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A fairly direct route to the top of Sgor Gaoith.

A fairly direct route to the top of Sgor Gaoith.


Postby gaffr » Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:21 pm

Date walked: 02/03/2011

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It seemed to be spring here during most of last week. Managed to get a few drills dug out for the vegetable plantings...there was evidence of the muirburn taking place on the hills....I even heard the sound of a lapwing.... the curlews and the oystercachers won't be far behind. The overnight frosts came back at the weekend so the crampons came out on Sunday. A few ski runs on Tuesday on a nice surface. Yesterday a fine wee leg stretcher on the Sgorans. Spent a bit of time getting to terms with the three paths that lead into the west facing Sgor Gaoith slopes. I guess that most folks travel in on the recently made-up and gravelled lower path that comes out of the 'red burn' track but there is a higher path that takes a walker directly into the area below the slope leading directly to the Gaoith top. I have used this upper path to descend to the allt ruadh in the past but it just ends rather abruptly at NN880998....easy little diagonal to reach the lower path on untrampled heather passing over a third path with seems to end well above the lower one in coire na cloiche :? :D
Multiple paths are not uncommon in this area, it seems, there are two above Achlean heading up to the moine mor but at least they do join up :) Now if we could get folks heading up to the aforemetioned grid ref....hope I have got it right :lol: we might even get a linking path between lower and upper:D
1 The wee shallow west facing gaoith corrie HPIM4976.jpg
From the upper path.
2 The upper and lower pathsHPIM4968.jpg
3 The snowfields and cornices  have shrunkHPIM4969.jpg
From Sgor Gaoith looking South.
4 Down from Gaoith HPIM4974.jpg
on this occasion crampons on at circa 800 metres which gives 300 mtrs. or so of crampon stamping up and down the slope.
5 The upper path ends suddenly HPIM4977.jpg
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Re: A fairly direct route to the top of Sgor Gaoith.

Postby Paul Webster » Thu Mar 03, 2011 4:49 pm

Love the summit pic Gaffr. I'm a fan of Sgor Gaoith and hope to explore some of the northern approaches this year :D
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Re: A fairly direct route to the top of Sgor Gaoith.

Postby kinley » Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:36 pm

Good looking day - hope to get up onto some crusty stuff very soon 8)

gaffr wrote:I even heard the sound of a lapwing.... the curlews and the oystercachers won't be far behind.


They're not - saw Oystercatchers flying inland in Perthshire last week. Peewits and curlews calling near Cock Bridge too. 8)

Definite feel of spring in the air :D
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