The Culra 4….from the Laggan road. May 2006

Date: Saturday-Sunday 9th-10th May 2006
Distance: 26.5 + 8km
Ascent: 1320 + 0m

Another 2006 trip which saw us trying to work out how to use wild camping to extend our range.

The hills around Culra looked difficult to day walk – Ben Alder seemed best approached from Dalwhinnie, but the 4 munros north of Ben Alder looked easier to approach (on foot) from the Laggan road.

We had our excessively heavy system in place – so we carried the tent out a bit, dropped it, and then carried on round a distant loop.

A bit of a hazy morning.

Walk out from Laggan:

Followed the path that rounds Beinn a Chlachair on its west side – past Lubvan and then up Allt Cam.

Allt Cam and Binnien Shuas:

Dropped the camping stuff in the gap between Meall Cos Charnan and Ceann Caol Beinn a Chlachair and then carried on with the wee packs. Headed up Sron an Fhuarain to ascend Beinn Eibhinn.

A bit of little life along the way.

Damselfly eating:

Small frog:

Views open up to Creag Meagaidh, but it was quite hazy.

Hazy Creag Meagaidh:

…..and then up Beinn Eibhinn.

Beinn Eibhinn:

The 4 munro ridge is really quite a nice looking wander. A shame it’s so remote.

Along ridge to Geal Charn:

Uncomplicated progress along to Aonach Beag, with views back to Beinn Eibhinn.

H on Aonach Beag:

The Geal Charn on this ridge is a colossal lump of a hill.

Geal Charn from Aonach Beag:

…..a very big, flat munro with a narrow, steep descent down towards Carn Dearg, the last of the four.

Geal Charn descent:

Geal Charn from this side has rather more character.

Geal Charn from ridge to Carn Dearg:

A big landscape – more amenable to panoramas.

Geal Charn from Carn Dearg:

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Geal Charn from Carn Dearg:

From Carn Dearg we dropped down Allt Coire Cheap to the path that runs between Beinn a Chlachair and the 4 munros.

Geal Charn from glen:

Yomped back to the tent. A pleasant night in a fairly quiet spot.

Trango at Allt Cam:

Not quite as nice a Sunday, it was a relaxed start and then a short walk back to the car.

K on walk out:

A little inelegant, in truth day walking would probably have been about as easy. It’s definitely on the cards to revisit these hills with a high camp, via a variation on this route.

4 thoughts on “The Culra 4….from the Laggan road. May 2006

    1. I’ve never weighed gear. However the tent was 4.5kg, the big rucksack weighed 2.5kg and I had a wee 800g daypack to transfer day gear to. I think I was carrying about 18-20kg. That system didn’t last long.


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