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Could we include Beinn Fhionnlaidh????

Could we include Beinn Fhionnlaidh????


Postby PathfinderPaul » Mon Dec 21, 2020 7:36 pm

Route description: Càrn Eige and Mam Sodhail

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Fhionnlaidh (Càrn Eige), Càrn Eige, Màm Sodhail

Date walked: 14/07/2014

Time taken: 12 hours

Distance: 23.4 km

Ascent: 2043m

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This is an old report but during Lockdown 2020 it gives time to write up an epic old route. This one from 2014 was when we had one of those brilliant weather days you don't want to miss to try and do a big route (for us pensioners!) In our rush to get to Glen Affric we forgot the butties, but a little shop was iopen when we got to the village at 8.30 :D
The big issue was would we be fit enought ro bag Beinn Fhionnlaidh & then reclimb Ben Eige???
Image2014-07-09 09.38.12 by Joan Howard, on Flickr
Lovely walk in, but we could have used the mountain bikes & reclimbed the first two Munros, but not of course the way we came back :crazy:
Image2014-07-09 09.41.40 by Joan Howard, on Flickr
We certainly enjoyed the walk in and the scenery
Image2014-07-09 10.14.53 by Joan Howard, on Flickr
Image2014-07-09 10.49.39 by Joan Howard, on Flickr
Eventually we had to leave the valley & start the climbing up very good track
Image2014-07-09 11.34.24 by Joan Howard, on Flickr
Onwards and upwards as they say :lol:
Image2014-07-09 11.35.36 by Joan Howard, on Flickr
We were ready for an early lunch by 12.00
Image2014-07-09 12.11.05 by Joan Howard, on Flickr
We surveyed the ridge we hoped to use for the return route???
Image2014-07-09 13.00.43 by Joan Howard, on Flickr
Nearing our first summit :o
Image2014-07-09 13.02.18 by Joan Howard, on Flickr
Image2014-07-09 13.02.38 by Joan Howard, on Flickr
First summit in sight & we can see it :clap:
Image2014-07-09 13.09.08 by Joan Howard, on Flickr
Image2014-07-09 13.21.24 by Joan Howard, on Flickr
Hurray!!
But of course you have to go down to go up to the second Munro!!
Image2014-07-09 13.21.32 by Joan Howard, on Flickr
Image2014-07-09 14.46.49 by Joan Howard, on Flickr
Joan is still smiling, cant get over the visibillity 8)
Image2014-07-09 15.12.48 by Joan Howard, on Flickr
Phantastic :clap:
Image2014-07-09 15.20.13 by Joan Howard, on Flickr
never thought we's see these views of Loch Mullardoch :shock:
Image2014-07-09 15.20.29 by Joan Howard, on Flickr
Decision time??? whether to attempt the sought after Fiondleahd. Its now or never!!! Never a better opportunity.
Image2014-07-09 16.31.00 by Joan Howard, on Flickr
Image2014-07-09 17.01.39 by Joan Howard, on Flickr
But of course the cost was the reascent og Ben Eige :(
Image2014-07-09 15.37.09 by Joan Howard, on Flickr
After the reascent we decided to avoid reclimbing the first Munro & took the ridge, Stob Coire Dhomhnuill. This was a bad move :crazy:
Its very hard to find the path down into the valley, take your life in your hands. Plus the valley was extremely wet!!!
Image2014-07-09 17.29.15 by Joan Howard, on Flickr
Image2014-07-09 17.31.02 by Joan Howard, on Flickr
Great views as we went along the ridge :D
Image2014-07-09 17.36.25 by Joan Howard, on Flickr
There was supposed to be a stalkers path, but we coudln't find any trace of it!!!
Image2014-07-09 17.37.27 by Joan Howard, on Flickr
We were certainly tires by the time we had to walk along the wet valley bottom :(
Image2014-07-09 19.14.34 by Joan Howard, on Flickr
And of course the sting in then tail as we had to ascend about 350 metres accross the side of Am Meallan to get back to Gles Affric.
Image2014-07-13 10.31.09 by Joan Howard, on Flickr
But we had achieved it :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Could we include Beinn Fhionnlaidh????

Postby Graeme D » Tue Dec 22, 2020 11:16 am

Cracking photos, especially from the summit of Carn Eige looking over Loch Mullardoch and over to Fhionnlaidh. I still have these two to return to after the weather turned to sh*t and I spent a couple of hours hunkered in the Mam Sodhail shelter cairn waiting in vain for it to improve.
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Re: Could we include Beinn Fhionnlaidh????

Postby PathfinderPaul » Wed Dec 23, 2020 2:09 pm

Hi Graeme,
You had a bad day, you can see why we didn't want to miss that great weather day. Hope you might get that weather window this year :)
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Re: Could we include Beinn Fhionnlaidh????

Postby Butterscotch » Wed May 18, 2022 2:47 pm

I'm planning to cycle in to Strawberry Cottage and walk up this route at the weekend - looks far less boggy than the WH route. Hopefully the weather will be kind enough to get all 3. I'm staying at Cannich campsite so not to far to travel

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Re: Could we include Beinn Fhionnlaidh????

Postby PathfinderPaul » Wed May 18, 2022 10:29 pm

Butterscotch wrote:I'm planning to cycle in to Strawberry Cottage and walk up this route at the weekend - looks far less boggy than the WH route. Hopefully the weather will be kind enough to get all 3. I'm staying at Cannich campsite so not to far to travel

:wink:


Hi Butterscotch, I think that’s a good decision, if I was doing it again, I’d do it your way.
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Re: Could we include Beinn Fhionnlaidh????

Postby prog99 » Wed May 18, 2022 11:07 pm

Butterscotch wrote:I'm planning to cycle in to Strawberry Cottage and walk up this route at the weekend - looks far less boggy than the WH route. Hopefully the weather will be kind enough to get all 3. I'm staying at Cannich campsite so not to far to travel

:wink:

With a tweak. I'd cut under the west side of Carn Eighe after Mam Sodhail on a vague path (water opportunity on sone tiny streams) and then do Beinn Fhionnlaidh (water just to the right before the uphill bit at an obvious spring) and then go up Carn Eighe on the way back
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