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Carn Dearg / Sgor Gaibhre from Loch Eigheach

Carn Dearg / Sgor Gaibhre from Loch Eigheach


Postby StephenT » Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:28 pm

Route description: Sgor Gaibhre and Carn Dearg from Corrour

Munros included on this walk: Carn Dearg (Corrour), Sgor Gaibhre

Date walked: 30/08/2011

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 26 km

Ascent: 1100m

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After being inspired from reading various wild camping expeditions on this site it was agreed that I could go on an overnight camp with Adam instead of staying in the comfort of the holiday accomodation with the wife!
The nearest couple of Munro's with a decent walk was Carn Gearg and Sgor Gaibhre so after parking the car at Loch Eigheach we set of at 4pm in the late afternoon sunshine.
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Loch Eigheach

The walk in is fairly straightforward, just follow the track and over the bridge and after about 5km turn right up the slopes towards Sron Leachd a Chaorainn.
The route to the summit of Carn Dearg just follows the top of teh ridge, giving some excellent views down to Rannoch Moor and the Blackwater reservoir.
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Blackwater reservoir

After 2.5 hrs we reached the top of Carn Dearg and the last of the orange (pictured)was drunk -
Me -"no problem we will fill it up with the bigger bottle we brought as well"
Adam (Blank Look) " What bottle?" < he packed the food and drink!!
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Carn Dearg summit

After a couple of txt messages to the wife it was realised that we had forgot it and only had 2 litres of water to cook with and drink until tomorrow dinner. :?
Down towards the bealach with views down to Coroour Shooting Lodge
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Corrour Lodge from Carn Dearg

So onwards towards somewhere to camp - not many level bits !! Eventually found somewhere level (Ish) around 800m on Sgor Gaibhre and set up camp.
Now the camp stove wouldnt light so out comes the survival tin that was meant as a joke for my birthday present and we lit the stove with the waterproof matches i thought I'd never use :lol:
After a dreadful nights sleep on a slope/rock we woke at 0630, (Adam now realises there are 2 six thirties in a day :) ) Breakfast and away into the mist by 0740
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Morning! Where's the views?

Soon at the top of Sgor Gaibhre by 0800
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Sgor Gaibhre summit

Now it all went wrong, setting of in the direction of Beinn Pharlagain in the mist we somehow managed to walk and end up back where we camped :shock:
So change of plan descend down into the corrie and follow the stream and track that is marked on the map out.
What followed is 1.5 hrs of walking through a bog and very muddy track until we met the path we left the day before
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Looking back up the valley Carn Gearg (L) Sgor Gaibhre (R)

Once we reached the track it was a straightforward walk back to the car and some refreshments.

SO what have we learnt?
Dont rely on others to pack everything
Dont expect a decent nights sleep
A 2 man tent (Vango Tempest) is really a large one man tent.
Improve navigation skills!
The joke present is actually very useful :D

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StephenT
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Posts: 47
Munros:34   Corbetts:6
Hewitts:14
Wainwrights:27   Islands:12
Joined: Aug 16, 2010
Location: Lincolnshire

Re: Carn Dearg / Sgor Gaibhre from Loch Eigheach

Postby StephenT » Sat Sep 24, 2011 6:13 pm

I can see it in my walk diary but not in forum? tick box is empty!
StephenT
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Posts: 47
Munros:34   Corbetts:6
Hewitts:14
Wainwrights:27   Islands:12
Joined: Aug 16, 2010
Location: Lincolnshire

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