by weemistermac » Mon Nov 09, 2009 3:36 pm
Route description: Sgor Gaoith, from Glen Feshie
Munros included on this walk: Sgor Gaoith
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A quick stop at the Esso station in Aviemore for sandwiches in chocolate and I finally hit the Glen Feshie road. The road up to the car park before Achlean was a bit longer than I expected and it was 11.45am before I started the hike. A wee bit late for a November start but I'm quite a quick walker so wasn't too troubled.
My OS Landranger 36 map is about 30 years old and I realised the land has changed a bit since it was printed! The car park is not on my map and I discovered it's about half a mile before you reach the farmhouse at Achlean. As you reach the farmhouse there's a rough path to the left marked with a stone. I almost missed it even though it's carved with <- Carn Bán Mòr! This track takes you across quite boggy heath until a delapidated gate into the forestry plantation. I had to check my map again as the plantation is tiny in my version and the path hardly touches it. In reality you walk through this newish plantation for a while. The path is loose stone, a bit like a dried up burn bed.
Before too long you emerge from the woods to look up the Allt Fhearnagan towards Carn Bán Mòr and what I guess is Meall Dubhag. The path continues to your left and is very visible as it hugs the southern slopes of Carn Bán Beag.
The path is in good order and the incline isn't too tough but I've been renovating an old fireplace in my cottage and the stone and plaster dust made me feel like I'd borrowed the lungs of a 60 Marlboro a day Jazz singer, so I found it quite hard work for a change. I was maybe pushing myself unnecessarily too.
The path and the source of the burn meet just as you near the top of the bealach. Shortly after there's a cairn marking where several tracks converge. Just as I was nearing here the clouds suddenly descended and I couldn't see a damned thing. A quick map-check confirmed my thoughts and I took the first track to the left.
The climb up Carn Bán Mòr is uneventful and there is a track that is fairly discernible. Although viz was poor I found the cairn for the top and passed it to the left dropping to the next col and the ascent to Sgor Gaoith. I passed a couple here who told me they'd had glorious clear views from the top. I was getting worried that I wouldn't be able to see my sandwich under my nose!
Then all of a sudden it cleared and I was greeted by amazing views of the craggy outcrop at the peak, Loch Einich, across the loch to Einich Cairn and Braeriach. There's also a glimpse of Loch Morlich and Meall a' Bhuachaille. I was also pleased to see Ben Rinnes off in the distance which I live on the western slope of. Although I couldn't make out my house!
I thought rather than descending the way I came up I'd consider dropping to the ext hill along the ridge, Sgòran Dubh Mór, for another view to the North then drop back to the col and down and up and down etc along the 3 bumps including Geal Charn (920m) the join the path at GR870010(ish) and back to the road that way.
Sadly as I reached the top the clouds had dropped again, it was after 3pm and I decided against it and returned to Sgor Gaoith and my original path. Bloody typically the clouds cleared again and I was blessed with some more amazing views.
The wander down was a dawdle and I reached the car again just as it was getting dark. A thoroughly enjoyable walk all-in-all.
by benno » Mon Nov 09, 2009 3:46 pm
by weemistermac » Mon Nov 09, 2009 3:48 pm
by benno » Mon Nov 09, 2009 3:50 pm
by benno » Mon Nov 09, 2009 3:59 pm
by weemistermac » Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:04 pm
by skuk007 » Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:12 pm
by John Burgess » Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:26 pm
weemistermac wrote:My OS Landranger 36 map is about 30 years old and I realised the land has changed a bit since it was printed!
Ah, a fellow luddite - welcome
Beautiful photos: Benno got in before me but that one of 2 walkers descending is great
All the best,
Lovely report with some nice pictures. The hills look amazing with the snow caps on them
by kinley » Tue Nov 10, 2009 7:32 pm
I may have seen you through the binoculars