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.
The start - Cruachan - down Loch Etive - looking majestic
The path veers off L up and across the hillside
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:
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
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: .
Across the loch
Behind me and above my head

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

The cairn looking West - Creach Bheinn centre and Beinn Sgulaird R
Sgulaird L and Fraochaidh centre: I guess that must be Ardgour behind
Beinn Fhionnlaidh - with Bheinn a Bheithir behind L
Zoomed view - Bidean on the R and Sgor na -h- Ulaidh and Stob an Fhuarain centre
Wider view of the whole NW panorama
Looking up the glen
Ben Starav is right opposite
Looking on to the summit
From the start of the steep descent - Cruachan across Loch Etive
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:
Basalt dykes in the granite

Views from the main summit
The Ben Lui group on the L over the shoulder of Starav - Beinn Eunaich on the R
Out to sea - over Creach Bheinn and Barcaldine
Zoomed view - the white screes of Sgorr Dhearg on the R, Sgorr Dhonuill centre and Fraochaidh L
Back over the sub-summit and up the glen
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
I retraced my steps, pausing to peer down this steep narrow gully
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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