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Three Luss Hills

Three Luss Hills

Postby weaselmaster » Tue Jan 03, 2017 7:39 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Beinn Eich, Cruach an t-Sidhein, Doune Hill

Date walked: 03/01/2017

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 15.3 km

Ascent: 1170m

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Not back to work yet, a chance to get out on the hills before January proper begins. Forecast was for cloud, not rain - reality was rain and strong winds. I feel a bit of a wuss breaking up this round of six Grahams into three walks, though to do all 6 and the Simms would be a long hard day. We'd done the southern two hills before Xmas, so the central 3 were on the agenda for today. I decided to drive up the strangely named Glen Mollochan, despite warnings on WH and the SMC book that parking's difficult - there is room for one car on the grass by the turning circle, it transpired.

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The first section of the walk is a rather dreary tramp up the glacial valley of Glen Mollochan- very wet underfoot. Almost 4km, with a loss of 70metres from the starting elevation - never good. Finally we reached the head of the valley and started uphill, keeping to the right of the burn. Steady pull, not that steep until the last 150m were reached. The wind howled and chilled as we got to the summit of the NE top. Clag was sporadically clearing allowing us to get some idea where we should go next - WSW to the summit of Doune Hill. We paused in a hollow before the summit to have an early lunch out of the wind.

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Beinn Eich
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Looking towards Doune Hill
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View back to Beinn Dubh
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Beinn Dubh
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Summit Doune Hill
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Summit attained our next task was to head to the second Graham, the Fairy Heap, or so I'm translating it. Over the bump of Beinn Lochain then west, dropping to 515m before climbing steadily to the 684m summit. Not much of a view today. Back down to the bealach then contouring round the southern side of Beinn Lochain, aiming for the saddle of Beinn Eich. The wind and rain was to the rear of us now. After a series of false summits we did reach the top, then picked up a path leading towards Edentaggart. We bypassed the farm to the north, meeting the road at a stile and returned to the car.

Cruach an t-Sidhean (L)
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Beinn Eich
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Summit Sidhean
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Towards Eich
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ImageDSC02430 by Al, on Flickr

ImageDSC02432 by Al, on Flickr
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