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Report on a'Chochuill and Eunaich
22 April 2011

Today's Craggys were - Gail, Gillain, Irene and Michael B

This was the second attempt at these hills after being rained off the last time. When I say rained off it was one of those miserable days when it was raining non stop and the suggestion of chips at Tyndrum was more enticing!

We started at Castle Farm on the Stronmilchan Road near Dalmally at the head of Loch Awe. We walked past numerous Highland coos and calves near the beginning of the long path which could be seen winding its way along the side of of the south ridge of Beinn Eunaich.

The track split and we headed east for a short distance until we came to a small cairn beside the track. This is where we headed uphill picking out way up the grassy and rocky hillside until we found the track. We were sheltered at this side of the hill so it was quite warm. It was hazy so the views could have been better. Once we reached the bealach we were suddenly in a strong blustery and cold wind. We headed west to eventually we reached the summit of Beinn a'Chochuill. We retraced our steps to the bealach and headed east towards Beinn Eunaich continuing to battle against the wind. This is where the girls needed extra encouragement by listening to our iPods as Michael strode off ahead. Nearing the summit we scrambled up a boulder field then suddenly the wind stopped. We sat at the summit of Beinn Eunaich for ages enjoyed the sun and being out of that incessant wind.

The decent was due south along an enjoyable broad ridge. Then came the steep descent down a grassy slope which would have been difficult on wet weather so we had a perfect day for it. This brought us to the track and an enjoyable walk back to the car or on my case run back to the car...where did I get that last burst of energy from???

Irene Cahill

Beinn a'Chochuill ahead
lots of Highland coos
heading along the track
Gillian and Gail
Michael checking his map
Summit of Beinn a'Chochuill
looking back along the ridge
Beinn Eunaich
Scrambling up Beinn Eunaich
Summit of Beinn Eunaich
Loch Awe
on the way down
steep grassy descent

Photos: Irene Cahill

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