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Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain

Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain


Postby Bruadair » Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:42 pm

Route description: Cruach Ardrain and Beinn Tulaichean

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Tulaichean, Cruach Ardrain

Date walked: 29/01/2011

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 12.5 km

Ascent: 1058m

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After another early morning rise and drive up the A80 / M80 & A84 (via Menstrie) we eventually arrived at Inverlochlarig car park area (NN447184) and set off west along track to the style and direction sign for Beinn Tulaichean (NN439183). After negotiating the style and doing a jig across the hoof pitted cow pat field to join a track at (NN438184) and followed it NW to (NN436186) where we chose to start the assent up hill which was almost oposite Houdi's Highland Bonsai. The 300m / 350m was reached with relative ease and with some speed, and on looking back towards Inverlochlarig there were signs that the numbers on the hill were going to be good today as a few others had started up behind us and making good ground.
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Looking East to where River Larig meets Loch Doine and the adjoining Loch Voil
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Mark at Tulaichean summit cairn
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From Tulaichean summit
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Cruach Ardrain ahead sporting a cloudy frill.

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As we drop down to the bealach from Tulaichean and is if to order Ardrain lifts her veil
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Tea time on CA summit and Mark striding on to same..maybe he wants a cuppa
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Quick drink up Mark's coming
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Yours truely...just to prove I was there
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Looking down on Coire Ardrain with River Fillan in distance and I'm thinking Beinn Challium ??
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Looking back south toward Inverlochlarig NN438182 and Stob Breac with her evergreen skirt rising behind
After the summit shots we dropped off Cruach Ardrain to the Bealach and then desended via Coire Dubh following for most part a frozen burn down to, and hobbled along the track in Inverlochlarig Glen, and eventually back through a slightly thawed cow pat field and back to the carpark.
Another good day, with descent weather and a double chalked up....roll on next weekend.

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Last edited by Bruadair on Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:25 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain

Postby houdi » Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:16 pm

Looks like there was a bit more snow up there for you than when I did these two. And I'm pleased you found my bonsai! I liked these two but can't really understand why Tulaichean is a Munro. Maybe the powers that be felt sorry for it? The same can be said for Beinn Glass, I suppose.
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Re: Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain

Postby 2dalmatians » Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:56 pm

Bruadair - I am so jealous! We definitely should have tackled these two from the other side (see my report today). Some great pictures too. Well done. At least you confirm it wasn't a bus load of japanese tourists in shorts on the hill - that would have been too much to take!!
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Re: Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain

Postby Bruadair » Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:28 am

houdi wrote:Looks like there was a bit more snow up there for you than when I did these two. And I'm pleased you found my bonsai! I liked these two but can't really understand why Tulaichean is a Munro. Maybe the powers that be felt sorry for it? The same can be said for Beinn Glass, I suppose.


Yes Houdi...fair bit of snow lying about but still there were a few people managed to negotiate hills without crampons, my colleague had both feet slip from under him at one point and he's about 16ft 13ins tall so it was about half an hour before his RS hit the ground but it looked a sore one.....so we cramponed up after cuppa on Tullaichean

We were going to head further up track to start assent and spotted your tree, so dived off in that direction.

Regards..............B
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Re: Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain

Postby longlegs » Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:38 am

My colleague had both feet slip from under him at one point and he's about 16ft 13ins tall so it was about half an hour before his RS hit the ground but it looked a sore one.....so we cramponed up after cuppa on Tullaichean


I couldn't not reply to this - being the 16ft 13ins individual concerned ..... Use of the RS crampon is an established and well respected technique and very effective when deployed properly :? Unfortunately falling from such rarefied atmosphere means that I do have a slight bruise on the aforementioned crampon and a bit of whiplash thrown in for good measure!

It was a great day out though - good company, calm dry and even occasionally sunny weather and a great chance to test some new kit I managed to persuade the wife, parents and outlaws I needed for Christmas ;-)
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Re: Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain

Postby baggervance » Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:20 pm

Bruadair wrote:
houdi wrote:Looks like there was a bit more snow up there for you than when I did these two. And I'm pleased you found my bonsai! I liked these two but can't really understand why Tulaichean is a Munro. Maybe the powers that be felt sorry for it? The same can be said for Beinn Glass, I suppose.


Yes Houdi...fair bit of snow lying about but still there were a few people managed to negotiate hills without crampons, my colleague had both feet slip from under him at one point and he's about 16ft 13ins tall so it was about half an hour before his RS hit the ground but it looked a sore one.....so we cramponed up after cuppa on Tullaichean

We were going to head further up track to start assent and spotted your tree, so dived off in that direction.

Regards..............B


Amazing the difference 1 day makes. Me and Dave climbed these 2 on Sunday 30th in significantly different snow and ice conditions.

We also passed the Bonsai tree :)

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