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Snow Galore on Beinn Dorain & Beinn an Dothaidh

Snow Galore on Beinn Dorain & Beinn an Dothaidh

Postby Jelly » Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:20 am

Route description: Beinn Dòrain & Beinn an Dòthaidh, Bridge of Orchy

Munros included on this walk: Beinn an Dòthaidh, Beinn Dòrain

Date walked: 05/12/2010

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 10 km

Ascent: 1334m

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Myself and friend Peter left a snow covered Perth on Sunday Morning around 07:30am, after some hard work digging out my car and di-cing it. Got to Bridge of Orchy at around 9am, stop at Tyndrum on route for a cup of tea and a danish (custard filled) yum, cheers Pete.

As we got our kit ready we knew already that it would be a MAGIC day, blue skies with sunshine and a beautiful snow covered landscape. Left the car at Bridge of Orchy Hotel and head up the road to the railway station and under the railway line. There is an underpass to take you under the railline, which also happens to be the West Highland Way. There were lots of Rail workers clearing the track of ice and snow.

The weather of late has caused huge travel issues, but myself and Pete just wanted to get out to play in it. The snow had been packed down a fair bit for our intial walk into Coire an Dothaidh, so this made for easy going until it started to get steep and there was icy patches. After a bit of slipping around, we decided to put on the crampons, this made it so much easier going, and we pushed on up to the top of the Coire. Some amazing views as the sun climbed higher into the sky. We notice a few climber climbing on the south face of the steep coire walls. Not for us, but looked fun.

The first Munro that we tackled was Beinn Dorain, which we pushed up a steep ridge in deep snow to get out of the coire, then it became easier going. We left crampons on, though it would have been just as easy without at this stage. Once up on the plateau to the summit, the views were stunning. We pushed south to the summit, which is at the far south end with large cairn. Could see lots of Munros all round in all directions with a winter covering. We made our way back to the top of the coire and then headed up to the Summit of Beinn an Dothaidh, again great top for seeing lots all round, could gaze down into Rannoch Moor, and Loch Tulla and the Mamores and even Ben Nevis. The walk/slide back to the car was great, with great views of the sun going down, only down point was that the Bridge of Orchy Hotel was closed on our return to the car, so we made are way to Paddy's in Tyndrum for a well deserved pint.

Fantastic Day in the Hills!

Bridge of Orchy

Sun coming up

Walking into Coire an Dothaidh

Sunshine on route to Beinn Dorain

New Crampons getting a test

Funky Snow and Wind formations

Amazing views to South

Glad we brought the shades!

Nearing the top! Stunning Views, large cairn to the north of true summit.

At last the view of the summit of Beinn Dorain with the Munros at Crianlarich to the South

Summit Cairn

Heading back down to Beallach at top of Coire an Dothaidh, then on to Beinn an Dothaidh

Half way up Beinn an Dothaidh with view to East

Beinn Achaladair and summit of Beinn Chreachain behind

Peter topping out on Beinn an Dothaidh with cloud moving in over Ben Cruachan to the West

A snow covered Rannoch Moor with the Mamores to the North-East

Heading back to Bridge of Orchy as the Sun goes down

Sun with Snow coming down off clouds
Last edited by Jelly on Fri Mar 02, 2012 1:28 pm, edited 5 times in total.
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Re: Snow Galore on Beinn Dorain & Beinn an Dothaidh

Postby monty » Wed Dec 08, 2010 5:58 pm

Well done on getting out. Snow, clear skys and the sun shining. Can't beat it. :D

Re: Snow Galore on Beinn Dorain & Beinn an Dothaidh

Postby LeithySuburbs » Wed Dec 08, 2010 8:00 pm

Nice report and some good pictures :D .
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Re: Snow Galore on Beinn Dorain & Beinn an Dothaidh

Postby alanmurray » Thu Dec 09, 2010 12:03 pm

Good photos and report Jelly, especially for your first one.

But there is something missing on your walk!!!

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