Date: Sat 27th Nov 2010
We’ve been mulling over routes in the area west of Loch Etive for a while – certainly our trip to Glen Kinglass and Beinn nan Lus in May had us eyeing these hills with interest. A couple of wild-camp routes were considered and a wish to climb a couple of the local Marilyns needed to be factored in.
A weather opportunity came up and a day-walk duly selected.
A dark and snowy drive from Tyndrum took 90 minutes – one Tawny Owl spotted landing on a telegraph pole along the way.
Leaving the 726m point I hearg the noise of large wings to my right and caught a glimpse of an adult Golden Eagle taking off 5m away – must have been sitting up there as we approached. It glided off at high speed and was so no pics but the sense of scale even for such a short glimpse was amazing. 😯
From there a quick drop to Mam Hael – we had carried an ice axe and crampons but it was plain that they were superfluous so we dropped them here and headed up Creach Bheinn on a reasonably easy mixed terrain ascent.
At the summit we donned insulating gear and took a break to enjoy the view.
Reversed route to Mam Hael, picked up the gear and headed for Beinn Molurgainn – an easy-angled drop and re-climb.
Another great viewpoint here – an opportunity to inspect various hills for future routes.
From here we were aware that the day was drawing in so we followed the SW ridge over undulating terrain with a plan to cross Eas na Gearr and cross the nose N of the River Esragan to rejoin the road at the 157m mark.
The forestry marked on the map doesn’t exist yet although there are a few young birch. The terrain was much more tussocky than the rest of the day so progress slowed. We also crossed the river a tad too far south involving too steep a descent (aim for around NM 998 388).
No issues crossing the river and from there we simply crossed the hillside to regain the road at NM 985 368. 15 mins in the gathering dusk had us back at the car.
Road conditions back to Tyndrum were good so we were having a meal and a pint at Paddy’s Bar in no time.
Great little corner – more to come from this area from us I hope.