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A fairly long way for a remote duo

A fairly long way for a remote duo


Postby rockhopper » Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:25 pm

Route description: Carn Ban via Alladale

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn a' Chaisteil (Strath Vaich), Carn Ban

Date walked: 07/08/2020

Distance: 50 km

Ascent: 1600m

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Early start from the car park just before Glencalvie Lodge. The weather forecast had worsened but was still expected to remain dry for much of the day. The strong wind off the south might make the cycle down Gleann Mòr more challenging than usual although I was hoping that the surrounding hills would give some shelter.


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Initially westwards before crossing the Alladale River just south of Alladale Lodge then cycled along the estate track down through Gleann Mòr.

Rookie error :roll: which I didn’t realise until I was well down Carn Ban – I had accidentally set the camera film speed at ISO 3200 hence the reason that the next few photos are extremely grainy and washed out despite my best efforts on the home PC afterwards – many of the photos were just not useable.

Nice morning and the sun was starting to rise behind me.

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Little to say about this bit as I just kept going. Further down a bit before the track crosses the Abhainn a’ Ghlinne Mhòir, I came across a herd of Highland Cattle spread across the track. No way to get through them but, as I got nearer, they started ambling slowly down the track. I just followed at a rather sedate pace through large clouds of flies and midges as it was sheltered from the wind.

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Fortunately the herd decided not to cross the bridge and continued straight on. I then crossed the bridge, cycled past Deanich Lodge then right at the next junction then down to cross another bridge.

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I cycled up the track a little before leaving the bike just below the hydro dam. Off up the stalkers path which took me to about 550m or so. The clag was now well down and I couldn’t see anything so just kept going NW then W up to the summit.

Summit cairn in the clag

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I had been hoping to be able to see the Seana Bhraigh cliffs but the weather wasn’t wanting to play ball. Waited a bit and it did clear a little for a brief moment – quickly got a photo of the Assynt hills before it closed in again.

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No point in hanging around so I headed back the same way. Needless to say the clag started to lift as I got further down. Part way back I realized the ISO setting was at 3200 and corrected it. Still some snow higher up.

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Did manage to get a glimpse of Seana Bhraigh after all although the low cloud was making everything look a bit murky.

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Spotted a short eared owl rising up from the moor – thanks to WHers for their identification assistance

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Nearly back at the bike and conditions were now a bit brighter – looking westwards along Gleann Beag

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Got back to the bike then cycled over the bridge, past Meall a’ Chaorainn and southwards until the track started to dip downwards.

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Locked up the bike and set off SE up the hillside towards Beinn a' Chaisteil. I was convinced I could see a path in the heather higher up but couldn’t find it. There did seem to be traces of tracks here and there but it was mostly just a case of heading up the open hillside through the heather.

Gorm Loch and Am Faochagach

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Seana Bhraigh and Loch Srùban Mòre

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Got to the summit trig and shelter. Reasonable day now but looked like bad weather may be on the way.

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Had a break then headed back down to the bike and cycled towards Deanich Lodge.

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The simply a case of cycling back to the car. The return cycle was a lot quicker than the outward stretch being mostly downhill. The rain did eventually start about 3 km before the end but there was no pint in stopping for waterproofs and it didn’t last that long. Back to the car, packed up then drove back our holiday accommodation at Coylumbridge after a productive 1.5 days.
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Re: A fairly long way for a remote duo

Postby Jaxter » Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:34 pm

Oh no - the ISO error (or similar) is one of my nightmares at the moment!! I've been using the lockdown to get to grips with "Manual" so I can get better photos at sunrise/sunset/dark but the more I play around with settings the more worried I am about forgetting to change something back :lol:

You got away with it though :clap: Looks lovely down there. I've had these 2 on my radar for later this summer when/if I get a bit of fitness back (but by a shorter route and one at a time!!) but doesn't look to be happening anytime soon sadly. Seana Braigh looks great from there 8)
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Re: A fairly long way for a remote duo

Postby malky_c » Mon Aug 24, 2020 3:29 pm

Nice trip - I quite fancy going up the length of Glen Mor sometime. Have only ever come in from Loch Vaich before. Photos don't look too bad, but it's annoying when something like that happens and you know they will never look the way they should have done!
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Re: A fairly long way for a remote duo

Postby litljortindan » Tue Aug 25, 2020 11:24 pm

Carn Ban looks like a mini Seana Bhraigh on the map and I remember admiring it from there. A pity we didn't get to see its northern corries. Great views from the other hill though.
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Re: A fairly long way for a remote duo

Postby rockhopper » Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:50 am

cheers everyone :)

Jaxter wrote:Oh no - the ISO error (or similar) is one of my nightmares at the moment!! I've been using the lockdown to get to grips with "Manual" so I can get better photos at sunrise/sunset/dark but the more I play around with settings the more worried I am about forgetting to change something back :lol:
Interestingly I got my first proper camera, a Pentax MX SLR, in 1982 on the recommendation of a photographer friend of my Dad; it was manual only, mechanical with only a battery for the exposure meter but even without it the camera was fully functional and it had a lever of the side of the lens mount to able to see the depth of field. I went through many rolls of 35mm slide film trying out different things and settings. Taught me all the basics and still have the camera and lenses but nowadays I take the easy way out with a digital compact - too many settings though :? 8)
Glad to see that you're getting your fitness back gradually - although even not fully fit you still manage far more than most of us !
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Re: A fairly long way for a remote duo

Postby gaffr » Wed Aug 26, 2020 10:16 am

Looks like a fine way in by bike.....at the area of your approach for this way in I have touched when getting to the Corbett.
My way in, by bike, for these two hills was from the Black bridge. Fine images.
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Re: A fairly long way for a remote duo

Postby BlackPanther » Wed Aug 26, 2020 1:50 pm

Interesting way of combining the two. We also used the Black Bridge approach for Carn Ban - all I remember from that trip is a swarm of midges following us all the way :lol:
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Re: A fairly long way for a remote duo

Postby Kinshusrst Kid » Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:14 pm

After I read your Carn Chuinneag report I wondered if these were up next and how you would tackle them. Great pictures of the glens they look stunning. Wife and I did these two as singles, both on foot. We did Beinn a'Chaisteil from Black Bridge. We did Carn Ban from the north. Drove to just before Corriemulzie Lodge, walked to Magoo's bothy, Ditched our gear and went to the summit and back. Stayed overnight at the bothy. Sat outside to have dinner with Seana Bhraigh for company :D Walked out the next morning. It was very relaxing way to do Carn Ban.
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Re: A fairly long way for a remote duo

Postby Silverhill » Thu Aug 27, 2020 9:42 pm

That is such a great part of the country 8) . I'm looking forward to exploring it a bit more when I get back up there. Your Corbett tally is fairly advanced!!
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