Reflections, Lighter Packs and Trains   6 comments

We’d had our big day in the sun and after 4 days in the mountains it was time to head home. There are only 3 or 4 trains a day from Corrour so we were up early to make sure we didn’t miss the lunchtime one and have to wait another 6 hours for the evening train. Entertainment is somewhat limited at Corrour. We had some grand ideas about walking out over the Loch Treig hills but we had a long journey home and work the next day – and the packs were still heavy enough even having eaten most of the food. Time to pack up and haul the packs onto tired bodies and off to catch a train

Lochaber 4

It was an uneventful walk, returning firstly, again back along the riverside path to Loch Treig

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From there it’s a bit of long grind along the track by the lake-shore and back to the station. The cloud was down on the summits but the air was still and the reflections of the mountains in the calm waters of Loch Treig enchanting

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As we made progress along the track the cloud made progress away from the summits and all became clearer

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It was turning into a pretty fine day for our walk out.

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The power or water company are doing some kind of work on the Allt a Chamabhreac for the Loch Ossian Estate and there is now a well made road heading up to the station. It climbs much higher and was much steeper than I’d thought and I found it a bit of grind under the heavy pack with my big mountain boots on. TJS now seemed to be more at ease with the pack and was keeping pace with GM, no mean feat, while I dragged my heels at the back.

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As we climbed the views improved and as the road cuts under the railway line and heads away into the estate we were able to pick up a more foot friendly path to the station

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We stopped for a bite and took a look at Leum Uilleam, our summit from 4 days ago. The transformation was dramatic. I think these two photos taken 4 days apart told the story

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The walk to the station was really rather enjoyable. The streams and rivers gave a soundtrack and there were numerous places to camp. With hindsight, I’d have just walked down here from the train and pitched up for a night, claiming Leum Uilleam without the packs or the cross-country bog trotting of the first day. Still, having had a superb 5 days I wasn’t about to pick apart what we’d done and chose to celebrate in my mind a tremendous trip full of great experiences and great walking.

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All that remained was the last mile or so to Corrour, approaching from the north really gives a sense of how remote and bleak a place it is for a train station and the sign reminds you of the altitude

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We arrived with an hour to spare and spent a lazy time massaging sore feet and reflecting on our adventures. As the train rolled in, Stob Coire Easain, our Munro from the previous day, finally emerged from the cloud to bid us farewell

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It had been an amazing and at times pretty tough adventure but so rewarding especially for TJS. I think we have a new regular for the Easter trip 🙂

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6 responses to “Reflections, Lighter Packs and Trains

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  1. Great reflection photos!

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    beatingthebounds
  2. Beautiful light in those photos 🙂

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    • I’m always on the look out for nice reflection shots but I rarely seem to get the conditions (wind is kind of common in the mountains!). These were truly perfect conditions and it made the long walk back to civilisation more easy to take

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  3. I love the reflection shots! I am always looking for reflection shots myself in anything – lakes, quiet streams, even puddles! Looks like an awesome hike!

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    • I always enjoy your reflection shots but this is the first time I’ve seen some decent ones for a few years. Glad you liked them (I was hoping you would!) 🙂

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