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A ramble and a scramble, B.M.C , The Fiddler and B n Caorach

A ramble and a scramble, B.M.C , The Fiddler and B n Caorach


Postby soulminer » Sun Jul 10, 2011 1:27 am

Route description: Ben More Coigach

Grahams included on this walk: Ben Mor Coigach, Sgurr an Fhidhleir

Date walked: 03/07/2011

Time taken: 6 hours

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Had been looking forward to my holiday since the April one had been ruined by circumstances not to be dwelt upon or asked about :evil:
Had booked the same house as always in Lochinver and packed the roof-box, the wife,the daughter in their seats and the dogs in the back and were Assynt bound. Our friends were looking forward to our visit- selfish bu**ers :lol: , only because we bring good weather with us- always 8) Arrived in Inver Park after the usual supermarket shop and the fish supper in Ullapool- after all it's illegal not to :shock: We unpacked and chilled out 8)
Sunday morning 04:30, up and fuelled the nerve endings with liberal quantities of caffeine, grabbed bag and boots and headed for Coigach. The sun wasn't even up yet as I started up the back road through Inverkirkaig- if you have used this road you will have a wry smile on your face at the thought :lol:

A couple of shots the route

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Drove along the road to Culnacraig and parked in the prescribed car park and proceeded to suit and boot.

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Walked along to the first turning place before the bridge then headed behind the cottage and followed the path till the large rock, then headed to the base of the box canyon and crossed easily to the path on the R/H(East) side of the Allt nan Coisiche.

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A steep climb up till it levels off slightly and I swung over to head up towards the base of Garbh Choireach to begin the steep sramble. At this point I was a 'pig in proverbial', it was a blue sky day and climbing a hill I drooled over for years.I had stared at it from the R.I.B from Ullapool on a trip round the Summer Isles, drove past it at Ardmair Point :shock: trying to stay on the road :shock: and now heading up the sandstone edge :crazy:

A few wee shots from the scramble

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At this point I seemed to be joined by John Merrick :)

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At a small outcrop I stopped an surveyed the marvel before me -magic 8)

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Scrambling on the views behind and in front were in competition to gain my attention.So what did i do, just let them :)

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What a mountain, everything I imagined it would be like to scramble over. You just need to be tactile on here.
I came down part of the ridge and found feathers and a rabbits tail, along with a couple of coughed-up pellets, but unfortunately never had any sight of the Raptor responsible.

A little look back

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Decided to head over to Speicein Coinnich before traversing round to the summit.

A view to the side

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View from the summit

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Some views from Inverpolly

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From The Fiddler

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A view of The Fiddler from half way up Beinn nan Caorach

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My route down from the boulder at top right to bottom left

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Absolutely delighted back at the car, beaming like a maniac. Drove back over the Inverkirkaig road to Inver Park and my thouroughly deserved lunch. Later went for a fun day with the dogs on Clashnessie beach- a peach of a start to a holiday 8)
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Re: A ramble and a scramble, B.M.C , The Fiddler and B n Caorach

Postby colgregg » Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:29 am

Glad you enjoyed your day on BMC. It was the same route as I did only in reverse to mine. You had better weather too (misty at first but clearing as day went on for me) as your great pictures show. I never captured the vivid colours of the seascapes but that didn't detract from an excellent day out. The weather saved itself for Stac polly in my case. You could walk a hundred Munros and still not find the high drama you get when walking the ridge and the cliff edge. Speicein Coinnich is a great little summit isn't it. If it was only couple of hundred feet higher the walking fraternity would be drooling over it.
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Re: A ramble and a scramble, B.M.C , The Fiddler and B n Caorach

Postby dooterbang » Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:09 am

Fantastic report. Stunning photos. Very lucky with the weather , jammy git!!

I love this area, its like another world.

I have cycled the Inverkirkaig road starting at Stac Polly and did a circular by Loch Assynt and back to Polly, nice route.
Dont know about driving that Inverkirkaig road though :shock:

Next time up i will do this route :D
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Re: A ramble and a scramble, B.M.C , The Fiddler and B n Caorach

Postby rockhopper » Sun Jul 10, 2011 1:19 pm

Very nice. :D Love this area - used to spend our holidays in Drumbeg, Stoer, Nedd and Clashnessie. Haven't climbed the hills yet - this whet's the appetite 8)
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Re: A ramble and a scramble, B.M.C , The Fiddler and B n Caorach

Postby soulminer » Sun Jul 10, 2011 1:29 pm

I remember you saying you spent time up at Drumbeg et al when I posted a Suilven report. At the time I thought the jammy sod :lol: I'm paying through the nose and he got it on the cheap :twisted: Still think Clashnessie beach is just class :clap:
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