Dogs on the Pinnacles
by dogplodder » Wed Jul 20, 2011 6:45 pm
Route description: A'Chralaig and Mullach Fraoch-choire
Munros included on this walk: A' Chralaig, Mullach Fraoch-choire
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Left car at Loch Cluanie and climbed steeply up to A'Chralaig's ridge, the South Glenshiel ridge in all its glory further west.
Tess has a rock fetish on the hill and as this pic shows her canines are worn down from carrying them. The only way to stop her is to put her on lead which can be a bit of a pain when using poles so sometimes I just let her.
Cluanie Inn below - site of much appreciated refreshment on many an occasion!
Once on the ridge got the dogs to pose for photo. They were feeling the heat.
So you can imagine their delight to find large swathes of snow! Could there be something edible down here...
Where potential munchies are concerned it's always worth investigating!
Onwards and upwards
Jack surveying the scene
Summit in sight
Moira and the handsome Jack at A'Chralaig summit
Looking back to A'Chralaig
The Pinnacles ahead
Walkers coming the opposite way expressed doubt about how the dogs would manage on the Pinnacles and said the bypass path had cracks appearing so to be careful it wouldn't suddenly disappear down the very steep side. So we went forward cautiously but found nothing difficult and only one awkward move heaving ourselves up an exposed bit that had us wondering how it would be coming down it. The dogs had no problem at all.
Here we are at summit cairn of Mullach Fraoch-Choire - me getting a kiss from Jack as it was supposedly my 100th!
Glen Affric below
View back from summit
The dogs have a well established routine at summit cairns. First they sit with me for a cuddle and a photo. Then because other walkers often eat in vicinity of cairn they sniff round for titbits. I suspect they think this is why we climb hills - for them to find food - and what with stuff folk drop and bones of sheep and deer (sometimes bonanza time with a whole carcase!) pickings can be rich indeed.
Final part of dogs' summit routine is to get some kip
Now for the Pinnacles again - this time with some pics
Tess coming back to check on me - the dogs always stick close on difficult terrain
We reclimbed Stob na Cralaig so we could walk off its western ridge. It was easy walking here but a bit steeper lower down.
Fabulous day and has to be up there among my favourite hill days!
by rockhopper » Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:43 pm
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by Paul Webster » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:22 pm
dogplodder wrote:But since joining on here I've discovered 3 of my munros have been demoted since I did them - so it wasn't my 100th but that was the mentality with which we climbed them and a brilliant choice it was too!
Does that mean you got to have a big celebration all over again after you'd done 3 more?
by dogplodder » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:40 pm
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