A Little Dam Walk

Grahams: Creag Gharbh

Date walked: 11/06/2022

Time taken: 2.25 hours

Distance: 8km

Ascent: 406m

This walk was preceded by 'Ben Lawers Five'.

View from Killin's Graham, Creag Gharbh.

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After a pleasing haul of 5 Munros no less the day before, I contemplated toughing out Meall Corranaich and Meall a' Choire Leith (the other two of the Lawers ridge), but just couldn't stomach the worse damn wind and rain that was on offer today. To avoid travel wasteage (especially with damn fuel prices as they are), in such circumstances I believe in bagging some separate lesser peak, which would one day have required a separate walk to do in any case. Also, I can take some pride in not having shied away entirely from the finer aspects of Scotland's climate. So, that's what this little venture was; the dam in question was the Lochan Brealclaich dam, just several miles east of Killin, and the Graham was Creag Gharph.

I was able to drive right up to Tilhill's company gates, leaving a damn short out-and-back walk of 2 hours. If I'd had a spanner for the bolt, I could even have let myself in and parked right up beside the damm dam, to leave a 20-minute plod to the summit, but this would have been the height of laziness and perhaps a bit cheeky too. In the event, it was a damn enjoyable little stroll, the cold squalls giving me an authentic little memory of June weather in Scotland for this latest 3-day trip. The summit is a little gem of a vantage point, and on the return walk I decided to walk across the dam just for the damn fun of it, plus I learnt of the existence of a thing called the Rob Roy Way (the dam access road is part of it). All in all, a damn exhilirating little day, really.

The Lochan Breaclaich dam, with my Graham beyond.

Bleakness and cuteness, ascending Creag Gharbh.

A wet and windy Creag Gharhb 637m (2,091 feet).

Killin down there.

Looking east down Loch Tay.

Bheinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers across there, in those clouds, where I was yesterday:-)

The dam walk, why not?

My car gets lonely at times on these walks.

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Ben Lawers Five

Attachment(s) Munros: An Stùc, Beinn Ghlas, Ben Lawers, Meall Garbh (Ben Lawers), Meall Greigh
Date walked: 10/06/2022
Distance: 22km
Ascent: 1760m
Comments: 1
Views: 341

Din Law now has a cairn because I made one!

Attachment(s) Donalds: Cape Law, Under Saddle Yoke
Date walked: 09/06/2022
Distance: 14.5km
Ascent: 901m
Comments: 4
Views: 371

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Attachment(s) Corbetts: Meall na Fearna
Date walked: 30/04/2022
Distance: 24km
Ascent: 1212m
Views: 270

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Attachment(s) Munros: Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn), Stùc a' Chròin
Corbetts: Beinn Each
Grahams: Sgiath a' Chaise
Date walked: 29/04/2022
Distance: 21km
Ascent: 1957m
Views: 449

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Attachment(s) Corbetts: Hart Fell
Donalds: Hart Fell, Swatte Fell, Whitehope Heights
Date walked: 28/04/2022
Distance: 29km
Ascent: 1376m
Views: 396

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Attachment(s) Corbetts: Mam na Gualainn
Date walked: 03/03/2022
Distance: 18km
Ascent: 1203m
Comments: 4
Views: 484

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 02/03/2022
Distance: 13km
Ascent: 1162m
Comments: 9
Views: 852

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Attachment(s) Munros: Sgùrr Èilde Mòr
Date walked: 01/03/2022
Distance: 18km
Ascent: 1399m
Views: 344

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Attachment(s) Munros: An Caisteal, Beinn a' Chròin, Beinn Chabhair
Date walked: 09/02/2022
Distance: 19km
Ascent: 1662m
Comments: 8
Views: 1736

The English Alpinist

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