Birthday Beinn, and a decade of Walkhighlands
by malky_c » Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:14 pm
Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Liath Mhor a'Ghiubhais Li
Date walked: 21/12/2019
Time taken: 3.5 hours
Distance: 9 km
Ascent: 550m3 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Distance: 9 km.
Ascent: 550 m.
Time: 3 hours, 25 minutes.
Weather: Cold and mostly sunny, some breeze at summit
It's always nice to get a birthday hill in - not something I manage that often. This year it looked promising, provided that I managed to avoid drinking too much at the works night out the previous evening!
I also noticed that it is just over 10 years since I started posting reports on Walkhighlands. In that time I seem to have written up just about everything I have done in the hills, for better or worse. That was certainly not my intention when I first put up a report - I thought it would just be nice to share a few photos with like-minded people and provide some coverage to a couple of the less reported-on hills. It's always interesting to look back on some of those reports and notice that whatever else was going on in my life at the time (some of it not good at all, some of it brilliant), the hills have always been the same, and have provided the same feeling of safety and escape.
Anyway, lack of a hangover and a promise of some sunshine had us heading for Sail Mhor shortly after 11am. Passing Aultguish, the weather didn't look quite so promising out west and we were running a bit late, so we decided to stop off at Beinn Liath Mhor a' Ghiubhais Li as we passed. This was a good move as there was abundant sunshine here.
Beinn Dearg hills
We followed the rough track through forestry at the foot of the hill before breaking out onto the heathery hillside. After a short section of steepness, the gradient levelled off and we traversed the lower shoulder before ascending the final summit cone.
Please fall in!
More views of Beinn Dearg
Leaving the forestry plantation
SE over the end of the Fannaichs
There were some small patches of snow left, but on the whole, most of it had melted earlier in the week. The breeze at the summit was enough to have us getting our warm layers out for a stop. Last time I was up here, the views were limited and the weather awful, so I hadn't realised just what a good viewpoint it was for Beinn Dearg and the Fannaichs. If I had, then I might have been back sooner!
South across Strath Bran
Centre of the Fannaichs
Back towards Inverness
Some birthday/Christmas summit photoshopping...
Corries of Beinn Dearg
We largely descended the same way, albeit cutting a corner to skip out some of the forestry track. Back at the car it was almost dark and I realised we would have been pushed to get up Sail Mhor in the amount of time available (it probably would have resulted in another fun descent of the slabs next to the Ardessie Falls in the dark, rather like our last visit coming off An Teallach in October).
Back to the summit
Last light over Beinn Dearg
The Aultguish and Inchbae were shut, so we stopped off at the Allangrange Arms in Munlochy for a birthday meal - a great day out .
by arjh » Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:49 pm
by Sunset tripper » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:23 am
Here's to the next 10 years. All the best.
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by gld73 » Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:57 am
I appreciate your 10yrs of postings Malcy, I'm ticking off quite a few of the marilyns in the area which don't have detailed walk routes, but I've found there's usually one of your reports to point me in the right direction of where to start from and what to expect on the way!
by BlackPanther » Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:23 pm
I will celebrate my WH decade in November this year - hopefully I'm still alive and meowing. At the moment I feel half-dead after a really bad case of flu. Poor Kevin is still coughing. We haven't been able to do any hillwalking since late December. At least I can browse WH and feel jealous
Beinn Liath Mhor a'Ghiubhais Li was my first Corbett. We revisited it last year and would be happy to do it again. A good one for full winter conditions (if we have any snow this year!).
by dogplodder » Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:34 pm
And a belated happy birthday!
by mrssanta » Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:33 am