On Saturday, 24 August 2013 I had made an attempt at the Beinn Dearg group, starting from Inverlael. The hills were covered in low cloud, but according to the forecast, it was supposed to brighten up during the morning – yet it didn’t. When I reached the waterfall Eas Fionn in Gleann na Sguaib, I decided to turn back.
As I didn’t want to return empty-handed, I stopped at Loch Glascarnoch on the way home and climbed the Corbett Beinn Liath Mhòr a’ Ghiuthais instead (11.5 km/432 m/03:00 hrs). I didn’t get any views from this summit either, but at least it’s another Corbett bagged (No. 65), and I’m glad to have got this one “out of the way” because it is one of the boggiest hills I have ever climbed. It’s really not worth a separate trip report, so here are just a couple of photos.
On the way up, view back to Loch a’ Gharbhrain.
Beinn Liath Mhòr a’ Ghiuthais summit.
Saturday, 31 August 2013
24.3 km/897 m/06:45 hrs
Munro (2nd round): Bynack More (No. 3)
Munro Tops: A’ Chòinneach + Bynack Beg (Nos. 2 + 3)
A week later, the weather conditions were a lot better, and I paid Bynack More another visit, this time including its two tops A’ Chòinneach and Bynack Beg.
Strath Nethy and Cairn Gorm.
Meall a’ Bhuachaille.
Bynack More and Bynack Beg.
It was very windy on the crest of the ridge, so I stayed on the left (E) side of it where it is a bit more sheltered.
View E, with Ben Avon on the right.
Ben Avon (zoomed).
On the summit ridge, looking back.
Bynack Beg, which I would be visiting later.
Bynack More summit cairn.
My next target, the Munro Top A’ Chòinneach (the rounded “lump” in the centre…).
The descent to the wide bealach is very pleasant on short, dry grass.
Bynack Beg in the distance.
A’ Chòinneach summit.
As this top itself is not very spectacular, I walked a bit further to get a view down to Loch Avon.
Loch Avon and Carn Etchachan (zoomed).
Then I made my way back across easy terrain towards Bynack Beg.
Allt a’ Choire Dheirg.
Colourful patches of moss and heather.
Just like Bynack More, Bynack Beg has got some interesting granite tors on its summit ridge.
View from the summit tor into Coire Dubh.
I had planned to descend along Bynack Beg’s N ridge, and cut across Coire Dubh to reach the main path I had used on the walk in.
But from the summit I spotted a path contouring around the lower slopes of Bynack More, providing a more direct return route, and I decided to use this one instead.
Looking back from the path to the summit of Bynack Beg, now with other walkers on the top.
Main path to Bynack More.
From here it is a quick descent along the excellent path into Glen More and past Lochan Uaine, the Green Lochan.