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Breaking the half century at Bridge of Orchy
by jonny616 » Tue May 25, 2010 12:14 pm
Route description: Beinn Achaladair and Beinn a'Chreachain
Munros included on this walk: Beinn a' Chreachain, Beinn Achaladair
Date walked: 22/05/2010
Time taken: 9 hours
Distance: 20 km
Ascent: 1270mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Parked the car in the car park kindly provided by the people who's farm it is, breakfast roll consumed while booting up & then headed of beside the wall to the left of the car park. There is a sign saying to the hill, but only follow it if you are going to climb Achaladair first.
We were headed to the bridge over the tulla staying with the track untill we could see the bridge, with good views of the hills & ridge along the way.
After crossing the bridge the path becomes a bit scetchy, but we had the walk notes so when we hit the railway line followed it untill we found the underpass.
Then followed the dear fence up towards coire an lochan, hanging left before reaching the lochan having picked a spot on the ridge to aim for. this was a bit of a slog in the hot conditions. Some deer apeared on the ridge to check us out, but too far away for a decent pic.
Once on the ridge this is a glorious walk especialy with the good weather the views across Rannoch are just stunning & once you reach the summit of Beinn a Chreachain you can see all the hills on the other side.
Before we headed for the summit we had a wee sit down for about 20 minuits just taking in the scene. Watching the cloud come across glen coe which was very hazy looking.
From the summit the drop down is straight forward with an on off path. Once down you can either go straight up the edge of the ridge to get the views or take the diagonal path wich takes you gradualy to the ridge. We did a half & half.
Once on the ridge at Meall Buidhe we stoped for lunch. As Beinn a Chreachain was my 50th munro ( 2 years to the day from my first) i had brought two stella's with me and after a pie & a pint, so to speak, a little dozze was in order.
40 minuits later down to the bealach before heading steaply up to the summit of Achaladair.
The cairn is right on the edge & the drop is pretty impresive.
From this point the ridge walk is still fine, but seams wrong as you are walking in completly the wrong direction form were the car is. With the great weather we ambled along taking our time. Once at the head of coire Daingean the path is obvious most of the way, but even after all the dry weather it is still boggy in parts. Here we also came across our first midges ( much chat on the forum about this)
All in all a great, if long walk.
- mountain coward
Well done on reaching the 50 Some nice pictures too. Strange to have a summit cairn right on the edge And yeo the midges are out and they will soon be biting
by fedupofuserids » Wed May 26, 2010 12:05 pm
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by jonny616 » Thu May 27, 2010 3:46 pm
mountain coward wrote:Still have that to do yet so thanx for the pics - any likely problems for mountain cowards on the ascent of Chreachain? I keep reading little snippets in the books about one tricky bit getting up to the summit from the loch?
This is a perfect mountain coward walk, no tricky bits at all.
This picture shows the path to the summit of Chreachain once you are on the ridge. The loch is out of shot on the left & we came up to the ridge were the snow patch is & as you can see its grassy all the way to the ridge. If you go clockwise as we did.
- mountain coward
by snodland » Fri May 28, 2010 11:48 pm
But the view at the top of both munros is one of the widest vistas I have ever seen on Scottish Hill, stretching from Ben Cruachan in the west up north to Nevis and the Grey Corries and Over to Drumochter Hills in the east.So go do it
- mountain coward
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