Hills: Beinn Dubhcraig and Ben Oss
Date: Saturday 7th July 2018
Company: Myself, Rachel, Adrian and Alistair
Distance: 18.4km, Ascent: 1180m
Time: 6Hrs 45Mins
On Friday evening I met up with friends from the
Moray Mountaineering Club at the Ochils Club Hut in Crianlarich. Various
plans were hatched for the Saturday several of which involved ascents of
some, or all, of the Ben Lui group. I opted to tag along with friends
setting out to ascend Beinn Dubhcraig and Ben Oss with the possibility of an
extension also taking in Ben Lui and Beinn a' Chleibh. I suspected I would
be content with Beinn Dubhcraig and Ben Oss having walked Cruach Ardrain and
Beinn Tulaichean the day previous.
At around 8am we set off from
Crianlarich towards Dalrigh positioning a car below Beinn a' Chleibh should
anyone undertake the full traverse.
From the car park at Dalrigh we set off walking towards the bridge over
the River Fillan. I stopped to take my first photo of the day with my DSLR
only to get the message "No Memory Card". Damn, I had left the card in my
van back in Crianlarich. I therefore had to carry a 2kg camera and case for
the entire walk without being able to take any pictures with it. Instead I
would be reliant on my iPhone.
On reaching a new bridge over the Allt
Gleann Auchreoch I stopped to take the first photo of the day with my
Crossing the new bridge over the Allt Gleann Auchreoch:
I was unable to take many photos during the ascent due to the extremely
fast pace set by my walking companions. Just my luck to be walking with ex
army, ex RAF and a fell runner
walk through the woods at Coille Coire Chuilc was very nice albeit the
bracken at the side of the narrow track was overgrown so I was careful not
to pick-up any ticks.
Ascent through the woodland at Coille Coire
Before long we were making our ascent alongside the stunning Allt Coire
Dubhcraig, a burn with many pools which, had we been going a tad slower, we
could have visited. I did manage to stop briefly at one of the pools to grab
a few mouthfuls of water. It was a really hot day and I had already been
bitten twice by clegs through my clothes.
Ascent of Beinn Dubhcraig
alongside the Allt Coire Dubhcraig:
As we gained more height we hoped for a breeze but alas there was none.
The path ascending Beinn Dubhcraig is of excellent quality. A good bit of
money would appear to have been spent fixing sections of erosion.
Ascending Beinn Dubhcraig:
At some point during the ascent I must have stupidly got some suncream
onto the small camera lens on my iPhone without realising. This dulled down
the photos which I have adjusted using photo editing software in an attempt
to improve them. Not only was I carrying a useless DSLR thanks to no memory
card, I was also using an iPhone camera with a nice blob of suncream on the
Onto the final ridge leading to the summit of Beinn Dubhcraig:
On reaching the summit of Beinn Dubhcraig we stopped for literally our
first break of the walk. I took the opportunity to drink half a litre of
water and take in the views. I last ascended these hills and neighbouring
Ben Lui in full-on winter conditions. This was my first ascent of these
hills in summer.
At the summit of Beinn Dubhcraig:
The view towards Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond was pretty good.
Lomond from summit of Beinn Dubhcraig:
From the summit of Beinn Dubhcraig we made our way towards Ben Oss. At
last the pace had slowed down allowing us to actually chat as we progressed
along the track.
Loch Oss with Loch Lomond in distance:
Looking back to Beinn Dubhcraig:
From the slopes of Ben Oss, Ben Lui looked fantastic! However the drop
between Ben Oss and Ben Lui looked substantial. On seeing the drop, I ruled
out continuing on to also ascent Ben Lui and Beinn a' Chleib. Malcolm and
Adrian also ruled-out the next two hills while Rachel and Alistair decided
to carry on to take in all four Munros.
Looking across to Ben Lui
during ascent of Ben Oss:
Loch Lomond from Ben Oss:
On reaching the summit of Ben Oss we again stopped for a circa ten
minute break before parting company with Rachel and Alastair.
from the summit of Ben Oss:
At the summit of Ben Oss:
Adrian, Malcolm and I decided to descend a little from Ben Oss then make
up a descent route not marked in the guidebook down what looked to be a
reasonable ridge. The descent, although steep. turned out to be fairly good.
I set off out front leading the way down, however, at around half way down
Malcolm and Alistair chose a different line from myself which turned out to
be more difficult than the line I took.
Although my line of descent
was easier, I passed through an area of long grass that was infested with
clegs. I sustained a further thirteen cleg bites in the space of fifteen
minutes. I was really not impressed and ended up trying to kill as many as I
could using my walking pole as a light sabre!
On reaching the base of
the hill I could see Malcolm and Alistair now approximately twenty minutes
behind. Due to the number of clegs there was no way I was standing around
waiting for them to catch-up. I stopped to put on a fleece and midge net in
an attempt to help stop further cleg bites. Wearing a fleece on a really hot
day was not ideal but it was better than getting further bites.
Lui from Glen Cononish:
During the walk out I stopped briefly to chat with a couple on bikes.
The girl was wearing a really short dress with arms and entire legs fully
exposed. Had they not been cycling I suspect she would have been eaten
Looking back at descent from Ben Oss:
Following the track towards Cononish:
Approximately one kilometre from Dalrigh, Malcolm and Adrian caught up
with myself and we walked together back out to the starting point.
Malcolm and Adrian catching-up:
This walk would have been really pleasant had it not been for the clegs.
Writing-up this report several days later, one of my cleg bites has become
infected, so really not happy with these disgusting beasties. Looking
forward to the weather cooling down and winter killing them off.