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Bike for Creag Mhor with a safety suggestion

Bike for Creag Mhor with a safety suggestion


Postby bydand1 » Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:16 pm

Route description: Creag Mhor and Beinn Heasgarnich

Munros included on this walk: Creag Mhor (Glen Lochay)

Date walked: 08/09/2020

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 21 km

Ascent: 1000m

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We did Creag Mhor only but don't be put off by the time we took as we're almost 70.
The road east from the north end of Killin is long narrow and slow with potentially a long
reverse if you meet an oncoming vehicle. The car park is obvious and was full of euphoric
and now less frustrated baggers getting out on the hills with the partial relaxation of Covid
restrictions. We tried to do the Walkhighlands map route.
After reading the report "Bike and Hike Creag Mhor" of 28th May 2016 we took the lovely
lower road along the valley floor. It is a perfectly reasonable untarred estate track suitable
for bikes with ideally a bit of suspension. There was only one gate and the one bridge is
in order. We parked the bikes at Batavaime Farm at the foot of the Allt Bad a' Mhaim.
We took the liberty of using a large shearing shed for the bikes which would have been
particularly useful of we'd come back in rain. Zigzagged up the steep track to the top road
and SW for 800 metros to the gate before doubling back as per the Walkhighlands route.
I'd have been best using GPS to go to the exact location of the beginning of the steep
300metre slog up through the cliffs from 412347 so I'd have been more confident for the
exact route.
At 710 metres the slope lessens at 409351.
Coming down the use of these references as Waypoints on GPS would have been even more useful descending a steep slippy grass slope at the end of the day when you can't so easily see
the cliffs compared to going up.
The walk past Sron nan Eun and on to Creag Mhor was an easy joy in the good weather.
bydand1
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