Log 28 April 2013

BLAIR ATHOLL HILLS - 28 APRIL 2013
 
Alex, Fraser, Eunice, Ian G, Ron and Kevin met at 7am in Milngavie. 
The initial plan was Beinn a'Ghlo but this was switched by Alex to CARN A’CHLAMAIN as the forecast was for gale force winds on the summits. 

We all set off from the Old Tilt Bridge car park just after 9am and had to follow a signposted detour because of rifle shooting on the range.  At Gilbert's Bridge, Kevin left for BEINN MHEADHONACH. 
The rest of us carried on along the Glen Tilt track, past several well kept cottages until we reached Forest Lodge. 
At the far end of the small forest surrounding the lodge we picked up the stalkers path and followed this to the summit. 
For a while during our ascent, there were hailstones, then driving snow, then high winds, but on the plateau, the wind dropped and the sun shone. 
We made the summit in 4 1/4 hours.  Alex decided to carry on to Beinn Mheadhonach. 
The rest followed the south west ridge back to the Glen Tilt track. 
It took Alex 1 1/2 hours to reach the summit cairn of Beinn Mheadhonach. 
This included an icy, barefoot, crossing of a 5m wide river in the valley between the two hills. 
Thank goodness for walking poles, as I could not feel my feet after the crossing. 

Everyone walked out at varying speeds with all arriving between 4 and 4:30pm to the cars. 
A quick pint in the Moulins in Pitlochry, right by the peat fire, made the long day even more worthwhile. 
The weather was fine for much of the day, despite the occasional snow and high winds.
Kevin climbed Beinn Mheadhonach 23km and 850m ascent; Fraser, Eunice, Ian and Ron climbed Carn a' Chlamain 26km and 930m of ascent; and Alex climbed both 30km and 1100m of ascent.  All took between 7 and 7 1/2 hours for the round trip.
Report by Alex Maclennan