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Half way! Sgurr Thuilm & Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glenfinnan)
by Bod » Fri May 25, 2012 8:54 pm
Route description: Sgurr Thuilm and Sgurr nan Coireachan
Munros included on this walk: Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glenfinnan), Sgurr Thuilm
Date walked: 20/05/2012
Time taken: 10 hours
Distance: 22.5 km
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It was the time factor that surprised us all a little, with the whole walk taking that bit longer than we all expected (perhaps everyone not taking full account of the walk-in element along Glenfinnan to start climbing up Druim Coire a' Bheithe and then of course returning again from Sgurr a' Choire Riabhaich).
Valerie, myself, Gavin99 and bowzi enjoyed a cracking West Highland day So the story of the day goes that Valerie and I were meeting Gavin99 in Fort William after his Saturday walk over Gulvain and its corbett neighbour. We had travelled up during the afternoon and decided on camping in Glen Nevis where the three of us ended up staying and enjoying a fine bar meal and a few beers. At 8.20am the following morning the three of us with Ritchie were setting off from the car anticipating a fine day in the mountains. The grandeur of the massive 19th century engineering achievement, that being the Glenfinnan viaduct was the first key point of interest of the day, and it is worth simply reading the plaque and just trying to imagine how difficult it must have been to construct back in 1896. It is at this point one of my familiar tales has to come out. A few years back myself and three other friends stayed the night in Corryhully bothy. It was dark, miserable and wet that night and we had hardly even noticed the viaduct due walking with heads down facing into driving wind and rain. The plan was to cross the mountains the following day to then stay at Oban bothy at the east end of Loch Morar, but due to a still very wet morning we did not venture far, and we ended up retreating to Lochailort and spending the afternoon in the hotel.
We had such a fine swally there that the landlord even put us up in staff accommodation at the rear of the pub
(We did make it up Loch Morar the next day starting from the west to our planned next stop at Tarbet Bay )
Back to present day, it was at Corryhully we met bowzi who had arrived on his mountain bike. We got chatting and soon we were 4, plus Ritchie to help guide us on our merry way. Bowzi had considered the clockwise route and we all had a wee confab about this idea, the resulting thought being that both ways would be rewarding and fun with fantastic vantage points. We headed off upwards first with Sgurr Thuilm in our sights
I can thoroughly recommend this munro mountain walking day, one that I will certainly remember very well. Great company too and new adventure, what can get better that that?
by luckyguy68 » Fri May 25, 2012 9:00 pm
by Bod » Fri May 25, 2012 9:03 pm
quote="luckyguy68"]Not your most descriptive report Bod. Camera broken?? [/quote]
by SusieThePensioner » Fri May 25, 2012 9:19 pm
I'll try again a bit later on for the text
by Mancunian » Fri May 25, 2012 9:51 pm
I've been up there just 3 weeks ago in similar weather although it might have been a wee bit colder. Now that I'm back im Germany it feels good to see the mountains again. I can fully understand you that you did underestimate the trip in and out. I think it took us 2 hrs just to get to the place where the inlet for the new water turbine has been constructed which is situated where you would leave the road and go for the summit of Sgurr Thuilm. That place was by the way infested with ticks. See TR here http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=21314
Was it easy to find the path on the last 300m to Sgurr Korean? I found it difficult to see and lost the path a few times due to the patches of snow.
Well, I'm really looking forward to reading your TR.
by PeteR » Sat May 26, 2012 9:36 am
And congratulations on reaching the half way point Still lots more adventures to be had out there
by soulminer » Sat May 26, 2012 11:22 am
I took my last dog,Brodie, up these two when we were on holiday in Roshven- he climbed the slabby part of Coireachan like a pro left me looking like a prat
Couldn't let him off lead though, too many deer
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by bowzi » Sat May 26, 2012 11:56 am
An enjoyable day and a pleasure meeting up with y'all.
For anyone considering the use of the bike it's well worth it, took me around 25 mins in and even less on the way out A lot easier than the 'road' into Guilvain!
by pgrizz » Sat May 26, 2012 1:25 pm
by jonny616 » Sat May 26, 2012 2:14 pm
by SusieThePensioner » Sat May 26, 2012 4:47 pm
Thoroughly enjoyed reading your report, Bod, and some wonderful photos
by rockhopper » Sat May 26, 2012 5:16 pm
by gammy leg walker » Sat May 26, 2012 5:29 pm
"Cause when he was only half way up,he was nether up nor down"
Craking pics & wurds mate,keep em comin
by ChrisW » Sat May 26, 2012 5:46 pm
by Clach Liath » Sun May 27, 2012 8:22 am