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Cruach Tairbeart plus Glencoe Sunset - the icing on the cake

Cruach Tairbeart plus Glencoe Sunset - the icing on the cake


Postby malky_c » Wed Nov 21, 2018 3:03 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn a'Chrulaiste

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Cruach Tairbeirt

Date walked: 19/11/2018

Time taken: 3.55 hours

Distance: 9 km

Ascent: 970m

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Corbetts: Beinn a' Chrulaiste.
Sub 2k Marilyns: Cruach Tairbeart.
Date: 19/11/2018.
Distance: 3.5km + 5.5km.
Ascent: 380m + 590m.
Time taken: 1 hour, 50 minutes + 1 hour, 45 minutes.
Weather: Strong sunshine and slight haze. Chilly after sunset.

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Jackie had come around to the idea that maybe a big round in the Arrochar Alps wasn't going to help get rid of her cold, so after Ben Vorlich, she agreed that a leisurely ascent of Cruach Tairbeart would be more sensible. She had actually been up here just a couple of weeks ago (partly to annoy me as it was a Marilyn I hadn't been up :wink: ), but was happy to go again.

We parked up at the Slanj restaurant and headed under the railway and onto the forestry trails. The path to the summit becomes vague higher up, and we managed to miss it slightly where it left the woods, having climbed over a load of fallen trees.


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Ben Lomond from the ascent

The summit wasn't too far beyond the top of the woods, and the path became more obvious again. My main reason for wanting to go up here (and Jackie's real motivation a couple of weeks back) was because there are such great views of the local hills, Loch Long and Loch Lomond from the summit. And they didn't disappoint at all 8) .

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Loch Long

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Ben Vane and Ben Vorlich

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Cobbler and Ben Narnain

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Across Loch Lomond to Beinn a’ Choin

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Faceplant from the trig point

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Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond

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Summit of Cruach Tairbeart

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Loch Long and the Brack

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Loch Lomond

We retreated approximately the same way and were down in under 2 hours. Jackie headed off south to rest up (or maybe not...), and I harboured vague ideas of going up the Pap of Glencoe on the way home for sunset.

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Fun descent
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I decided I was probably too late for sunset on the Pap, and by the time I was crossing Rannoch Moor, I had already missed the sun dipping below the horizon from my plan B of Ardsheal Hill in Duror. However, the post-sunset light still looked fabulous, so on inpulse I parked up at Altnafeadh for a quick dash up Beinn a' Chrulaiste.


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Beinn a’ Chrulaiste

I started at 3:45pm. The Big Buachaille had a cap of snow on it that didn't ever shift, and I had obviously missed the best of the light, but it was still atmospheric and beautiful. My initial plan just to go up to Stob Beinn a' Chrulaiste and retreat, but I decided to go the whole way in the end. It was well worth it. I hadn't been up here since 1995, and I'd forgotten how good the views were in directions other than the Buachaille and Glencoe.

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Big Buachaille

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Little Buachaille and Bidean

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Black Mount

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Cap didn’t come off

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Glencoe

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Eastern Mamores and Grey Corries

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Rannoch Moor

It was a bit of a mad dash to get back down before it became too dark, and in the end I had to get my torch out for the last 20 minutes to avoid falling on my arse. In my rush to get up there, I had forgotten both my map and water bottle, but unsurprisingly neither were needed on such a clear night.

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Buachaille Etive Beag and Bidean

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Bridge of Orchy hills

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The Ben, Mamores and Grey Corries

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On the descent

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Last light

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Ben Nevis

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Rannoch Moor

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A82 and top of Glencoe

An excellent diversion, and still home by 7:30pm.
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Re: Cruach Tairbeart plus Glencoe Sunset - the icing on the

Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Wed Nov 21, 2018 3:46 pm

Stunning photos - both walks look superb for giving great views!

Tim
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Re: Cruach Tairbeart plus Glencoe Sunset - the icing on the

Postby Mal Grey » Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:55 pm

Fan way to end the weekend! What a view.
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