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Jaxter’s first solo – an epic race against weather and dark

Jaxter’s first solo – an epic race against weather and dark


Postby Jaxter » Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:27 pm

Munros included on this walk: An Caisteal, Beinn Chabhair

Date walked: 24/09/2013

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 30 km

Ascent: 1400m

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In an attempt to make our album recording more productive, our illustrious lead singer banned the rest of us from the studio for a day. Bereft of the sexy sound engineer, I elected to head for the hills on my first solo mountain experience. The weather was predicted to be awful; rain, wind and poor visibility. So off I went to get the train up to Crianlarich :crazy:

Arriving, I donned my hard hat, jumped on my bike and ventured out onto the A82… approximately 6 miles down the road, I arrived at Derrydarroch Farm, where I locked my bike to a gate.
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Now on foot, I followed the West Highland Way a little south before leaving the track and heading uphill, following the Allt a’ Chuillin until it branches left some distance higher.
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So far the weather wasn’t too bad :thumbup:
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Although I could tell that worse was to come… :crazy:
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Lovely waterfalls
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Continuing upwards, I must have made some mistakes as the summit wasn’t entirely where I’d expected :lol:
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When I did arrive at the summit of Beinn Chabhair, I was treated to this:
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Proof that I really was there….
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My next trick was to descend steeply to a narrow bealach, before a step climb up to the col between An Caisteal and Beinn a’Chroin. There were some pretty cool looking rock shapes lurking in the gloom…
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It was an interesting climb down, and I will never know exactly what route I took, although I would bet my savings on it not being what I’d intended… :roll:
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Very briefly released from clag…
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And back into it, sporting my 50p from Primark hat, later to become something of a Jaxter icon 8)
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The horrible weather was making walking and navigation slow and difficult. I finally made it to the Bealach Buidhe and looked worriedly at the time. Knowing that I had to cycle back to the station and that I had no lights on my bike, I decided that maybe retreat might be the safer option. Electing to leave Beinn a’Chroin as the one that got away, I would head straight down the ridge over An Caisteal and come back to tackle Beinn a’Chroin another day. That would become an epic in itself, but is a story for another day.

The decision made, I headed along the ridge. This was tricky in places…
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Look, a summit! Reaching the summit of An Caisteal, I was treated to similar views to Beinn Chabhair…
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With very little to see, and the gloom heralding early darkness, I set off down.
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My bearing wasn’t quite right (understatement :lol: ) as I came off the hill about a mile North of my bike, at Carmyle Cottage. I sloshed through the burn (feet were soaked anyway :roll: ) went through the underpass and I walked down the road towards Derrydarroch.
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Arriving back at the farm, I was pleased to see my bike still there!
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It hadn’t escaped my notice that the road back to Crianlarich was entirely uphill…this wasn’t massively attractive to me. Looking at the map, I noted that Ardlui was only a few miles further, and almost entirely downhill! Decision made, off I went, flying towards Ardlui where I arrived before dark and in time for a cup of tea before the train home 8)
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Quite an adventure for my first solo outing….but definitely still smiling!
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