn Shiantaidh but after a while leads up north to further scree not all of which can be avoided on patches of grass and short heather and quartzite boulders lead to summit 757m in another 2 hours.

Descent westwards down narrow ridge with short scrambly section a third of the way down to col 450m aiming for obvious grassy rake which rises north then steeply west up to ridge where are remains of 2 old stone shelters and 200m paved way south to summit cairns and triangulation pyramid of the corbett Beinn an Oir 785m.

The route south has no obvious path so after initial quartzite boulders, use of some grassy slopes aids descent with meandering lower down through broken crags to reach the col 370m. Keeping to the left of scree using some grass to get onto the east ridge to summit of Beinn a'Chaolais 733m.

Descent is back down the ridge but, where ascent route to ridge is met, continued east steeply down grass and short heather and eases off at 400m over grassy slopes picking up path on south side of Loch an t-Siob meeting up with ascent boggy track back to bridge and e-bkes 11 and 1/4 hours later. Hats off to the fell runners who add Bheinns Aonach, Glas and Dubh plus the 3 road miles in just over 3 hours - unbelievable!!!
Corran River bridge start with Beinn Shiantaidh & Corra Bheinn
Path rising up side of SE ridge of Corra Bheinn
Path on Beinn Shiantaidh rising through dark heather left of scree to skyline notch on photo
Approaching summit Corra Bheinn - descent on grassy slopes to left
Corra Bheinn false summit cairn with Beinns Shiantaidh & an Oir
Corra Bheinn false & true summit cairns
Corra Bheinn summit with Beinns Shiantaidh & an Oir
Lochan below Beinn Shiantaidh with path rising through heather to left of scree
Retrospect of Corra Bheinn descent route on grass & heather below cloud on photo & between lochans
Beinn Shiantaidh summit & Beinn a'Chaolais
Beinn Shiantaidh summit with Beinns a'Chaolais & an Oir
Beinn Shiantaidh summit & Beinn an Oir with grassy rake rising left to right skyline
Narrow descent ridge west to Beinn an Oir with path visible curling up through heather and grass rake rising steeply up to summit ridge 200m NE of summit
On Beinn an Oir's grassy rake with final rise going up left to skyline
Retrospect of Beinn Shiantaidh descent route
Beinn an Oir stone shelter and "driveway"
Beinn an Oir trig with Beinn a'Chaolais ascent route up left side of scree
Retrospect of Beinn an Oir descent left to right above individual then through broken crags
Beinn a'Chaolais summit
Beinn a'Chaolais summit with Beinns an Oir and Shiantaidh
Retrospect of descent of Beinn a'Chaolais via obvious short heather patch
Looking back with Beinn an Oir on right
Walk out path south side Loch an t-Siob

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Last edited by m3doc on Mon May 02, 2016 9:27 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Jura's 4 Paps

Postby Andymac75 » Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:36 am

What a great trek.And what a great place.
I've grown up looking at the Paps,and I really must do them.

Great report.
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Re: Jura's 4 Paps

Postby litljortindan » Sun May 01, 2016 9:24 pm

Looks like you got a great day there. Only been up Ben an Oir so good to see another report of some of the other Jura hills to inspire me to a return one day.
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