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Beinn Fhada and A' Ghlas-beinn, Kintail at it's best.

Beinn Fhada and A' Ghlas-beinn, Kintail at it's best.


Postby martin.h » Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:02 pm

Munros included on this walk: A' Ghlas-bheinn, Beinn Fhada

Date walked: 26/05/2018

Time taken: 10 hours

Distance: 24.5 km

Ascent: 2150m

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This was another day out that was inspired by walk reports, looking at the map these two munros look a long way from each other, the idea of combining the two in one day never occurred to me untill I'd read the reports and looking at the routes posted it made sense albeit a long day out.

Saturday the 26th May was our last day of the holiday, the weather forcast was excellent so we just had to have a go.

The forcast was spot on again, not a cloud in the sky, warm and there was no wind, we had breakfast got the gear in the car and set off for Morvich in good time.
The car park by the N.T building was empty so no problem parking, we got ourselves ready and we were off walking by 08.50.

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We were following the WH route description for both mountains to start with we were soon on our way up alongside the Abhainn Chonaig.

The path is very good and progress is made at a good pace.

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It seemed a long way before we reached the zig zags in the path but when we arrived at them I knew we were starting the climb up Beinn Fhada.

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Just above the zig zags there's a junction in the paths, turn right here to continue up Beinn Fhada. This path remains good all the way to the summit and the views to Coire an Sgairne are spectacular. We had blue skies and plenty of sunshine to do the surroundings justice, it was simply fantastic.

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The climb to the summit was a bit of a plod and a bit tiring in the warm conditions, we didn't care though there was plenty of time and why rush, there's no chance of rain and the views are stunning, why rush.

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A'Ghlas-beinn our next target.
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On the summit we met a group of three who were also giving the two ago, they were in the same frame of mind, plenty of time so why rush?, it was simply one pf those days where you knew there was no need to navigate.

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We spent a good half an hour on the summit just taking in the views.

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Five sisters
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Affric and Kintail
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but we had to crack on and head for A' Ghlas beinn.
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It looked a very long way off, I was tempted to go over Meall a' Bhealaich to try and shorten the walk but we were warned against it due to the craggy nature of the hill on it's North facing side, so with this we returned the way we'd come to the junction in the paths.

It took a while to get there then we set off for Bealach an Sgairne.

In the bealach there's a cairn, from here the path up A' Ghlas Beinn begins, up we went. Although the gradient was steep there were plenty of opportunities to admire the views, the only thing that spoilt this ascent were the many false summits, one after the other, a bit demoralising.
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When we arrived at the summit the views compensated for the hard work, looking back at Beinn Fhada it became clear just how far we'd travelled, hard work indeed but worth it, the views were fantastic.

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Beinn Fhada in the distance.
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Affric.
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We spent a good bit of time on the summit, met a couple from Glasgow who were introducing their young 'un to the munros, he was only four but on his 3rd munro, he was doing well considering how far we were from their start point, the camp site at Morvich, I bet he slept that night.

From the summit we set off to have a look at the Falls of Glomach, well, we set off, looking at where we were off to we decided to give them a miss and returned to the summit,

Falls of Glomach down there, too far!
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we just didn't fancy it so we set off down the way we'd come, back to Bealach an Sgairne.

The walk back to the NT building was long and tiresome, we'd had a good week, eight new munros, we had that knackered but happy feeling and I knew I had some cold beer in the caravan, this was a great day out and a great end to a fanatastic week, the weather made a differance and we enjoyed the caravan, something we'd never considered taking on up until a couple of years ago, we hope not to annoy or hold people up around the highlands in the forthcoming years, our next trip is in June, will the weather hold???
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