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Not too boggy, just a foggy Am Faochagach

Not too boggy, just a foggy Am Faochagach


Postby Johnny Corbett » Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:16 am

Route description: Am Faochagach

Munros included on this walk: Am Faochagach

Date walked: 17/06/2012

Time taken: 5 hours

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This was the 3rd day of our little trip north, the first 2 nights wild camping with the 3rd in the luxury of a b&b at Garve. Before heading home we would head north first to climb the Munro, Am Faochagach. This mountain has a reputation of being a bogfest and is recommended to be climbed during a spell of dry weather, so as it had been reasonably dry recently and the fact Loch GlascarnochS water level was very low we thought this would be an ideal time to climb this one. We parked just passed the bridge on the A835 with the first part of the walk a bit like walking on a bouncy castle, so mums and dads bring your kids here for them to bounce about on. After the bouncy section, the river is the next obsticle, though we had little problem crossing due to the low water level. Once over the river keep to the side of the small hump which avoids the bog and has a path that leads up onto the ridge. The path is muddy and boggy in places but generally ok. We met one early starter who was on his way down about 30mins after we set off, we set off at 09.30 and another one a short time after. The second one informed me about navigational difficulties once on the ridge which i took on board. It was good of him to warn is as once on the stony ridge the path came and went and was very faint at times and visibility was poor. The path brings you out just past the Sron Liath on a flattish rocky plateaux and from here we headed up towards the 845 mark then north east, north west, then north east and eventually the summit. We descended roughly the route of ascent, returning to the rocky plateaux and a marker cairn where you leave and make your way to the path and back to the start. Total time for the walk was 5 hrs.

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The start

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The low level Loch

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Crossing the river

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Loch a' Gharbhrain

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Reaching the ridge

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Poor visibility

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Kim approaching the summit

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At one of the summit cairns

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When you reach this marker cairn it's time to come off the ridge

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The way down
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Re: Not too boggy, just a foggy Am Faochagach

Postby rockhopper » Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:42 pm

Another day of great summer's weather Johnny :roll: Would agree with you that it's not as boggy as you expect it to be - looks like you were lucky with the river being low though - cheers :D
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Re: Not too boggy, just a foggy Am Faochagach

Postby ChrisW » Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:41 pm

Another little cracker JC though the river crossing looks a bit dicey...walking poles are so useful on slippery rocks :D
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Re: Not too boggy, just a foggy Am Faochagach

Postby mountain thyme » Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:54 pm

Well done guys n girls..
took us 2 attempts to bag this one. 2nd attempt involved stripping and crossing the river, carrying boots and clothes and when i reached the other side and went to get dressed dropped one of my boots into the river :(
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Re: Not too boggy, just a foggy Am Faochagach

Postby Bod » Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:08 am

Another nice one Johnny, one for us to remember too when were up that way again. A bit of fog and drizzle can be fun too, especially on a reasonably short day :D :D :D
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