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A Windy Kingairloch Horseshoe

A Windy Kingairloch Horseshoe


Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:50 am

Route description: Creach Bheinn and Fuar Bheinn: Galmadale round

Corbetts included on this walk: Creach Bheinn (Morvern), Fuar Bheinn

Grahams included on this walk: Beinn na Cille

Date walked: 09/03/2013

Time taken: 6.3 hours

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We were on our way to climb Beinn Bhan when Jimmy and Mo started talking about Strontian and the Corran Ferry which lead to me mentioning this route. The thought of getting 2 Corbetts and a Graham rather than just the 1 Corbett was too much for Jimmy to resist so we pulled into Corran to check i had a map for the area and being the anorak i am there it was, map 49, happy days. We then got the ferry over and drove to the start setting off at 10.15. This was Jimmy and Mo's first outing in 4 months and it showed as they struggled up the steep slopes of the Graham. There was no sympathy from me as the 4 months had been mainly spent on all inclusive holidays, drinking and eating day and night with the odd day spent going into work :crazy: Mo had more stops on this walk than the number 22 bus and was told how she had brought shame and disgrace to the club :wink: which she just laughed off. On our way up Beinn na Cille, Jimmy was blown off his feet at one point, he claimed it was the wind but i'd say it was drink related :crazy: Seriously though that was dodgy moment and luckily Jimmy managed to stop himself slideing down as it was a long way down. The wind kept us on our toes especially on the asscent of Beinn na Cille and it never eased for the remainder of the walk. So with 4 months off and constantly fighting against the wind they both done well to get round this walk and we were all feeling the after effects the following day as we climbed Beinn Bhan. The route itself was straightforward as visibility was excellant all the way round with no steep sections to deal with apart from at the start. There was snow on the descent of both Corbetts but didn't pose any real problems. Once down from Creach Bheinn we made our way to the valley rather than take the ridge back down due to the winds. All in it was a great day out with the exception of the strong winds.

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We took the tree line up

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View back to the start

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Loch Linnhe

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Beinn Sgulaird

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Lismore

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2 alkies struggle up the ridge

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Fuar Bheinn & Creach Bheinn

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Beinn na Cille summit


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Loch Linnhe

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Beinn na Cille

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Beinn Resipol


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Creach Bheinn

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Fuar Bheinn summit

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Mo slides down

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Creach Bheinn

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Beinn Resipol

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Loch Linnhe


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Ardgour

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J&M approach the summit

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Beinn na Cille & Bheinn Fuar

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Creach Bheinn summit

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Leaving Creach Bheinn

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Meall nan Each ridge

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Creach Bheinn
Last edited by Johnny Corbett on Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:19 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: A Windy Kingairloch Horseshoe

Postby malky_c » Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:58 am

Bheinn Bhan isn't a bad hill, but these ones are way better! Good choice, although shame about the grey weather. Mind you, it was probably the best weather going in the country on Saturday - I wasn't far north of you and had similar conditions.
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Re: A Windy Kingairloch Horseshoe

Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:01 pm

malky_c wrote:Bheinn Bhan isn't a bad hill, but these ones are way better! Good choice, although shame about the grey weather. Mind you, it was probably the best weather going in the country on Saturday - I wasn't far north of you and had similar conditions.
Cheers, we did Beinn Bhan on the Sunday, still as windy though but sky was blue :D
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Re: A Windy Kingairloch Horseshoe

Postby BoyVertiginous » Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:10 pm

Nice to see these in a different light, Johnny. Did the Corbetts on a warm but windy October day. Fair play to J&M, that's a steep pull up Beinn na Cille.

I also opted-out of Meall nan Each and dropped into the Glen but kept to the West of the river/dam and got wet, looks like you came down before MnE on the other bank, how was it underfoot?
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Re: A Windy Kingairloch Horseshoe

Postby ChrisW » Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:20 pm

Great report JC, the description of Jimmy & Mo on the ascent sounds like a fitting description of all of my ascents though I have yet to get blown over....my mass is too great :lol: In fairness it does look to be a steep lump to start off, but man those views as you reach the crest are beautiful. :clap:
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Re: A Windy Kingairloch Horseshoe

Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:22 pm

BoyVertiginous wrote:Nice to see these in a different light, Johnny. Did the Corbetts on a warm but windy October day. Fair play to J&M, that's a steep pull up Beinn na Cille.

I also opted-out of Meall nan Each and dropped into the Glen but kept to the West of the river/dam and got wet, looks like you came down before MnE on the other bank, how was it underfoot?
Cheers. Yeah J&M did well, i'm usually behind them so it was good to be in front of them for a change :D As for the route down we were on the west bank as well, i've redone the route more acurately. The last one had us going through the dam :crazy:
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Re: A Windy Kingairloch Horseshoe

Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:23 pm

ChrisW wrote:Great report JC, the description of Jimmy & Mo on the ascent sounds like a fitting description of all of my ascents though I have yet to get blown over....my mass is too great :lol: In fairness it does look to be a steep lump to start off, but man those views as you reach the crest are beautiful. :clap:
Thanks Chris it was a great last minute choice :D
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Re: A Windy Kingairloch Horseshoe

Postby McLEOD » Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:15 pm

Enjoyed both your reports bud, apart from the wind it seems you had some good weather and views :thumbup:
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Re: A Windy Kingairloch Horseshoe

Postby mountain thyme » Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:13 pm

No sympathy from me either ! they have had too many nice holidays recently...
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