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The Hörnli hut from Schwartzee

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 03/08/2019
Ascent: 700m
Comments: 6
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My last Etive Corbett

Route: Beinn Trilleachan, Glen Etive

Corbetts: Beinn Trilleachan

Date walked: 27/07/2019

Time taken: 6.25 hours

Distance: 8km

Ascent: 1000m

Note Photos from two occasions
I've really enjoyed all the four Etive Corbetts. They are big, steep, exciting and with great views: you start directly from the road at a low altitude and they feel much more like Munros. So it was with a tinge of sadness that I set out in late May 2017 to do the last - Beinn Trilleachan. But the weather was red hot, and expecting some en route, I took only a litre of water. But I found not even a trickle :( and by the time I reached the sub-summit my bottle was empty, I was already very thirsty and It seemed foolhardy to go on :(
But forewarned is forearmed, so on this occasion - in perfect but again very hot weather - I took nearly 2 litres which proved only just enough. This close to the West coast, the vegetation low on the hill is luxuriant - to say the least - and the lovely aroma of the bog myrtle permeated the atmosphere :D . I followed the "patchy" path beside the wood through knee deep grass and continued on it for a while after it broke away to the L.
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The start - Cruachan - down Loch Etive - looking majestic
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The path veers off L up and across the hillside
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From a bit higher. I am always intrigued by the perfect parabola between the Buchailles at the head of the Lairig Gartain: A parabola is of the form y= some function of x squared so I take this to indicate that the erosive power of ice is proportional to the square of its depth - but maybe that's just simplistic :lol: :lol:
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In theory you ascend the SE ridge, but the only description of the terrain I can think of is "amorphous" - you just plod on up the steep slope :lol: Looking back from higher still - The huge bulk of Stob Dubh fills the R of the picture
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Eventually the angle eases - but it's still quite a way to the sub-summit
At this point on my first attempt, an eagle flew alongside the loch beneath me. from above you see the wonderful golden colour that gives it its name. It turned across the loch, climbed steeply and came back right over my head. I quickly grabbed the camera and blasted away - a bracket of three each time. unfortunately in "idiot automatic" the focus is set for depth rather than pinpoint accuracy, and I didn't have time to adjust it, so the pics are not sharp. I was still quite pleased - at least you can see what it is :) - but compared to other Walk-Highlander's eagles it pales into mediocrity :lol: .
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Across the loch
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Behind me and above my head
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Eventually I reached the point where both summits come into view and it's not far to the sub-summit :D

Views from the sub-summit

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The cairn looking West - Creach Bheinn centre and Beinn Sgulaird R
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Sgulaird L and Fraochaidh centre: I guess that must be Ardgour behind
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Beinn Fhionnlaidh - with Bheinn a Bheithir behind L
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Zoomed view - Bidean on the R and Sgor na -h- Ulaidh and Stob an Fhuarain centre
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Wider view of the whole NW panorama
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Looking up the glen
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Ben Starav is right opposite
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Zoomed
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Looking on to the summit
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From the start of the steep descent - Cruachan across Loch Etive
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Looking back at the descent - seen from here it's quite benign, but it's a convex slope and at the top it's not so obvious where to go. Like most others I think I started down to the R - L in this pic :lol:
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Basalt dykes in the granite

Views from the main summit
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The Ben Lui group on the L over the shoulder of Starav - Beinn Eunaich on the R
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Out to sea - over Creach Bheinn and Barcaldine
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Zoomed view - the white screes of Sgorr Dhearg on the R, Sgorr Dhonuill centre and Fraochaidh L
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Back over the sub-summit and up the glen
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Loch Etive and Cruachan again: I could just make out the paps of Jura and Colonsay on the horizon but the picture isn't clear enough for them to be seen
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I retraced my steps, pausing to peer down this steep narrow gully
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On the drive back up the glen I couldn't resist a photo of An Grianan in the evening sun :D :D
A wonderful day out and a beer at the Kingshouse on the way home :D :D

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Activity: Mountaineer
Mountain: Weisshorn
Place: Torridon
Member: FRCC, AC, John Muir Trust
Camera: Lumix G6
Ideal day out: remote mountain where i'm unlikely to meet many people

Munros: 282
Corbetts: 84
Grahams: 27
Donalds: 6
Wainwrights: 159
Hewitts: 146
Sub 2000: 3



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Statistics

2019

Trips: 9
Distance: 75.8 km
Ascent: 6535m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 4

2018

Trips: 10
Distance: 39.3 km
Ascent: 2088m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 1

2017

Trips: 10
Distance: 29.75 km
Ascent: 2766m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 2

2016

Trips: 16
Distance: 210.95 km
Ascent: 12449m
Munros: 3
Corbetts: 8
Grahams: 5

2015

Trips: 16
Distance: 143.9 km
Ascent: 10590m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 7
Grahams: 8
Donalds: 1

2014

Trips: 6
Distance: 80.6 km
Ascent: 5180m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 6
Grahams: 1

2013

Trips: 5
Distance: 42.9 km
Ascent: 3887m
Munros: 3
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 2

2012

Trips: 1

2011

Trips: 3
Distance: 32 km
Ascent: 2397m
Corbetts: 1

2010

Trips: 2

2009

Trips: 2

2007

Trips: 2

2006

Trips: 2

2005

Trips: 1

2004

Trips: 3

2003

Trips: 8
Distance: 37 km
Ascent: 2586m

2002

Trips: 5

2001

Trips: 5

2000

Trips: 7

1999

Trips: 2
Distance: 35.7 km
Ascent: 1768m
Munros: 2

1998

Trips: 1
Distance: 36 km
Ascent: 1760m
Munros: 4

1996

Trips: 1
Distance: 70 km
Ascent: 3700m
Munros: 8

1995

Trips: 2
Distance: 29 km
Ascent: 2548m
Munros: 3

1994

Trips: 3
Distance: 43.1 km
Ascent: 3739m
Munros: 7

1993

Trips: 2
Distance: 47.5 km
Ascent: 3050m
Munros: 4

1991

Trips: 1
Munros: 2

1990

Trips: 2
Distance: 16.5 km
Ascent: 1108m
Munros: 4

1989

Trips: 3
Distance: 48.5 km
Ascent: 3780m
Munros: 9

1986

Trips: 1
Munros: 2

1972

Trips: 1
Distance: 29 km
Ascent: 1230m
Munros: 1

1969

Trips: 1
Distance: 7.3 km
Ascent: 962m
Corbetts: 1

1960

Trips: 1
Munros: 3


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