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Beinn Dorain, Back in the Groove

Beinn Dorain, Back in the Groove


Postby maxie23 » Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:18 pm

Route description: Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh, Bridge of Orchy

Munros included on this walk: Beinn an Dothaidh, Beinn Dorain

Date walked: 06/07/2018

Time taken: 9.5 hours

Distance: 14.2 km

Ascent: 1228m

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This was my first serious hill walk for almost 9 months after having a kidney removed last November, due to a cancerous tumor. I had the six month C.T. scan four weeks ago and was given the all clear a week later.
Left Falkirk at 04.15, I have always loved the early morning, best time of the day, and had a very quiet drive up, arriving at the Bridge of Orchy hotel at 6 a.m.
Weather was a bit misty with a cool wind, but you just knew it was going to clear up.
Began the walk by crossing the main road, up to the railway station and through the underpass.
bridge of orchy railway station.jpg
Railway Underpass

Path bears left and then heads uphill.
Nice gentle climb up Coire an Dothaidh with an unusually low Allt an Dothaidh on your left side.
Beinn Dorain in the mist.jpg
Beinn Dorain in the mist
Beinn an Dothaidh.jpg
Beinn an Dothaidh
View back to Bridge of Orchy.jpg
View back to Bridge of Orchy

Eroded path brings you right up to the bealach.
Beinn Dorain from the bealach.jpg
Beinn Dorain from the bealach

Turned left to tackle Beinn an Dothaidh first.
Legs a bit sore, but not too bad.
Clouds began to lift as I made my way uphill, still a nice breeze blowing.
Beinn an Dothaidh in the sun.jpg
Beinn an Dothaidh in the sunshine

Made my way up the grassy slopes towards the summit, very dry conditions underfoot.
Went to the true summit first and then wandered to the other two summits and spent a while sitting at each, admiring the views.
Cloudy view over Rannoch Moor from summit of Beinn an Dothaidh.jpg
Cloudy view over Rannoch Moor
Beinn Dorain from Beinn an Dothaith.jpg
Beinn Dorain from Beinn an Dothaidh

Eventually, I began to make my way downhill to the bealach.
This is when my legs and feet really began to play up. Ouch.
At the bealach, I seriously considered heading back down, but after a little rest I headed up Beinn Dorain.
Was a bit of a slog, but when I reached Cairn Sasunnaich, I knew the true peak was not far away.
Cairn Sasunnaich with true summit behind.jpg
Carn Sasunnaich with summit behind
Beinn Dorain summit.jpg
beinn Dorain summit

Really clear views now, glad I kept going.
Met a chap from Milingavie, can't remember his name sorry, had a nice chat for a while, really set the world to rights.
Took some photos, cracking scenery.
Beinn Dorain summit view towards Crianlarich hills.jpg
Towrads Crianlarich
Ben More and Stob Binnien close up.jpg
Ben More and Stob Binnein close up
Cruach Ardrain close up.jpg
Cruach Ardrain close up
Glencoe left, Ben Nevis centre.jpg
Glencoe left Ben Nevis centre
Ben Nevis and the Mamores.jpg
Ben Nevis and the Mamores
Ballachulish hills, I think.jpg
Ballachulish hills, I think
Ben Cruchan.jpg
Ben Cruchan
View of Loch Tulla.jpg
View of Loch Tulla
Ben Nevis and CMD arete.jpg
Ben Nevis and CMD arete

I sat for a long time and took far too many photos.
Then I took my boots off and plastered up the blisters on my feet.
The walk back down was a tad painful and I began to curse every slip on scree or every uneven bit of path that led too a stubbed toe.
Was really glad to get back to the car park and change into a comfy pair of training shoes for the drive back.
A day later and the legs were still a bit stiff and sore.
All in all a great day out and such a brilliant feeling to be able to go back up the hills after such a long break.
Really makes you appreciate how you should never take anything, or anybody, for granted in this life.
Enough said.
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Re: Beinn Dorain, Back in the Groove

Postby Coop » Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:05 pm

After all youve been through- Well done in getting the all clear and for getting back to something you enjoy.
All the best to you
Coop
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Re: Beinn Dorain, Back in the Groove

Postby maxie23 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:37 pm

Coop wrote:After all youve been through- Well done in getting the all clear and for getting back to something you enjoy.
All the best to you

Thanks mate.
Very much appreciated
:D
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