Glen Feshie munros
by LeithySuburbs » Fri May 08, 2009 8:31 pm
Route description: Sgor Gaoith, from Glen Feshie
Munros included on this walk: Mullach Clach a'Bhlair, Sgor Gaoith
Date walked: 08/05/20091 person thinks this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Weather: classic spring day - sun, wind and showers (a mixture of snow, hail and rain but only for very short periods).
These hills would be a good introduction to the Cairgorms. Route finding is easy due to Landrover tracks and paths throughout.
The carpark near Auchlean was full when I arrived about 10:30am. I was intending to do both these munros unless conditions up top were really bad - they weren't. The tarmac ends at Auchlean and the path heads pretty much straight up Sgor Gaoith, initially through pine woods then over heathery hillsides. The mixture of sun, cloud and wind was playing havoc with my layering and resulted in frequent stops to adjust clothing. However, the gradient was that almost perfect angle where height and distance are gained very easily.
90minutes brisk walking brought me onto the plateau just below the summit of Carn Ban Mor. From here it was an easy walk to the summit of SG perched spectacularly above Loch Einich and with great views over to Braeriach. I sat here and had some lunch overlooking Coire Odhar.
By the time I got going again, I had cooled down and the wind and a hail shower prompted me to don my balaclava, both fleeces and waterproof trousers. Ahead of me now was the 7.5km walk across Moine Mhor to Mullach Clach a' Bhlair. Fortunately I could see the whole route - I imagine this would be a pretty dull trudge in a pea soup. I was happy to have left the crowds behind - of the many people on SG only a few were making the walk to MCaB. The views to the "backside" of Braeriach were impressive and I made a decision to do it from the Loch Einich approach in the summer.
Luck seemed to be on my side as several hail showers passed by on either side of me. About 2 hours walking (with the occasional break) from SG brought me to the unassuming top of MCaB, which I had to myself. There were views south to Beinn Dearg in Atholl and I could trace the bizarre course of the River Feshie to its' source.
Now I had the longish walk back to the car. I descended along the Landrover track on the western side of MCaB cutting off to the north just before the forest is reached. This path is not marked on the Landranger map but it is a slight shortcut compared to following the track right down to the river. I passed through some lovely old pine woods before entering the newer plantations below Meall nan Sleac. A couple of the forest tracks required a little blind faith but I knew I was going in pretty much the right direction. By the time I emerged at the Allt Garbhlach the sun was shining and it was a lovely evening. I stripped off several layers and converted my trousers into shorts for the final 2km by the River Feshie to the carpark.
Distance covered: 23-24km. Height gain: approx 980m. Time: approx 8 hours.
by Myth » Fri May 08, 2009 10:40 pm
I think you're brave to consider Braeriach from this side - it's always a long walk in from anywhere, but the other approaches are to my mind more picturesque - no doubt we'll see when you're report comes in if it's one to try!
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by Paul Webster » Sat May 09, 2009 7:45 am
DAMN! I was literally waiting for my photos to write a report on those!
No harm in another! I love Sgor Gaoith, the summit is one of my favourite places in the Cairngorms. Coire Ghobhlach is great too. Good report as well.
by LeithySuburbs » Sat May 09, 2009 3:27 pm
The long walk doesn't really phase me. I guess I'm just trying to get a away from some of the typical "baggers" routes (not that there is anything wrong with them). I have a real need for the solitude and that sense of wilderness which you can only get with certain routes. I have been up to the top of the Lairig Ghru and through the Chalamain Gap so doing something a bit different is also part of the attraction. As ever with such walks, the weather will play a large part in deciding whether it is a day to savour or simply survive!
by Paul Webster » Sat May 09, 2009 3:30 pm
by cjwaugh » Sat May 09, 2009 3:32 pm
by goth_angel » Mon May 11, 2009 1:11 pm
mountain coward wrote:DAMN! I was literally waiting for my photos to write a report on those!
Were you up there that day as well? So was I! Unfortunately I wasn't lucky enough to miss the hail shower but it cleared. Views from the summit of SG were fab.
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by holtlynx » Fri May 15, 2009 11:14 pm
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by andrew11 » Sat Aug 06, 2011 12:42 pm
I was thinking of doing them in the opposite order. What do you think?
by Border Reiver » Sat Aug 06, 2011 3:30 pm