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The Pass of Drumochter, Dalnaspidal Forest

The Pass of Drumochter, Dalnaspidal Forest


Postby Bod » Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:38 pm

Route description: Beinn Udlamain and Sgairneach Mhor

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Udlamain, Sgairneach Mhor

Corbetts included on this walk: The Sow of Atholl

Date walked: 28/01/2012

Time taken: 6.75 hours

Distance: 16.2 km

Ascent: 1007m

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It was time for a return to Drumochter for Valerie and I with a chance to complete the four munros west of the A9, and we managed to climb the Sow of Atholl on the way back, added bonus. So it was Beinn Udlamain, Sgairneach Mhor and the Sow that provided us with a lovely day out in our wintery mountains with the added treat of bumping into Collaciotach and a couple of his friends descending Udlamain. It was fun realising that we recognised each other purely based on the fact we are walkhighlands cyber friends :lol:

Anyway good chats were had and we bid farewell setting off again in our opposite directions of the circuit, both of us looking forward to pint at the Kintail meet in a few weeks time :D

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We headed off first for Beinn Udlamain up the track into Coire Dhomhain followed by a carefully selected steep ascent onto the broad ridge above linking this mountain with A'Mharconaich (see the map above).

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A view of The Sow and the bridge we would be using later on after descending this corbett. I was very keen that this would be our final summit of our day. I was confident it would give great views of the lands all around with the A9 sweeping through dividing East and West. I was not to be disappointed....:)
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Climbing the south east facing slopes on route to Beinn Udlamain.
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Towards the head of our glen now far below.
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Views across southwards towards Sgairneach Mhor.
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The summit of Beinn Udlamain.
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This is the middle section of Loch Ericht now in sight.
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The summit of Sgairneach Mhor.
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Remaining cornice over into Coire Creagach.
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Heading now towards The Sow of Atholl.
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The gap separating the munro and the corbett.
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A' Mharconaich appearing in now glorious sunshine. We were up there earlier in the month on not such a nice day, but still a wonderful one sharing some quality time with spiderwebb and skoob999.
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A great shot looking back towards both of our just completed munros. Drumochter has some wonderful surprises!
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Enjoying being sat on top of The Sow we did not want to leave and we enjoyed this large rounded steep sided corbett as much as many mountains. One final and strange encounter was that Ritchie whilst relaxing too at the cairn discovered a large bone which I first mistook for a frozen baguette covered in frost! On closer inspection I realised it was a chunky limb with remaining flesh and skin! I convinced Ritchie to leave it alone, but whilst dropping back down to the bridge and heading for the car I could not help wondering? How weird, it was not a sheep or deer's lower leg, but something more reminiscent of a Sow's leg!!? Has anyone else ever found this whilst climbing The Sow? Or did any of you simply leave this behind after having lunch early in the week....
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What a great day!
Last edited by Bod on Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:42 pm, edited 23 times in total.
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Re: The Pass of Drumochter, Dalnaspidal Forest

Postby gammy leg walker » Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:50 pm

Nae wurds Bod!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: The Pass of Drumochter, Dalnaspidal Forest

Postby Bod » Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:59 pm

gammy leg walker wrote:Nae wurds Bod!!!!!!!!!!!!


Aye they're coming......... :D
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Re: The Pass of Drumochter, Dalnaspidal Forest

Postby Bod » Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:54 am

There you are Gammy, hope you take the time to read them? And hope you like the pictures too ...:)
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Re: The Pass of Drumochter, Dalnaspidal Forest

Postby Gable Gable End » Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:15 am

Superb report Bod!
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Re: The Pass of Drumochter, Dalnaspidal Forest

Postby jonny616 » Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:15 pm

Nice one Bod. Looks like you & Val had a grand day out 8)
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Re: The Pass of Drumochter, Dalnaspidal Forest

Postby kevsbald » Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:35 pm

Really enjoyed that Bod. The lost limb? Methinks someone rhyming with Labersay was up there......
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Re: The Pass of Drumochter, Dalnaspidal Forest

Postby Graeme D » Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:30 pm

Yes Bod, on a nice crisp winter day like this one, Drumochter gives some excellent high level walking! 8)

gammy leg walker wrote:Nae wurds Bod!!!!!!!!!!!!


Bod is a man of few wurds in his reports. When the drams start flowing though, well, then the wurds pour forth..... :lol:
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Re: The Pass of Drumochter, Dalnaspidal Forest

Postby ChrisW » Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:00 pm

What a fantastic day in the hills Bod, no wonder you didn't want to head home.....are you sure that bone wasn't human :shock: some really beautiful pics too :D
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Re: The Pass of Drumochter, Dalnaspidal Forest

Postby quoman » Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:35 pm

Cracking report bod and pic's

Done the four in december wi hardly any views was going to do the sow but had nae legs left :lol: plus the 6k walk back to the car would have done us in :lol:
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Re: The Pass of Drumochter, Dalnaspidal Forest

Postby monty » Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:43 pm

Superb report Bod. Cracking day and excellent views. Looks like the ships surgeon has been up there with some unfortunate limbless fellow :lol: :lol:
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Re: The Pass of Drumochter, Dalnaspidal Forest

Postby gammy leg walker » Tue Feb 14, 2012 7:40 pm

Fine wurds & fine pics Bod................do you think maybe Caberfeidh had anything to do with that buried bone!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: The Pass of Drumochter, Dalnaspidal Forest

Postby Bod » Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:56 pm

gammy leg walker wrote:Fine wurds & fine pics Bod................do you think maybe Caberfeidh had anything to do with that buried bone!!!!!!!!!!!!


by monty » Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:43 pm

Superb report Bod. Cracking day and excellent views. Looks like the ships surgeon has been up there with some unfortunate limbless fellow

by ChrisW » Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:00 pm

What a fantastic day in the hills Bod, no wonder you didn't want to head home.....are you sure that bone wasn't human some really beautiful pics too

by kevsbald » Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:35 am

Really enjoyed that Bod. The lost limb? Methinks someone rhyming with Labersay was up there......


Cheers guys, we had a great day out thanks.......and I am sure the remains were animal! Just had me thinking...might need to go back up The Sow and check it though before the thaw! :shock:
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Re: The Pass of Drumochter, Dalnaspidal Forest

Postby Bod » Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:58 pm

quoman wrote:Cracking report bod and pic's

Done the four in december wi hardly any views was going to do the sow but had nae legs left :lol: plus the 6k walk back to the car would have done us in :lol:


Thanks quoman, I have very much enjoyed our walks up in Drumochter :D
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Re: The Pass of Drumochter, Dalnaspidal Forest

Postby Bod » Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:00 am

Graeme D wrote:Yes Bod, on a nice crisp winter day like this one, Drumochter gives some excellent high level walking! 8)

gammy leg walker wrote:Nae wurds Bod!!!!!!!!!!!!


Bod is a man of few wurds in his reports. When the drams start flowing though, well, then the wurds pour forth..... :lol:


I like to think I am a man of wise words.....drams or no! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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