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Blue skies to die for on Strathcarron Sgurrs

Blue skies to die for on Strathcarron Sgurrs


Postby dogplodder » Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:22 pm

Route description: Sgurr Choinnich and Sgurr a'Chaorachain

Munros included on this walk: Sgurr a'Chaorachain, Sgurr Choinnich

Date walked: 30/05/2009

Distance: 20 km

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At the end of a summer that hasn't been much of a summer I've been wistfully remembering hills climbed in truly stunning weather. :D It was a day like this when we climbed two of the Strathcarron Sgurrs in May 2009. We parked in the Achnashellach Forest car park at Craig and walked in by the track that runs alongside the Allt a' Chonais. It was a beautiful fresh May day with the gorse in bloom and great views from the start.

Looking back down the track towards Fuar Tholl
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The Coulin peaks Fuar Tholl, Sgurr Ruadh and Beinn Liath Mhor
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The track led to a fine camping spot and a two wire bridge crossing the Allt a' Chonais. I tried the wire bridge but found there was too much slack in the wires which were swinging violently :shock: so chickened out and crossed on stones which I managed to do without getting wet feet. But if the river had been in spate I would have had to use the bridge, which to be fair others were managing to do. :roll:

We followed the stalkers path, which was a good dry one, up to Bealach Bhearnais.

Jack and Tess on climb to bealach
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Sgurr nan Ceannaichean which has been downgraded to Corbett status since I climbed it
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I thought this was looking back the way we came but now I'm not sure - moral being write up walk reports while still fresh in the mind!
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Our ascent was up the na Aon Pacan-deug ridge which starts off broad and grassy with a few rocky steps and narrows further up
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Jack likes to go ahead to find the route which I'm assuming he does by sniffing out where other walkers have been. 8) He's not usually wrong.
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A bit of fun scrambling here
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Evelyn and Moira climbing the ridge
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View north from ridge
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Zoom north to Liathach
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View south to Bidean a' Choire Sheasgaich
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Zoom to Bidean a' Choire Sheasgaich
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Zoom west to Cuillin ridge on Skye
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Zoom to Liathach and Beinn Eighe
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View south west from summit
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Moira reaching summit of Sgurr Choinnich
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We could see our whole route from the top of Sgurr Choinnich
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Last of the winter snow giving extra definition to the ridge
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Moira photographing Loch Monar
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Brilliant blue Loch Monar
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Moira at summit of Sgurr a' Chaorachain with Bidean an Eoin Deirg poking up on right
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The beautiful Isle of Skye from summit of Sgurr a' Chaorachain
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From the top we walked down the north ridge then down its steep west side which was hard on the old knees :o to Pollan Buidhe then over the river a bit east of the wire bridge.

Looking back at Sgurr Choinnich
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Looking back to the two Sgurrs as we returned to Craig
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A fabulous walk which I would recommend doing in May as we were midge free all day!
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Re: Blue skies to die for on Strathcarron Sgurrs

Postby Clach Liath » Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:21 pm

Mmm, nice. I can also confirm that the spot near the wire bridge is a good camping spot. I have used it a couple of times.

As for the shot you cannot remember. Is it looking south from the Bealach towards Lurg Mhor? If it is, I used that valley on a return from Lurg Mhor. There are some decent stalker's paths there which are not shown on the OS map.
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Re: Blue skies to die for on Strathcarron Sgurrs

Postby Klaasloopt » Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:41 pm

Nice report! Sheasgaich turns up again, looking real impressive.

You did not remember the name of one peak you had taken a picture of (to me it looked like Maoile Lunndaidh), whereas I clearly remember one peak you did not take a picture of, I looked for it in your report. It's Bidean an Eoin Deirg (below, taken from Sgurr Chaorachain)

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Bidean an Eoin Deirg
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Re: Blue skies to die for on Strathcarron Sgurrs

Postby dogplodder » Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:01 am

Clach Liath wrote:As for the shot you cannot remember. Is it looking south from the Bealach towards Lurg Mhor? If it is, I used that valley on a return from Lurg Mhor. There are some decent stalker's paths there which are not shown on the OS map.


Yes, think you're right. That would be most likely as pic was taken from bealach. Right now with things around me being quite tricky It looks so inviting just to head on down there and forget everything!!
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Re: Blue skies to die for on Strathcarron Sgurrs

Postby dogplodder » Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:06 am

[quote="Klaasloopt"
You did not remember the name of one peak you had taken a picture of (to me it looked like Maoile Lunndaidh), whereas I clearly remember one peak you did not take a picture of, I looked for it in your report. It's Bidean an Eoin Deirg (below, taken from Sgurr Chaorachain)

Don't know why I didn't take pic of Bidean an Eoin Deirg... :? Think I was so wowed by view out west I wasn't seeing anything else!
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Re: Blue skies to die for on Strathcarron Sgurrs

Postby jonny616 » Tue Sep 20, 2011 1:09 pm

Wow, your views were stunning

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Re: Blue skies to die for on Strathcarron Sgurrs

Postby will mb » Fri Nov 04, 2011 5:56 pm

Awesome views, Planning this walk tomorrow with my dog too!
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Re: Blue skies to die for on Strathcarron Sgurrs

Postby dogplodder » Fri Nov 04, 2011 7:21 pm

jonny616 wrote:Wow, your views were stunning

Regards

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It was a stunning day - the kind that makes you realise there's nowhere better than the Highlands! :D
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Re: Blue skies to die for on Strathcarron Sgurrs

Postby dogplodder » Fri Nov 04, 2011 7:25 pm

will mb wrote:Awesome views, Planning this walk tomorrow with my dog too!


Your dog will love it. :D

Have a great time and be sure and post a report with pics! 8)
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Re: Blue skies to die for on Strathcarron Sgurrs

Postby dogplodder » Fri Aug 03, 2012 4:24 pm

Klaasloopt wrote:
You did not remember the name of one peak you had taken a picture of (to me it looked like Maoile Lunndaidh), whereas I clearly remember one peak you did not take a picture of, I looked for it in your report. It's Bidean an Eoin Deirg.


I've now added a pic of Moira at summit cairn of Sgurr Chaorachain with Bidean an Eoin Deirg visible behind her. So I did have a picture of it! :lol:
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