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Blowing off the Cobwebs on Beinn a'Chlachain
by 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
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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.
Beinn a'Chlachain by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Across the Inner Sound to Skye.
Beinn a'Chlachain-2 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Aaaaargh! I'm glad I didn't come across this in the mist.
Beinn a'Chlachain-3 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Beinn a'Chlachain-4 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Cairn at the minor 402m top.
Beinn 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.
Beinn a'Chlachain-6 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Beinn a'Chlachain-7 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
More lochans with Raasay and Skye forming the backdrop.
Beinn a'Chlachain-8 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Liathach and Beinn Eighe from the summit.
Beinn a'Chlachain-9 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
The Achnashellach/Coulags Munros and An Ruadh-stac from the summit.
Beinn a'Chlachain-10 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Trig pint at the summit.
Beinn 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.
Beinn a'Chlachain-12 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
A line of little lochans, one of which is destined for a hydro scheme.
Beinn 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.
Beinn a'Chlachain-14 by anniesmountains, on Flickr
Fantastic walk and a good start to the hiking year.
by onsen » Sun Mar 29, 2015 3:46 am
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by Collaciotach » Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:28 pm
Met an acquaintance of yours today at Fire Brigade BA training , Donald MacKenzie from Applecross a grand fella
by Petr Dakota » Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:56 am
I love the area there...
by BlackPanther » Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:03 am
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!
by kev_russ » Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:58 am
by rockhopper » Mon Mar 30, 2015 12:47 pm
by Beaner001 » Mon Mar 30, 2015 2:11 pm
Those pics are really great, the ones of Skye and the Isles are beautiful
Good to see you back out on the hills making us all jealous of your local area
by Fife Flyer » Mon Mar 30, 2015 6:45 pm
by johnkaysleftleg » Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:27 pm
by Huff_n_Puff » Wed Apr 01, 2015 7:29 am
by AnnieMacD » Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:14 pm
by clivegrif » Wed Apr 01, 2015 5:02 pm
Looking forward to June & my annual trip north.