MUNRO ADVENTURE – A TALE OF ONE MAN AND HIS DOG TO DO THE MUNROS IN 100 DAYS – thanks Graeme and Penny.
2015 DAY 20 ( 20th MAY )
Bridge of Orchy 5 – The Wall of Rannoch
Beinn Mhanach – (953m, Munro 210)
Beinn a’ Chreachain – 1081m, Munro 61)
Beinn Achaladair – (1038m, Munro 94)
Beinn an Dothaidh – (1004m, Munro 129)
Beinn Dorain (1076m, Munro 64)
Headed back to Tyndrum and parked up back at Dalrigh again last night after the usual coffee cake and wifi at the green welly stop. Forecast was good for today so a big day was called for , after breakfast I drove up and parked on the verge beside the entrance to Auch farm, boots on and on my way at 6.50 no need for waterproofs today just warm clothes as there is still cold winds up there . Skies were bright and clear as I walked along the track beside the river heading for Beinn Mhanach first, as far as the water intake for Loch Lyon the NNE up smooth grassy slopes all the to summit. Grand views of the loch and my next hill Beinn Chreachain across the valley, headed for the bealach at 630m avoiding Beinn a’Chuirn and a rising traverse to point 813, a stop here for a drink and food and a out and back to the summit which still had masses of snow in its N corrie.
Up the steep rocky ridge of Beinn Achaladair which also held lots of snow on its N faces and along the level plateau to the top
Now it was a long gradual descent to the top of Coire Achaladair and again up steep grassy slopes to Beinn an Dothaidh summit at 1004m. Descended through many large snow patches and eventually to the col of Coire an Dothaidh,now the final climb of the day a long gradual ascent of the S ridge also through many snow slopes and onto the rocky top of Beinn Dorain .
Had a rest a good look around , it was superbly clear and could even see the white topped Cairngorms in the far distance. Decision time and went for the Steep descent down the SE slopes heading for the railway viaduct and a easy crossing of the river, back onto the track and a 2 mile walk back to the van . Again today not much wildlife about , also that’s 3 days in a row i have not met anyone on the hill . Scotland at it’s very best again today it’s a grand place to be. Job done where next ??.
52 Munros to date.
This is a superb big day and to get the 5 in in no mean feat I bet Graemes a bit tired today! It is amazing that he saw no one about what a luxury that is nowadays. On our Big Walks nearly 35 years ago we rarely met anyone and that was with walking between hills. We stayed in Bridge of Orchy Station platform after our hard day in Glen Etive as we had no bothy in 1976. It was a long night and an early start very fitting as this railway line opened up the mountains to many in the early days!
We only climbed Beinn Dorian and Beinn a Dothaidh that day and then had a big walk to Forest Lodge how we would have loved a van to stay in! Next day we did the Ben Lui 4 and had only 2 days left of our big walk hard going and we were pretty exhausted.
These hills again were great haunts for me in my Leuchars Days and early climbs in the great hidden corrie of Beinn an Dothaidh. This hill and Benn Dorian dominate the road and form part of the Rannoch Wall a name some climbers give for these big hills. These were magic days and again in these days there were few climbing here and most of us knew each other classic ice climbs abound in this area. It is also a tricky place in bad weather with a few fights to get off the hill in a blizzard, after a route where navigation can be tricky as can the steep descents that can ice up pretty quick. I did a few call outs here and will never forget an epic with Glencoe MR and a ceratin Ian Nicholson who had just done the first solo of Point 5 and Zero Gully in Ben Nevis in the early 70’s! These were hill days with legends and some learning – “Come on wee man keep up” “When are we getting the rope out?”
The railway opened this area up for climbers and walkers and Ken Crocket tells the tale” “So began the report on the SMC Easter Meet of 1894, held at Inveroran Inn
near Bridge of Orchy (SMeJ3, pp76-80). This meet is perhaps better known
for the activities of three of its participants, Dr Norman Collie and his two
guests Solly and Collier. The small inn was bursting at the seams and Collie and
his friends moved on. First they went to Glencoe, where they recorded the first
rock climb on the Buachaille with their ascent of Collie’s Route, then to Ben
Nevis, where they made the first ascent and first winter ascent, of Tower
That autumn the West Highland Railway opened and Collie, flushed with his
success on Tower Ridge, persuaded his fellow members to switch the 1895
Easter Meet to Fort William. But other deeds were done from Inveroran Inn in
March 1894. Apart from Collie’s group, participants included names no less
well known – Professor Ramsay and his son William, Willie Naisrnith, Gilbert
Thomson, Rennie and Douglas, Maclay and Willie Brown to name some. From
this meet at the west end of Loch Tulla several parties began the exploration of
the winter routes on Beinn an Dothaidh, so starting a process that, with a gap of
many decades, was to continue for over 90 years.
What an area and good to see you can still get some solitude in these mountains. well done you two!