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Stac Pollaidh

Stac Pollaidh


Postby Avocetboy » Mon May 23, 2011 6:35 pm

Route description: Stac Pollaidh ridge and circuit

Grahams included on this walk: Stac Pollaidh

Date walked: 17/05/2011

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 4.5 km

Ascent: 613m

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Last year, we attempted Stac Pollaidh but seeing as young Carter was only three years old I decided that making it to the summit was pushing it a bit, so we circumnavigated it. I spent the next 12 months determined to acheive it on our next visit.

With a mixture of high winds and rain this was the only day that we were going to get a chance and, as we approached the signs looked good
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We parked up and gazed up. It looks impossible!
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We quickly began to gain height and the views began to open up
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Moley, limbering up
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As we rounded the shoulder, the views were incredible
Cul Mor
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Suilven
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Evidence of Aprils fires all around
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Surely, one of most perfect Highland Views?
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We now started the final ascent and I must admit it was pretty steep, but no drops or anything and Carter was pretty happy as we reached the final few yards. Finally on the top, the blast of wind added to the final drama.
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Not the true summit, but pretty good for a 4 year old (and me, the wife and my sister!!) - Thats not my sister in the background!
As we descended, the views across to the Summer Isles were wonderful
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Cul Beag was looking like an inviting prospect on another day
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But the one that was catching my eye was Ben More Coigach and The Fiddlher. Got to do this next year.
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Job Done, and a final relax on the beach
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Re: Stac Pollaidh

Postby lolsmit » Mon May 23, 2011 7:12 pm

Great stuff. Excellent views and quite an achievement for the wee man.
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Re: Stac Pollaidh

Postby Vick1 » Mon May 23, 2011 7:50 pm

lovely photos and great effort by the young one

Im off up there next week and hope to do all 7 peaks of Ben More Coigach :D
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Re: Stac Pollaidh

Postby EACHANN AN DOIRE » Mon May 23, 2011 8:16 pm

Stac Pollaidh was on my hit list - you're excellent phots have made me shufffle it a bit nearer the top. Well done to the wee fella - what an acheivement!
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Re: Stac Pollaidh

Postby ChrisW » Mon May 23, 2011 9:20 pm

Great effort from the young un, some cracking views too :D
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Re: Stac Pollaidh

Postby nathan79 » Tue May 24, 2011 12:15 pm

A great looking little hill with fantastic views (enjoyable even when you're being sooked dry by midgies!). I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

It was a fun enough adventure for me, i can't imagine how much more fun it must've been for an adventurous 4 year old. I'm jealous he got to play on the beach though! I raced to get in my car and escape the aforementioned midgies.
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Re: Stac Pollaidh

Postby Avocetboy » Tue May 24, 2011 12:37 pm

nathan79 wrote:A great looking little hill with fantastic views (enjoyable even when you're being sooked dry by midgies!). I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

It was a fun enough adventure for me, i can't imagine how much more fun it must've been for an adventurous 4 year old. I'm jealous he got to play on the beach though! I raced to get in my car and escape the aforementioned midgies.



No midges whatsoever and, although the beach was nice, it was nothing compared to last year when it was so warm we were able to have a paddle.
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Re: Stac Pollaidh

Postby tango » Tue May 24, 2011 2:05 pm

Excellent photos, hoping to do this 1 in the summer!! thanks for the info :)
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