Log 1 May 2016

CREAG A MHADAIDH - Sunday 1st May 2016

Although the weather forecast looked doubtful there was a good turnout for the journey up to Dalnaspidal.  Kevin and Fraser in one car and Donald, Noelle and Malcom in 'tuther.
Arrived at Dalnaspidal at approx. 09:15.

Kevin and Fraser planned to cycle down Loch Garry: Kevin to climb BEINN MHOLACH followed by CREAG A MHADAIDH and Fraser to climb Creag a' Mhadaidh and meet up back at the car.
Donald and Co. had other plans which can be reported on separately by Donald who had discovered an outlying top on A' Bhuidheanach Beag (?) which he had not climbed.
Having left bikes at end of main track down Loch Garry.. Kevin and Fraser parted company at the bridge over the Allt Shallainn at about 10am.
Kevin headed east following this river and eventually north to make a direct ascent of Beinn Mhollach reaching the summit at 12:50.

Mixture of blue sky and distant clouds but generally 360 deg. of visibility. Back at bridge just north of Duinish by 2pm... missing Fraser by 5 minutes who despite my shouting and use of emergency whistle was oblivious in his all weather hooded climbing gear.
Fraser having completed his ascent of Creag a' Mhadaidh was heading back to the bikes and the cycle back to Dalsnaspidal.
Kevin headed south following a well established track (Dalnaspidal to Rannoch) before heading east to climb Creag a' Mhadaidh.
On summit at 15:00 hrs with again great all round views and then back at bikes by 16:45 and back at Dalnaspidal at 17:45.

Great day out with the bonus of good weather.
Stopped at the Taybank Hotel, Dunkeld for some liquid refreshment beaten only by Donalds' team who got there sometime earlier to inform us that the real ale was off.. but what the hell I was dehydrating so a pint of orangeade did the job.
Report by Kevin Murray


Noelle, Malcolm and Donald parked near the snow-gates at Dalwhinnie and ascended the track towards Carn na Caim.
The purpose of the excursion was to visit a recently promoted subsidiary top which was previously unnamed.
Although Donald has completed all tops he missed out this one when on these hills on his first Club outing a few years ago.
Conditions were similar to the main walk but there was some heavy going on snow over the plateau towards the Munro summit.
The southerly winds discouraged any attempt to do the other Munro so an easy route off via Coire Uilleim was taken allowing time for lunch, dam building and snoozing in the sun.

Unusually, Taybank Hotel, Dunkeld was without any draught ale so we didn't linger beyond one drink to the delight of our partners.

For those interested in technical stuff and the new top of  Mullach Coire nan Cisteachan check out

http://www.hill-bagging.co.uk/surveys/Surveys%20of%20Creag%20na%20Caillich%20and%20Carn%20na%20Caim%20South%20Top.pdf
Report by Donald Irvine