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Sgurr na Sgine
by eharbottle » Sat Mar 05, 2011 6:15 pm
Munros included on this walk: Sgurr na Sgine
Date walked: 11/01/2011
Time taken: 6 hours
Distance: 9 km
Ascent: 990mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
I am slowly plodding through the mountains known as Munros and have reached the stage of having the odd singleton missing here and there (as well as huge groups of hills!). This fantastic winter day in early Jan demanded that one of these singletons be ticked off.
Having driven the 88 miles from Elgin down past the Cluanie Inn, Sgurr na Sgine via Faochag looked just fine for an assault and off I went.
The route was basically straight up the ridge and my hope was that the snow would be firm and would allow easy passge over the steep bits as well as covering any bog and heather. Or, of course, there was plenty of snow but none of it had been through a freeze/thaw process and therefore I had 6 hours of thigh posting ahead of me. Obviously I didn't know this as I looked up the hill.
As I hit the snow line going up Faochag the idea of walking on snow in fantastic weather with great views meant that after just a short time out of the car this was already a great day.
The snow got deeper and as I crested along the ridge of Faochag the wind had blown the snow up into a knife edge which I didn't fancy so a took the eastern side which looked the lesser of two evils and plodded along under the ridge testing the snow as I went.
It is only from Faochag that you get to see the days objective and it did look a bit further away than the map had suggested. As, I have found, mountains often do.
The snow got deeper as I came to the final slopes of Sgurr na Sgine and on one slope the snow was so deep that I began to wonder if I was going to be able to summit. I was taking two steps up then three back, however with the help of some rocks, an ice axe, and some swearing I was up onto the top with only the undulating plateau left to the summit cairn. Although once again with the deep snow this took some time.
The views were amazing and totally worth all the effort.
To get off the top I had to head south first and then when the crags ended and I felt brave enough I picked a line down and around heading for the bealach above the Alt Coire Toileil. Once again the snow was very deep but good fun and it was as I got to the bealach that I saw how impressive the crags look just under the summit.
Anyway headed off down the slope to try and pick up the main path coming down from the South Cluanie Ridge. Deep snow once again but it covered all the heather and bog yet the depressions still allowed me to see the stream when I got to it.
Made it back to the car in 6 hours, really good day out and I always think that days flogging across the hills in the wind and rain disappear from the memory after one day like this, or at least redress the balance if you know what I mean.
by ChrisW » Sat Mar 05, 2011 7:06 pm
Really enjoyed your post, I don't think there is such a thing as an 'obvious route' cos every day is different so keep em coming - its great to share in your hard work and effort from the comfort of my armchair
by Johnny Corbett » Sat Mar 05, 2011 11:22 pm
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by malky_c » Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:20 pm
My first report on here was for Sgorr a Bhac Chaolais and Buidhe Bheinn, just east of Sgurr na Sgine. In fact I came down the same corrie as you did. Looks interesting getting off Sgine from that direction.
by goth_angel » Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:55 pm
by PeteR » Tue Mar 08, 2011 1:04 am