Beinn a’Bha’ ach Ard
With the longer days and the recent decent weather, I set about my recent mood for bagging some more Corbetts. As I described in a recent Vlog when headed up Creag Rainich, I go through spells of bagging when most of the time I am not too bothered about lists and Munro and Corbett bagging.
However at the moment I have the bug to bag! The only problem is that the hills I need to bag are getting further and further away!! As time was short I did some research and realised there was Corbett at the proximal end of Glen Strathfarrar that (with the aid of a bike) I could bag in a shorter time slot. As I parked up just shy of locked gate, memories came flooding back of my last visit….
On a three day walking trip with my brother Ross a few years back, our last day were the four Munros in Strathfarrar. All was well with the world and after a couple of great days in Torridon we got the cars strategically placed in the Glen for a quick getaway. Although legs were tired we made good progress, having left my car at the start point and his at the end point to save a long walk back along the road. This was great and as we approached the end of the walk we complimented each other on our quick round and also the thought of extra brownie points for getting home ahead of schedule. As we de-kitted the sun shone, but our moods rapidly deteriorated in a short period of time! After packing everything into the car we got comfy and it was then that things started to go wrong. The car failed to start!! It wasn’t an old car – in fact it was a pretty new one – jus past its three year warranty. Checking radios and lights we couldn’t see what would have drained the battery?? I the set off on his bike to get to my car to try and source some jump leads and luckily a kid gent on a drive up the glen stopped and helped outJ However after an hour of faffing – still nothing L We then had to head back down the Glen to get a signal and phone the RAC! I sat in the car park and eventually the pickup appeared. I said my good byes and headed off – leaving my brother with anther drive up the Glen to the car – i got home about 11pm – he didn’t reach Glasgow until 3am!! The issue – a failed timing belt – disaster…
Anyway back to today and the sun was shining again. The hill was Beinn a’Bha’ ach Ard and much closer to the mouth of the Glen. I cycled up past the power station and to my delight found that the ATV track continued steeply up the hill after the dam. I got off the bike and decided to push it up as far as I could. This hindered progress but I knew it would help en route home!!!
I was really struggling though and realised I hadn’t eaten for about 5 hrs. A quick refuel and I was soon plodding my way up the heathery slopes. Good views opened up to the west and I was soon rewarded at the summit by expansive views to the flat lands with the Kessock Bridge drawing the eye as the sea loomed behind! Not a bad wee hill and a quick trot to the bike and then an exhilarating cycle back saw my completing the route in under 3 hrs. Another one bagged – not sure how many more I’ll fit in to this spell of bagging but tats 5 Corbett’s in the last three weeks – not too bad J
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