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Slight detour on Beinn Mholach

Slight detour on Beinn Mholach


Postby past my sell by date » Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:31 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Mholach

Date walked: 09/05/2016

Time taken: 7.25 hours

Distance: 22.2 km

Ascent: 694m

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I visited Dalnaspidal last spring and climbed the two nearby Corbetts in rather dull conditions. Now I was back to do Beinn Mholach. There is a thriving wetland community here - a couple of dozen Greylag geese flew off as I went through the "field" gate and oystercatchers and lapwings kept buzzing around.
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Dalnaspidal from the slopes of Meall nan Leitreach
All down the side of loch Garry are thriving enclosures of trees - both pines and broadleaves. It just goes to show what can be achieved even at this height if you can cut out the grazing.
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looking back
Beyond the loch the track heads into a large flat area where it is hard to follow among the inumerable vehicle tracks. There was a lot of noise, and a hoard of yellow monsters soon appeared tearing up the land. I seem to find them everywhere :(
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unfortunately this shapely little hill is not the Graham Creag a Mhadaidh - which is a dull lump on its L

Not having read the excellent WH account which is of great help here, I went went too far R , missed the bridge over the Allt Shallainn and followed a large track heading W beside it. It went through a deer fenced enclosure with a lot of very healthy looking new trees :) Eventually It came out the far side and I managed to cross the river dryshod just beyond
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Healthy scots pine - there were broad leaves as well
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Looking W up the river - I crossed just here
I headed diagonally L up the heathery hillside, - good views NW to Stob Aonach Mhoir, soon reached the flat ground around Creag nan Gabhar and followed the faint path to Beinn Mholach - the massive cairn being visible from afar. The views particularly S and W ere very hazy
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Stob Aonoch Mhoir
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Heading towards the top
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Now that's what you call a cairn :)
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Schiehallion and Loch Rannoch
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NE to the Drumochter hills
I retraced my steps taking a direct line from Creag Gabhar towards the bridge. and walked back to the car.
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Loch Errochty - for one awful moment I thought that was the loch I was walking back to :lol:
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Loch Garry appears
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Yellow monstesr at work - permission has been given to abstract water from the Allt Shallain :(
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The river from the bridge - I wonder how much longer it will stay like this
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Re: Slight detour on Beinn Mholach

Postby Bothybob » Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:15 pm

Was surprised also to see the construction traffic and spoke to the man in charge who informed me that they are building a mini hydro scheme using the water from the two rivers and burying the cable down to Annat on Loch Rannoch side, I think we have had the best of the area
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Re: Slight detour on Beinn Mholach

Postby Graeme D » Wed Jun 01, 2016 10:37 pm

Yes, that's a cairn with very few equals. 8)
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Re: Slight detour on Beinn Mholach

Postby past my sell by date » Wed Jun 01, 2016 11:27 pm

Bothybob wrote:Was surprised also to see the construction traffic and spoke to the man in charge who informed me that they are building a mini hydro scheme using the water from the two rivers and burying the cable down to Annat on Loch Rannoch side, I think we have had the best of the area

Yes I seem to see the yellow monsters everywhere - even the Iconic "Road to the Isles" track from near Rannoch station had been ruined when I did Beinn Pharlagain, though enquries to Perth and Kinnross council showed that the contractors were obliged to return it eventually to its original state - thank god
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Re: Slight detour on Beinn Mholach

Postby Bothybob » Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:15 pm

You only have to go to Corrour to see the upheaval on that estate as they are installing at least 3 mini hydros
I suppose those are better visually than wind turbines
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Re: Slight detour on Beinn Mholach

Postby Gordie12 » Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:40 pm

Good timing, I'm hoping to do this hill this month so good to see a recent report on it.

Looked like a great day.
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Re: Slight detour on Beinn Mholach

Postby past my sell by date » Thu Jun 02, 2016 11:21 pm

Gordie12 wrote:Good timing, I'm hoping to do this hill this month so good to see a recent report on it.

Looked like a great day.

Yes - but it is quite a long walk even if you avoid any detours :lol: The key is to stay on the flat ground beyond the loch and not be tempted to follow tracks up to the R
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Re: Slight detour on Beinn Mholach

Postby BlackPanther » Fri Jun 03, 2016 9:49 am

That cairn... I propped myself against it and tore my trousers all the way across my bum :lol: :lol:

Luckily, it was in winter time so I had leggins underneath. And we were alone on this route that day, so nobody saw my humiliation...
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Re: Slight detour on Beinn Mholach

Postby rockhopper » Fri Jun 03, 2016 1:07 pm

Great set of photos - nice hill to get a good feeling of remoteness. Certainly a long walk in - being a bit lazy, think I'd have taken a bike if not doing a circuit. Walked the first hour or so down the loch in the dark and can well remember hearing all the birds even at that time - cheers :)
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Re: Slight detour on Beinn Mholach

Postby past my sell by date » Fri Jun 03, 2016 1:48 pm

Thanks all :)
Yes it is a magnificent cairn - despite its agressive trouser ripping behaviour :lol: :lol: It must have taken a considerable effort to build - I wonder why it was done
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