Thursday, 01 November 2012
25.5 km/1083 m/08:45 hrs
Corbett: Creag Mhòr (No. 35)
After I found out (to my dismay) that I would have to wait until next spring/summer until my Munro completion, I decided to focus on the Corbetts in the meantime.
A sunny day was forecast for the Cairngorms, and Creag Mhòr, the Corbett between Bynack More and Glen Avon, seemed a good option. To vary the route a bit, I could return over Bynack More.
From the end of the road at Glenmore Lodge, I walked along Glen More and past An Lochan Uaine, the Green Lochan. At the junction at the Ryvoan Pass I turned right towards Bynack More.
Meall a’ Bhuachaille.
And twenty minutes later, cloudless.
Ben Rinnes on the skyline.
Bynack More and Bynack Beg.
First glimpse of Creag Mhòr.
The path leads into Coire Odhar and over Bynack More’s E shoulder down to the Corrie of the Barns.
As the name suggests, the Corrie of the Barns gives a good view to the Barns of Bynack.
At the ford before Lochan a’ Bhainne I left the path and climbed up the easy slope to the bealach between Creag Mhòr and the rocky 875 m top opposite.
Creag Mhòr summit tor.
I even managed to climb on top of the tor without problems
Beinn a’ Bhuird.
View E towards Glen Avon.
On my way down the easy slopes towards the S end of Lochan a’ Bhainne, I tried to figure out the best route up to Bynack More’s S ridge.
Lochan a’ Bhainne.
At the start of the ascent.
Higher up, the slope becomes very steep and I made slow progress.
Looking towards the Fords of Avon and the Lairig an Laoigh.
Lochan a’ Bhainne and Creag Mhòr.
The Glasath, a tributary of the Water of Caiplich.
Beinn a’ Chaorainn Bheag and Beinn a’ Chaorainn.
Beinn a’ Bhuird.
After the steep ascent I needed a break and sat down on a boulder for a late lunch, enjoying the sun and the views.
Beinn a’ Chaorainn, the Lairig an Laoigh and Beinn Mheadhoin.
With my energy levels topped up, I continued along Bynack More’s S ridge, passing the Barns of Bynack on the way.
Barns of Bynack.
Apart from this largest one, there are several “Little Barns of Bynack” dotted along the way.
Bynack More summit cairn.
The path along the ridge was easy to walk on, but for the steep descent from the N end I had to put MicroSpikes on.
It got dark very quickly, but on the good track back to Glenmore Lodge this wasn’t a problem (I generally try to avoid using a headtorch if I can). It was definitely worth getting out on a day like this 🙂