Not quite Cruach Adrain & Beinn Tulaichean
by 2dalmatians » Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:49 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
Ascent: 875mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
So together with Ruby, Bonnie and the new pup Penny we set off from the lay by at the Glen Falloch at 0830.
The first part of the climb was hard going - straight up the fence line at the edge of the forest, however we made good time and were up at approx 1750 ft after around an hour heading SE to Grey Height. We then continued on the ridge towards Meall Dhamh and after a cup of tea and quick bite to eat we approached the last climb up to the summit at approx 12pm and a height of 2800ft. Fitness and weather were not an issue, however the compacted ground and icy conditions were absolutely treacherous. Neither Andy nor I have that much winter walking experience and as we watched a couple of other more experienced walkers (who had passed us earlier in the day) having to traverse very carefully about 100 metres higher up it became clear that we were not going to make the summit by this approach. We took the decision to try and work our way carefully around the mountain through the ice/snow fields with the hope of finding an easier approach from the Beinn Tulaichean side. An hour and a half later we finally made the decision to call it quits. The summit of Tulaichean was in view and it looked like there was a bus load of tourists at the top!! Very frustrating but I have no doubt the right decision. (I think the route attached is fairly close to what we did but not 100%)
It definitely isn't just about reaching the summit (although we are both very competitive and will be back to bag these two soon). We had a great day out, the dogs had a brilliant time and the views were absolutely priceless as always.
Still I did wake up this morning with a bit of a flat feeling and with Andy Murray two sets down I decided a quick jaunt up Dumyat as an antidote was just the job. Set off from the layby on Sherrifmuir at 1130, got to the summit at 1215 and back to the car at 130pm getting me home in time for the cup footie this afternoon. Another great day!
by Merry-walker » Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:19 pm
What fantastic pictures and a smashing report
by Bruadair » Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:50 pm
It's hard lines that you didn't make it, but it was a bit slippy underfoot at times....that said there were a couple of lads that passed us like whippets and that was them without crampons. At around 12.00 we were at summit of Beinn Tullaichean having a cuppa and noticed a couple on extreme west shoulder of Cruach Ardrain which would be consistent with your closest you got photo...so maybe it was yourselves. I am envious when I see people with dogs running free on the hills...I would love to be able to do that, but we have Beagles (5 of) and if they pick up a scent (couldn't be avoided) they would just run and run, and would be stupid enough to run off an edge so I haven't been brave enough to take any along (yet)....... Andy...know the feeling well....it takes me 30 to 45mins to get my breathing right....not to worry, better luck next time, but good report with great photo's.
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by 2dalmatians » Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:01 pm
Bruadair - I think i know what you mean about the dogs. as well as the black and whites I also have a Bassett Hound (Zippy - not the name we gave him as he was a rescue) which is the slow version of the Beagle (we have a Beagle next door - Dougall - and he would make a break for it if given half a chance). The Bassett would do the same but it is kind of slow motion. You see Zippy wandering but there is usually enough time to get him back. He does do Munro's though (Ben Vane) and was with me today on dumyat. If we eve get lost we should be able to follow the trail of slobber back to the car
by Stretch » Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:45 pm
by 2dalmatians » Mon Jan 31, 2011 9:01 pm
by Stretch » Mon Jan 31, 2011 9:32 pm
by skuk007 » Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:05 pm
2dalmatians wrote:...If we eve get lost we should be able to follow the trail of slobber back to the car...
Still laughing at this.
Shame about the walk, so close, yet... you made the right decision though, see the thread on that "Lucky Man".
by jonny616 » Tue Feb 01, 2011 4:19 pm
I did these two from the other side up Tulaichean first. they say the ascent of Adrain is easier. Not relevent when coverd in ice, but just for interest.
by siobhan_flute » Tue Feb 01, 2011 7:06 pm
by Johnny Corbett » Tue Feb 01, 2011 7:28 pm
by 2dalmatians » Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:51 pm