Saturday, 18 May 2013

Beinn Liath Mhor Ghiubhais Li from Loch Glascarnoch

Saturday 18th May 2013

A misty morning walk up a Corbett just to the east of the main Fannich peaks

Distance: 8km; Ascent: 530m; Overcast and misty with occasional drizzle; Solo

The weather had changed overnight and this morning the sky was predominately grey, with occasional bursts of drizzle.  Heavier rain was forecast from mid-morning onwards so I decided that my planned Munro of Am Faochagach was out of the question due to the river crossing required at the start and end of the walk.  Therefore I instead settled on a lower hill on the other side of Loch Glascarnoch, which has a ridiculously long name: Beinn Liath Mhor Ghiubhais Li!

Looking WNW across the Dirrie More from the slopes of Meall Diamh
Just after 9am I set off walking from near the western end of Loch Glascarnoch and ascended up alongside the eastern edge of the forest, before continuing on up steeper rough ground to reach the summit of Meall Diamh (Highland Five).  By now it had started to drizzle so I donned my waterproofs and headed towards my main objective for the day, which was now covered with cloud.

Beinn Liath Mhor a'Ghiubhais Li from near Meall Diamh
After a further 250m of ascent I reached the misty summit of Beinn Liath Mhor Ghiubhais Li (Corbett, Marilyn), which is marked by a wind-shelter cairn around where the trig point used to stand, but a small bolt is all that now remains of the trig point.

Summit windshelter and OS bolt on Beinn Liath Mhor a'Ghiubhais Li
To make a circular walk I decided to descend the NW slopes of the hill, initially by compass bearing due to the low cloud, down to a flat boggier area about half-way down.  Descending beyond there I came to a deer fence, which initially appeared to have no obvious crossing point.  However as I approached it I noticed that for some reason there was actually a gap in the fence, which can't keep the deer out particularly well!

The gap in the fence heading down from Beinn Liath Mhor a'Ghiubhais Li
Soon I reached the forestry track that I had followed on last Sunday's walk, which I used to return to the road.  A short road walk then brought me back to the car in time for lunch.  It had been a good morning's walk and I now headed to Braemar to meet up with some of the TGO Challengers for the evening on my way home.

See here for my Social Hiking map from the day's walk.

N.B. 04/07/13 - Post date updated to actual date of walk, i.e. 18/05/13 (from 02/06/13).  Links to social hiking, trig points and hill-bagging also added.

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