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Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain - 15/05/11

Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain - 15/05/11

Postby M4RTIN » Tue Aug 23, 2016 12:29 pm

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Tulaichean, Cruach Àrdrain

Date walked: 15/05/2011

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 21 km

Ascent: 1100m

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For anyone who's ever got lost, read the map wrong, or simple got yourself confused on the hills, this one's for you.

In my short & humble walking career, I've not really gone too far wrong. That was until I pulled off this little nugget of stupidity. I guess we've all gotta get it wrong sometimes. I just thought I'd make my first faux pas a big one.

Enjoy, feel free to mock (within reason), and take comfort that it was someone else who dropped a clanger for a change.

I was visiting my parents in Glasgow with Chase; Jessica & Hunter had stayed home in York this weekend. I had the Monday off, so decided to get a couple of hills in on the Sunday while Chase ran Grannie & Grampa ragged. This was going to be a timed walk against the train timetable, so Chase wasn't joining me on this one. Being stranded in Crianlarich (if we missed the last train back to Glasgow) was not an appealing prospect.

I set off for Crianlarich, from Buchanan St. Bus Station (Glasgow) at 1000 Sunday morning. My £15 ticket would let me get a nice kip on-route, dropping me off at the of the Crianlarich Hotel at 1140. Train back to Glasgow was at 1930 so I had just under 8 hours to bag my intended hills (BEN MORE & STOB BINNEIN)

Arrived in Crianlarich as scheduled, and decided to stop in at the station cafe for a quick cup of tea before setting off in earnest. Working for Network Rail, I thought it'd be nice to see how the station building was being used in a positive way, as opposed to the mess so many have been allowed to become. (Not a bad cup of tea, and the Scotch Pie & Beans was pretty tasty too)

Sitting, as I was, I went through my planned route one last time. I had read, re-read, and re-read again, the route I was taking over the previous week. It had sounded like a tough, but pretty straight shot. I knew where I was going and what to expect.

So, off I set at 1200, out of the station, along the road, keeping an eye out for the track opposite Ben More farm, leading up Glen More. Sure enough, after a couple of miles, there was "a" Landover tack, twisting round a boggy field, passing under the railway and then heading off into the distance with some pretty big hills on either side. That'll do for me...

15 minutes later, I had reached the end of the Landover track but found myself somewhat confused.

01. The end of the Landrover track on the wrong side of Grey Height.jpg
01. The end of the Landrover track on the wrong side of Grey Height.

This doesn't look right, this doesn't feel right.
Tick Tock, Tick Tock - Tumbleweed etc. etc. ...
And sure enough, it most certainly wasn't right. Consulted the map, consulted the compass, consulted the guide book notes, consulted the map again.

For those not familiar with the area surrounding Crianlarich, there are 2 roads which intersect at a T-Junction beside the Crianlarich Hotel and the Train Station.

One road, lets call this one the A85, has a track leading off it, about 2 miles outside Crianlarich (opposite Ben More Farm), which leads to Ben More & Stob Binnein.
The other road, let call this one the A82, has a Landover track leading off of it, just short of 2 miles outside Crianlarich (NOT opposite Ben More Farm, and does not lead to Ben More & Stob Binnein.

Guess which road I had taken?????
That's right, not the correct one.

It took me a few minutes to clear my head and work out exactly where I had landed myself. Wasn't easy when I was still trying to work out how I had managed to be so stupid.

Eventually worked out that I could still get a couple of Munros in, and set my targets on Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain.

From where I was, I decided to continue in the same direction and to head towards Coire Earb and Stob Glas beyond.

02. Looking towards Stob Glas Bheag & Stob Glas heading up Coire Earb.jpg
02. Looking towards Stob Glas Bheag & Stob Glas heading up Coire Earb.

I decided to head for the highest point to give myself a clearer picture of how to best bag these new targets. The climb (it was literally a climb- hands and knees at times) was steep and tiring and my walking poles had to be dropped to their shortest length, so I could use them to help me to the top of Stob Glas.
From the top of Stob Glas, I could now see the bealach between Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain.

03. Beinn Tulaichean from Stob Glas.jpg
03. Beinn Tulaichean from Stob Glas.

I headed for the 3midpoint between the two, picking up the now obvious path to the summit of Beinn Tulaichean.
Arriving there at 1540, I checked out the return route to pick off Cruach Ardrain before sitting down for a spot of lunch.

04. Stob Glas & Cruach Ardrain from the summit of Beinn Tulaichean.jpg
04. Stob Glas & Cruach Ardrain from the summit of Beinn Tulaichean.

05. Beinn Tulaichean summit picture.jpg
05. Beinn Tulaichean summit picture.

06. Cruach Ardrain from the summit of Beinn Tulaichean (annotated).jpg
06. Cruach Ardrain from the summit of Beinn Tulaichean (annotated).

10 minutes later, I was off again, heading for my second "2nd Target" for the day. The path between the two hills was easy to follow and with clear visibility, I was pretty comfortable that I could make it to this next Munro without ending up lost again.

I'm happy to say that I managed to do so and arrived at the summit of Cruach Ardrain at 1630, having stopped at the SW Top to take a couple of pictures.

07. Beinn Tulaichean from the SW Top of Crauch Ardrain (annotated).jpg
07. Beinn Tulaichean from the SW Top of Crauch Ardrain (annotated).

08. Cruach Ardrain summit from just below the SW Top (Stob Binnein mocking me, in the background).jpg
08. Cruach Ardrain summit from just below the SW Top (Stob Binnein mocking me, in the background).

09. Cruach Ardrain summit picture.jpg
09. Cruach Ardrain summit picture.

Another short rest at the summit of Ardrain and I decided to head straight over the top of the summit and down the NE side of the hill. I set off at 1640.

This left me with a walk out below Stob Garbh to my right, heading for the forest line beneath Grey Height directly in front of me.

10. Decent route from Cruach Ardrain summit (annotated).jpg
10. Decent route from Cruach Ardrain summit (annotated).

This was a wet and boggy walk out, but I has happier now that I had another 2 Munro bagged, albeit not the one's I had planned on doing when I had first set off. We live and learn. Once I reached the forest line, I followed it up and round beneath the front of Grey Height, picking up the more regular route that comes up through the forest.

Not wanting to tempt fate twice, I decided to leave the route over the stile and back down through the forest. I was sticking with what I knew and descended back down to the Landover track I had ill-fatedly followed earlier in the day. This took me back down the side of the River Falloch and putting me back on the (never to be confused again) A82. I arrived here at approx. 1830.

I made it back to the train station for 1900, leaving me 30 minutes to re-cap on a very eventful & enjoyable day. I was still kicking myself for making such a ridiculous mistake with my first step, but happy enough that I had manage to re-focus and still bag 2 more hills.

Train journey home lasted all of 5 minutes for me, I was asleep before the train left Crianlarich.

Official times are as follows:

Walk time from Crianlarich Train Station to Beinn Tulaichean summit: 3 Hours - 40 Minutes
Beinn Tulaichean summit rest time: 10 Minutes
Walk time from Beinn Tulaichean summit to Cruach Ardrain summit: 40 Minutes
Cruach Ardrain summit rest time: 10 Minutes
Walk time from Cruach Ardrain summit to Crianlarich Train Station: 2 Hour - 20 Minutes

Total walking time: 6 Hours - 40 Minutes
Total rest time: 20 Minutes
Total Trip Time : 7 Hours.
Last edited by M4RTIN on Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:08 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain - (15.05.11)

Postby Alteknacker » Tue Aug 23, 2016 8:46 pm

Never mind - in my view CA and BT are more interesting than BM and SB (not least because of those unusual black and red line on them....)
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