Beinn Challum with 2 Auch Corbetts. Nice route, poor weather. July 2009

Date: Sunday 19th July 2009
Distance: 18.8km
Ascent: 1500m

Don’t normally post TR’s from days spent in clag but thought this route might be of interest to some of the Munroists out there.

Was looking at the “Auch Five” Corbetts – never really fancied the combination – always seemed a bit of a slog. A bit of OS work suggested possible divisions allowing list cocktails. The forecast suggested possible improving day so set out to climb Beinn Chaorach, Cam Creag and Ben Challum.

Parked at the parking area at Dalrigh – the usual place for the Cononish approach to Ben Lui.

The heather clock says high summer is here – Bell heather and ling:

Follow the old road SE 200m then follow the WHW under the A85 and up to Auchtertyre Farm, continuing up the track on the W side of Allt Gleann a Chlachain to the Shielings marked on the OS at NN 357 305.

Simply walk up grassy slopes to the summit of Beinn Chaorach. A bit of a view back to Auchtertyre from 400m:

We were in drizzle and mist the rest of the way.

From here a fence line leads north down grass to the bealach with Cam Creag. Some odd old electrical equipment here with corroding batteries.

View from here out to the main road N of Auch:

Simple ascent up easy slopes to the summit of Cam Creag.

Had some lunch here – clouds thinned and managed to create a Brocken Spectre over the high cliff line on the NE side.

Brief view to Loch Lyon:

From here a pleasant walk along the ridge (1km at 850m with presumably nice views normally) to the SE top at NN 383 337, then turn SW then S to the Bealach Ghlas Leathaid.

The rain was hammering down for this bit, considered escaping across the glen to the estate track we left earlier which comes much further up the glen than OS indicates (to about NN 368 327).

Decided to hold to plan and climb Ben Challum. The ridge is very steep to start with some rocky slabs and crags but even in mist a way can be found to weave through – we held to the right in ascent.

Once through the first 200m the rest is easy ground to the N summit of Ben Challum.

A bit more to eat here and then a path leads on a first broad then narrow ridge to the S top. Still no views.

We struck SW off the the S end of the S top down a mix of grass and stones. In truth following the normal path down the fence line and then swinging SW would have been slightly easier.

Saw our only other walkers of the day coming out of the mist as the headed up the trade route.

Headed across the slightly flatter area to make for NN 371 304. On the way up we’d noticed a bridge over the Allt at NN 355 302, just down from the confluence of Allt Gleann a Chlachain and Allt a Chaol Ghlinne. Headed straight down steep slopes to there.

From there a quick walk down to Auchtertyre and then on to Dalrigh.

Enjoyed this a lot more than the trade route to Ben Challum – a fuller day with a nice loop (and of course Hazel didn’t break her wrist this time).

As for the rest of the “Auch Five” Corbetts – planning on looping Beinn a Chaisteil, Beinn nam Fuaran with Beinn Mhanach and saving Beinn Odhar for a winter moonlit ascent some Friday night as we drive past.

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