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Alfie in the land of the Giants

Alfie in the land of the Giants

Postby Mountain Dog » Thu Nov 03, 2022 11:52 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Bhan, Sgùrr a' Chaorachain

Date walked: 03/09/2022

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 24 km

Ascent: 1700m

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Alfie prompted me to write his first ever walk report on WH. After reviewing a few recent walks we agreed this one was worth sharing. After a walk in Torridon the previous day, we spent some time looking at a good way to do a loop of the two hills in one walk (without 'cheating' with the drive to the top of the bealach).The forecast for the day was promising and decided a long walk with a view of the giants' corrie (Coire nan Arr) would do these hills justice. I needed to reassure Alfie the giants had long since left the area.

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Parked up before the bridge just past Tornapress and headed north along the river Kishorn using the very good path. The views along the walk-in were amazing and despite knowing the area well, had always bypassed these en route elsewhere. The stunning corries are so worth a visit - even if not going further up into the hills.

A Happy Alfie at the start of the walk.

As you get closer, the scale of the landscape is amazing.

You really feel in the land of giants. Our guide book had suggested a scramble up A'Chioch was a great option. We looked at it and disagreed - choosing the much less exposed north ridge of Coire na Fhamair instead.

Getting closer to the hills, and a chance to pose by a waterfall.

At the small loch in Coire na Poite, a quick dip to cool off.

Heading up the north ridge of Coire an Fhamair, A' Poite in foreground and the A'Chioch ridge behind. Quite glad we didn't choose that route.

There is a path at the top end of this corrie - but it doesn't look very exciting. Great views from the ridge, much more so then from the top of Beinn Bhan itself.

No, not that way Alfie...

Views from the rim of Coire an Fhamair.

Proud to be at the top of Beinn Bhan.

The views made the long walk round via Bealach nan Arr well worth it. Then the slog up to the radio mast and finding people! Skye was hazy but the Cullin were looking impressive.

Heading down to the Bealach nan Arr.

Views over to Sgurr a' Chaorachain and Skye beyond.

Along the easy ridge to the top of Sgurr a' Chaorachain. Retraced steps to decent north and get a better view of the giants corrie. You need to be aware not to take a 'quick route' down these hills!

Top of Sgurr a' Chaorachain - final peak of the day.

Heading down into Coire a' Chaorachain, the 'slow route'!

Alfie looking small at the entry to Coire nan Arr - The giants' corrie.

Completed walk descending to the loch and returning to the road and start point. Alfie so enjoyed completing the Munros and is now focused on the Corbetts. He may allow me to tell more of his stories!
Last edited by Mountain Dog on Sun Nov 06, 2022 1:11 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Alfie in the land of the Giants

Postby dogplodder » Fri Nov 04, 2022 6:13 pm

Well done Alfie! You are very photogenic and chose some stunning backdrops for your photos. Looking forward to hearing about more of your adventures. :D
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