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Alpine Ciste Dhubh

Alpine Ciste Dhubh


Postby jenniferc6 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:36 pm

Route description: Ciste Dhubh and Am Bathach, Cluanie

Munros included on this walk: Ciste Dhubh

Corbetts included on this walk: Am Bathach

Date walked: 03/03/2017

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 13 km

Ascent: 984m

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With a last minute day off after looking at the forecast I decided to head for the hills before Saturday's rain arrived :)
I was thinking about doing Ben Wyvis but met office suggested there could be some cloud hanging around so I had Ciste Dhubh in mind as a back-up plan. On the drive over I saw the cloud hanging over Ben Wyvis so it was off to Kintail for me!
There was some light mist coming and going on the drive over down in the glen and when it cleared you could see the clear blue skies over the mountains - it was going to be a stunning day. I started walking just after 8 and the views just kept getting better on the walk up to the bealach
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It was hard work breaking the trail, I met a guy at the top who thanked me for making the footprints! The spectacular views more than made up for the effort involved.
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Took my time going over the corniced ridge and stopped to put on crampons just before the final stretch to the summit, this route really had a mountaineering feel in these conditions. The weather was perfect with hardly any wind and it was warm in the sunshine.
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I saw lots of red deer and a jet flying down through the glen. Walking back down to the bealach must have taken less than half the time it took to go up, much easier descending through the soft snow :)
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I had previously climbed the Corbett so wasn't sure if I would just go back down after Ciste Dhubh but the weather was so good that I decided to stay high for a bit longer to enjoy the views and went up Am Bathach on the way back. Brilliant views looking back to Ciste Dhubh and across the Kintail hills and beyond - even Ben Nevis was clear!
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A very memorable day out in stunning winter conditions - who needs the Alps when we get days like these :D
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Re: Alpine Ciste Dhubh

Postby Guinessman » Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:02 pm

Excellent, some superb shots there.
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Re: Alpine Ciste Dhubh

Postby alyg95 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:20 pm

Thanks again for breaking the trail for me. Was an absolutely stunning day.

Feeling the after effects of the sun today though. Not complaining mind since I've got a great tan now
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Re: Alpine Ciste Dhubh

Postby rockhopper » Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:16 pm

Great day for it - nice in summer, even better on a winter's day like this - cheers :)
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Re: Alpine Ciste Dhubh

Postby Cairngorm creeper » Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:20 pm

Lovely pictures. We were in Kintail as well yesterday, it was fabulous but really hard work in the soft snow. We got buzzed by that jet, it came in so close I nearly fell over :lol:
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Re: Alpine Ciste Dhubh

Postby skawt100 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:31 pm

Not jealous. Nope, not at all.
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Re: Alpine Ciste Dhubh

Postby jenniferc6 » Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:41 am

Thanks everyone, it was a brilliant day :D
alyg95 wrote:Thanks again for breaking the trail for me. Was an absolutely stunning day.

Feeling the after effects of the sun today though. Not complaining mind since I've got a great tan now

Good to meet you, glad I put on the suncream! I'm sure you've got some great photos too, I had taken over 100!
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Re: Alpine Ciste Dhubh

Postby LeithySuburbs » Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:40 pm

I've always been pretty lucky in Kintail. There's nowhere better for a day like that :) .
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Re: Alpine Ciste Dhubh

Postby Mal Grey » Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:39 pm

Superb report, what conditions! We were on Beinn Dearg (Ullapool) on Friday, so know exactly how hard work it was in the snow, but also how rewarding it was.

Outstanding images, truly fabulous.
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Re: Alpine Ciste Dhubh

Postby Alteknacker » Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:01 pm

Wonderful images, you lucky *****!!!

We cancelled a planned 4 days in Kintail in mid-Feb because the forecast was definitely not for fabulous weather like this :-(.
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