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An Orchy Double - Mhanach and Chreachain

An Orchy Double - Mhanach and Chreachain


Postby dooterbang » Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:04 pm

Route description: Beinn Mhanach

Munros included on this walk: Beinn a'Chreachain, Beinn Mhanach

Date walked: 22/01/2011

Time taken: 9 hours

Distance: 20 km

Ascent: 1722m

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Today was an outing with the Scottish Hillwakers Group - destination Beinn Mhanach.

I had emailed the organizer the night before to inform him i would walk to the summit of Mhanach with the group but wouldn't be returning with them, i would be heading NW to take in Beinn Chreachain :)

The forecast wasn't favourable but to our delight the mountain gods had provided clear views, low winds and even some bright sunshine :D

!9 of us set off from Achaladair farm at 9am in SE direction (NE face Beinn Dothaidh to the right)
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The bealach between Dothaidh and Achaladair was soon in site.
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We reached the bealach which provided stunning views over to blackmount and Glencoe/rannock moor.
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Next we walked under the East face of Achaladair in a Northenly direction
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Looking North to Beinn Chreachain (Eve, in this photo, would be bagging her 100th Munro at Mhanach)
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The pace was leisurely, as common with large groups, but having such fantastic conditions it wasn't an issue 8)

A few hundred metres under the face of Achaladair we headed East, more or less in a straight line to Mhanach. The ascent was gradual and presented no problems at all.


The sun was to the South of us which made for some great photos.
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Mhanach was now within our grasp
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Looking West to Achaladair
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At the top Eve was presented with a bottle of Whisky for reaching the ton :)


Stunning views in all directions - Looking East down Loch Lyon to Lawers range.
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During the walk to Mhanach 5 others had decided to join me on to tackling Chreachain :D
So off we headed NW to the ridge linking Achaladair and Chreachain

Looking back to Beinn A Chruin
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On the ridge - looking South to Achaladair
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During the day we had crampons on due to some steep and icy slopes, but the going was generally ok with the snow nice and crisp.

Our final summit was soon in view
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Looking west over Rannoch Moor before final ascent to Chreachain.
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Crampons requried for final ascent - which didn't take long.
The views where stunning from here, what a day :D
North to the Mamores, west to Glencoe, East to Lawers and South to Crainlarich


East to Lawers
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North to Mamores
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We didn't hang around as it was now 4pm - we had an hour of daylight left. We desended down the steep slopes, in a westernly direction below Meall Buidhe, the NE face of Achaladair to our left - which was impressive looking from this side. The last hour was in darkness across open moorlands before picking up a landrover track 2k from the finish - we decided not to use our headtorches :shock:

Got to the cars at 6pm and headed to the Bridge of Orchy hotel for a beer. Some of the guys (and girls) were staying the night as walking tomorrow. After that we headed to Tyndrum for dinner at the Good Food Cafe. Banter was flowing and a good time was had.

I left at 8pm for the 2 hour drive home to Glasgow which was torture due to the thick fog for most of the journey - i got home safe though :)

360 from Chreachain
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjCbAwEbr_Y&hd=1[/youtube]
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Re: An Orchy Double - Mhanach and Chreachain

Postby malky_c » Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:09 pm

Worth waiting for :D
Love it when the weather does this - more than makes up for not being able to get out on Thursday :)
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Re: An Orchy Double - Mhanach and Chreachain

Postby dooterbang » Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:18 pm

malky_c wrote:Worth waiting for :D


Defo. Just wish had more daylight. Cant wait till March :lol:
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Re: An Orchy Double - Mhanach and Chreachain

Postby malky_c » Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:23 pm

:shifty:
Who said March was so great?

Probably going to be a major letdown this year :lol:
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Re: An Orchy Double - Mhanach and Chreachain

Postby monty » Sun Jan 23, 2011 4:27 pm

Superb pictures as usual Dooterbang. nice report. Quite a big group there. :D
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Re: An Orchy Double - Mhanach and Chreachain

Postby kinley » Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:20 pm

Cracking stuff!

That sure was a lot better than forecast.

I was looking jealously your way from a bit further east :lol:

Great looking day - Creachain is very high on my repeat list 8)
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Re: An Orchy Double - Mhanach and Chreachain

Postby dooterbang » Sun Jan 23, 2011 6:20 pm

kinley wrote:Great looking day - Creachain is very high on my repeat list 8)


Yeah, enjoyed this hill.

Defo one i would do again.
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Re: An Orchy Double - Mhanach and Chreachain

Postby foggieclimber » Sun Jan 23, 2011 6:47 pm

Great pictures. Yesterday was a cracking day.
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Re: An Orchy Double - Mhanach and Chreachain

Postby LeithySuburbs » Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:22 pm

So much blue sky and sun 8) . Daylight hours are a pain at this time of year but I'd have been disappointed if you just did the one Munro :lol: .
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Re: An Orchy Double - Mhanach and Chreachain

Postby Graeme D » Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:35 pm

Some stunning pics there Dooterbang - love numbers 3, 6 and 7. I thought I had a pretty good day yesterday until I saw this.
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Re: An Orchy Double - Mhanach and Chreachain

Postby davetherave » Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:53 pm

Fab report with fantastic into the sun shots. Really liked the group shot looking into the sun.

That single person shot looking into the sun looks like your normal kind of pose, it is you aint it. :lol:
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Re: An Orchy Double - Mhanach and Chreachain

Postby dooterbang » Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:17 pm

LeithySuburbs wrote:So much blue sky and sun 8) . Daylight hours are a pain at this time of year but I'd have been disappointed if you just did the one Munro :lol: .


As would i :D

Only did the extra 1 to be 1 in front of your good self :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: An Orchy Double - Mhanach and Chreachain

Postby dooterbang » Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:18 pm

Graeme Dewar wrote:Some stunning pics there Dooterbang - love numbers 3, 6 and 7. I thought I had a pretty good day yesterday until I saw this.


I'm sure you had a fab day Graeme.

When can we expect you to hit that ton?
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Re: An Orchy Double - Mhanach and Chreachain

Postby dooterbang » Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:20 pm

davetherave wrote:Fab report with fantastic into the sun shots. Really liked the group shot looking into the sun.

That single person shot looking into the sun looks like your normal kind of pose, it is you aint it. :lol:


You have a good eye Dave - it is me ....it's the only pose i know :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: An Orchy Double - Mhanach and Chreachain

Postby rockhopper » Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:28 am

cracking photos as usual dooterbang - great weather for it :D
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