Beinn a’ Chearcaill

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

13.1 km/715 m/04:45 hrs

Graham: Beinn a’ Chearcaill (No. 15)

The forecast was for a sunny morning, but then cloud would build up in the afternoon. I had planned a short walk to take advantage of the nice warm weather before it would deteriorate. From the parking area a few hundred metres NW of Bridge of Grudie I walked back along the road and past the cottage, where a good path starts right in front of the building.

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Slioch.

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After following the River Grudie for a while, a minor path branches off to the right and leads up into Coire Briste.

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View back from Coire Briste.

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At the head of the coire the path peters out, and I just headed in the general direction of the summit, aiming for a spur pointing NE of it. There were a few steep, frozen snow patches to negotiate, and I was glad I had brought MicroSpikes.

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More icy patches…

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… and almost a proper ice rink!

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Soon after, I reached the large flat summit area, which is quite a unique sight.

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Unfortunately, the air was very hazy, but the view across the lochans between Beinn Eighe and Beinn Dearg was still impressive, with the sun glittering on their surfaces.

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Meall a’ Ghiuthais.

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Beinn an Eòin.

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Beinn a’ Chearcaill summit cairn.

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The forecast clouds did eventually roll in from the west, and they seemed to grab Sail Mhòr like a hand…

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For the descent I tried to avoid most of the snow and ice patches, and chose a route further E along a stream.

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Beinn Eighe, being enveloped in clouds.

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On my way down, the clouds had reached Slioch as well – I had been lucky to have got my timing of this walk just right 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Beinn a’ Chearcaill

  1. Looks like there are some superb views up there.
    Very unusual summit as you say, there are a few pieces of ground like that around that area but never seen any so high up.
    Nice we trip out; must remember it, a good option for short day.

  2. Brilliant pic of Sail Mhor with the cloud formation 🙂
    This hill has been on my list for quite a while now but I have been saving it for a spell of good weather in order to have a summit bivvy.The scattered rocks on the summit area could look quite wonderful in the early morning or late evening light.Maybe this year coming….

    • When I was up there, I actually had a look around for potential camp sites as well. There are some large flat grassy patches near the rocky summit area, and it must be great to see the sunset and sunrise from up there 🙂

      Good luck with your plan and I’m already looking forward to reading the report!

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