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Reluctant Ramblers on Beinn a'Chrulaiste

Corbetts: Beinn a'Chrulaiste

Date walked: 06/06/2019

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 9.8km

Ascent: 700m

Nearly forty years ago, I invited a group of skiing friends up to the Lake District and dragged them round a number of walks. This was repeated twice a year for a considerable time. I found however, that the "whinge factor" was greatly reduced when a lunchtime pub was included on the walk :lol: :lol: :lol: The group eventually christened itself The Reluctant Ramblers" and owing to a business connection of mine we acquired a "logo" drawn by a well known cartoonist.
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The Reluctant Rambler
At the end of May this year two of the surviving members Boo and Bill came up to Scotland for ten days walking. The weather in the last few weeks has been pretty dire, but we managed to make the most of it and kept mainly dry. The question "where are we having lunch?" - a meal I have long given up - was however persistent, and today when the weather was set to improve in the late afternoon, we headed for the newly refurbished Kingshouse hotel, with Beinn a' Chrulaiste planned for later
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Kingshouse hotel - I thought the refurbishment had been done very tastefully and we had nice panninis in the bar.


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The tromp across the exceedingly wet bog is best forgotten, but once on the SE ridge both the weather and the going improved and we made good progress.
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Creise and Meall a Bhuiridh
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Closer view from a bit higher
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South East across Rannoch Moor to Achaladair and Dothaidh
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Down Glen Etive
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The weather slowly improving
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We climbed the steep part of the ridge quite quickly, but there are a lot of false tops before the cairn is finally reached

Views from the summit
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Summit pic - cloud over the Mamores behind
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Down the Blackwater reservoir
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Still pretty gloomy in Glen Coe
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Stob na Cruaiche with Schiehallion on the horizon
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Two views North - patches of cloud still floating round
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To the West the Buchaille dominates
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South East again to Achaladair etc.
The original plan was to traverse the two subsidiary tops of Meall Bhalach, but that meant returning over the awful bog :( so we headed down towards Altnafeadh planning to return along the WHW - dull but dry.
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On the descent: Glen Coe looking a bit brighter: Bidean and Stob Coire nan Lochan out of the cloud
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Looking through the Lairig Gartain between the Buchailles
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Looking down to Stob a'Chrulaiste; We hoped to head down to the L from here, but the steep slopes are convex at the top, it was difficult to see the best line and we decided against it and followed the standard route
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But there is a route down the ridge immediately W of the big gully ( detail from a stock photo)
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We stopped for a rest - face to face with the Buchaille :D
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Creise and Meall a Bhuiridh again
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And straight through the Lairig
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Clouds to the N finally clear :D Eilde Mor on the R - Na Gruagaichean and Binnein Mor on the L - Binnein Beag through the gap
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Reluctant ramblers - "last of the summer wine" perhaps :lol: :lol:
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Another view :lol: :lol: :lol:
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We pushed on down the rather muddy track to reach the WHW: near the bottom
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The 4.4km walk back along the Way took nearly an hour: view from the hotel in the evening sun

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past my sell by date


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: 82
Grahams: 27
Donalds: 6
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2019

Trips: 5
Distance: 40.8 km
Ascent: 3315m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 2

2018

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

2017

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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

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

2014

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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: 4

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


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