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Kintails big two

Kintails big two


Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:44 pm

Route description: A'Chralaig and Mullach Fraoch-choire

Munros included on this walk: A' Chralaig, Mullach Fraoch-choire

Date walked: 02/07/2012

Time taken: 5 hours

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You're on the track for about 20 seconds when u reach a marker cairn with a path leading upto the ridge, the path is fine to begin with then gets a bit muddy and then stoney as you gain height. When you reach the ridge there is another marker cairn. Visibility was poor for us at this point with very few photos taken due to this. We headed up the ridge passing two small cairns before reaching the huge cairn of A' Chralaig where we had lunch before making our way to Mullach Fraoch-Choire. The ridge is narrow and rocky with steep drops and involves a little scramble here and there but with no difficulties. Although a great ridge walk, it would have been nicer to do it in better weather but it was still very enjoyable. Enroute to MFC you pass another marker cairn, this one being a route down if chosen although you could easily return via the route of accent.It would also be possible to take in Ciste Dhubh and Am Bathach to make what would be a fine horseshoe. We returned to this cairn and headed down the path to the valley below, picking up the initial track back to the start.

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Jimmy & Mo on the track

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Is that Jimmy Craghopper or Jimmy Rambler with his new trousers & gaiters on?

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Am Bathach

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South Shiel ridge

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Loch Cluanie

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Am Bathach

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Up the ridge to low cloud

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You won't miss this summit cairn

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Coming off A' Chralaig

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The narrow ridge

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Rocky, scrambly bit

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Mullach Fraoch-Choire summit

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On our way down

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The way down

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Ciste Dhubh

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On the path out

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Ciste Dhubh
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Re: Kintails big two

Postby mgmt! » Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:52 pm

nice one johnny, did jimmy,s breeks shrink in the drizzle ???
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Re: Kintails big two

Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:05 pm

mgmt! wrote:nice one johnny, did jimmy,s breeks shrink in the drizzle ???

:lol: He took them off because i kept calling him a rambler :D
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Re: Kintails big two

Postby ChrisW » Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:39 pm

Another cracker JC, must have been warm despite the cloud as Jimmy slowly unpeels from long trow's and gaitors on the ascent to long trow's only at the summit and finally shorts on the descent :shock: I must be a rambler too I think as I'm always in long trow's :lol:
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Re: Kintails big two

Postby Meatball » Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:58 pm

Nice report!
I may well try the horseshoe that you suggest.
Anyone else on here done that?
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Re: Kintails big two

Postby mountain thyme » Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:33 pm

well done...the 3 Stooges :D
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Re: Kintails big two

Postby rockhopper » Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:12 pm

good stuff johnny - pity about the weather higher up but how often have you heard that phrase this summer ! Kintail's on my to do list but I'm waiting for better weather...so it may be 2013 before i get there :roll: - cheers :D
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Re: Kintails big two

Postby morag1 » Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:08 am

Another great day in the hills Johnny :clap:

Are there any hills left in Scotland you havent been up :think:
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Re: Kintails big two

Postby Johnny Corbett » Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:56 am

Cheers everyone. Still got a few to go Morag :lol:
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Re: Kintails big two

Postby jonny616 » Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:33 pm

Nice one Johnny. I attempted this a couple of winters ago & only found the first summit due to the size of the cairn, then had to retreat back the way we came. Came of the ridge too far along on even steeper ground & had to traverse along snow covered slippy grass. Lovely.

Meatball, I may well be up for that route also.
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Re: Kintails big two

Postby L-Hiking » Wed Jul 04, 2012 3:40 pm

Cracking stuff Johnny, that ridge looks scary :roll:
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Re: Kintails big two

Postby pollyh33 » Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:59 pm

Johnny, brilliant report as usual :clap:

Still have these two to do and after hearing Jonny616's antics in the snow, I'll be up there before the white stuff reappears hopefully :D

Don't listen to what anyone says, shorts are always a good look :wink:
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