Sgor na h-Ulaidh - 1st Trip to Glen Coe
by Del246 » Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:24 pm
Route description: Sgor na h-Ulaidh and Meall Lighiche
Munros included on this walk: Sgor na h-Ulaidh
Corbetts included on this walk: Meall Lighiche
Date walked: 09/08/2011
Time taken: 8 hours
Distance: 16 km
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We left Glasgow at 6am and parked in a layby on the A82 near to the start of the walk at the back of 8. The start is easy to find. Its a land rover track with a sign for a B&B. You follow the land rover track past a modern house, the B&B and then a barn.
Not long after the barn the land rover track ends and becomes a well defined path. Again follow this. This path runs along the side of a river and soon Sgor na h-Ulaidh came into view.
We followed the track along the river and then decided we had to bite the bullet and head up to our first target, the Munro top Stob an Fhuarain. The route up was pathless and at times relentlessly steep, a real leg burner. Eventually we reached the Munro top summit. We stopped for a quick picture then headed on to our main target.
We then headed along a good path towards Sgor na h-Ulaidh.
Just as you near the summit of Sgor na h-Ulaidh you have to walk past this !!
We were then on the summit and the views were fantastic.
After a spot of lunch we headed down. We had already decided we would do a loop and not retrace our steps. We went further round the back of Sgor na h-Ulaidh before we descended as we had read how tricky it can be and also to make sure we missed out the "bad step". Even though we did this the descent was still really steep and after a while my knees were on fire !
I was glad once we were back down as I was in real pain with my knees now and we started to head in the direction of the river. Looking back up Sgor na h-Ulaidh looked impresive.
As we headed towards the river and the path back for some crazy reason we then decided we should just " go for it " and tick off the Corbett Meall Lighiche !! I knew if I didnt do the Corbett just now I probably never would. Again there did not seem to be a path so we just headed up. Again this was a steep wee hill and my knees were now screaming !! After about 40 minutes we were on the summit and I was so glad I forced myself up. The clouds had cleared from the highest peaks and the views were first class.
The views from this Corbett were brill
After taking in the views it was time to set off and we followed the shoulder of the Corbett down until it lead to another steep descent Even here the views were great.
It was very steep and quite a lot of crags around. Anyway my knees had had enough so when I could I just slid down sections on my bum !! We then got back down to the river but were on the wrong side for the path. So we found a section with large stones and jumped our way across ! I dont know how I stayed on my feet ! Then it was a case of following the track all the way back to the A82 and the car.
All in all a great day and I cant wait to return to Glen Coe. On the way home I couldnt resist stopping and taking a picture of Buachaille Etive Mor as it was the first time I had ever laid eyes on it !
by pollyh33 » Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:31 pm
Mucho sympathy for your legs and knees, who says the descent is the easier part of the climb???!!! Nothing wrong with using your bum, can't fall any further!
Loved your photos but I did gasp at the one with the great gaping hole, hope you stayed well away from the edge!!!
Well done for conquering Sgor na h-Ulaidh, but can you pronounce it ???
by Del246 » Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:53 am
by aimeequicks » Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:50 pm
by Del246 » Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:04 pm
by skuk007 » Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:43 pm
Your route doesn't sound too different from mine except I didn't do the Corbett, I'd had enough by then.
by Del246 » Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:58 pm