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Life in the slow lane, Beinn Achaladair and a'Chreachain

Life in the slow lane, Beinn Achaladair and a'Chreachain


Postby Frigate » Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:41 pm

Munros included on this walk: Beinn a'Chreachain, Beinn Achaladair

Date walked: 01/04/2013

Time taken: 8.75 hours

Distance: 22.1 km

Ascent: 1385m

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Life in the slow lane - first on the hill and the last off it (had to sweep up and put the lights out).


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Arrived at an empty car park and off onto the hill at 08.25 just as the rush hour arrived, spent the next few hours being passed by them all, not that I could have gone any faster.

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Beinn an Dothaidh

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Rannoch wall

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Beinn Mhic-Mhonaidh

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Stob a'Choire Odhair


Decided to follow the Gorton bothy track as far as the footbridge as per the WH route. Some local signs were indicating to stay south of the river and walk through the woods parallel to the railway line.

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09.00 to somewhere


When I arrived at the footbridge it was destroyed, looked like an iceberg or tidal wave had come down the Water of Tulla and hit it. 20 mtrs up-stream a safe crossing point was found but difficult to access what the normal water level would be.

The wind was brisk and keen in the glen a foretaste of what was to come on the ridge. Made good time up to Coire an Lochain and went all the way into see the frozen loch, the turned left to climb to the ridge between the 981 top and a'Chreachain.

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Coire an Lochain

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Beinn Achaladair

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Clach Leathad and Meall a'Bhuiridh

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Stob a'Choire Odhair and Stob Ghabhar


The wind was blowing in a circular direction in the coire and lots of powder snow had accumulated on the route up until where exposed to the high winds and had hardened into 300-500 mm waves.

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Coire an Lochain headwall

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Frozen Lochain

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Meall Beag

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Beinn a'Chreachain

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Mamores, Grey Corries et al

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Over Meall Buidhe to Achaladair


Before I topped out on the ridge the force of the wind made its presence felt and another layer was required (4) and a balaclava and hood even then the lefthand side could feel the chill for most of the round.

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Ridge up to a'Chreachain

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a'Chreachain summit cairn

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Loch Lyon

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West to Achaladair

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Clachet traverse Black Mount

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What's this one again?


Great walk over Meall Buidhe with fantastic views, wave after wave of white topped giants in all directions.
The top of the ridge was ice covered and the wind had sculptured it like somebody had been round with the Artex comb.

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Back to a'Chreachain

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Beinn Achurin and Auch Gleann


The climb up Achaladair from Bealach an Aoghlan was a little bit tasty, sheets of smooth ice and even with spikes on I had to cut several steps just to be extra safe when changing direction.

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Final climb to Achaladair



The great day had to come to an end and I was chased off the hill by the wind all the way down Coire Achaladair
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Re: Life in the slow lane, Beinn Achaladair and a'Chreachain

Postby Huck Finn » Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:55 pm

Looks like you had a good day, the photos never give a true idea of cold and wind though :roll:
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Re: Life in the slow lane, Beinn Achaladair and a'Chreachain

Postby rockhopper » Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:04 am

Does look cold but that aside, on a day like this who wants to hurry anyway :wink: Brings back special memories of an unforgettable day in these hills - cheers :)
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Re: Life in the slow lane, Beinn Achaladair and a'Chreachain

Postby pigeon » Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:06 pm

Well done kev,steaming on past the one hundred mark already
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Re: Life in the slow lane, Beinn Achaladair and a'Chreachain

Postby Frigate » Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:59 pm

Huck Finn wrote:Looks like you had a good day, the photos never give a true idea of cold and wind though :roll:


Aye, missed you Charlie, had to talk to myself all the way round.

rockhopper wrote:Does look cold but that aside, on a day like this who wants to hurry anyway :wink: Brings back special memories of an unforgettable day in these hills - cheers :)


Thanks RH, don't think it was as cold as your trip in spite of the wind, I could only dream of doing something that big these days

pigeon wrote:Well done kev,steaming on past the one hundred mark already


Praise indeed from one whose just steamed past the 200 (the woods weren't scary at all).
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Re: Life in the slow lane, Beinn Achaladair and a'Chreachain

Postby Graeme D » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:15 pm

Looks pristine! Nice. :D
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Re: Life in the slow lane, Beinn Achaladair and a'Chreachain

Postby PeteR » Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:19 pm

Some very nice photos Frigate. When I'm out I often find myself being the one passed by everyone else :lol:

It's been a while since I was on any of these hills and they sure do look tempting.
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Re: Life in the slow lane, Beinn Achaladair and a'Chreachain

Postby KeithS » Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:38 pm

Hi,

I did that circuit the other way round that day, I must have passed you at some stage.

It certainly was a windy day. I struggled up Beinn a'Chreachain into a terrible headwind and then on the ridge down my favourite hat (red with ear flaps in case anyone finds it) was blown off my head and was last seen heading upwards and westwards over the cliffs in the direction of Glencoe.

I must have been even slower than you as mine was the only car at the car park when I got back and the lights were not too far off turning themselves off.

It was a very good day, in great winter conditions, despite losing my hat and my crampons breaking as I left it too late to take them off :(

Hope you enjoyed your day as much as I did mine
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Re: Life in the slow lane, Beinn Achaladair and a'Chreachain

Postby Frigate » Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:31 pm

Graeme D wrote:Looks pristine! Nice. :D


Thanks Graeme, The wind quickly filled in the boot prints of the quicker walkers making like I was the first not last up there.

PeteR wrote:Some very nice photos Frigate. When I'm out I often find myself being the one passed by everyone else :lol:

It's been a while since I was on any of these hills and they sure do look tempting.


Cheers Pete, gradually getting to grips with the new camera.

KeithS wrote:Hi,

I did that circuit the other way round that day, I must have passed you at some stage.

It certainly was a windy day. I struggled up Beinn a'Chreachain into a terrible headwind and then on the ridge down my favourite hat (red with ear flaps in case anyone finds it) was blown off my head and was last seen heading upwards and westwards over the cliffs in the direction of Glencoe.

I must have been even slower than you as mine was the only car at the car park when I got back and the lights were not too far off turning themselves off.

It was a very good day, in great winter conditions, despite losing my hat and my crampons breaking as I left it too late to take them off :(

Hope you enjoyed your day as much as I did mine


Hi KeithS, yes a very enjoyable day inspite of the wind, now worried as often you can glimpse movement that is not there when out walking but to miss someone passing you??? Its not a very wide ridge either, mind you I did hide behind a rock for a tea break so could have been then.
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Re: Life in the slow lane, Beinn Achaladair and a'Chreachain

Postby Rudolph » Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:03 am

That's a great report. Thank you
Frigate wrote:The climb up Achaladair from Bealach an Aoghlan was a little bit tasty, sheets of smooth ice and even with spikes on I had to cut several steps just to be extra safe when changing direction.

That's what I remember - we'd done that climb just a few days before on Good Friday. It looked really easy on the map and from above. Cold Wet and Hungry had spikes on and found that climb pretty tricky too when we were going back. She found the descent tricky too until we slid down practising self arrest. On the other hand we were passed by runners using spikes only.
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