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Sgurr Gaorsaic

Sgurr Gaorsaic


Postby foggieclimber » Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:49 pm

Route description: Sgurr Gaorsaic, from Morvich

Corbetts included on this walk: Sgurr Gaorsaic

Date walked: 20/04/2011

Time taken: 6 hours

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After work yesterday, I drove to just beyond Morvich where I slept in the back of my car. This allowed me to start walking at dawn this morning without having to set off from home around 3.00am :).

After passing the Kintail Activity Centre, I passed a couple of newly-built houses and then followed the path towards the Falls of Glomach (shown in the next photo).

Start of path towards Falls of Glomach and Bealach an Sgairne:
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The narrow path leading towards the Falls of Glomach is pretty good.

Narrow path:
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As I walked along the path, I heard several cuckoos. I also saw several Wheatears.

Wheatear:
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The last time I walked along Gleann Choinneachain was in 2004, when I ascended Ben Fhada (Ben Attow). In 2004, it was impossible to cross the Allt Coire an Sgairne as it was in spate. As I walked along the glen today, I was hoping the crossing would be easier.

Gleann Choinneachain:
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Tops of Beinn Fhada (Ben Attow):
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Gleann Choinneachain:
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Was nice to see wild primroses still in bloom. This got me thinking that it won’t be too long before the Marsh Lousewort, Sea thrift, Butterwort, Bog Ashpodel, etc. are in bloom.

Wild primroses:
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The Allt Coire an Sgairne waterfall was quite tranquil today – easy to cross using stepping stones :D.

Allt Coire an Sgairne waterfall:
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After crossing the Allt Coire an Sgairne, I made my way up to the Bealach an Sgairne. This was now new territory for me. As I ascended, I was reminded of the complexity of Beinn Fhada – a cracking Munro!

Ben Fhada (Ben Attow):
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Ascending towards Bealach an Sgairne:
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As I made my way towards the bealach, I was confronted by a mountain goat. It stood and stared me out for 15-20 seconds before taking-off up the mountain.

Mountain goat:
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On reaching the really large cairn at the bealach, I made my way down towards Loch Bhealaich – always annoying to lose height! At last I got my first view of Sgurr Gaorsaic.

Large cairn at Bealach an Sgairne:
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Sgurr Gaorsaic and Loch Bhealaich:
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On reaching the loch, I skirted round it and then continued along the path until reaching the line of fence posts running up the hill. I followed the fence posts to the summit.

Following the fenceposts up Sgurr Gaorsaic:
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Looking back to Bealach an Sgairne (zoomed):
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Ben Fhada, Bealach an Sgairne and A’Ghlas Bheinn:
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Summit of Sgurr Gaorsaic with Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan in background:
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From the summit, I also followed the fenceposts in descent.

On walking back round the loch, I spotted an unusual bird. It was quite a distance off but I’m pretty sure it was a Black-throated Diver. My 16x zoom wasn’t quite good enough to get a good clear photo :cry:.

Black-throated diver on Loch Bhealaich:
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From the loch, I ascended back to the Bealach na Sgairne and then descended back to the Allt Coire an Sgairne waterfall.

954m top of Beinn Fhada:
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Gleann Choinneachain waterfall:
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I stopped to photograph a caterpillar, just as a walker passed-by. She exclaimed, “It’s a hairy granny!” I just about pmsl. :lol:

Drinker Moth Caterpillar?:
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Today was a great day for wildlife. I also saw at least 10 small voles on the hill but they were all too quick to photograph.

View towards Morvich and A87:
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A really nice day out :D.
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Re: Sgurr Gaorsaic

Postby rockhopper » Wed Apr 20, 2011 11:16 pm

Very nice foggy and you got some fantastic views there :D

It's great seeing the flora and fauna coming out again with the spring 8)
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Re: Sgurr Gaorsaic

Postby ChrisW » Wed Apr 20, 2011 11:40 pm

That looks a great walk foggie, some stunning views - you got some cracking pics but the 'goat with attitude' is my favourite :D
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Re: Sgurr Gaorsaic

Postby malky_c » Thu Apr 21, 2011 6:26 am

It's a great approach - I love that path over Bealach an Sgairne. I did pretty much exactly the same a couple of years ago. Just a few left now :)
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Re: Sgurr Gaorsaic

Postby davetherave » Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:20 am

We are heading up to Morvich at the start of next week, I hope the weather holds. We have plans for a Bigish round up there. The above hill will not be included.

Could the above corbett be included withGhlas Bein ? Or am I completely off Target.

Thanks for the report.
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Re: Sgurr Gaorsaic

Postby foggieclimber » Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:24 am

Could be included with A'Ghlas Bheinn, as A'Ghlas Bheinn can be ascended from Bealach na Sgairne.
Similarly it could be combined with Beinn Fhada.

The Munro that would be easiest to combine it with is Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan.
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Re: Sgurr Gaorsaic

Postby davetherave » Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:47 am

Will be ending our big route on Being Fhada. I don't think we would have the strength to carry on to the corbett let alone Ghlas Bheinn. :lol:
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Re: Sgurr Gaorsaic

Postby PauloUK77 » Thu Apr 21, 2011 12:38 pm

I like the photo just before the Mountain Goat the mountains look very intimidating in that shot. :shock:
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Re: Sgurr Gaorsaic

Postby yokehead » Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:44 pm

Wonderful report and a great reminder of my walk-in to Beinn Fhada in Feb. 8)

Great to see what it's like going on up to the bealach and beyond, truly a superb area. :D
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Re: Sgurr Gaorsaic

Postby kinley » Tue Apr 26, 2011 6:22 pm

Nice walk - just great to see the flora and fauna go zoom in the spring.

Cheers for the drinker moth caterpillar ID too 8)

Getting close now 8)
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