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Beinn Bhan Applecros

Beinn Bhan Applecros


Postby Cairngorm creeper » Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:25 am

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Bhan

Date walked: 19/01/2019

Distance: 12.4 km

Ascent: 1049m

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Winter had arrived, snow across the Highlands was lying to lower levels but not yet consolidated on the munros, so we decide to head for Loch Kishorn and enjoy the Corbett Beinn Bhan. We parked by the bridge over the river Kishorn and followed a straight there and back route, trying to avoid boggy and undulating ground which would almost inevitably result in wet feet. The weather was surprisingly mild with no snow at sea level as we set out from the carpark at 8:40 for the initial walk up the road.
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The route

The Ocean Great White Oil Rig was an impressive site moored in the dry docks at Kishorn, it is the world’s largest semi-submersible offshore drilling rig, and the first Oil Rig to be serviced in the docks for nearly 40 years.
We continued up the road until we were just past the turning for the docks and then headed up the right hand side of the stream to access the initally broad ridge leading to Beinn Bhan. There were traces of a rough and somewhat boggy path which improved with height. The first patches of snow appeared at about 200m, patches gradually becoming larger until the path was hidden.
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Loch Kishorn with the oil rig in the dock and Skye in the distance.

The broad ridge was strewn with boulders and craglets. It gradually ascended via numerous small dips with no obvious line to follow, just a matter of onwards and upwards which ever way looked easiest. The soft snow was lying on top of heather, but we didn't encounter any deep holes or drifts. :)
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Onwards and upwards

To our left we could see Coire a' Chaorainn
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Corrie a' Chaorachain

and to our right we could see across to Torridon
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Beinn Alligin

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Torridon

Behind us was Loch Kishorn
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Loch Kishorn.

There was a short descent to the rim of Coire na' Feola with its sheer craggy wall
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Ridge on the wall of Coire na' Feola

The incline leading down to Coire nan Aire was less sheer, but steep enough that a slip in the snow would could be unpleasant. But sandstone crags on the steep ridge ahead were purely awesome :D . We spent some time trying to identify the easy climbing /scramble up A'Chioch, hoping to return one long summers day to try it.
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Sanstone crags of Beinn Bhan

The snow was still soft on the steep ridge leading up to the summit plateau.
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Making our way up the steep slopes

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Summit Plateau

Which was impressive in itself
The weather was perfect to boil up snow for leisurely summit brew, enjoying the general ambience and the views.
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Summit Brew

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Summit View across Loch Kishorn

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Summit View Across Torridon

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Summit Pose

But eventually we needed to make our way back.
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Hard to tear once self away

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Top of the steep descent

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Coming down

Enjoying the rock scenery en route
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Impressive rock scenery

and watching the moon rise over Torridon
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Moon rising Torridon

reaching the van at 16:30. A day that makes you realise why you do it! 😊
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Re: Beinn Bhan Applecros

Postby larry groo » Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:34 am

Fantastic stuff!

Heading up there in April... hope we get views and weather like that!

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Re: Beinn Bhan Applecros

Postby Cairngorm creeper » Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:02 pm

larry groo wrote:Fantastic stuff!

Heading up there in April... hope we get views and weather like that!

:clap: :clap: :clap:

I will keep my fingers crossed for you, wonderful place :D
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Re: Beinn Bhan Applecros

Postby Alteknacker » Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:20 pm

Just superb. "A day that makes you realise why you do it! 😊" Exactly!!
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Re: Beinn Bhan Applecros

Postby Graeme D » Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:37 pm

Can't quite recall the last time I saw a TR on here with a shot taken from the start of the descent off the summit and there's an oil rig clearly visible in the background! :lol: Very nice and timely report too - I had just been reading up on this one and its near neighbour as potential targets for my visit to that neck of the woods at the end of March. :clap:
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Re: Beinn Bhan Applecros

Postby Cairngorm creeper » Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:12 am

Alteknacker wrote:Just superb. "A day that makes you realise why you do it! 😊" Exactly!!

It was superb, can't think of anything about it that wasn't near perfection :D
Graeme D wrote:Can't quite recall the last time I saw a TR on here with a shot taken from the start of the descent off the summit and there's an oil rig clearly visible in the background! :lol: Very nice and timely report too - I had just been reading up on this one and its near neighbour as potential targets for my visit to that neck of the woods at the end of March. :clap:

That oil rig rather dominates the Loch, but somehow manages to look interesting rather than intrusive, :? Hope you get some get conditions in March, we went up its neighbour in December, no snow, but still beautiful.
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Re: Beinn Bhan Applecros

Postby litljortindan » Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:59 am

A fantastic hill I think looking great in the snow. I'll look forward to your (presumably) A' Chioch report.
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