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Aonach Buidhe and Faochaig

Aonach Buidhe and Faochaig


Postby drumtian » Sun Oct 02, 2011 4:07 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Aonach Buidhe, Faochaig

Date walked: 30/09/2011

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 38 km

Ascent: 1400m

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Faochaig is usually combined with Sguman Contich with a long traverse between the two. I decided to combine Aonach Buidhe with Faochaig as they are close together with good bike access to the top of Glen Elchaig to access both in one trip.

I stayed th night in my campervan near to Killilan and got an early start cycling the length of beautiful Glen Elchaig to Iron Lodge. It was sunny and the views to Glomach and other waterfalls made it an interesting cycle.

My route took me up Aonach Buidhe's south ridge to the top at 899m an easy ,if steep, ascent. The views back to Faochaig and Sguman Contich made the climb worthwhile but the darkening sky alerted me to a change in the weather for the afternoon. After a quick snack, I travelled due east and descended to Alt na Sean-luibe bealach at 470 m, where I picked up an excellent stalkers path which transported me to Faochaig's broad plateau at 750m about 1k from the boulder outcrop with summit cairn at 868m.

My plan had been to descend Faochaig's south slopes to Alt Domhain and into Glen Elchaig but given the weather had taken a turn for the worse and the ground was wet and slippy, I opted to return by the stalkers path to Alt na Sean-luibe passing below the impressive Coire a Chadha Ruaidh Mor to Iron Bridge and a pleasant cycle back to Killilan in the rain.
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Waterfall in Alt na Sean-luibe
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Scottish stand-off in Glen Elchaig...I backed off!
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Coire a Chadha Ruaidh Mor, Faochaig
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Summit cairn of Aonach Buidhe
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View of Glen Elchaig from slopes of Aonach Buidhe. Iron Bridge is in the foreground.
Last edited by drumtian on Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:03 am, edited 8 times in total.
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Re: Aonach Buidhe and Faochaig

Postby Johnny Corbett » Mon Oct 03, 2011 6:09 pm

No photos of what sounds a good excursion?
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Re: Aonach Buidhe and Faochaig

Postby drumtian » Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:39 am

Johnny Corbett wrote:No photos of what sounds a good excursion?


I've added a few now Johnny
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Re: Aonach Buidhe and Faochaig

Postby m3doc » Wed Sep 23, 2015 1:47 pm

Descent west from Aonach Buidhe not east!
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