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Beinn a' Blow - windier than Malcy’s Backside!

Beinn a' Blow - windier than Malcy’s Backside!


Postby 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

Ascent: 1400m

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I’d been back at work a week…some hill therapy was required. Malcy was also free so we went for somewhere about halfway between us – a return to Beinn a’ Ghlo sounded like a good plan!

We left the car at the parking area near Loch Moraig and headed along the track. Carn Liath ahead looked great 8)
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Ben Vrackie
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We had a lengthy argument about what this was – eventually we agreed that it could only be Schiehallion
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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 8)
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Airgiod Bheinn on the right
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The whole Beinn a’ Ghlo range
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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.
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Loch Valigan and Ben Vurich
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Carn Liath
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Looking back
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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 :lol:
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It took longer than it should but eventually we made it to the summit of Airgiod Bheinn and were struggling to stay upright :lol:
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Towards Carn nan Gabhar
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It might be windy but Malcy’s still in his shorts :lol:
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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 :lol: )

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 :lol: We hid behind the giant cairn for a bit of food – it was surprising calm :shock:
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Towards the Gorms
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Glen Loch
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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
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Looking down towards Glen Tilt
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Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain
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We were never really going to turn back were we? :lol: At the bealach we were more sheltered and had maybe forgotten how blowy it was up top, but we decided to continue :roll:

It was a short climb up towards Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain and once on the ridge we could see out towards the main Gorms
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And back the way we had come – Carn nan Gabhar and Airgiod Bheinn
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The Tarf and Tilt hills – a plan to do these in a big 2-dayer was afoot, but during less windy conditions :lol:
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Summit of Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain
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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 :lol:

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 :lol:

Looking back along our route
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Back up to Braigh Choire Chruinn-bhalgain
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Along the ridge towards Carn Liath
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There was a wee bit of cloud starting to swirl around, although the forecast was for the day to be dry
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The final approach to Carn Liath
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Looking back
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Loch Valigan and Ben Vurich
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The whole walk
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And then we were on Carn Liath – the views were great and even better, we could stand :lol:
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Finally able to stand on a trig :lol:
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Ben Vrackie
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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 :roll:


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 :thumbup: 8)
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Re: Beinn a' Blow - windier than Malcy’s Backside!

Postby Graeme D » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:56 pm

Having to look for your car keys up there on a day like that!!!!! :shock: FFS, I don't imagine that would have ended well! :lol:
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Re: Beinn a' Blow - windier than Malcy’s Backside!

Postby apollo0815 » Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:47 pm

What did Malcy say, when you won the manliness contest like that? :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Beinn a' Blow - windier than Malcy’s Backside!

Postby past my sell by date » Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:53 am

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 :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Beinn a' Blow - windier than Malcy’s Backside!

Postby Colin1951 » Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:02 pm

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!
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Re: Beinn a' Blow - windier than Malcy’s Backside!

Postby 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!!!!! :shock: FFS, I don't imagine that would have ended well! :lol:

Felt pretty sorry for the guy tbh :lol: :lol: We did give him a ride into Pitlochry afterwards so at least he got home :shock:



apollo0815 wrote:What did Malcy say, when you won the manliness contest like that? :lol: :lol: :lol:

He still hasn't forgiven me :shock: :shock:



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 :lol: :lol: :lol:

:shock: :shock:
Perhaps best avoided :lol:



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 :lol: :lol:
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