A loooong Forcan walk
by fipriestley » Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:18 am
Munros included on this walk: Creag nan Damh, Sgurr an Doire Leathain, Sgurr an Lochain, Sgurr na Sgine, The Saddle
Date walked: 19/07/2012
Time taken: 15.5 hours
Distance: 37 km6 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).
By the time I was up and ready, inc way too long spent trying to get the pop up tent folded up again I set off along the road at 5.40am with my new boots in my backpack, wearing trainers for this part of my route. Knew I wasn't power walking at my top speed (not used to carrying such a heavy pack!), but I was still surprised it was 8am before I arrived at the start of my hill route! I hadn't made time to enter the route in my gps but with rough measuring on the map I figure this part is almost 13km.
From here I followed the WH route up to The Saddle and across to Sgurr na Sgine.
At this point I was starting to rethink my plans... taking so much longer than I'd thought! I was counting around 9hrs for the South Glen Shiel, since I'd be starting on the ridge rather than from the road. I was only on the second top though and still had a corbett to get over before reaching that ridge! Going for the cobett(s) anyway, I carried on. Keeping a straight path from the summit I could see sheer rocks going down before me. Hmm, choice of going back the way I'd come to pick out a less steep route down this hill to get around to the corbett, or the way I went - pretty much straight down to the left side of the crags It was raining by now so I put waterproof trousers on; just as well as I spent much of the route down sliding (bum slides in the summer! ) Heading across to the corbett I aimed for what looked like it might be a path going across about half way up (if it was I never found it!), then picked out a grassy route between rocks to get to the summit. At this point I really had to stop and think! If I carried on with my original plan it would be midnight at least before I got back to the car or I could go over to Buidhe Bheinn for the other half of this corbett then back over here to take the path back to the road. I really didn't fancy the long road walk again though, so knowing my car was at the other end of that ridge ahead, I decided to make a start along it and see how far I got. I knew there were escape paths I could use to get back to the road before the end of the ridge so wasn't committed to the whole route by starting along there. I did have my head torch but didn't fancy finishing in the dark while raining - I still had to pitch my tent again (was planning to find another camp spot for tonight). So I made a start on the South Glen Shiel Ridge
My legs were starting to tire by now and it was 11hrs since I'd left camp this morning. At this point I decided to head down on the escape path at Sgurr Coire na Feinne, working out I'd get there by 7.30pm. That gave me a milestone I could push myself to, and I'd still get my target mileage out of today's walk by finishing off with the shorter road walk. Water was running low (no streams for refilling up here! ) and I was starting to see 'stars' when I looked up at the skyline. I still had plenty snacks and glucose sweets though and got there 20mins ahead of my guesstimate
So I got back to the car just beyond the Cluanie Inn at 9.10pm. With no phone signal and no pay phone at the Inn, I drove on towards Fort William. Running out of daylight, I pulled up in a layby and camped out again - slept til 9am!!
Fantastic adventures on this trip (including ice wall climbing at Kinlochleven the day after this epic walk!), I feel I'm ready for my charity hike in a couple of weeks - it doesn't even cross any munros or corbetts! Shameless plug if anyone would like to help me raise funds against poverty
by scoob999 » Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:20 am
You should've done it the other way round, that way you'd be on your hands and knees at the end not the start
I found the Forcan ridge such an adrenaline rush, thats what zapped your energie!
by iainwatson » Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:08 pm
looks like your ready for the charity walk,i'm sure you'll breeze it!
by pigeon » Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:42 pm
by fipriestley » Mon Jul 23, 2012 11:14 pm
Haha Stuart, I'm sure you'll never let me catch up! I'm in double figures for corbetts now
Really appreciated the rain Monty, esp when I thought I might run out of water
Hope your feet have recovered too Iain; hadn't thought of Fannichs when planning my long route (sucker for a challenge, I'll now be looking at the 9 together when I get to these hills! )
Forcan Ridge was amazing Pigeon, glad it was clear when I was on there
by ChrisW » Tue Jul 24, 2012 4:22 am
by Lenore » Sat Jul 28, 2012 5:04 pm