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A' Ghlas-bheinn in the clag
by Alastair S » Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:43 pm
Route description: A Ghlas Bheinn and the Falls of Glomach
Munros included on this walk: A' Ghlas-bheinn
Date walked: 31/12/2010
Time taken: 6.6 hours
Distance: 17.9 km
Ascent: 1036mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
By way of a bit of a contrast to my last two reports... Was staying at the Kintail Outdoor Centre, a National Trust owned facility near Shiel Bridge, for the Granite City Hillwalkers hogmanay meet. Forecast was poor so noone fancied getting up early to do anything. As it was I woke fairly late too and despite the low cloud decided to tackle A' Ghlas-bheinn on my own. Didn't get away till 10am so no question of including the Falls of Glomach. Weather was as predicted: driech, but mild. It never actually rained, just the odd period where it was a bit damper than other periods. Took a few snaps before I disappeared into the cloud (at around 400m) but after that I didn't bother.
Strath Croe - A'Ghlas-bheinn (well, the base of it anyway) straight ahead
A'Ghlas-bheinn - just the bottom bit again
Waterfall shortly before Allt a Choire Chaoil crossing
First difficulty was the river crossing before you head up the Bealach an Sgairne (the Allt a Choire Chaoil). Didn't fancy the ford point so after several minutes faffing about found a narrow point below the ford where you can climb down a bit, step on a large boulder and jump across. As it turned out I needn't have worried about wet feet as I soon discovered that my new boots leak. I shall return to this subject but not today.
So up to the large cairn that marks the top of Bealach an Sgairne. The route so far had been simplicity itself with obvious paths to follow. But visibility was now 200-300m and increasing patches of soft wet snow obscured the path. The way up wasn't at all obvious now as the mountain presented a series of crests & false summits. Lost & re-found the path several times and topped out in driving drizzle at 1:30pm. Took one last photo and set off on my way down. In the wrong direction. Eventually got back on track and then picked up the Falls of Glomach path. This is a good (& snow free) path so going was good. Once below the cloud the view of the side of A'Ghlas-bheinn was fairly dramatic with tons of little streams cascading down the mountain side. I was almost tempted to take out my camera but was fairly wet & miserable by this time. Initially missed the last footbridge (near Dorusduain) in the gathering gloom as you have to almost double back on yourself. So just made it back without recourse to a head-torch at 4:40pm.
A bagger's day if ever there was one. An alternative way back is to head NW off the peak over A'Mhuc and make straight for the footbridge over the Allt an Leoid Ghaineamhaich where it meets the forest. Fellow GCH'ers did this the following day. Shorter but heavier going. But in poor visibility I think it was sensible to make for the Glomach path.
by Graeme D » Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:20 am
by Merry-walker » Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:56 am
by Graeme D » Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:03 pm
Merry-walker wrote:I like your head gear, where did you get it?
Trust you to go for the head gear!
by Alastair S » Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:00 pm
As for the boots they are 2 month old £195 Gortex lined Mammut Monolith GTX. Gave them a full clean when I got home. They have now fully dried out and I plan to spend some time with them in the bath this evening! I then expect to be returning them to Tiso. This will be the 4th pair of boots I've returned in less than a year (as mentioned in the Year-end Summary Stats thread)!
by Merry-walker » Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:05 pm
by Graeme D » Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:13 pm
Merry-walker wrote:I like hats, I have a nice belisha beacon one. Bit brighter than my head torch
Sounds ideal for signalling to passing aircraft at cruising altitude!
Alastair S wrote:As for the boots they are 2 month old £195 Gortex lined Mammut Monolith GTX. Gave them a full clean when I got home. They have now fully dried out and I plan to spend some time with them in the bath this evening! I then expect to be returning them to Tiso. This will be the 4th pair of boots I've returned in less than a year (as mentioned in the Year-end Summary Stats thread)!
Interesting .... and useful info to know as I am weighing up options for new boots at the moment. I need to ruthlessly whittle my list of options down, so that's those ones struck off.