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Not a tulip in sight but loving the Fannichs!

Not a tulip in sight but loving the Fannichs!


Postby 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 km

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Apologies if I shouldn't have clicked on this as a Walkhighland route as I realise our route was rather different - although some of the pics are still relevant to WH route and it was a really good route to do. :roll:

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! :D 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 :thumbup: 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
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First sighting of Sgurr Mor (left) and Carn na Criche
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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! :o 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
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Time for a mutt shot. Tess declined but Jack is a bit of a poser :lol:
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Sgurr Mor and the craggy north east face of Carn na Criche
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Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich - our second Munro of the day
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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
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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! :crazy:
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Meall a' Chrasgaidh, Fisherfields and An Teallach from Carn na Criche
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Sgurr nan Clach Geala and Sgurr nan Each from Carn na Criche
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View south from Carn na Criche
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View west to Sgurr Breac and A' Chailleach
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Clach Geala ridge again
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Summit of Carn na Criche with Sgurr Mor beyond
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About to climb the summit cone of Sgurr Mor
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Sgurr Mor summit - highest of the Fannichs
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View north west to Fisherfields, Loch na Sealga and An Teallach
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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! :D

Summit snooze
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View towards Torridons
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East along ridge to Meall Gorm and Loch an Fhuar Thuill Mhoir
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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
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Sgurr Mor from ridge leading to Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich
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An Teallach and Loch a' Mhadaidh from Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich
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Final shot to water babe Tess
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The descent off BLMF was causing Bregtje a lot of knee pain (so it's not just us oldies with dodgy joints :lol: ) 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. :clap: I think I see where her determined spirit comes from. 8)

All in all another fantastic day in the Fannichs! :D :thumbup:
Last edited by dogplodder on Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:58 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Those posing mutts again

Postby kevsbald » Sat Oct 29, 2011 6:53 pm

Doggles!!
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Re: Those posing mutts again

Postby dogplodder » Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:10 pm

kevsbald wrote:Doggles!!


Afraid so. 8)
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Re: Not a tulip in sight but loving the Fannaichs!

Postby dogplodder » Sun Oct 30, 2011 5:30 pm

I've retitled this report in honour of Bregtje who is more used to flat Dutch cycle paths than steep Scottish stalkers paths - but is loving every minute of it! :D
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Re: Not a tulip in sight but loving the Fannaichs!

Postby Bod » Sun Oct 30, 2011 8:09 pm

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.... :D
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Re: Not a tulip in sight but loving the Fannaichs!

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:15 pm

I'll second that Bod. Love the two dogs, they sure like to pose :D
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Re: Not a tulip in sight but loving the Fannaichs!

Postby 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.... :D


Thanks Bod. They're great hills if you get the weather! :D
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Re: Not a tulip in sight but loving the Fannaichs!

Postby 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 :D


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. :lol:
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Re: Not a tulip in sight but loving the Fannaichs!

Postby dogplodder » Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:15 am

Just realised I didn't include a summit shot from Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich so in the interests of giving a well rounded report here's one from when I climbed it with gizmogirl in 2005. :D

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