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Blowing off the Cobwebs on Beinn a'Chlachain

Blowing off the Cobwebs on Beinn a'Chlachain


Postby AnnieMacD » Sun Mar 29, 2015 12:58 am

Grahams included on this walk: Beinn a'Chlachain

Date walked: 14/02/2015

Time taken: 9 hours

Distance: 18.8 km

Ascent: 823m

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After a 2.5 month break, I'm back! Now that the days are getting longer there are enough hours of daylight for me to get a decent walk in without spending half the time in the dark. I had difficulty deciding where to go but as I knew the Grahams were pretty much snow-free I decided to stay close to home and go up Beinn a'Chlachain yet again. I try not to repeat a route I've already done and this was no exception - but it did make for a long walk for one wee hill.

I started off nice and early and it was a gorgeous day. I walked up the long shoulder to the minor top (with a big cairn) and had a first snack.

ImageBeinn a'Chlachain by anniesmountains, on Flickr

Across the Inner Sound to Skye.
ImageBeinn a'Chlachain-2 by anniesmountains, on Flickr

Aaaaargh! I'm glad I didn't come across this in the mist.
ImageBeinn a'Chlachain-3 by anniesmountains, on Flickr

ImageBeinn a'Chlachain-4 by anniesmountains, on Flickr

Cairn at the minor 402m top.
ImageBeinn a'Chlachain-5 by anniesmountains, on Flickr

This route is a great one if you want to avoid steepness, so made for a great walk for the unfit me! It was a long, slow haul from sea level up to 626m.

Lots of lovely frozen lochans all the way up.
ImageBeinn a'Chlachain-6 by anniesmountains, on Flickr

Frozen bubbles.
ImageBeinn a'Chlachain-7 by anniesmountains, on Flickr

More lochans with Raasay and Skye forming the backdrop.
ImageBeinn a'Chlachain-8 by anniesmountains, on Flickr

Liathach and Beinn Eighe from the summit.
ImageBeinn a'Chlachain-9 by anniesmountains, on Flickr

The Achnashellach/Coulags Munros and An Ruadh-stac from the summit.
ImageBeinn a'Chlachain-10 by anniesmountains, on Flickr

Trig pint at the summit.
ImageBeinn a'Chlachain-11 by anniesmountains, on Flickr

I headed north-west and after one wee gully it was a very gentle descent on and off deer paths all the way to the road just north of Salacher.

Descending to the north-west. Rona and North Skye in the distance. It was a wee bit too hazy to get good views of the Outer Isles and the Shiants - I could just make them out on the horizon.
ImageBeinn a'Chlachain-12 by anniesmountains, on Flickr

A line of little lochans, one of which is destined for a hydro scheme.
ImageBeinn a'Chlachain-13 by anniesmountains, on Flickr

I then had a long trek back along the road to the start. Just 100m before I reached my car, I was offered a lift :( A bit too late for my tired feet.

View over to Skye from near Sand. Beinn a Cro is the pyramid-shaped hill, Bla Bheinn in the centre and Garbh Bheinn to its right.
ImageBeinn a'Chlachain-14 by anniesmountains, on Flickr

Fantastic walk and a good start to the hiking year.
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Re: Blowing off the Cobwebs on Beinn a'Chlachain

Postby onsen » Sun Mar 29, 2015 3:46 am

Great pics & beautiful views...... :thumbup:
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Re: Blowing off the Cobwebs on Beinn a'Chlachain

Postby Collaciotach » Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:28 pm

Bha latha breagha agaibh :D ..... and some grand views :clap:

Met an acquaintance of yours today at Fire Brigade BA training , Donald MacKenzie from Applecross a grand fella :D
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Re: Blowing off the Cobwebs on Beinn a'Chlachain

Postby Petr Dakota » Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:56 am

Beautiful photos ! :clap: :clap: :clap:
I love the area there... 8) :D
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Re: Blowing off the Cobwebs on Beinn a'Chlachain

Postby BlackPanther » Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:03 am

Glad to see you back on the hills :D Lovely little Graham, I have to add it to my list for shorter days!

I don't see anything wrong with repeating mountains, even wit the same route. Myself, I have a few targets to climb again, mainly because I didn't see anything the first time... or I want to revisit a hill in winter conditions.

The deer carcass photo made me jump - good stuff for horror movies! :shock: :shock:
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Re: Blowing off the Cobwebs on Beinn a'Chlachain

Postby kev_russ » Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:58 am

Back on form Annie :)
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Re: Blowing off the Cobwebs on Beinn a'Chlachain

Postby rockhopper » Mon Mar 30, 2015 12:47 pm

A great way to get back into your stride, Annie, and I do like that last B&W photo - cheers :)
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Re: Blowing off the Cobwebs on Beinn a'Chlachain

Postby Beaner001 » Mon Mar 30, 2015 2:11 pm

That's an area im not too familiar with Annie, thanks for posting.
Those pics are really great, the ones of Skye and the Isles are beautiful :clap: :clap:
Good to see you back out on the hills making us all jealous of your local area :lol: :thumbup:
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Re: Blowing off the Cobwebs on Beinn a'Chlachain

Postby Fife Flyer » Mon Mar 30, 2015 6:45 pm

Looked like a nice walk Annie, love the photo of the row of lochans :wink: Some cracking photo's as usual 8)
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Re: Blowing off the Cobwebs on Beinn a'Chlachain

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:27 pm

The views of Skye and Torridon look superb, wonderful pictures as always.
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Re: Blowing off the Cobwebs on Beinn a'Chlachain

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Wed Apr 01, 2015 7:29 am

Great report and photos Annie, I think a visit to Applecross is called for, your photos are really enticing :clap:
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Re: Blowing off the Cobwebs on Beinn a'Chlachain

Postby AnnieMacD » Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:14 pm

Thanks everyone, it was great to be back in the hills. I've got two more reports to write up but so busy at work just now, I haven't been able to fit them in, grrrr!
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Re: Blowing off the Cobwebs on Beinn a'Chlachain

Postby clivegrif » Wed Apr 01, 2015 5:02 pm

Great report and fantastic photos! Wish I had views like that from the top of my local hill :lol:

Looking forward to June & my annual trip north.
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