Colin's Munros


Beinn a'Chaorainn & Beinn Teallach, Map 34; 21 March 2007

Route: 12 miles, 4020' ascent, 7.8 hrs.

Route: This walk is a standard pairing of two Munros and can be done in either direction. Note, however, that the anti-clockwise direction ends in a potentially difficult river crossing. Indeed, it is unwise to descend the S ridge of Beinn Teallach in very wet conditions expecting to be able to cross the Allt a'Chaorainn. Check the river level before ascending either hill and, if crossing at the usual ford is likely to prove difficult or dangerous, return from the summit of Beinn Teallach to the bealach and follow the path the full length of the Allt a'Chaorainn, crossing to the east bank much higher up, as indicated on the map (at about 525m). The hills are easily climbed separately with a return either directly southwards from their summits or indirectly via the head of the Allt a'Chaorainn valley.
Note that the true top of Beinn Teallach was established by differential GPS in 2009 as being just over 3000' and the highest point is at the smaller NE cairn, not at the apparently main SW cairn.
The speeds below are slow because of very hard work walking in soft snow.

Weather: 4"-6" soft snow underfoot in forest, 12" in lee of forest, 2" on open hill, many drifts of 2' in valley of Allt a'Chaorainn. Full cloud cover, base about 650m. 2°C at car.

Mobile: Orange at main SW cairn of Beinn Teallach, not at neighbouring smaller NE summit cairn.

1150 Park on A86 at Roughburn, ½ mile E of Laggan Dam 270   00.0 milesNN37748136
1205 Track NW through forestry to fork 330  600.8 milesNN37128214
1215 Left at fork, and take track NW then W
down to gate at forest edge by river.
305 1.3 milesNN36488214
Ascend NE direct to T Beinn a'Chaorainn, S top 1049 8053.4 milesNN38628449
1440 N to M Beinn a'Chaorainn summit 1052835 NN38608507
1500 NNW/N/NNE to T Beinn a'Chaorainn, N top 10448754.3 milesNN38408573
1540 N/NW/W to bealach by gate just short of cairn 615 5.6 milesNN37078676
1635 Path W onto ridge then SW up ridge to true (NE) top
of M Beinn Teallach (100m before main SW cairn)
91511756.5 milesNN36138597
1640 SW to Beinn Teallach, main SW cairn. 91411906.6 milesNN36008590
  Either descend S ridge to ford of Allt a'Chaorainn   8.9 milesNN36328224
1645 Or return NE to M Beinn Teallach summit cairn 91512006.7 milesNN36138597
1715 Descend ridge NE/E to gate at bealach
(Keep an eye on Loch Sguadaig as reference point.)
615 7.8 milesNN37078676
  Path S on W bank to re-cross river at ford 525  NN37088603
1915 Path S on E bank to gate at forest edge 305 10.8 milesNN36488214
1925 Then track E to fork in forest. 330122511.3 milesNN37128214
1940 Right fork SW/SE back to Roughburn (no Orange) 270 12.1 milesNN37748136

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