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A day worthy of Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan

A day worthy of Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan


Postby 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

Ascent: 2100m

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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 :lol:

Morning was a bit overcast but the sun was peaking through here and there
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Looking across Glen Affric

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! :shock:
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Scale of lonely Glen Affric
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An Affric eagle?


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
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Old snow approaching An Socach
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Summit of An Socach


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
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Ceathreamhnan from the Mullach

The subsidiary top is the bumpiest/knolliest such irritation I've ever come across. That is all on that. :? :lol:
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Mullach Fraoch Choire and A'Chralaig


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.
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North ridge of Ceathreamhnan
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Summit ridge of Ceathreamhnan

So lucky that everything was clearing for me at the summit - it had been in mist all day prior to that. An incredible viewpoint.

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Summit views from Ceathreamhnan
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Looking to Carn Eige

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! :D
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Altbeithe YH dwarfed by Mullach Fraoch Choire
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Sunsets in Glen Affric
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Re: A day worthy of Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan

Postby Gavin99 » Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:22 am

That looks like a lovely and remote area .You have some fine shots there , the summit views one is a cracker . Nice eagle :)
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Re: A day worthy of Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan

Postby malky_c » Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:33 am

This is making me homesick! A perfect day for Glen Affric 8)
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Re: A day worthy of Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan

Postby 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 :lol: 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 :D
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Re: A day worthy of Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan

Postby quoman » Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:16 pm

You got some cracking photo's there Ranger did the summer boot hold up in the snow
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Re: A day worthy of Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan

Postby 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! :D

Will definitely need to do some training before tackling the cuillin this summer. 10K run in Aberdeen will do the trick!
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Re: A day worthy of Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan

Postby pigeon » Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:06 pm

Nice one ranger ,another place i need to visit soon,some great pics :thumbup:
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Re: A day worthy of Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan

Postby weebookil » Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:41 pm

Nice photos there and not too bad a day. Is that a saltire you were planting at the top ?
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Re: A day worthy of Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan

Postby Johnny Corbett » Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:46 pm

Monday was definitely the day to be out. I like that last photo of the sun setting in Glen Affric :D
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Re: A day worthy of Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan

Postby LeithySuburbs » Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:36 pm

Cracking report and pics :D . I concur with your thoughts regarding the lump between the 2 munros :lol: .
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Re: A day worthy of Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan

Postby dooterbang » Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:48 pm

Fab report Ranger - glad you got some decent weather.
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Re: A day worthy of Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan

Postby kevsbald » Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:53 pm

Utterly fab.
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Re: A day worthy of Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan

Postby PeteR » Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:24 pm

Nice one :D Fantastic weather to reward the effort involved in getting to these hills. Some great pictures there too :D This area is right on my radar for this year so your report and pictures are really helpful :D Thanks for posting :D
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Re: A day worthy of Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan

Postby Dorota81 » Mon May 14, 2012 9:42 pm

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... :?
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Re: A day worthy of Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan

Postby 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 :D)
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