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Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain doubler

Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain doubler

Postby baggervance » Tue Feb 01, 2011 3:06 pm

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Tulaichean, Cruach Ardrain

Date walked: 30/01/2011

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 12.3 km

Ascent: 1049m

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After having to abort this trip the previous week due to family health issues, I got the nod from my recovering other half that I could go out and de-stress.

I contacted Beelzebub (Dave) to see if he was still up for it and if he could conjure up some Alpine conditions as we were basking in drizzly 9degC in the lowlands of Lanarkshire.

Set off from base camp (the hoose) at 6.50 and picked up Dave at 7.00 and headed up via Callander. Amazingly as we passed Loch Lubnaig it had almost entirely frozen over with a thin sheet of ice. Slightly thicker ice covered Loch Voil and Doine. We parked up in the usual car park at Inverlochlarig and were the second to arrive. A small camper van had obviously been there overnight and the curtains were still drawn. A few others arrived as we prepared our gear. Before we set off from the hoose I had asked Dave if he was taking the winter hardware which he confirmed, thankfully I followed suit as when we got out the car the temperature was barely above freezing and there was fresh snow on the hill albeit a lightish dusting down to about 2 – 2.5 thousand feet.

We roughly followed the same path as Houdi and passed the Scottish bonsai tree. The temperature and wind chill really started to bite as we neared 3000 feet ~ still no need for full winter gear as the side we were climbing seemed to be devoid of any difficult ice or packed snow. Once we conquered (!!) Beinn T we looked down to the bealach between it and Cruach which was a different story ~ large sheets of thick ice and frozen snow. We decided to drop out of the wind and stop halfway down to bealach for some lunch. Boy was it cold, I took my Sealskins off to change to full winter gloves and my fingers were numb in about 2 minutes. We decided it would be best to put the crampons on just now before attempting the climb to CA. We then had a tough but rewarding climb in what felt like the final push to an Alpine peak rather than a bonnie wee Scottish mountain. It was a great experience. The summit was like something out the ice age but unfortunately the cloud refused to completely clear (glimpses of blue sky through a ceiling of about 3500ft ~ varying) to give good photo opportunities. Dave tried some shamen magic but couldn't pull off the clear skies although he had provided weather for a truly brilliant winter experience. We had kicked steps, used several crampon techniques and got plenty use of the ice axe and I even tried my new double poles on the way up and down when out of the snow line.

We dropped back to the bealach and followed a frozen stream down to the road that lead out to the farm and then back to the car

Another excellent day and only my second doubler
Dave on Bein T slopes below the snow line
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Me just as we hit the snow line
On the slopes of Beinn T looking to Loch Doine and Voil
Looking down into Ishag glen from summit of Beinn T
Dave at the top of Beinn T
Dave crossing the bealach and starting the climb to CA
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Me at the summit of CA
Looking down one of the snowy gullies from the summit of Cruach Ardrain
Dave heading down the bealach between CA and BT
Slightly out of focus picture of the large icicles on Beinn T bealach
I reckon this is the crags of Creagan Dubha
Ben More (back right) refusing to come out and play
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Re: Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain doubler

Postby David.Ferguson » Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:19 pm


The conditions if anything made for a better day,good practice with the winter gear and navigating in very poor
visibility.My 2 x Lucozade sport bottles turning to slush puppies and your aquapac freezing up tell the story of the
windchill.First time i have actually worn my primaloft jacket for a good portion of the walk without totally boiling.
It was pretty chilly.Another great day.



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I love this shot as we were heading up BT with the crags above and no clue what we were walking into.
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Re: Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain doubler

Postby ChrisW » Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:19 pm

Great report, picture 2 (as you hit the snowline) is a great shot.....but holy refrigerator batman, it the rest of em made me shiver in the warmth of my living room :shock: though I do now have a fancy for a lucozade slush puppie :lol:
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Re: Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain doubler

Postby kevsbald » Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:58 am

Whoa, that looks like a very cold day. Well done BV, a doubler always leaves a nice sense of satisfaction.
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Re: Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain doubler

Postby monty » Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:28 pm

Hi Bagger.....
Not exactly the best crags to be on in the ice and clag :lol: Good report. Excellent bagging in the conditions :lol:

Re: Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain doubler

Postby Bruadair » Thu Feb 03, 2011 6:07 pm

As you pointed out BV....what a difference a day makes...pretty dramatic photo's, Scott of the Antarticish, also went down one of the frozen burns between BT & CA and what a difference it made to speed of desent.

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