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Mullardoch Round 12 Munro’s 2 nights 2 days

Mullardoch Round 12 Munro’s 2 nights 2 days


Postby laurablair_x » Mon Apr 10, 2023 9:37 am

Munros included on this walk: An Riabhachan, An Socach (Affric), An Socach (Mullardoch), Beinn Fhionnlaidh (Càrn Eige), Càrn Eige, Càrn nan Gobhar (Loch Mullardoch), Màm Sodhail, Mullach na Dheiragain, Sgùrr na Lapaich, Sgùrr nan Ceathreamhnan, Toll Creagach, Tom a' Chòinich

Date walked: 06/04/2023

Distance: 72 km

Ascent: 5003m

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On the Thursday morning we set off for Mullardoch Dam. We had planned to park the car at the end point car park- but there are two padlocks on the gate so we left the car in a grassy patch just next to this (the legs were thankful for this at the end of the walk)

At 1300 we started the walk to the first Munro. We followed the hydro track for a short while and cut up the faint path to Mullach na Maoile.

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Heading up Mullach na Moile on route to first Munro


We spotted a small adder on the way too.

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Adder


Then it was on to the summit! The climb to this hill was relatively easy and fast, which was maybe the last of these of the weekend. We then arrived at Munro number 1/12 Carn nan Gobhar. A quick photo and we were off to the next Sgurr na Lapaich (ps keep an eye out for the garnets if you are in to geology)

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On the way to Sgurr na Lapaich


After a small push to the top Sgurr na Lapaich is ascended, Munro 2/12 for the weekend is completed. We didn’t hang about long as we were aware we had started quite late and that sunlight hours would be against us. So after a photo we were off to An Riabhachan- the weather took a bit of a turn here, some snow showers and low cloud but we pushed on and ascended Munro 3/12

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Summit of An Riabhachan


At this stage we knew we had to push to the 4th before the end of the day so we made our way with darkness incoming. We reached the summit of An Socach 4/12 just as the sun was setting

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Just before the summit of An Socach


By this point we had our head torches on for the descent. We had planned to camp at the Loch but realistically we knew we wouldn’t have time so we set off to find a suitable camping spot. We found a suitable location at the Bealach Pait about 750m- we found a patch of firmer ground sheltered from the wind just off from the path and made camp. Wayfarer chilli never tasted so good!!

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Camping spot after first half day


We were so tired we didn’t end up setting off until 9am on the Friday morning. We headed for the base of the Loch where we had a very very cold river crossing! In hindsight we should have waited to tape our feet as we had to re-do this after the crossing wasting time. It certainly woke us up however! We also filled our water packs here for the first time which is recommended.

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River crossing


Now was the long long slog to Munro number 5. If I’m honest this was one of the toughest parts of the day. There is no path (that we could find) and it felt like a long, long slog. Knowing what was still ahead this was when our mood took a bit of a dip. We were so lucky with a beautiful day and the views back along Long Mullardoch were truly stunning- you felt so remote at this point. We slowly kept plodding along and reached Munro 5/12 Mullach na Dheiragan.

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Long slog up to Munro number 5 but beautiful day


After what felt like a long time to Munro number 5 we summited and were greeted with a truly stunning day on the hills. After a quick roll snack for some energy we headed for Munro number 6/12 Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan. This is a long walk with some scrambly sections but it felt so rugged and remote!

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Beautiful day on way to Munro 6


After a quick photo we headed towards An Socach (number 2) Munro 7/12 which seemed a lot smaller compared to the sheer size of some of the other hills on the route.

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Heading to Munro number 7 An Socach


After reaching number 7 was the next big push of the day- we thought we would have been slightly further ahead by this point but heavy kit and sore bodies meant we were probably walking slower than normal.

Don’t forget to take a picture at the remnants of the first triangulation point used by OS in Scotland (I thought this was amazing)

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First Scotland OS triangulation point


This felt like a hard push up to Munro number 8 Mam Sodhail. We used the deer stalking track and skirted round the side and cut back up onto the ridge line. We were greeted with a beautiful sunset view however!

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Mam Sodhail summit in sunset


Coming off of Mam Sodhail the light was fading and legs were tired. We made the push down the steep snowy and windy slopes hoping to find somewhere more sheltered to camp. We skirted round Carn Eighe using the contour lines so pay attention at this section to stop an additional ascent of this- and you will pass a flowing stream- fill your water here!! One of the last points of the the southern section to do this.

We camped on the Bealach Beag in between the two Munro’s on a patch of flat ground.

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Bealach beag in between Beinn Fhionnlaidh and Carn Eighe camping spot 2


After an alright sleep we were up at 7am on the Saturday morning for a big finishing day. We left the rucksacks where the track forks to go up Carn Eighe which made it faster going up Beinn Fhionnlaidh for Munro number 9/12. We ascended at 8am and were greeted to the most beautiful views back across the Loch (realising how far we still had to walk back to the car)

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Summit of Beinn Fhionnlaidh


We bounced back down feeling light without the rucksacks although the legs felt quite heavy. We picked our packs back up and headed up Carn Eighe Munro 10/12 of the round. This was actually a quick ascent considering it’s the highest of the round. It was luckily another stunning day to give us a boost.

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Stunning views on Carn Eighe


Then it was on to Munro number 11/12 Tom a’Choinnich . This feels like a long walk out with some subsidiary tops and I got excited about thinking we had reached the summit at one point - but do not be fooled. However, once reached the end is well and truly in sight.

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Walk / some scramble sections on route to Tom a’Choinnich


The final push to the last Munro Toll Creagach. By this point my legs were tired- our water packs had frozen and we were running low on snacks. The snow patches were helping us as we munched on ice to keep the mouth wet on the push to the last. The climb to this really isn’t too bad but it felt tiresome after 11 previous Munro’s. However we got the head down and done it Munro 12/12 completed! A sense of massive achievement at this point.

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Summit of Toll Creagach 12/12


Now for the fun part (sarcasm)- the final push and descent back to the car. We decided to follow Steven Fallons recommendation and cut down next to the river. There is no path and it’s a long slog through thick heather with holes and cambers under foot. We both took a few tumbles just trying to push back to the car. We aimed just right of the dam which seemed to keep us in line. And just like that we made it back to the car - we were very glad we left it at the gate and didn’t need to walk all the way back round- I recommend this!!

This was an amazing walk with truly everything you could imagine. Joy, pain, scrambles, ridges, wild camps, lack of water and a lot of effort.

I strongly recommend filling up water at the base of the Loch and then again when going round the contours of Carn Eighe as that is the last until you head back off the hill where there is lots of small running streams and a river.

And bring more snacks than you think! We were told to bring lots of snacks but do not underestimate this. Make sure you have a few per Munro top and stock up on things like flapjacks or shortbread etc and lots of sweets to give that last push.

All in all an amazing weekend. Mullardoch round completed !
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Re: Mullardoch Round 12 Munro’s 2 nights 2 days

Postby Dunni » Tue Apr 11, 2023 1:54 pm

well done!! Thats a big round!
I´ve tried and failded it last year. First, it was a late start at around 12 to tackle the first 4 Munros. And with the same bad weather managed to camp just 1 mile short of Loch Mullardoch at the wee waterfall.
You had great weather on the second day, It was raining on my parade, so I left the ridge down to Alltbeithe and back to Glen Affric on the second day.
I really can feel your tired legs!
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Re: Mullardoch Round 12 Munro’s 2 nights 2 days

Postby laurablair_x » Tue Apr 11, 2023 2:32 pm

Thank you!
We were the same starting too late I think the ideal time would have been around 10/1030 however our camping spot kept us sheltered from the wind so maybe it was meant to be.
Oh I don’t blame you I have waited years to attempt it as I didn’t want it to be too hot, midge season or too cold- a very short window of perfect weather popped up and I seized the opportunity. The hills will still be there another day for you to complete.
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Re: Mullardoch Round 12 Munro’s 2 nights 2 days

Postby laurablair_x » Tue Apr 11, 2023 3:02 pm

Dunni wrote:well done!! Thats a big round!
I´ve tried and failded it last year. First, it was a late start at around 12 to tackle the first 4 Munros. And with the same bad weather managed to camp just 1 mile short of Loch Mullardoch at the wee waterfall.
You had great weather on the second day, It was raining on my parade, so I left the ridge down to Alltbeithe and back to Glen Affric on the second day.
I really can feel your tired legs!


Thank you!
We were the same starting too late I think the ideal time would have been around 10/1030 however our camping spot kept us sheltered from the wind so maybe it was meant to be.
Oh I don’t blame you I have waited years to attempt it as I didn’t want it to be too hot, midge season or too cold- a very short window of perfect weather popped up and I seized the opportunity. The hills will still be there another day for you to complete.
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Re: Mullardoch Round 12 Munro’s 2 nights 2 days

Postby Colin1951 » Tue Apr 11, 2023 3:59 pm

Very impressive round, your photos are great
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Re: Mullardoch Round 12 Munro’s 2 nights 2 days

Postby laurablair_x » Tue Apr 11, 2023 4:36 pm

Colin1951 wrote:Very impressive round, your photos are great


Thank you very much probably my favourite round so far! We were so lucky with the weather so only a small selection of photos.
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Re: Mullardoch Round 12 Munro’s 2 nights 2 days

Postby weaselmaster » Tue Apr 11, 2023 4:42 pm

It’s a great round, isn’t it (apart from the last section back to the car which is always a drag). Seems that these hills hold onto their snow a bit longer than most (outwith the bigger Cairngorms) - there seemed very little left anywhere we could see from Torridon at the weekend.
Enjoyed reading your report, cheers 😁
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Re: Mullardoch Round 12 Munro’s 2 nights 2 days

Postby laurablair_x » Tue Apr 11, 2023 5:34 pm

weaselmaster wrote:It’s a great round, isn’t it (apart from the last section back to the car which is always a drag). Seems that these hills hold onto their snow a bit longer than most (outwith the bigger Cairngorms) - there seemed very little left anywhere we could see from Torridon at the weekend.
Enjoyed reading your report, cheers 😁


Thank you- it’s a fantastic round. I don’t think there’s an easy way back to the car. The southern Munro’s were holding a lot of snow especially Mam Sodhail which had so much snow on its north face it was a completely different world. The snow patches were very compact and holding up well which helped for jet boil water etc!

Torridon is just fantastic hope you had a great weekend, finally some good weather
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Re: Mullardoch Round 12 Munro’s 2 nights 2 days

Postby Keefers » Fri Apr 14, 2023 6:39 pm

Superb. This was my favourite Round of all those attempted in the Munros. Looks like you had an equally great adventure. :clap:
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Re: Mullardoch Round 12 Munro’s 2 nights 2 days

Postby Senja » Fri Apr 14, 2023 8:31 pm

One of the first things I learned about Scottish hill walking was that Toll Creagach from Glen Cannich was a horror - thanks to one of Sir Fred Hoyle's sci fi stories (think it's the one where he drained Loch Ness)

Good going, that's a long way.
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Re: Mullardoch Round 12 Munro’s 2 nights 2 days

Postby laurablair_x » Sun Apr 16, 2023 9:31 am

Keefers wrote:Superb. This was my favourite Round of all those attempted in the Munros. Looks like you had an equally great adventure. :clap:


Thank you! I agree now that the feet/legs have recovered 😂 congrats on completing too!
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Re: Mullardoch Round 12 Munro’s 2 nights 2 days

Postby laurablair_x » Sun Apr 16, 2023 9:32 am

Senja wrote:One of the first things I learned about Scottish hill walking was that Toll Creagach from Glen Cannich was a horror - thanks to one of Sir Fred Hoyle's sci fi stories (think it's the one where he drained Loch Ness)

Good going, that's a long way.


Many Thanks! I think they’re all quite big walks even if you don’t do the round in one. It was a great challenge
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Re: Mullardoch Round 12 Munro’s 2 nights 2 days

Postby NeepNeep » Mon Apr 17, 2023 2:30 pm

Great post. I tried and failed on this about 7-8 years ago - still yet to return. We went at about the same time of year but we had considerably more snow then you. We went clockwise and the pull up to Tom na Choinnich was difficult in the conditions. The continuation ridge to Carn Eighe looked great for me but my partner didn't fancy it. A good learning point there for me as our route given the conditions and my partner's experience was too optimistic. Looking back my agenda took over as I wanted to do it but my mate was clearly not experienced enough in this environment and I should have know that. We have a very cold high level camp out and bailed back to the car the next day. Took a lovely wander in Glen Coe on our 'third' day returning home. Looking forward to returning - whenever that is.
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