Red knees on the red peak
by dogplodder » Tue Oct 18, 2011 5:39 pm
Route description: Sgòrr Ruadh, Achnashellach
Munros included on this walk: Sgòrr Ruadh
Date walked: 04/07/2009
Time taken: 6 hours
Distance: 11 km1 person thinks this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
We were so busy blethering (Evelyn and me ) we walked right past the tiny cairn that was there then and into the woods at the end of the track. When the path petered out we realised what we'd done and retraced our steps to find the proper path down to the dog gate. Then we followed the path through the woods beside the river and up the good slabby path to where it levels out and we got our first proper view of our objective for the day - Sgorr Ruadh.
I love these massive round rocks - so weathered and smooth.
Here's another view of Sgorr Ruadh from a cloudless day in October 2011.
This was a good point to check the map for where our path turned off to the left. That's the ridge of Beinn Liath Mhor straight ahead.
We crossed the River Lair (no problem) and followed the path up below the dramatic Mainnichean Buttress of Fuar Tholl.
Fuar Tholl from Coire Lair
As we headed right off the stalkers' path to climb Sgorr Ruadh we passed several tiny lochans. This was bliss for the dogs who used them to cool off as although cloudy it was quite warm.
As we climbed higher up the slopes of Ruadh we got our first view down into Loch Carron so out came the cameras again.
Think this is my best side
Oh go on then, take another!
Walking buddy Evelyn
We got our money's worth out of this rock
Liathach from top of Sgorr Ruadh
Other peaks of Coulin Forest and Loch Torridon
Beinn Alligin and Liathach
Maol Cheann-dearg and Loch an Eion
Evelyn at summit of Sgorr Ruadh, Fuar Tholl behind
On summit cairn of Sgorr Ruadh
The cloud lulled us into a sense of complacency about the need for reapplying sun screen. So by the time we got back to the car we were sporting redder knees than we realised - but appropriate enough after a fabulous day's walking on the red peak.
by BlackPanther » Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:24 am
I did Sgorr Ruadh last January in knee-deep snow and freezing cold. Have to go back to climb its neighbour Beinn Liath Mhor. Well, any excuse is good to do some wandering in Torridon...
by pollyh33 » Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:09 am
Your photos are amazing, although I must confess I like the doggy ones best
A really well-detailed report too- very helpful, cheers!
PS you and Evelyn look smashing, is that the shorts shoved to the back of the wardrobe 'til next year?
by dogplodder » Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:16 pm
taylor94 wrote:shorts in scotland aff your heed haha nah joking aside nice report
I know, it's a bit reckless but one has to live dangerously just once in a while!
by dogplodder » Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:22 pm
BlackPanther wrote:I did Sgorr Ruadh last January in knee-deep snow and freezing cold.
Take my hat off to that! I climbed Glas Maol once in January but that was before I knew you need crampons and ice axe for winter climbing. Now because I'm not winter equipped I tend not to tackle anything higher once the snow comes, although the views can be even better in the winter!
by dogplodder » Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:27 pm
pollyh33 wrote:Your photos are amazing, although I must confess I like the doggy ones best
Oh me too - and Jack is such a poser!
Reckon the shorts are well and truly stashed until the spring. Who would have believed in less than a week there would be such a change from the balmy autumn day we had on BLM last Wednesday and now there's snow well down Ben Wyvis!
by BlackPanther » Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:35 pm
dogplodder wrote:Take my hat off to that! I climbed Glas Maol once in January but that was before I knew you need crampons and ice axe for winter climbing. Now because I'm not winter equipped I tend not to tackle anything higher once the snow comes, although the views can be even better in the winter!
Views of Torridon in winter are next to none We're so lucky to live just over an hour drive away from the area and we simply can't stay away from these great hills, especially when they are covered with snow. It's just like a demon somewhere in your head, telling you to go out and tackle another mountain.
My snowy-cloudy story with Sgorr Ruadh is here: http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=9920
by dogplodder » Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:06 pm
If I had someone experienced to go with I'd happily get the gear and go.
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