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A'Ghlas-bheinn, but no falls!

A'Ghlas-bheinn, but no falls!

Postby JimboJim » Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:59 pm

Route description: A Ghlas Bheinn and the Falls of Glomach

Munros included on this walk: A' Ghlas-bheinn

Date walked: 28/10/2018

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 21.5 km

Ascent: 1196m

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Trying to catch up with reports is proving difficult. Very difficult. I waffle too much :)
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Nice colours by Loch Garry.
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Another stop by Loch Garry. No wonder I was a bit late getting to start point!

Anyway, this time, I had decided to head for Kintail, hopefully get a bit of snow action and visit the Falls of Glamaig. Beautiful trip up from mid Argyll. Had to stop a few times for pics especially at Loch Garry and Loch Cluanie. Beautiful!
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Toward the South Glen Shiel Ridge and Loch Cluanie.

Heading along the road from Invergarry, I was rather surprised and perturbed by the amount of snow on the hills :shock: Did I take my crampons? No! Stoopid! :lol: Getting to Morvich, found the road was closed for roadworks. Knew I wasn't too far off start point, but thought, I could do without that. Another couple were also in same spot and not heading round the long way, so I followed suit.
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Up to the South Glen Shiel Ridge.
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I think this is Faochag, Sgurr na Sgine and the Saddle, Forcan Ridge?

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Gleann Choinneachain, up to the bealach.

Made quite fast progress up Gleann Choinneachain. It's good when one feels fit. Also, a very nice glen, though I was soon getting into thick snow. Crossing the Allt a Choire Chaoil was a bit tricky, but managed without a dooking. Iced boulders don't make for fun! The surrounding hills looked majestic as I made for Bealach an Sgairne, with a herd of deer passing down the glen and a guy heading for Beinn Fhada.
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Somewhere in the direction of Sgurr a' Choire Ghairbh, looking quite tasty.
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Nice view looking back down, Gleann Choinneachain.
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And a closer look.

After enjoying the views to the East, from the bealach, as described, there are more than a few false dawn's on the way to the summit, but the views were superb, out to the Skye Bridge, Kintail hills and further north. I put on the microspikes, but they weren't great help in the slushy snow.
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Loch a' Bhealaich. Mullach Fraoch-choire in distance.
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Wee lochan.
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Beinn Fhada, over to left.
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Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan, west top.

Met a couple who had come up the west ridge, so they made the summit before me. I was just leaving the top, when I saw someone heading up my way, so thought I'd take a bit longer to ask about the route. Turned out a young lady and her brave wee dog, from Plockton, I think. Had a nice wee blether, but it was getting cold on the shaded side of the hill, so of I went.
The steep, rocky descent in snow, from here wasn't so much fun to be honest. Had to go very gingerly!
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I was there.

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Summit, A' Ghlas-bheinn, left. Looking along Gleann Gaorsaic.
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To Croe bridge. Beinn Sgritheall, far left.
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Skye Bridge.
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Think that may be Liathach?
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Torridon hills.

Further down I went a bit off track, taking things too casually and making assumptions, causing more effort to get back on the line. I was then looking for the path to the falls, but thinking I needed a further descent. Instead I had already crossed the snow covered trail. Gradually my mistake began to dawn. I had wasted a lot of time and energy, before the penny dropped, then it still took ages to get on the path at Bealach na Sroine :oops:
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Loch's Gaorsaic and a' Bhealaich, toward Ciste Dhubh.

By the time I started to descend to the falls, I was having major doubts about the wisdom of proceeding further, much though it would hurt to abandon plans. Eventually sense kicked in, as light was beginning to dim. Get out of here! Don't want to lose my way, with little time left for the route back out. Back along the track I went. Came to the spot where I had crossed it. Had I been about 20 yards either side, I would have been able to spot the path, but where I crossed was deep snow. Just my luck :lol:
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Pano SW'ly.
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Another look at Croe Bridge, Beinn Sgritheall, et al.

Followed the track down, then onto the forest road, but went a bit off line, at Gob na Roinne, keeping to the right hand bank of the Abhainn Chonaig instead of finding the footbridge, thus I came out at Ruaraich and had a longer walk round to the car, arriving just as sun had gone down. Still, it was one great day! A bit tinged with disappointment at missing out on the Falls of Glomach, but delighted to have got round despite the thicker than expected snow.
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Nearly done. Sgurr a'Bhealaich Dheirg, behind Saileag.
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A tree.
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Wee ruin at Gob na Roinne.
Last edited by JimboJim on Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:45 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: A'Ghlas-bheinn, but no falls!

Postby Petr Dakota » Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:07 pm

Great photos in superb conditions ! :clap: :clap: :thumbup:
...good to know how it will look there in October 2019 :wink:

Can't see many snowy shots from this winter :crazy: so you are catching up with the reports in the right time :D October offered more snow, then feeling Spring in February :D
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Re: A'Ghlas-bheinn, but no falls!

Postby rockhopper » Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:05 pm

Superb conditions and a great set pf photos :sick: :sick: Camped at the south end of Loch a'Bhealaich last year en route to Sgùrr Gaorsaic but hardly saw anything in the clag :roll: - cheers :)
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Re: A'Ghlas-bheinn, but no falls!

Postby Cairngorm creeper » Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:09 pm

Absolutely Superb! I love Kintail in winter and your photos are beautiful. We have not been up A'Ghlas-bhein and you have me think it should be our next outing if the snow comes as promised!
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Re: A'Ghlas-bheinn, but no falls!

Postby JimboJim » Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:34 pm

Thanks, Petr, hope you get the same kind of day. Been a strange winter by any measure.

Glad you enjoyed the pics, Rockhopper. Must have been a great place to camp, but a shame to be in the clag.

Yes, I would say a good one for a winter trek, CC .... IF you get the same kind of day :)

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