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The Bald Red Head

The Bald Red Head

Postby icemandan » Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:09 pm

Route description: Maol Chean-dearg ascent, Coulags

Munros included on this walk: Maol Chean-dearg

Date walked: 14/06/2011

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 14.8 km

Ascent: 944m

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The unsung south Torridons catch the eye from the hills around Glenuaig. They are the first/last outpost of the Torridonian sandstone/quartzite combination that dominates the hill landscape north of here. Maol Cheann Dearg seemed like a satisfying objective.

We parked up at Coulags and headed up the excellent valley path to Coire Fionnaraich bothy. A good one this one, clean, weather tight and respected by its users (perhaps WH could set up an equivalent of tripadvisor for bothies!).

The cliffs of Meall nan Ceapairean loomed ever larger as we headed up the glen and on the winding path up to the bealach. The bealach is dominated by the fine rocky peak of An Ruadh-stac.

From here, a good path winds steeply up the south ridge of Maol Cheann Dearg. On the final rise to the summit, it degenerates into a boulder field.

Maol Cheann Dearg has a very fine summit cairn with a number sheltered niches, admirably furnished with flat rocks to sit on out of the wind. As might be expected, the views across to the Torridon giants are excellent.
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Re: The Bald Red Head

Postby Graeme D » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:14 pm

Short but very sweet. I like it icemandan! 8)
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Re: The Bald Red Head

Postby monty » Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:27 am

Short and sweet Icemandan.
Fantastic photo of Ruadh stac :D

Re: The Bald Red Head

Postby BlackPanther » Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:43 am

A hill with big views. Lucky you!
We climbed it yesterday - the top was in clouds, we didn't see a thing :(
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