Hard: Train dash in Corrour

  • November 17, 2012 · 6:00 AM
  • Botanic Gardens

Sgor Gaibhre and Carn Dearg from Corrour

Corrour is one of the most remote parts of the central highlands, whilst the hills are accessed from a variety of different Places the most adventurous approach is by train to the remote station of Corrour.  I am told that even the hardest of mountain folk feel a tinge of fear as the train leaves them at the station!

These hills are not particularly tough in nature, however the remoteness more than makes up for their pudding like form and can make a tougher day out with snow lying to low levels.

we have a time window of 9 hours to complete this walk so this should be easily achievable in even the worst conditions; The plan is to get back to the station before dark and more importantly in plenty of time for the return train.

I will show the meet point as Botanics as normal however it may be easier for people to meet at the station in Crianlarich (don't be late).

The cost of the train from Crianlarich to Corrour is about £12 return and I will put a post up about booking requirements when i see how many people plan to come.

we will follow the route description of walk highlands pretty closely.

www.walkhighlands.co.uk/fortwilliam/sgor-gaibhre.shtml

  • Grade ( See explanation): Hard
  • Distance: 22km
  • Ascent: 970 metres
  • Time:  6-8 hours
  • Meetup Location: Botanic Gardens or Crainlarich train station, off the A82. the plan is to catch the 07.44am train from Crianlairich to Corrour and then complete the round to catch the return to Crianlarich at 18.25.  it is possibloe to get the train to corrour directly from various points in Glasgow although the train takes an age to get past loch lomond so it is quicker to drive the first leg.  Note this is a sleeper train.

Route

Route: as described above.

Map: OS Explorer 385 - Rannoch Moor
Suitability The total ascent for this 22km route is 970m some of which is over pathless terrain giving a strenuous, long,but excellent walk. You should have previous hillwalking experience and, importantly, know you are fit enough to complete it. If you are not fit you will struggle from the start. We will walk as a group at a good pace. Due to the time limitations for this walk it is not suitable for beginners.  Please also ensure you come equipped properly to cope with the unpredictable Scottish mountain weather - this is remote country (which is what makes this area so rewarding).  Please read our Participation Statement

This walk has been graded as a hard walk.

You are responsible for deciding if this walk is suitable for you, coming adequately prepared and looking after yourself on the walk. If we think the walk is is not suitable for you or you do not seem to have the right equipment, we reserve the right to refuse to let you join, for your's and the group's safety and comfort.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch.

Clothing & Equipment

You must ensure that you come adequately prepared for this walk. There is likley to be a good covering of Snow down to a low level. Temperatures on the tops are now in the minus numbers so you will need plenty of warm layers, wind/waterproofs, warm hat and winter gloves.  You must bring adequate food and water/ Warm drinks for the day and if there is snow/ice on the tops (which there is very likley to be)you will need winter boots, ice axe and crampons and the ability to use them.

A full gear list can be found at http://www.mcofs.org.uk/winter-essential-information.asp#clothing

Please don't forget to bring a map with a note of the route description and a compass and now that the nights are coming in early it is important to bring a head torch too.

Weather Forecast

Please make sure you check the weather forecast before you come:

• http://www.mwis.org.u...
• http://www.metoffice....

If the weather looks really bad, I may decide to choose an alternative route in the Tyndrum area - you'll be sent an email a day before the meetup to let you know if this is the case.

Lifts / Meetup Time

We'll meet at the Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, at 6.00 or at 07.30 at the Crainlarich train station Please indicate on your RSVP if you're coming to the Botanics and can either offer a lift or would like one, or state if you're meeting at the start of the walk.

RSVP'ing

• Yes: You intend to come and will turn up
• No longer able to come: Please change to No so the group does not wait for you at the start and others can attend

 

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  • ken t.

    Superb day - the scenery and remoteness and not to mention the company. Thanks to all for making it enjoyable day - looking forward to Part 2!

    November 22, 2012

  • Richard M

    A great walk with great scenery. Well done for your first meet-up Mark.

    November 20, 2012

  • Mark S.

    corrour really is a great spot, very remote feel to the place. thanks for making it a fun day out! cant wait for train dash Pt II.

    November 20, 2012

  • Pascaline

    Fabulous hill views from the luxury train, playing “stag spotting” while drinking some warm coffee and eating shortbread, a really picturesque walk along the lock Ossian, two Munros, in snow. Quite a long walk back followed with some fun times, trying to keep warm, in the ice cold, door-less station shelter! Overall a great trip, out of the ordinary with excellent company! Cheers everyone ;)

    November 20, 2012

  • Mark S.

    hi

    weather looking Ok for the day although it will be breezy and cold so we will need to wrap up.

    I have sorted seat reservations on the train so will send everyone details by mail.

    Ken need to speak to you about botanics so if you could look out for the mail that would be great.

    Mark

    November 16, 2012

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