Glen Tilt

Munros: Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain, Carn a'Chlamain, Carn nan Gabhar

Date walked: 02/05/2010

This was actually my bank holiday weekend escapade so about time I finally got around to writing a speel about it.
I gave up on the saturday, the weather was slightly worse than forecast in that the showers that were supposed to die out turned into a great chunk of rain across the middle of the highlands according to the radar.
So I had to change my plans a wee bit.
So sunday morning at a nice civilised hour, none of this starting walking in the middle of the night :D Especially as I had my bike with me.

After vast amounts of faffing about at the bridge of tilt carpark I trundled off down the track leading up Glen Tilt for a couple of hours to the last bridge over the Tilt. I left the the bike and my tent, stove and various other bits here, no pont in carrying my house up the hill.

The wee bridge over the Allt Fheannach isn't on the 1:50 only the 1:25 but either way it is there and I did use it and plodded up the heather covered slopes of Meall a'Mhuirich, I think I ended up following a stalkers track as it abruptly stopped as the slope eased, cue a bit of heather bashing before I found another track which led to the summits. Once on the summit of Meall a'Mhuirich there was a good view of the rest of the days amble.

So onward up to the rock covered summit of Carn nan Gabhar. Whilst I was on the summit here I was peppered by snow flurries and the wind, well the wind was cold, cold enough to cut you half if you gave it the chance. After a stroll over to the top of Beinn Airgod I backtracke a short distance and dropped down to the bealach and up the other side to Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain. Not much on the summit of this one, certainly not compared to Carn nan Gabhar with its shelter, trig point and multiple summits, just a pile of stones here.

After this it was a nice descent back to my bike over the heather covered hillside. Set up the tent, put on the stove and enjoy the view over a brew.

The next day, having changed my plans I decided on the easy option of Carn a'Chlamain. After packing up it was back on the bike and back down Glen Tilt to the forest lodge. Bike and kit stashed and on my way up the zig zags of the stalker track. Makes quick going if nothing else. Once close to the summit the wind really picked up, a northerly so Glen Tilt was nice and sheltered. Shelter was sought and found on the leeward side of the rocky summit, nice views.

Having the bike meant it was back down the same way, but the run down Glen Tilt makes up for it, brilliant and much, much faster than walking. I'm convinced Glen Tilt was made with mountain bikes in mind, it's nice to walk but made to bike.

Nothing epic but a nice few days on the hill. Now we'll see how this report thing works out when I press submit...

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