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A quick jaunt up Schiehallion

A quick jaunt up Schiehallion

Postby Driver84 » Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:59 pm

Route description: Schiehallion

Munros included on this walk: Schiehallion

Date walked: 24/07/2010

Time taken: 4 hours

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After all the recent downpours, and itching to get back out, we were looking for something with out a lot of grass to do and this was going to prove to be our best option.

An early leave got us at the Braes of Foss carpark at around 7:50, and by 8:05 we were locking up the car and making our way toward the new path.

The walk along the park was easy going up until the shieling, on the left of the path, and from here the path starts gaining altitude pretty quickly. A hectic few previous weekends on the bevvy and the increasing steepness of the path soon had us stopping for breath but this did allow us time for a couple of pictures of the developing views to the north.
Carn a' Chlamain on the left of Glen Tilt and Beinn A' Ghlo (Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain, Carn nan Gabhar, and Carn Laith) on the right

looking back down to the car park (behing the small tree plantation)

Within an hour we had reached the junction of the old path. From here the path became sketchy as many feet have taken various alterations to the route up, but it was still quite clearly defined.
The Lawers range, cloud covered, beyond the Glen Lyon range

Soon we had passed the horse-shoe shaped cairn, and we were still quickly making ground over the rocks and rubble. I have read various reviews talking of false summits and cairns, but to be honest I didn't recall seeing any of these. As the rocks underfoot increased in size the pace appeared to quicken further.
Walking up to the summit with the clouds rolling over the ridge

An hour and forty-five minutes later we had summited, and from here we enjoyed the hazy views that surrounded us.
At the summit looking west down Loch Rannoch

Loch Tummel and low cloud on the summit of Schiehallion.

After a quick bite to eat we headed off back down the rocky summit, which was considerably more difficult underfoot on the descent. By this time we were now beginning to pass fellow walkers all making their way up. The numbers were increasing the further we were getting down and soon it was a steady stream of walkers.

Reaching the shieling on which we had passed on the ascent our pace was to increase and without meaning it to be a rushed day we were back at the car within the four and a half hours.

All in all, a quite enjoyable walk up an easy going route and where the descent isn't too strenuous.

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