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Beinn a' Blow - windier than Malcy’s Backside!
by Jaxter » Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:22 pm
Route description: Beinn a'Ghlo
Munros included on this walk: Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain, Carn Liath (Beinn a'Ghlo), Carn nan Gabhar
Date walked: 18/08/2018
Time taken: 6.21 hours
Distance: 22.89 km
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We left the car at the parking area near Loch Moraig and headed along the track. Carn Liath ahead looked great
We had a lengthy argument about what this was – eventually we agreed that it could only be Schiehallion
We decided to go anti-clockwise – partly because last time I went clockwise, and more importantly because the wind was forecast to be insane but to drop a little during the day.
But it was nice down in the glen – heading along the track towards Airgiod Bheinn
Airgiod Bheinn on the right
The whole Beinn a’ Ghlo range
It was a long walk along the track but it was easy walking – soon we left the path, hopped across the burn and started heading up Airgiod Bheinn.
Loch Valigan and Ben Vurich
As we climbed higher the wind got stronger and stronger. Well before the summit of Airgiod Bheinn we were struggling to walk. I was having a slightly worse time of it than Malcy – being shorter and probably lighter made me like a skittle, much to Malcy’s amusement
It took longer than it should but eventually we made it to the summit of Airgiod Bheinn and were struggling to stay upright
Towards Carn nan Gabhar
It might be windy but Malcy’s still in his shorts
It was completely insane up top – we thought we’d head out to Carn nan Gabhar and then possibly call it a day. We stumbled along, on the final pull to the summit we met a guy looking for his car keys (no, it wasn’t M4rtin )
The wind on the summit was so strong that we couldn’t stand – I made it on top of the cairn and got blown off just after this photo was taken We hid behind the giant cairn for a bit of food – it was surprising calm
Towards the Gorms
We decided it was time to get going – we thought we would head back to bealach an Fhiodha and then decide where to go next.
Back to Carn nan Gabhar
Looking down towards Glen Tilt
Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain
We were never really going to turn back were we? At the bealach we were more sheltered and had maybe forgotten how blowy it was up top, but we decided to continue
It was a short climb up towards Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain and once on the ridge we could see out towards the main Gorms
And back the way we had come – Carn nan Gabhar and Airgiod Bheinn
The Tarf and Tilt hills – a plan to do these in a big 2-dayer was afoot, but during less windy conditions
Summit of Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain
Surprisingly there was only a gentle breeze here – we could only imagine that the ridges and glens was making the wind swirl around and mess with the wind direction. Whatever the reason, we were really pleased
We carried on along the ridge – now out of the worst of the wind it was an enjoyable walk – I’d had a great day up here on the previous occasion and I was back in the zone
Looking back along our route
Back up to Braigh Choire Chruinn-bhalgain
Along the ridge towards Carn Liath
There was a wee bit of cloud starting to swirl around, although the forecast was for the day to be dry
The final approach to Carn Liath
Loch Valigan and Ben Vurich
The whole walk
And then we were on Carn Liath – the views were great and even better, we could stand
Finally able to stand on a trig
We made our way down – it was steep but the path had definitely been improved since my last trip here when it was a completely eroded mess!
Trying to show how manly we are
Back on the track it was an easy walk back to the car – looking back to Carn Liath it looked like we had timed it well
by Graeme D » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:56 pm
by apollo0815 » Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:47 pm
by past my sell by date » Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:53 am
by Colin1951 » Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:02 pm
by Jaxter » Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:50 pm
Graeme D wrote:Having to look for your car keys up there on a day like that!!!!! FFS, I don't imagine that would have ended well!
Felt pretty sorry for the guy tbh We did give him a ride into Pitlochry afterwards so at least he got home
apollo0815 wrote:What did Malcy say, when you won the manliness contest like that?
He still hasn't forgiven me
past my sell by date wrote:When I was a kid we had charcoal biscuits to prevent this kind of thing. They tasted quite nice, but I guess some researcher fed 20kg of them in a week to a rat and it died - and that was the end of them
Perhaps best avoided
Colin1951 wrote:Enjoyed your report. Never thought of doing these guys anti clockwise! Makes a lot of sense though...I have memories of floundering around off Airgold Beinn trying to find the path back in the dark!
I've been around both ways - enjoyed both! You wouldn't miss the path off Carn Liath though, even with your eyes closed
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