/ Lairig Ghru & Corrour Bothy by MTB
Looking at getting on to Braeriach etc walking in the summer so wouldn't be carrying much.
It's easy to cycle to the fence just before the Luibeg crossing. Leave the bike there and walk - it will be faster than trying to get the bike over the shoulder of Carn a'Mhaim. You can easily do a day trip to Braeriach this way.
Ta. I don't mind a bit of carrying but it's a balance between the increased speed of the bike vs the faff of sections that simply aren't rideable unless you are Steve Peat or Martyn Ashton. Without ever having been in the Lairig Ghru I don't know how the path matches my (in)ability on the bike :-)
> It's easy to cycle to the fence just before the Luibeg crossing. Leave the bike there and walk - it will be faster than trying to get the bike over the shoulder of Carn a'Mhaim. You can easily do a day trip to Braeriach this way.
Agreed. Easier to walk with even the lightest of packs.
Agree, beyond Luibeg is not worth the hassle. The only people I've seen take them beyond are those on a mission to cross the Ghru by bike.
An alternative is to approach from the North via Glenn Einnich (sp).
If you are going specifically to mountain bike it, then fine, but otherwise i am sure it's faster on foot. I've often got skis on my back, so it's definitely faster on foot! That said, would like to descend to Luibeg sometime on the bike. I think that would be great fun.
For me it's to shorten the approach rather than try and prove how far I can bike. Drainage channels and the occasional tricky section are fine but I'm not going to push/carry a bike up a slope for 1Km just to get to 1Km of riding on the other side.
Assuming that this http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/239531 , http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1932435 and http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1397687 are typical of the path once you've climbed up from Luibeg then it looks OK. Of course these could be the only sections of that standard :-)
I've ridden up Glen Einich - one or two interesting fords after wet weather but nothing remotely technical as far as the loch.
Does anyone have a list of Munros that are made much easier by using a mountain bike for at least part of the approach? I'd imagine the Ben Alder group would be amongst the list.
Practically right the way to the summit. I got knackered and left my bike slightly lower down though.
I imagine it would be a pretty long list!
Off the top of my head (excuse spelings):
Ben Alder group
The Fisherfield 6
Glen Tilt (Beinn a' Ghlo etc)
Glen Ey (Beinn Iutharn Mhor etc)
Ben Avon/Beinn a Bhuidhe
plus most of the hills accessed from the Linn of Dee
> Ben Alder group
> The Fisherfield 6
> Ben Avon/Beinn a Bhuidhe
> plus most of the hills accessed from the Linn of Dee
Of course, there are some good sections, and some not so good sections from Luibeg to Corrour, but as you say "For me it's to shorten the approach rather than try and prove how far I can bike", then I would stick with dumping it at Luibeg.
As for a list of Munros easier by using a mountain bike, just look at a map for any that have landrover tracks on the way!
Beinn Dearg (Blair Atholl)
Beinn Dearg (Ullapool - not a massive help but you can roll back to the car)
Maoile Lunndaidh and others
Lurg Mhor and Bidean a' Choire Sheasgaich
As for Munros made easier by bike - well most of the Cairngorms for starters:
Mount Keen from Glen Tanar or even Glen Esk though it's a short day anyway, hills accessed from Glen Callater, from Glen Taitneach at Spittal of Glen Shee, Lochnagar, Broad Cairn and hills from Glas Allt Shiel, Beinn a' Bhuird, Ben Avon from various start points, not just Keiloch, Bynack Mor from the road end after Glen More Lodge, Meall Chuaich, Beinn Dearg from Calvine. Enough, enough I hear you cry! OK one more that I've not biked myself is Mullach Clach a Bhlair from Glen Feshie; I've seen guys cycle right up and do a loop that included Carn Ban Mor but it looked a right grind going up and the track down from Carn Ban Mor looks a bit difficult on a bike.
One non Cairngorm suggestion and then I'm stopping: from the concrete bridge at the W end of Loch laggan you can get access to loads of hills including a rarely used way up Beinn na Lap.
If the path is frozen or dry it is a nice cycle up to the Luibeg deer fence.
> As for a list of Munros easier by using a mountain bike, just look at a map for any that have landrover tracks on the way!
I'm never sure in Scotland - you go from 100% rideable to 5% rideable yet the track has the same symbol on the map :-( It does need a bit of heads up as to which are actually useable. An example would be the track from Lochinver to Saileag bothy (near Suilven) which is generally easy apart from a couple of steep sections. Head north from the bothy towards Little Assynt and you'll be lucky to ride more than a couple of hundred metres.
I cycled into Fisherfield via loch a Bhraoin, which was hard work, then out to Dundonnel on the way home. The northern track was all ridable this way. The worst bit was the road back to the car near the loch.
Also if you are planning on going to Braeriach then apart from going in via Luibeg or Glen Einich you could cycle in from the W end of Loch Morlich to Rothiemurchus Lodge (or a wee bit past) then follow a wellmarked path to join up with the Lairig. Used that route when I was in earlier this year and it gives a super fast run back down at the end of the day. Again it is a non technical landrover track. Think I prefer it to going through the Chalamain Gap.
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