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Ben Alder and Beinn Bheoil

Ben Alder and Beinn Bheoil


Postby gman » Wed Sep 11, 2013 12:14 pm

Route description: Ben Alder and Beinn Bheoil from Culra

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Bheoil, Ben Alder

Date walked: 10/09/2013

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 47 km

Ascent: 1527m

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Bagged the other 4 from Dalwhinnie last Thurs, weather looking changeable this week so made a last minute decision to come back & get these 2. Cycle in was fine, apart from at the gatehouse where I went straight for the path at the side of the wall then realised at the other side that the gate was wide open & I could have just cycled through - d'oh.

Cut off to the bridge for the bothy, but I'm staying on this side today for Alder.
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Path is OK initially , then gets steeper with frequent drainage ditches to cross. Parked the bike further up, not far from the cairn marking the path to Long Leachas:
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Path soon peters out, ground a bit marshy with a burn to cross then onto the Long Leachas ridge. WH route suggests bypassing the first hillock, but I went over it hoping for dry higher ground:
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There is some very easy scrambling if you follow the path, or you can follow the apex of the ridge for more fun stuff.
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Back down the ridge:
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Onwards:
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Path or interesting stuff:
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From the top:
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Short Leachas:
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Beinn Bheoil:
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Then round the cliffs to the top.
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Trig point, Loch Ossian behind.
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Remains of OS camp.
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Round the cliffs again.
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Bheoil again.
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Steepish descent to boggy ground at the bealach between the 2 Munros:
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Sandy beaches at the far end of Loch Ericht - also better weather further south today!
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Schiehallion fron Sron Coire na h-Iolaire.
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Bheoil with Loch Ericht on the right - the route starts at the far end of the Loch, would be quite a trek without a bike.
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Ben Alder cliffs:
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Sron Coire na h-Iolaire:
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Descent from Bheoil, there's scree on the left hand slopes and the path descends to the left on the grass beyond the scree.
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Path quickly disappears then it's heather with bits of bog till you get back on the stalkers path. Last look at the Long Leachas and Lancet Edge:
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Nice cycle back, a couple of steep hills so I tried to detour on the low road at the side of the loch despite reading here that it's blocked off. I can confirm it's blocked off :D
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Re: Ben Alder and Beinn Bheoil

Postby Gavin99 » Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:07 pm

Nice one , those ridges look great , looking forwards to visiting this area 8)
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Re: Ben Alder and Beinn Bheoil

Postby Collaciotach » Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:22 pm

Good color's now great photographs yet to do Bheoil !
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Re: Ben Alder and Beinn Bheoil

Postby dogplodder » Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:05 pm

Great photos. Don't have a bike and just wondering how long that would take walking all the way. :D
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Re: Ben Alder and Beinn Bheoil

Postby gman » Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:39 am

dogplodder wrote:Great photos. Don't have a bike and just wondering how long that would take walking all the way. :D


I was on the bike for 33km, which took 2 and a half hours, on foot that would take...too long :lol: Passed a couple in the morning who had given up on the walk out and pitched their tent in a passing place on the road next to Loch Ericht.
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Re: Ben Alder and Beinn Bheoil

Postby rob munbett » Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:17 pm

Great light and colour in the photos and a most helpful commentary.
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Re: Ben Alder and Beinn Bheoil

Postby riverlodge » Fri Sep 13, 2013 2:52 pm

got to agree with rob above, your reports are always incredibly informative with pretty spectacular pics that also help a lot. ta!
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Re: Ben Alder and Beinn Bheoil

Postby ceaser » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:27 pm

fantastic pictures and report again gman , we cycled in and out last sunday and did the 6 ,did these 2 first to get the tough bit out the way early on , never seen much of either of them due to clag ,so its good to see what they look like :)....... on the plus side ,we did get great vis on the remaining 4 :D
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Re: Ben Alder and Beinn Bheoil

Postby PeteR » Sat Sep 14, 2013 9:57 am

Nice autumn colours and some great photos :D

Still got these two do and your report and photos has certainly whetted the appetite :D
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