Saturday, June 10, 2006

Bridge of Orchy Hills: Beinn Dorain (64), Beinn an Dothaidh (129), Beinn Achaladair (94) and Beinn a Chreachain (61)

Walk date: 07/07/05
My Munro #'s: 31, 32, 33 and 34

Looking back at the ascent to Coire an Dothaidh as the cloud breaks:

Myself on the summit of Beinn Achaladair:

Views toward Beinn a Chreachain (far right):

Paul and Andrew Walks 2005. Using our new base of the Glencoe Youth Hostel, this walk was a combination of two walks from my book, enabled by a steep link between the first pair and the second. We started from the Bridge of Orchy hotel carpark and made good progress on the ascent, although the ground was a spongey type of surface which was less satisfying underfoot than harder gravel and rock. The end of the ascent to Coire an Dothaidh was the steepest point, but gave nothing to worry about. From here we took a detour away from the rest of the day's hills to take in the southern peak of Beinn Dorain, which took longer to get to than my mental preparation of a 'quick detour' had expected, not helped by many false tops! Good views opened up however along the way with breaking lower cloud. The route to Beinn an Dothaidh was a hearty ascent, but with a more dramatic descent off its north-eastern edge to reach the ridge of Beinn Achaladair. Once the traverse had been managed though the way ahead was leisurely with the gentle crest of the ridge making for a nice lunch spot. Beinn a Chreachain presented no real worries either although the cloud descended at this point no reports of the fantastic view are possible. The cloud kept with us all the way back to the Bridge of Orchy, but we never got a drop of rain the entire day.

Our pint and dinner back in the hotel took a sad turn as upon turning Paul's phone on (he is from London), he started getting messages from concerned friends and relatives. Un-be-known to us the events of the 7 July bombings had unfolded over the course of the day. It was such a sharp contrast to the peace of the day as we stood watching the hotel TV. Needless to say the evening was spent more in reflection than in any sort of boost from the walking as is the usual case.

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