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The day my kids took me munroing in kintail
by Duncandsooz » Fri Jun 01, 2012 4:22 pm
Route description: South Glen Shiel Ridge: 7 Munros
Munros included on this walk: Aonach Air Chrith, Creag a'Mhaim, Creag nan Damh, Druim Shionnach, Maol chinn-dearg, Sgurr an Doire Leathain, Sgurr an Lochain
Date walked: 26/05/2012
Time taken: 9.33 hours
Distance: 27.9 km
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Along on the trip were Sooz and our 3 children A L and J and Ailsa the dog
We arrived at the Cluanie inn and set off at 8.40 it was already hot. We headed along the old road to Tomdoun until the good stalkers path appeared leading up Creag a Mhain the walk in to this point took approx 1hr 15 mins and the views even at this point were stunning . We reached the summit of Creag a Mhaim in approx 2hr 15 mins the were sunning views to Gleouraich and Spidean Mailach to the south and Sgurr nan Conbhairean to the north.
We set off along the ridge and the next summit Druim Shionnach came along quickly and I then thought this would be a breeze the sun was beating down but the was a bit of wind though even this was warm. However as we passed over Aonch air Chirith , where we have a bite to eat, to Maol Chinn-dearg it was becoming clear that pace forced by a daughter L was going to become hard to keep up with, as we passed people on the busy ridge. Water was also becoming a issue for me if not the children we all had 2 litres but I was using more . There were plenty little pools for ailsa so she had no problems.
At this point the views to Loch Quoich and over to Gulvain, Sgurr Mor and Sgurr na Ciche were great.
We continued along the ridge with now the children motoring on ahead on the very clear path and waiting at the summit with mum close behind and dad trailing further back we left the ridge to the peak of Sgurr an Doire Leathain and the next summit, Sgurr na Lochain from here looked very impressive and we were there in in 40 mins or so at this point L and J ( the youngest at 8 ) were almost racing up.... i wasn't.
The final summit of the day Creag nan Damh seemed a long way off, but the bypass path was used to avoid the small top prior to the final munro and after a bit of effort we were all there.
After a bit of a rest we set off continuing along the ridge for approx 1 km to reach the path down marked by a cairn.
this path crosses a stream were we could all take on some much needed water. We following the path to the road where I was to call my dad who was staying in the Cluanie Inn with us for the weekend to pick us up however there was no signal on Vodafone at this point, however a couple we met on the ridge squeezed me into there packed car and dropped me off at the Cluanie Inn (thanks again Andy) where I was tempted to go straight to the bar but thought I had better retrieve everyone else.
This is a great walk one my kids easily coped with but the heat I found was the biggest challenge.
by andrewdoggett » Fri Jun 01, 2012 5:13 pm
Well done - gorgeous day for it...
by skuk007 » Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:59 pm
by Tomsie » Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:13 pm
by RussellR » Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:59 pm
by Graeme D » Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:14 pm
by Johnny Corbett » Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:33 am