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Gleouraich agus Spidean Mialach

Gleouraich agus Spidean Mialach


Postby Collaciotach » Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:43 pm

Route description: Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach

Munros included on this walk: Gleouraich, Spidean Mialach

Date walked: 16/11/2011

Time taken: 7 hours

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Having had grand cráic on Bidean nam Bian on Sunday and with a settled weather front this week Colla, the cailleach and the dog took a wee ceilidh to Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach above the drowned Gleann a Ghairidh lands.

If you wish to know the Eachdraidh of these famous lands before they were emptied of people ,debased and then drowned i suggest "The People of Glengarry" by Mairianne MacLean .... a nis caite bheil mi, oh tha :)

Aye the forecast being very promising appeared to be with us as we arrived at the Loch Cioch dam and i will call it Cioch as there is no Q in the Ghaidhlig alphabet :)

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Sealltainn siar gu an Garbh Criochan agus Sgorr nan Ciche


Tha an rathad suas a bhein math gu dearbh ... the path up the hill is very good and quickly we were gaining the height with the sun shining and good breeze blowing from the SE

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An drochaid


As we broke the col i got the first glimpse of the "Druim Siar Seile " or South Sheil Ridge ,she was looking just grand and i have her in my sights now 8)

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Druim Siar Seile leis Sgurr an Lochan


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Dubh is Geal


It is an enjoyable pull up to the summit and the seallaidh (views) were good all round we were really enjoying Gleouraich of the roaring

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Seallaidh air ais


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Agus a ribhist


As we broke the mullach (summit) we had a sgionneil look along the ridge line to Spidean Mialach with everything sharply in focus it looked a nice walk

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An Cárn is Spidean Mialach


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Garbh Coire Bheag


Its no hard going at all at this point and we were not to be long reaching Creag Coire an Fiar Bhealaich still in the sunshine :D although its a deciever Gleouraich and looking back you can see the fair drop in height

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Gleouraich


It is well named the Bealach but in account of the meaning the Gaelic fiar can be "contorted" ,"twisted" ,"meandering" all in all i expected a hard shift down and back up this bealach

we were not disappointed :lol:

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An Fiar Bhealaich


By this time the céo was lurking out East and so by the time we reached the top it was what you Galldachd call "claggy" there is a wee cárn at 960ish m past that and no to far away is the mullach Spidean Mialach "the lousy peak" ! ...

I m no sure if this refers to the bealaich and its haul up and down or maybes the Spidean is just always céoach/claggy either way i Collaciotach called on the ancestors to blow this "clag" away while Mrs Colla sat in the well made Cárn :lol:

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An Cárn Spidean Mialach


Ach uill tha sin e ruid eile bha an cinneadh agam a eisdeachd .....my people were listening and they took the clag away fairly sharpish and dumped her on Gleouraich :lol:

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Loch Fearna is Gairich


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Dubh is Geal a ribhist


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dol fódha na greine


It is a pleasure this munro cráic especially "anns a Ghearraidh" when the light i think is at its best.

It was 2pm ish and already the sun was dropping so we followed her down at an easy pace with excellent sky and views to Na Garbh Criochan where a pink sky promised.

Looking back up the route in the coire the sun was splashing her last on Spidean Mialach the lousy peak

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grian air Spidean


There is a beauty in the air at this time of year short days but if clear a clarity rarily got ,looking West, as the sun dipped the sky was so clear it looked like it could crack !

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An Grian agus na Garbh Chriochan


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An iarmailt a Ghearraidh


The land of MacDonnel may be emptied now and by any measure half drowned although that said she retains a modicum of beauty yet for all the desolation of "An Fudach nan Gaidheil" ..... tuilleadh mi air ais

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Loch Cioch is Na Garbh Criochan



Cheerie for now :)
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Re: Gleouraich agus Spidean Mialach

Postby kev_russ » Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:22 pm

Bootiful pics :thumbup:
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Re: Gleouraich agus Spidean Mialach

Postby PeteR » Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:28 pm

Amazing pictures :D 8) All I got on these two hills was very wet. You show why I must return.
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Re: Gleouraich agus Spidean Mialach

Postby mrssanta » Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:15 pm

Lovely, the light so clear and the colours so beautiful
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Re: Gleouraich agus Spidean Mialach

Postby luckyguy68 » Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:22 pm

awesome stuff, makes me want to drop everything and head right there!!
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Re: Gleouraich agus Spidean Mialach

Postby Collaciotach » Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:46 pm

luckyguy68 wrote:awesome stuff, makes me want to drop everything and head right there!!


Ha thats my problem altogether also ..just do it but no this weekend its kinda wet looking :)
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Re: Gleouraich agus Spidean Mialach

Postby Collaciotach » Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:48 pm

PeteR wrote:Amazing pictures :D 8) All I got on these two hills was very wet. You show why I must return.



Aye Pete def worth a rturn visit i'd say great places to camp this time of year Loch side without the Summer fisshing parties !! :lol:
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Re: Gleouraich agus Spidean Mialach

Postby pollyh33 » Fri Nov 18, 2011 3:08 pm

A magical story from a magical land- wonderful!
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Re: Gleouraich agus Spidean Mialach

Postby tamw51 » Sat Nov 19, 2011 5:38 pm

cracking pics, and a cracking day! i was just across the way on sgurr na ciche and co.. couldnt agree more about the light in the afternoon its a sight! :D
Did these two last may and was a nice we trek, weather not in the same league as yours but still a braw day! :D we walked into barrisdale just after, knackered!! :lol:
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Re: Gleouraich agus Spidean Mialach

Postby Collaciotach » Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:11 am

tamw51 wrote:cracking pics, and a cracking day! i was just across the way on sgurr na ciche and co.. couldnt agree more about the light in the afternoon its a sight! :D
Did these two last may and was a nice we trek, weather not in the same league as yours but still a braw day! :D we walked into barrisdale just after, knackered!! :lol:


yer hardy ! ... was on Sgurr nan Ciche in July ...first time in 25yrs ! ,has woken up an old habit and since i ve climbed 25 munros and enjoyed every minute ..... keep at it a bhallaich :D
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Re: Gleouraich agus Spidean Mialach

Postby kevsbald » Thu Dec 29, 2011 6:17 pm

Colla,

just saw this as I aim to get up there tomorrow sharpish.

Lovely report.
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Re: Gleouraich agus Spidean Mialach

Postby Collaciotach » Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:35 pm

kevsbald wrote:Colla,

just saw this as I aim to get up there tomorrow sharpish.

Lovely report.


Aye its a grand spot Kev you will enjoy it ,quite a drop in the bealach so be prepared :) .... we ascended Gleouraich first. The weather has been absolute pants ,bit of snow around today though so you may expect white stuff in the Glens of the North West at 500m plus ..... i will order a good day for you :lol:
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Re: Gleouraich agus Spidean Mialach

Postby dooterbang » Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:46 pm

A stunning area this - glad you got the views to do it justice.

Reminds me of when i did these in spring and had glorious wether.

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Re: Gleouraich agus Spidean Mialach

Postby monty » Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:57 pm

Lovely report Collaciotach. Some nice photos too. Camped up there for a few days when i done these ones. Nice :D
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