Sgurr Coire Choinnichean - Our Last Corbett
by drumtian » Tue Jul 03, 2012 1:26 pm
Route description: Sgurr Coire Choinnichean, from Inverie
Corbetts included on this walk: Sgurr Coire Choinnichean
Date walked: 30/06/2011
Time taken: 4.5 hours
Distance: 7 km
Ascent: 800m2 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Added to this, and most importantly, the hill potentially has some of the best all-round views to be had anywhere with Skye, Eigg, Rum to the west and the Rough Bounds, Torridon, Applecross and Glenfinnan hills all visible.
The forecast for the weekend wasn't great and the best we were hoping for was light drizzle for most of the day so our expectations of the views were not high.
The ascent of the hill starts in Inverie and follows the forest path north west to a gate, after which you climb 300 metres due east on open hillside with traces of a path. The hill levels out for a short distance, where we reached the top of the surprisingly deep and impressive ravine of Slochd a' Mhogha with a view down to Inverie's Long Beach area. The path rises SE onto the ridge where it became slightly windier,but still dry. We now climbed on to the south east ridge of Sgurr Coire Choinnichean and started our ascent of this fantastic ridge along a well-defined path for the remainder of the walk. Views along the ridge were enhanced by mist hanging in the corries below giving an ethereal feel to the walk.
The group duly arrived at the summit, enlivened by a superb walk, in completely dry weather with decent views of the surrounding area. For some, this was virtually their first hill experience and they loved it!
Champagne, Mars Bars, Snickers, Sandwiches, Strawberries (it is the midway through Wimbledon and one of the group had been watching Nadal on Centre Court the day before travelling to Knoydart after all!) tea and coffee all dispatched, photos taken, it was time to go.
As there were some weary legs in the group, coupled with some ominous looking clouds coming in our direction, we returned by the outward route. Still dry overhead though! On arrival at Inverie, we had a coffee in the Old Forge where everyone agreed that the hill was ideal for a mixed group."Challenging but do-able!" as one commented.
We then had a wonderful cake, modelled in the shape of the hill, contour lines and all, and a champagne celebration in the B&B ( the Gathering..highly recommended).
Great day, good weather, great crowd. Loved the last Corbett and the other 220 as much as we loved the Munros.
We have walked, scrambled, climbed,run, cycled and canoed... stayed in tents, bothies, bunk houses, cars, campervan, B&Bs, guest houses and hotels on our journey....what a fantastic experience!
We're looking forward to doing some more hills in Scotland, we've only scratched the surface after all... and the Furths over the coming years.
by Johnny Corbett » Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:50 pm
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by foggieclimber » Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:36 pm
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by iainwatson » Wed Jul 04, 2012 2:47 pm
a huge achievement,especially after finishing the Munro's aswell
by Paul Webster » Wed Jul 04, 2012 3:01 pm
Not sure about the newspaper reading technique though
by Bod » Fri Jul 06, 2012 12:23 am
All the corbetts is a great achievement, and what a fine venue for the occasion......I see what Paul means by the reading technique
by mountain thyme » Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:43 pm
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