Not a tulip in sight but loving the Fannichs!
by dogplodder » Sat Oct 29, 2011 5:52 pm
Route description: Sgurr Mor and the eastern Fannichs
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich, Sgurr Mor
Date walked: 04/06/2011
Distance: 16 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).
Having climbed her first Munro a couple of weeks earlier in May, and despite getting frozen half to death my Dutch friend Bregtje was keen to do some more! More than happy to aid and abet I suggested two of the Fannichs (never know if there's meant to be an extra 'a' in there - answers please on post card). MWIS was looking good so we parked at Lochdrum in high spirits and followed the small access road that crosses the west end of Loch Droma. We continued along the track beside large water pipes to the dam across the Allt a Mhadaidh.
Bregtje and dogs on the walk in to climb Sgurr Mor
First sighting of Sgurr Mor (left) and Carn na Criche
We kept to the stalkers path along the north side of the Allt a Mhadaidh until a river crossing we didn't fancy inspired a wee detour further to the north. Actually the crossing wasn't too difficult but I wasn't sure how waterproof Bregtje's boots were and didn't want her getting soaked feet quite yet! We picked our way along sketchy paths heading in the general direction of the bealach between Meall a Chrasgaidh and Carn na Criche. That brought us nicely and with dry boots to just north of Loch a' Mhadaidh.
Loch a' Mhadaidh
Time for a mutt shot. Tess declined but Jack is a bit of a poser
Sgurr Mor and the craggy north east face of Carn na Criche
Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich - our second Munro of the day
We watched a pair of walkers ahead of us taking a line up a shallow gully just below Meall a' Chrasgaidh but rightly or wrongly we took a more direct line climbing steeply up the slope west of Loch a' Mhadaidh.
Bregtje with Loch a' Mhadaidh below
We had a short break for some calorie intake and to enjoy the views north to the Beinn Dearg hills and back to where the car was parked by the Ullapool road.
Note dogs' leads wrapped round foot. Hopefully Jack won't spot a hare he has a sudden urge to chase!
Meall a' Chrasgaidh, Fisherfields and An Teallach from Carn na Criche
Sgurr nan Clach Geala and Sgurr nan Each from Carn na Criche
View south from Carn na Criche
View west to Sgurr Breac and A' Chailleach
Clach Geala ridge again
Summit of Carn na Criche with Sgurr Mor beyond
About to climb the summit cone of Sgurr Mor
Sgurr Mor summit - highest of the Fannichs
View north west to Fisherfields, Loch na Sealga and An Teallach
Jack has learned that we spend a bit of time at the top of hills while I admire views and take pics so he uses this opportunity to get some kip!
View towards Torridons
East along ridge to Meall Gorm and Loch an Fhuar Thuill Mhoir
We took the path down the east side of Sgurr Mor, bearing north east following the ridge towards Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich. I expected this descent to be steeper than it was.
Sgurr Mor behind
Sgurr Mor from ridge leading to Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich
An Teallach and Loch a' Mhadaidh from Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich
Final shot to water babe Tess
The descent off BLMF was causing Bregtje a lot of knee pain (so it's not just us oldies with dodgy joints ) so I gave her one of my poles which helped. We worked our way down the north east side dodging the stony sections and rejoined the path by the Allt a Mhadaidh and (still with dry feet) back to the car at Lochdrum as Bregtje regaled me with stories of her grandfather who escaped from concentration camp during WW2, walked hundreds of miles sleeping in ditches and barns and made it safely home. I think I see where her determined spirit comes from.
All in all another fantastic day in the Fannichs!
by dogplodder » Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:10 pm
by dogplodder » Sun Oct 30, 2011 5:30 pm
by Bod » Sun Oct 30, 2011 8:09 pm
by Johnny Corbett » Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:15 pm
by dogplodder » Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:39 am
Bod wrote:Great report thanks, and nice to see some spots that we passed through in the clouds earlier this year. Need to get back and complete more of the Fannaichs....
Thanks Bod. They're great hills if you get the weather!
by dogplodder » Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:43 am
Johnny Corbett wrote:I'll second that Bod. Love the two dogs, they sure like to pose
They've got more posing lined up. We're just off to climb Am Faochagaich with kath098 complete with wellies to save getting numb feet.
by dogplodder » Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:15 am