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3 Munros from Loch Laggan with Mountain Thyme

3 Munros from Loch Laggan with Mountain Thyme


Postby Johnny Corbett » Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:21 pm

Route description: Beinn a'Chlachair, Geal Charn and Creag Pitridh

Munros included on this walk: Beinn a'Chlachair, Creag Pitridh, Geal Charn

Date walked: 07/04/2011

Time taken: 7 hours

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Met Mountain Thyme at the layby for the first time and after a introduction we got kitted up and set off at 09.00hrs.

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There was a little bit of rain as we set off, which didn't last long, though the weather in general for the day wasn't the best.

We had previously decided to cycle up as far as Lochan na Earba, where we would ditch the bikes then set off on foot.
The cycle up was pretty straight forward on the stony landrover track, with only one short steep section. We reached the Lochan in about 1 hour i think, where we padlocked the bikes then headed up the path.
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Lochan

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The bikes and MT

We were on the path for about 1km where we then left it to head south across the boggy approach to Beinn a'Chlachair.
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MT on way up a'Chlachair

Visibility was quite poor as we climb onto the ridge, with MT checking her GPS to make sure we were heading in the right direction, as her usual Mountain Guide was unavailable today :D
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On the ridge

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Almost at the summit

We reached the summit around 12ish but unfortunately there were no views.
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JC on summit

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MT on summit

On leaving the summit visibility started to improve and we haeded down the ridge towards Geal Charn
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Down the ridge

Once we got over the stony section it was a straight forward walk until we had to descend which was reasonably steep and once down we got a look back at the summit.
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Beinn a'Chlachair

All the hard work was now behind us and it was an easy climb upto Geal Charn
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Geal Charn

The problem we were now dealing with was the gale force wind, and thank goodness for the huge cairn on Geal Charn as it gave us shelter where we had some lunch.
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JC

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MT

After lunch it was time to brave that strong wind and head over to Creag Pitridh, again a straight forward easy climb.
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Looking back to GC

As i approached the summit of CP i was almost blown off my feet, and warned MT to prepare her for it.
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CP summit with JC

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CP summit with MT

After a quick couple of photos we headed south west to pick up the path we were on at the start of the walk.
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Binnein Shuas

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Binnein Shios

On reaching the path MT topped up her water bottle, then it was a short walk to the bikes.
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MT tops up

We arrived at the bikes in no time at all, where we enjoyed the view across Lochan na Earba, taking more photos. This loch has a lovely beach but as the water was high we were unable to see it.
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Bikes still there

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Binnein Shuas

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Lochan na Earba

It was now a easy cycle back to the cars
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Deer

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MT on her bike

We arrived back at the cars around 4ish, thanked each other for the company and arranged our next walk which would be Carn Gorm and Beinn Mheadhoin in two days.
Last edited by Johnny Corbett on Wed Apr 20, 2011 6:41 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: 3 Munros from Loch Laggan with Mountain Thyme

Postby ChrisW » Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:37 pm

Looked like a great day, particularly as the weather opened up for you later on allowing you to grab some cracking pics :D
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Re: 3 Munros from Loch Laggan with Mountain Thyme

Postby mgmt! » Sun Apr 17, 2011 7:37 pm

cracking report jc, just enough mix of fun and info and not too long that it bores the pants off you, that mt must be very posh having her own mountain guide :lol:
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Re: 3 Munros from Loch Laggan with Mountain Thyme

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sun Apr 17, 2011 7:57 pm

ChrisW wrote:Looked like a great day, particularly as the weather opened up for you later on allowing you to grab some cracking pics :D


Yeah lovely area this, Chris
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Re: 3 Munros from Loch Laggan with Mountain Thyme

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sun Apr 17, 2011 7:59 pm

mgmt! wrote:cracking report jc, just enough mix of fun and info and not too long that it bores the pants off you, that mt must be very posh having her own mountain guide :lol:


Yeah she spoke about her Mountain Guide quite a lot but never mentioned how much she was paying him. She's getting GPS so maybe the guides getting sacked :D
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Re: 3 Munros from Loch Laggan with Mountain Thyme

Postby mountain thyme » Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:32 pm

MT on way up a'Chlachair
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Great report JC.... MT on the way up a' Chlachair... were you taking that pic from behind me? didnt realise i was that far ahead :lol:
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Re: 3 Munros from Loch Laggan with Mountain Thyme

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:43 pm

mountain thyme wrote:MT on way up a'Chlachair
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Great report JC.... MT on the way up a' Chlachair... were you taking that pic from behind me? didnt realise i was that far ahead :lol:


Yip, i was behind you all the way, right behind that GPS :D
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Re: 3 Munros from Loch Laggan with Mountain Thyme

Postby mountain thyme » Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:51 pm

Photos are great.. better views (eventually) than i remember! Thanks for the company and good chat that day.
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Re: 3 Munros from Loch Laggan with Mountain Thyme

Postby LeithySuburbs » Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:05 am

I don't remember that causeway in the first photo - the water level must have been much lower. Nice report anyway :D .

I had the classic Lochan na-Earba pic on my trip 8) .

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Re: 3 Munros from Loch Laggan with Mountain Thyme

Postby Johnny Corbett » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:19 am

LeithySuburbs wrote:I don't remember that causeway in the first photo - the water level must have been much lower. Nice report anyway :D .

I had the classic Lochan na-Earba pic on my trip 8) .

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I mentioned the causeway to MT, saying "if that wasn't there it would be a long way round"
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Re: 3 Munros from Loch Laggan with Mountain Thyme

Postby Johnny Corbett » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:21 am

mountain thyme wrote:Photos are great.. better views (eventually) than i remember! Thanks for the company and good chat that day.


It was a pleasure :D
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Re: 3 Munros from Loch Laggan with Mountain Thyme

Postby monty » Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:16 am

Nice report Johnny,
Good move using the bikes otherwise its a long walk. The weather didnt look too bad in the photos but the strong wind must have been scary on the summit. The water looks very high condidering we haven't had much rain. :D

P.s. MT is racing around those munros. :D
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Re: 3 Munros from Loch Laggan with Mountain Thyme

Postby Johnny Corbett » Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:22 pm

monty wrote:Nice report Johnny,
Good move using the bikes otherwise its a long walk. The weather didnt look too bad in the photos but the strong wind must have been scary on the summit. The water looks very high condidering we haven't had much rain. :D

P.s. MT is racing around those munros. :D


She sure is, there's no stopping her. I think the water level is possibly down to all the snow we had.

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Re: 3 Munros from Loch Laggan with Mountain Thyme

Postby mgmt! » Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:40 pm

Yeah she spoke about her Mountain Guide quite a lot but never mentioned how much she was paying him. She's getting GPS so maybe the guides getting sacked :D[/quote]

heard through mountain guide gossip its not a lot, " a few pints of porter and a smell of a pound " was the words used, as for him getting sacked, word is he will have guided her up all the munros before she can get any routes downloaded onto the gps :?

ps, monty, were did you get the john paul gaultier mountain gear ? looks great.
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Re: 3 Munros from Loch Laggan with Mountain Thyme

Postby dooterbang » Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:42 pm

mgmt! wrote:monty, were did you get the john paul gaultier mountain gear ? looks great.


Brilliant, was just thinking how fetching he looked :lol:


Well done Johnny.
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