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Ben Mor Coigach and Sgurr an Fhidhleir

Ben Mor Coigach and Sgurr an Fhidhleir


Postby foggieclimber » Sun Aug 07, 2011 3:36 pm

Route description: Ben More Coigach

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

Date walked: 06/08/2011

Time taken: 4.25 hours

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I set off yesterday morning to ascend Ben Mor Coigach and Sgurr an Fhidhleir.
I hoped to get good views from these hills, the actual views surpassed all expectations.

I parked in a small road-side car park, a short distance from the road-end at Culnacraig. I then walked to the road-end and beyond to the end of the land-rover track. From the end of the land-rover track, I made my way cross-country to reach the Allt nan Coisiche below the start of the gorge.

Garbh Choireachan of Ben More Coigach from roadside parking:
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Culnacraig:
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I crossed the Allt nan Coisiche to find a path which ascended steeply, alongside the Allt nan Coisiche gorge.

Crossing the Allt nan Coisiche:
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As I made my way up alongside the gorge, I saw the Calmac ferry sailing in towards Ullapool. The view across to Beinn Ghobhlach and An Teallach was nice.

Looking across to Beinn Ghobhlach and An Teallach:
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Ascending alongside the Allt nan Coisiche:
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On reaching a height of circa 300m, the gradient eased-off. I couldn't see an obvious route up Garbh Choireachan, so I just picked a way up through the grit/scree.

Heading for Garbh Choireachan:
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Lovely views across to the Summer Isles during this ascent.

The Summer Isles:
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Beinn nan Caorach and Sgurr an Fhidhleir:
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The ascent of the grit/scree was very steep, but not difficult.

Ascending steep grit/scree:
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It didn't take long to reach the ridge. I was seriously impressed with the ridge of Ben Mor Coigach - one of the nicest ridges I have walked/scrambled along with some of the greatest views.

First view from ridge of Ben Mor Coigach:
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View from ridge:
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Summer Isles from ridge:
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I made my way along the ridge ascending some scrambly bits and using some of the by-pass paths. It is possible to scramble as much, or as little, of the ridge as you want, as there are by-pass paths that avoid much, if not all, of the difficulties.

Ascending the ridge towards Garbh Choireachan:
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View towards Ardmair and Ullapool:
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As I progressed along the ridge towards Garbh Choireachan, the view towards the Assynt hills got better and better.

Stac Pollaidh and Suilven coming into view:
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Stac Pollaidh (zoomed):
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Ascending the ridge towards Garbh Choireachan:
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I visited both cairns on Garbh Choireachan and then continued along the ridge towards Ben Mor Coigach.

Looking back along the ridge from Garbh Choireachan:
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Looking towards Ben Mor Coigach from Garbh Choireachan:
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I have included a few photos from the ridge. You do need to take care while walking along admiring the views, as there is a sheer drop to the right for much of the way. However, the by-pass paths mostly stick to the left where the drop isn't so sheer.

Looking back along the ridge:
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Looking towards the summit of Ben Mor Coigach:
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Looking towards the summit of Ben Mor Coigach:
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As I approached the low point between Garbh Choireachan and Ben Mor Coigach, the view towards Assynt was simply breath-taking. This must be one of the best viewpoints in Scotland.

Fantastic view of Coigach and Assynt hills:
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Looking back along the ridge:
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After ascending another minor top of the ridge, I then made my way across grassy ground to reach the summit of Ben Mor Coigach. Again, what a viewpoint! :D

View from summit of Ben Mor Coigach:
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View from summit of Ben Mor Coigach:
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From the summit of Ben Mor Coigach, I picked out an easy line of descent towards the col between Ben Mor Coigach and Sgurr an Fhidhleir.

Descending towards Sgurr an Fhidhleir:
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The view from the col was also pretty-good.

Stac Pollaidh sandwiched between Sgurr an Fhidhleir and Beinn an Eoin:
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The ascent of Sgurr an Fhidhleir was an easy walk of just over 150m ascent.

Approaching the summit of Sgurr an Fhidhleir:
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After visiting the summit cairn, I had a look over the prow of Sgurr an Fhidhleir. There is not only a sheer drop to the front but also to the left and right. A very impressive peak!

View from the airy prow of Sgurr an Fhidhleir:
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Ben Mor Coigach from the summit of Sgurr an Fhidhleir:
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The descent from Sgurr an Fhidhleir back to the car was very straight-forward – mostly a grassy walk. A couple of hundred metres below the summit, I reached a path which I followed out to the road-end at Culnacraig. This path is a bit eroded in its final section.

Looking back to Sgurr an Fhidhleir from descent:
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Descending towards the road-end at Culnacraig:
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For a minimal 4Hrs 15Mins of effort, the rewarding views from these hills is outstanding.

I now have a new favourite Assynt/Coigach hill.
Quinag has been demoted to No. 2, Ben Mor Coigach is now No. 1. :D
Last edited by foggieclimber on Sat Jul 11, 2015 8:11 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Ben Mor Coigach and Sgurr an Fhidhleir

Postby soulminer » Sun Aug 07, 2011 5:22 pm

I knew you would have enjoyed it when climbed it :)
The ridge itself is indeed superb, 8) I changed my favourite from Alligin to BMC as soon as I stood on top o' the ridge.
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Re: Ben Mor Coigach and Sgurr an Fhidhleir

Postby blueyed » Sun Aug 07, 2011 5:59 pm

nice one, looks like a fantastic day!
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Re: Ben Mor Coigach and Sgurr an Fhidhleir

Postby Avocetboy » Sun Aug 07, 2011 6:11 pm

Fantastic report. I spent a week in the cottage in Photo 2 in May, but the weather made it impossible to get up either peaks. However, I am planing a return next May and shall make every effort having seen these fantastic pictures.
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Re: Ben Mor Coigach and Sgurr an Fhidhleir

Postby malky_c » Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:01 pm

Great report. Weather up that way looked better than I expected. I would definitely have been on these hills too if I'd made the SHills meet.

Having missed that opportunity, I'm saving both these and Quinaig for the perfect day. Probably means I'll never get round to them :?
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Re: Ben Mor Coigach and Sgurr an Fhidhleir

Postby watty1 » Sun Aug 07, 2011 11:41 pm

Another great report and awsome photos.

Well done.
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Re: Ben Mor Coigach and Sgurr an Fhidhleir

Postby kevsbald » Mon Aug 08, 2011 1:54 pm

Wow Foggie - this looks outstanding - I'm up there in September to do Stac Pollaidh - I might have to do these two on the way home. Fantastic.
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Re: Ben Mor Coigach and Sgurr an Fhidhleir

Postby BlackPanther » Mon Aug 08, 2011 2:52 pm

Small hill, big adventure! Another one on my to-do list. These cliffs are amazing.
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Re: Ben Mor Coigach and Sgurr an Fhidhleir

Postby kinley » Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:45 pm

Aye - cracking hills - up there with the best I think. 8)

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A few others must agree - that path wouldn't look out of place on a munro :lol:

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