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The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven


Postby jonny616 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:46 pm

Route description: Five Sisters of Kintail

Munros included on this walk: Aonach Meadhoin, Saileag, Sgurr a'Bhealaich Dheirg, Sgurr Fhuaran, Sgurr na Carnach, Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe

Date walked: 31/03/2012

Time taken: 13 hours

Distance: 22.6 km

Ascent: 2312m

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It’s 4 o clock in the morning & still I cannot sleep. Well that’s what Scoob999 said because some unknown person was snoring in a tent nearby.
The night before I walked to the Kintail lodge with Stuart (Scoob999) & told him of the 3 amigos plans for the next day. Which was to complete the brothers & sisters ridges, in one shot. Inspired by Andrew & Monty’s wee jaunt last year. He was up for joining us. That’s 4.
We were on the lookout for meatball & his friend (Campbell & David) who had half a mind to join us. They were in. That’s 6
Then there was talk that Iain Watson was going to nip over Ciste Dubh & meet us at the first brother. That’s 7.
7am Saturday Morning PollyH33, Rocket (two tops) Ron, Scoob999, Iain, Campbell, David & I were all ready for the off having left a car at the end point. The Magnificent Seven!
The cloud was gray but high & we could see the 864 point from the car. Set off at a fairly cracking pace with me at the back huffing & puffing until Stuart came to the rescue with a cry of slow down I’m an old man. Only to discover that two in the group were older than him. One of them being me!
Once at Sgurr an Fhuarall the snow was starting so we all put our waterproofs on & headed for Aonach Meadhoin our first Munro of the day. The path up & down over the Brothers is very straight forward with a wee clamber out to & back from Sgurr a Bhealaich, the second brother. We reached Saileag in good time & could see the Five Sisters crew at the Bealach An Lapein. From Saileag to the second Sister, the Munro Sgurr Na Ciste Duibhe is a long haul.
The sisters are a different kettle of fish to the brothers & show no mercy what so ever. Steeper, rockier & with one interesting down climb from Sgurr na Ciste Dubh
Lots of stops on all the tops for chat & fuel. The weather had been steadily improving throughout the day. At some points we were a party of 15 if you include the three guys from the dark side (Scottish hills).
With great effort (for me anyway) the last Munro was conquered & we all cheered Val to the summit for her 100th.
We then had to go over Sgurr Nan Saighead & Beinn Bhuidhe to head to the last Sister Sgurr Na Moraion.
At the summit of Bhuidhe, Iain, Ron, Campbell & David sprinted down to the bealach & up over the last sister while Polly, Stuart & I sauntered down to the bealach & along the path out were the others caught us up.
We did all this not because ‘the lady loves milk tray’ but so Rocket (two tops) Ron could get his missing sister. A totally selfless act of friendship. :lol:
A fantastic day in great company. Off now to cry ‘I love you guys’ into the gin I’m drinking. :lol:
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864 point from the car park
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Aonach Meadhoin
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View to Ciste Dubh
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Ridge to Sgurr Bhealaich Dheirg
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Saileag & the Sisters behind
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View to Mullach Fraoch-choire
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The main man. Rocket (two tops) Ron. On the last Sister
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Re: The Magnificent Seven

Postby tomyboy73 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:57 pm

Some great pics there Jonny, and sounds like you all had a blast, pity you can`t add a backing tune, eh ? Dooroo do do roo do roo do rooooooo
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Re: The Magnificent Seven

Postby SusieThePensioner » Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:01 pm

Another entertaining report, Jonny, and glad the weather improved along the way. Some great photos :D

jonny616 wrote:Only to discover that two in the group were older than him. One of them being me!

Don't you worry, believe me, you are still YOUNG :lol: :lol:
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Re: The Magnificent Seven

Postby quoman » Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:05 pm

Hi jonny.

what a fantastic day you all had by the looks of it cracking report and picture's to boot.

I was just reading Andrew's and Monty's report was thinking of doing it shortly.
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Re: The Magnificent Seven

Postby pollyh33 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:09 pm

What a report! What a day! What a weekend! :lol: :lol: :lol:

You on a downer Jonny? Me too!!!

I'm fair missing having that big selfish git dragging my carcass over all those hills for two days, making us enjoy ourselves, giving us fantastic views and all because he wanted to bag two tops!!!! He could have at least paid for our petrol as well :lol: :lol:

Thanks for looking after me Jonny and doing all the driving despite the fatigue :( :( Can't say I got much more sleep than you in the hotel- the noisiest place ever!!!

Well done for posting another fantastic account of our days on the hills :clap: :clap: :clap:

Love from the second oldest person in the group! XXX
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Re: The Magnificent Seven

Postby jimandandrea » Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:12 pm

Your photos really capture the team spirit.

You can tell you a fantastic day was had by one and all. :)
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Re: The Magnificent Seven

Postby iainwatson » Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:17 pm

super report johnny,brings back great memories of a fantastic day,fantastic company and fantastic hills in cracking weather!!!

I'm with you and Polly,on a downer after such a great weekend :0(

bring on Braemar!!!
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Re: The Magnificent Seven

Postby rockhopper » Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:21 pm

well, if I wasn't jealous before (which I was :mrgreen: ), I certainly am now :sick: another cracker johnny...fairly racking them up now - cheers :D
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Re: The Magnificent Seven

Postby Jock McJock » Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:14 pm

I will simply reiterate my comment on your other report of this weekend - LUCKY B*****D!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: The Magnificent Seven

Postby rocket-ron » Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:27 pm

Yeah i dragged you about hills for 2 days giving you constant laughs. Most people would pay for that. You guys got it for free :D :D
Another fine report Jonny
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Re: The Magnificent Seven

Postby ChrisW » Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:41 pm

Another belter Jonny, glad the weather eventually decided to play ball and let you get some beautiful photos of the day :D
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Re: The Magnificent Seven

Postby scoob999 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:00 pm

Pull yourselfs together you lot!! not long till Braemar :lol:
Brill report there jonny, loads of great memories, great people, great hills :D

You wont catch me crying into my drink, oh no! not now that i know i was one of the youngest there :lol: :lol: :lol:
Sorry! :D
See you all soon
Stuart

P.S always wanted to be one of the magnificent 7 yeehaaa :D
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Re: The Magnificent Seven

Postby Graeme D » Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:11 pm

Quality stuff Jonny! I must be able to see myself in the "Saileag and the Sisters behind" shot! :? :? :? :?
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Re: The Magnificent Seven

Postby jonny616 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:48 am

tomyboy73 wrote:Some great pics there Jonny, and sounds like you all had a blast, pity you can`t add a backing tune, eh ? Dooroo do do roo do roo do rooooooo


Cheers. I prefer the line 'What do we have magnificence' though :lol:

quoman wrote:Hi jonny.

what a fantastic day you all had by the looks of it cracking report and picture's to boot.

I was just reading Andrew's and Monty's report was thinking of doing it shortly.


Thanks. You could knock 2 hours off to give a more realistic time.

Cheers Susan. I do feel young, just the oldest on the day :lol: :lol:

Polly/Iain. Its a bit weird the feeling. Such a great weekend.

jimandandrea wrote:Your photos really capture the team spirit.

You can tell you a fantastic day was had by one and all. :)

8)
Thanks team spirit was top

rockhopper wrote:well, if I wasn't jealous before (which I was :mrgreen: ), I certainly am now :sick: another cracker johnny...fairly racking them up now - cheers :D


Cheers RH I still can't quite believe our luck

Jock McJock wrote:I will simply reiterate my comment on your other report of this weekend - LUCKY B*****D!!!!
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


I know :lol:

rocket-ron wrote:Yeah i dragged you about hills for 2 days giving you constant laughs. Most people would pay for that. You guys got it for free :D :D
Another fine report Jonny


You did indeed Ron. Top boy. The tree amigos must walk again soon :lol:

Stuart. Me too. Hence the tittle :lol:

Graeme. At one point we were convinced we could see you.
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Re: The Magnificent Seven

Postby andrewdoggett » Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:30 pm

jonny616 wrote:Inspired by Andrew & Monty’s wee jaunt last year.


:D Was a good walk with Monty enjoyed this ridge... :D

Great report on what was certain to be an awesome day out - and nice to see what it looks like in better weather. :)

Those sisters, prrrr.... :lol: :lol:
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