A day worthy of Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan
by Ranger » Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:07 am
Route description: Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan group, Alltbeithe
Munros included on this walk: An Socach (Affric), Mullach nan Dheiragain, Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan
Date walked: 05/03/2012
Time taken: 11 hours
Distance: 39 km
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Finally a half decent weather forecast for the north-west Highlands!
I needed a good day out after my last 7-hours-in-clag day in Strathfarrar in January, and today did the trick.
Drove up the sunday night and camped at the car park, but only after aborting a midnight, moonlit cycle up the glen when I realised I'd left a second jumper in the car! A daft idea anyway
Morning was a bit overcast but the sun was peaking through here and there
I cycled to Athnamulloch - the track was very undulating, and was getting too rocky for me though most mountain bikers probably could have pushed on another mile or two.
Wasnt expecting the fresh snow! Had my summer brashers on, so no crampons - I hoped the snow wouldnt be rock hard on any steep bits!
I felt absolutely rotten on the ascent up Socach - legs felt like lead weights, cramping up already! A packet of crisps and a ditching of a sub layer of trouser worn overnight in the tent seemed to do the trick
Was happy to find the traverse across to the Mullach - avoiding the bumpy ridge crest and subsidiary top, was straightforward, surprised there wasnt a clearer path
The subsidiary top is the bumpiest/knolliest such irritation I've ever come across. That is all on that.
Ascent of north ridge was fantastic - totally knackered by this stage, but still enjoyed the scrambling (Grade 1 at most) and the sudden arrival at the cairn is breathtaking.
So lucky that everything was clearing for me at the summit - it had been in mist all day prior to that. An incredible viewpoint.
After slipping on my backside about 10 times in the steep sodden turf, the second pair of trousers came in handy for the long walk back down the glen to the bike!
by Gavin99 » Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:22 am
by malky_c » Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:33 am
by Ranger » Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:52 am
Gavin99 wrote:That looks like a lovely and remote area .You have some fine shots there , the summit views one is a cracker . Nice eagle
Cheers - wasnt sure it was one, but when someone said in the office it was a kestral I checked it out and think it probably was one.
I've now seen eagles on Beinn Alligin, Sgurr na Feartaig, and Glen Callater... maybe a 1 or 2 I cant think of. Magnificent sight everytime
by quoman » Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:16 pm
by Ranger » Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:51 pm
quoman wrote:You got some cracking photo's there Ranger did the summer boot hold up in the snow
Yeah the fresh covering was thin and the older snow patches were quite soft - turned out to be a blessing as they're far lighter than my scarpa mantas and I already felt like I was carrying lead weights on my feet!
Will definitely need to do some training before tackling the cuillin this summer. 10K run in Aberdeen will do the trick!
by pigeon » Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:06 pm
by weebookil » Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:41 pm
by Johnny Corbett » Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:46 pm
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by dooterbang » Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:48 pm
by PeteR » Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:24 pm
by Dorota81 » Mon May 14, 2012 9:42 pm
by Ranger » Tue May 15, 2012 9:50 am
Dorota81 wrote:I've done the walk about 2 years ago, unfortunately from about 600m up could not see anything, milky white mist was everywhere,we only knew we've reached the summit cause to compass indications, thanks for the photos, Its the first time I actually see what i've missed, gutted, my first Munro...
One easy solution... wait for a good weather forecast and go back! (With a different route/ different peaks for some variety )