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Two sunny days at Shiel Bridge
by bootsandpaddles » Sun Oct 18, 2009 6:53 pm
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Fhada, Sgurr na Sgine
Date walked: 16/10/2009Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
It was a cold night (frost on the flysheet, ice on the windscreen) and I forced myself out of my nice warm sleeping bag and was walking up Gleann Choinneachain by about 8.30. The burn crossing was fine (no wet feet this time) and the stalkers path up into the corrie and out on to the plateau was excellent. There were plenty of deer around here as well. Once on the plateau I stuck to the edge with its good views down to Loch a Bhealaich and towards Glen Affric. After a cup of tea I set off for Meall an Fhuarain Mhoir, an easy walk across the plateau, with the dramatic cliffs of the Five Sisters across to the left. After that the terrain changes dramatically with a narrow, rocky ridge leading to another top, marked 891 on the OS map. After a short descent you come to the "awkward bit". It is actually quite a difficult little scramble up some turf and slabs. I felt obliged to remove my camera from around my neck, take my gloves off and put my trekking poles away anyway. But it was a challenge and good fun as well and was quite short. Then there are a succession of rocky knolls which lead to the summit of Beinn Bhuidhe. The descent to the path in the glen was a bit of a trial - an eternity of bog, heather and bog myrtle. But eventually I made it to the track which led back to bridge across the Abhainn Chonaig and my car. The walk took me about seven hours.
by Paul Webster » Mon Oct 19, 2009 10:14 am
Like the deer - I was on Sgurr a'Bhac Chaolais next door last week and the sound of the rut in Coire Toteil was pretty deafening.
ps. There is a bridge over that burn near the start, just a hundred metres or so upstream
by bootsandpaddles » Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:39 am
It's great to be back in Scotland after two months in the desert: somewhere cool, wet and damp!
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