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Chasing Sunsets on Beinn Bhreac: Batteries Not Included

PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:50 am
by Raynor
I have been planning a summit camp on this hill for a while after getting inspiration (aka stealing ideas) from a couple of reports on here. I figured I had a shot at getting a decent sunset tonight so I was looking for somewhere close to home with good views. This seemed a good opportunity to get the lay of the land before a camping trip while also enjoying the sunset.

On the drive up, all looked well. Sunny and mostly clear skies. As soon as I hit loch lomond, it all became a bit overcast.

After discovering the Inverbeg hotel carpark was not in fact the road up glen douglas, I eventually found my way along the right single track road. A bit of sharp braking was needed to avoid a lamb massacre and before long I was parked up in the signposted parking area.

Tullich Hill from the layby.
I did this hill in a clagfest ages ago and managed to wreck my knee on it. I also came down the wrong side of it and ended up near enough up to my waist in a swamp trying to get back around it. Definitely my most painful day on the hills to date. It all looked rather easy and benign today however.

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There was an ATV track most of the way up the hill. Unfortunately it was a real bogfest on the lower parts. The route initially follows the line of the trees.

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It wasn't long before I attracted the attention of the locals. Nice horns!

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As soon as I took that last photo, my camera battery died on me. Now that I only had my terrible phone camera, I knew for sure I would get a decent sunset :crazy:

The going was hard as it always is on these steep grassy hills. I thought about some grand theft auto but I suppose that's considered cheating....

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Looking further down Glen Douglas

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As it turns out, the sunset wasn't as good as I had hoped but still looked pretty cool behind the arrochar alps. As expected, the camera photos are a bit rubbish compared to what it actually looked like. I was convinced that I had taken about 20 absolute crackers. In reality, I got a couple of OK ones :lol:

It took about an hour to the summit trig. I was glad to see there were loads of places for a tent and even a sheltered shelf right behind the trig

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The summit of this hill is actually quite interesting and rocky for what looks like just a grassy hill.

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Looking back up Loch Lomond

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There was a huge crack that went quite deep. I'm not sure how I will get on doing hills with proper exposed ridges, as I got vertigo peering down this one :lol:

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Ben Lomond directly across the loch.

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I sat around behind the trig for a while enjoying the views and had fun trying to pick out the crianlarich munros that I had done in recent weeks. Ben More and Stob Binean being the more obvious ones.

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As if a sunset wasn't good enough, I even came across a hardcore solitary tree to top it all off. Two of my favourite things to see on a hill :lol:

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As I sat around at the top, I realised I actually had all my camping gear in the car and was a bit annoyed that I hadn't just camped tonight, but since it is such a cool hill with amazing views, I will save the over nighter for a proper sunny day :)


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