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IOOth Munro Conquered.

IOOth Munro Conquered.

Postby trekker53 » Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:26 pm

Route description: Sgùrr nan Clach Geala, near Braemore

Munros included on this walk: Meall a' Chrasgaidh, Sgùrr nan Clach Geala, Sgùrr nan Each

Date walked: 14/04/2012

Time taken: 7.5 hours

Distance: 18 km

Ascent: 1103m

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A fairly decent weather forecast encouraged me to go and bag my 100th Munro. I decided on the Fannichs and do the 3 middle ones. Left home at 6am and arrived 3 hours later at the start point at Loch a' Bhraoin. Some other guys were in the process of setting off. I said hello and wished them a good day.
A wee while later I set off on a good track to the boathouse. I was familiar with this path as 2 years earlier I did the 2 Western Fannich's. Over the good bridge on to the path I was happy with oneself. Getting to 100 would be a good feeling and encourage me to bag more.
Along the Allt Breabaig I crossed over at a convenient spot. Made my way south and then up the western grassy slopes of Meall a' Chrasgaigh at 934 metres. This would be my crowning achievement. However hiking up the fairly steep slopes and no path would require some considerable effort.
Grassy slopes of Meall a' Chrasgaidh
Up ahead I could see 4 guys spread out. No doubt each with their own thoughts to make the climb less tedious.
Loch a' Bhraoin behind me

I caught up with John bringing up the rear.
Onwards to the summit
We talked and hiked and the time passed quickly.
Soon we caught up with the others at the summit . I told them this was my 100th. Congratulations were offered and celebratory photos taken.
Celebrations no. 100 Whoopee
The guys never had a camera so I offered to take some pictures and e-mail them.
Raymond, John, Gerry & Dougie

The weather was a bit cold with odd sleet showers but visibility was good. A cup of tea and a bite to eat, we set off together.
An easy walk down took us quickly to the bealach whilst looking at our next objective Sgurr nan Clach Geala standing proud.
Sgurr nan Clach Geala up ahead
The wee lochan was semi frozen.
As we climbed the mist descended which was a pity as the view of it's eastern craggy rock face would have been impressive. As we hiked up we stayed away from thick snow cornices that were overhanging the ridge. Safety was paramount.
The ridge line once mist lifted a little
Eventually the mist lifted a little so we could see where we're going and notice the steep cliffs on our left side.
At the summit we're back in the mist so it was disappointing not to get the views.
Not a lot to see on summit
A happy foursome
Also it was very cold so a cup of tea and it's off again. Every now and again we got glimpses through the mist to tease us. Soon it disappeared leaving us to admire the views all around. This is what drives us to climb these mountains.
An easy enjoyable walk down by the ridge line to the flat bealach our 3rd Munro, Sgurr nan Each was waiting for us.
A less snowy Sgurr nan Each behind me

It didn't take us long to ascend where for the first time we could sit and eat, relaxing in the knowledge that the hard work was done now.
Arriving at the summit

Back down to the bealach we headed west down the path which we lost at times to the Allt Breabaig.
Back to the Bealach with Sgurr nan Clach Geala behind
We may have conquered the Munro's but there was still a 5km walk back to the car. The good path made it easy going.
Instead of crossing the burn I continued on it's eastern side to look for a bridge that is not marked on the O.S map 1998. John decided to join me as we followed the burn down. It wasn't long before we came across the bridge.
Bridge over Allt Breabaig
A photo taken which I'll post on the website www.geograph.org.uk This site aims to have photos in every sq km of the country. It's a useful research tool to see what others have photographed.
From the bridge a grass track runs west to a white marker post just yards away from the south side of the bridge at Loch a' Bhraoin.
Marker post at south side of Loch a' Bhraoin bridge
It could be very handy if the Allt Breabaig is in spate.
All in all an enjoyable day which continued at the Aultguish Inn where I celebrated with John and Gerry with a few pints. Raymond and Dougie decided to go straight home. So thanks to these guys for letting me join them on their day.]
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Re: IOOth Munro Conquered.

Postby kevsbald » Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:14 pm

Well done that man!
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Re: IOOth Munro Conquered.

Postby Bod » Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:06 pm

Very well done, 100 gives a special experience ....... Great stuff. :)
I missed out on the views with these hills. Got to go back and complete the east and west summits.
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Re: IOOth Munro Conquered.

Postby mountain thyme » Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:38 pm

well done on achieving 100
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Re: IOOth Munro Conquered.

Postby Mountainlove » Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:51 pm

Congratulations for the 100th...or 106 which you are on at the moment :D Some great photos as well!
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Re: IOOth Munro Conquered.

Postby Jockstar » Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:03 pm

Well done on your 100th! :D I love the picture of you guys on the ridge....super photo! :D
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Re: IOOth Munro Conquered.

Postby ScottishLeaf » Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:31 am

Well done on breaking the ton :)
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Re: IOOth Munro Conquered.

Postby Jock McJock » Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:56 am

Conrgrats on getting to 100 :D
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Re: IOOth Munro Conquered.

Postby Steve B » Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:32 am

Well done on the 100 :clap: . Love the ridge pictures too :)
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Re: IOOth Munro Conquered.

Postby quoman » Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:15 pm

well done on hitting the 100/106 :lol: hills some excellent photo's and a good read looks like i will have to get up there shortly.
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Re: IOOth Munro Conquered.

Postby rockhopper » Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:41 pm

Congratulations on the century - great way to do it. Despite the mist, you certainly had better weather than ealier in the week - cheers :D
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Re: IOOth Munro Conquered.

Postby 2dalmatians » Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:34 pm

Congratulations!! Brilliant pictures too. :)
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Re: IOOth Munro Conquered.

Postby gammy leg walker » Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:10 pm

Well done reaching your 100th.
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Re: IOOth Munro Conquered.

Postby Fudgie » Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:14 pm

Congratulations on making it into three figures :thumbup:
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Re: IOOth Munro Conquered.

Postby trekker53 » Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:15 pm

Hi All,

Thanks for all the messages of support, look forward to bagging some more in a few weeks whilst staying at Invergarry Lodge.
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