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Beinn Bhreac or Meall Dubh?

Beinn Bhreac or Meall Dubh?


Postby BlackPanther » Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:48 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Meall Dubh

Date walked: 05/02/2017

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 14.7 km

Ascent: 659m

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January was a month of Munro repeats. We re-visited four M's, some we always wanted to climb in winter conditions. That it was more "winter" than proper winter, we couldn't help :( But at last, February arrived with some white conditions on the hills and I was eager to add a new peak to my statistics!

Finding a new Munro or Corbett proved impossible this time of the year, at least without driving ridiculous distances. Yet when it comes to Grahams, there is still plenty to choose from, even for short days :D After much deliberation, we picked two Grahams: Beinn Bhreac (Ullapool) and Creag Dhubh Mhor (Achintee). As weather looked better further north, we decided to do the Ullapool hill, hoping for nice views of surrounding higher mountains.

Our wish was granted, but sadly, conditions were not as perfect as predicted, much more high cloud than expected. Therefore photos came out a bit grey and depressing :( I have tampered with brightness/contrast buttons on some of them, just to make the views brighter :wink:

Our route was straightforward and probably the most popular for this hill, starting from the Beinn Dearg car park at Inverlael. Forest tracks give an easy access to the upper reaches of this Graham:

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Before I get to views, a few words about the confusion caused by the name. SMC Graham Guide calls it Beinn Bhreac, WalkHighlands and A. Dempster's Guide to Grahams - Meall Dubh. Actually, Meall Dubh is the name for the lower top of the Graham (646m) and the name Beinn Bhreac doesn't even appear on 1-50k OS map :roll: I know, I know, confusing. The fact is, to bag this hill one has to visit the SOUTHERN top, which is the one closer to Inverlael car park. Just as well :lol:
We started from the car park quite early on Sunday, not that we needed more time, but we wanted to be back home for 2pm to watch a ski jumping competition (another weird hobby of mine, I'm a mad ski jumping fan). Weather was all right though quite cloudy, especially as we walked through the forest:
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Having crossed the first bridge, we followed a wide forest track parallel to the river for about a mile and after it turned sharp left, we turned to a narrow track going steep uphill. As we gained height, the first views appeared, so far just Beinn Dearg in cloud:
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Out of the woods and through a gate, we continued on the track, now heading up at an easy angle, with wider views opening up.
Beinn Dearg group:
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Beautiful An Teallach:
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Walking so far had little to do with proper winter climbing, considering the conditions:
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Higher up, where the ground becomes almost even for a short distance, the track was quite icy, but I was glad to experience real winter for a change!
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We took a short break to snap some photos, we spotted a small herd of deer in front of us - they even posed for a picture with the summit of Beinn Bhreac behind!
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The track actually goes further than marked on the map. First, we had to cross a small stream:
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...then make our way up more boggy/icy underfoot, at least views behind us were decent:
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The Deargs again:
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Happy Panther trudging up white snow - that's what winter is all about:
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The western sky was nice and blue and we couldn't take our eyes of An Teallach:
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Seana Bhraigh, seen from this side, does not look very exciting, I must admit:
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As we emerged on the summit plateau, the VT track ended, but we spotted the little lochan marked on 1-25k map, just to the east of us. The true summit lies just behind it.
We traversed to the summit cairn and dropped our rucksacks. Snow was getting into my boots so I put on my gaiters, but apart from that, my new winter booties felt pretty good and comfortable. I have to wear two pairs of socks with them but just as well, we need insulation in winter!
The summit (marked by a small cairn on a rocky prominence) was rather windy, but we stayed long enough to snap some good photos of surrounding hills. Beinn Bhreac is a superb viewpoint - highly recommended for a good winter day! Assynt hills stood up on the northern horizon, lined up like on a parade:
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Ben More Coigach and Stac Pollaidh:
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Beinn Ghobhlach:
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The Forge again:
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Fisherfields and the wee lochan:
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Me (59th Graham) and Lucy (25th) on the summit of Beinn Bhreac:
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Another walker arrived five minutes after us, a nice fellow from Burghead, we started chatting, the usual way hill-maniacs talk. I climbed this and that, and I liked such and such hill :D :D :D It's always lovely to meet people with the same bug we carry :wink:
At least this time we didn't meet any motorbikers, trying to make their way up a mountain, stinkyfying the atmosphere!!!!
We took a slightly different line on descent, aiming straight for the spot where the track crosses the stream. Time permitted, it is possible to traverse to another lower top, Carn Mor, and then pick the Seana Bhraigh path, but I wanted to be home to watch Mister Stoch jumping 8)
Summing up, this is an easy Graham, but worth saving for a clear day if only for the views.
Last edited by BlackPanther on Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:38 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Beinn Bhreac or Meall Dubh?

Postby katyhills » Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:47 pm

Sometimes those smaller hills are a delight when you get those views :)

Those photos of Teallach are really stunning, and also the Assynt hills. Beautiful anyway - but the snow on them just makes them even better!

Unfortunately, the top of your local hill (Wyvis) isn't looking so pretty. Did you hear about or see the damage by some idiots on quad bikes? What's wrong with these stupid clowns? :shock: :-x
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Re: Beinn Bhreac or Meall Dubh?

Postby Blokewithastroke » Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:41 pm

Very brave of you to go out and climb this hill on a very cold and wintery day! However, I have to say that I was a bit puzzled as to why you had to be back to see the Ski Jump on T.V.? Video Recorder, anyone? I have slightly gone-off ski-jumping, I must confess - I wonder why? :crazy: I am more of a speed skater these days :lol:
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Re: Beinn Bhreac or Meall Dubh?

Postby m3doc » Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:49 pm

I had hoped to bike most of this track but the ATV track through the fire-break from the forestry track junction north of Glensguaib was too steep for me (though could be bypassed by taking the forestry track a half km left then back right) and it's continuation steeply north from upper forestry track is too eroded to cycle up, with the crowning obstacle being the padlocked gate exiting the forest :(
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Re: Beinn Bhreac or Meall Dubh?

Postby BlackPanther » Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:56 am

m3doc wrote:I had hoped to bike most of this track but the ATV track through the fire-break from the forestry track junction north of Glensguaib was too steep for me (though could be bypassed by taking the forestry track a half km left then back right) and it's continuation steeply north from upper forestry track is too eroded to cycle up, with the crowning obstacle being the padlocked gate exiting the forest


Yes, I remember the steep section in the forest - not good for cycling :(

But regardless, it's an easy hill for short January days. I wondered if we could revisit it to bag the northern top. Weather this weekend looks good but Kevin is still recovering from flu so it's all up to how he feels...
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