Date: 27th December 2008
After 4 Munros on Friday thought we’d go for a nice easy bimble on Saturday over 1 Corbett.
Streap has been high on the “to do” list for a while, in particular to include Beinn an Tuim. I’m often surprised that the “suggested” routes favour approaches through enclosed, boggy corries to save a bit of climbing rather than striking for high ridge lines early. Have to say that one of my maxims for route selection is “get high and stay high”.
Beinn an Tuim has the grandstand view at the head of Loch Shiel and seemed daft to slog round the lower reaches with no view rather than climb this fine top.
Drove through the freezing fog to the start point at NM 931 799.
Headtorches for the first we bit, taking the track up Gleann Dubh Lighe to NM 944 817, breaking through the fog after about 20mins.
At this point we took the left fork heading uphill through the forest and ignoring a left hand branch to hit a gate at the forest edge at about NM 942 822.
From there struck straight uphill. This was hard work – would be harder in summer as the lower slopes had the remains of ferns – all dead now.
Pushed uphill with dawn arriving behind us:
Dawn light washed down the hill as we walked up – I really love these walks catching dawn from elevation – the light is remarkable.
The ascent is steep and knobbly – typical of the terrain from Ardgour through to Knoydart.
From Beinn an Tuim it’s about a 145m drop N down steep grassy slopes to the bealach and then up Meall an Uillt Chaoil – about 175m steep climb.
Achieved the summit with legs well aware of all the ups and downs.
Reached the track at the foot which looks pretty wet (crusty ice for us).
4 munros of the South Shiel ridge the day before had been about 1400m ascent – today’s 1 Corbett was 1500m – go figure.
I really commend the view from Beinn an Tuim – it’s the downside of the lists that some great viewpoints are ignored as “tops”(for want of 5m extra height). Beinn an Tuim has grandstand views down Loch Shiel and gets the views early in the walk.
Streap itself is a grand hill – glad to have saved it for an excellent day.