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A glorious day on the South Glen Shiel Ridge

A glorious day on the South Glen Shiel Ridge


by rockhopper » Tue Aug 14, 2012 9:33 pm

Route description: South Glen Shiel Ridge: 7 Munros

Munros included on this walk: Aonach Air Chrith, Creag a'Mhaim, Creag nan Damh, Druim Shionnach, Maol chinn-dearg, Sgurr an Doire Leathain, Sgurr an Lochain, Sgurr na Sgine, The Saddle

Date walked: 11/08/2012

Time taken: 16 hours

Distance: 48.5 km

Ascent: 2890m

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Re: A glorious day on the South Glen Shiel Ridge

Postby HighlandSC » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:20 pm

A great report from a fine day! I loved doing this ridge...it's a long day with a lot of distance, but otherwise good going on the ground. Everyone has a preference but I'd say going E to W is best - if only for the views (which are hardly awful looking the other way either!).

You did well conserving water! I didn't see mention of a refill. From what I saw and have heard it's very hard to find water up on the ridge. We met some runners (doing your route in reverse) who had almost run out and they still had a long way to go so we donated them a litre. Glad we had a car at both ends. Some folk we passed on the hill were walking it back!

Only mistake we made was taking a "shortcut" to descend. Instead of going along further and using the path down we descended right down where you looked in this shot (I shuddered upon seeing this image again!)....
rockhopper wrote:View towards Shiel Bridge
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Looked okay 'til we got down (to the point of just bashing on regardless!)
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Re: A glorious day on the South Glen Shiel Ridge

Postby Collaciotach » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:27 pm

That is good going a bhalaich indeed would nt want the cycle back after all that ! ... grand report and photos tho
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Re: A glorious day on the South Glen Shiel Ridge

Postby gammy leg walker » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:57 pm

[quote="HighlandSC"]. We met some runners (doing your route in reverse) who had almost run out and they still had a long way to go so we donated them a litre.

You sure did,it was two of my mates,one from this site,called "sparra legs".
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Re: A glorious day on the South Glen Shiel Ridge

Postby HighlandSC » Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:03 am

That's the one gammy :)
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Re: A glorious day on the South Glen Shiel Ridge

Postby Lenore » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:14 am

Wonderful rockhopper! And what gorgeous pictures :-D Brings back fond memories of earlier this summer; how I loved that ridge walk! Hats off for continuing on, we were well done for after the 7 (plus that one small one), and running out of time. The inversion shots at the start are amazing; that must have been a moment for awe and contemplation up there on creag a dham.
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Re: A glorious day on the South Glen Shiel Ridge

Postby Lenore » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:15 am

Creag a mham. These darn names...
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Re: A glorious day on the South Glen Shiel Ridge

Postby Lenore » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:17 am

Ok, I'm a loser. Creag a'Mhaim.
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Re: A glorious day on the South Glen Shiel Ridge

Postby burnsider » Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:42 pm

I'm just an old plodder on the hills, so I was hugely impressed by rockhopper's total bag for the day. And doing all these tops with a longish uphill cycle and a long drive home afterwards.... A brilliant trip report, great achievement and a real pleasure to share the last part of my much more modest walk (Sgurr na Sgine and The Saddle) with a great guy.
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Re: A glorious day on the South Glen Shiel Ridge

Postby pollyh33 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:37 pm

Jings RH, you certainly don't do things by half!!! :shock:

A brilliant account of an amazing day in the hills :clap: :clap:
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Re: A glorious day on the South Glen Shiel Ridge

Postby robertphillips » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:55 pm

Well done that man :clap: :clap: done the exact same route last summer only started at the saddle.
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Re: A glorious day on the South Glen Shiel Ridge

Postby rockhopper » Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:49 pm

jonny616 wrote: i don't know how you manage on so little water i drank about 6lts on my 13 hour jaunt
You, davgil and HSC have got me wondering about what sort of water volumes people normally carry - I wasn't sure if I'd be able to fill up anywhere so carried an extra 1litre on top of my usual 1.5litres in the camelbak bladder (I also carry the two bottle chlorine dioxide drops if I do find water as I prefer to purify water following a very bad experience some years back). When the camelbak runs down, I then refill it from the bottle. I've always tended to use a bladder rather than bottle for daytrips as I'm used to using it for mountain biking. I find that taking small occasional sips uses up much less water than gulping from a bottle. In the end I didn't refill but did run out towards the end of the return cycle - I did have a good drink (of water) back at the car - cheers :)
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Re: A glorious day on the South Glen Shiel Ridge

Postby Gavin99 » Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:15 am

What a great walk , well done for adding a couple of wee hills on at the end of the ridge to round off the day !
Nice report ,great photos , Cheers :D
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Re: A glorious day on the South Glen Shiel Ridge

Postby morag1 » Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:27 am

Beautiful photos of a great walk - well done :clap:

Incredible effort
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Re: A glorious day on the South Glen Shiel Ridge

Postby Mountainlove » Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:07 am

That ridge is still on my list...can understand the long breaks - would have done the same in these conditions..good effort by getting up sp early!! You must have been tired by the end of the day!
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Re: A glorious day on the South Glen Shiel Ridge

Postby dooterbang » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:48 pm

Fantastic report and stunning photos.

Thats another huge walk but what a day for it, well worh all the effort.

That bike ride must have felt like hell!

I better get on my bike as your catching me fast!!!

Loking forward to the report containing your 200th Munro...got one in mind?
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