Carn na Saobhaidhe

Friday, 01 March 2013

28.7 km/532 m/07:15 hrs

Corbett: Carn na Saobhaidhe (No. 45)

It was time to do one of the not-so-exciting hills, as there was still quite a lot of snow around (on a perfect summer’s day I would have other plans than a hill like this…). I drove down the long single track road in Strathdearn and parked at Coignafearn.

Walking along the track to Dalbeg, I remembered last year’s TGO Challenge when I had camped higher up by the River Eskin and had been snowed in overnight. The next morning I was feeling quite miserable, wet, cold and in need of some company, and was so happy when I met a family of three who had set up camp by Dalbeg.

Today everything was different: It was warm, the sun was shining and the whole atmosphere in the glen seemed a lot friendlier.

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Approaching Dalbeg.

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After passing Dalbeg, I followed the track along the Allt Creagach.

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Bridge across the Allt Creagach Beag.

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Interestingly shaped “cornices” on the banks of the Allt Odhar.

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After the track peters out, there are about 2.5 km of peat hags to cross. But it wasn’t as bad as I had expected because the bog was mainly frozen, and the snow patches in between were of a consistency that made it easy to walk on.

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Eventually I arrived on the flat grassy summit.

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Single wind turbine on Beinn Dubhcharaidh.

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Looking back to the summit.

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Allt Odhar.

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After a long tea break at Dalbeg I made my way back to the car. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this walk, considering it wasn’t very high on my To Do List of interesting hills!

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