by basscadet » Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:41 am
Route description: Five Sisters of Kintail
Munros included on this walk: Sgurr Fhuaran, Sgurr na Carnach, Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe
Date walked: 15/09/2012
Time taken: 8 hours
Distance: 14.48 km
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So this weekend I had arranged to go over to Kintail with Leithy for a go at the sisters. I arrived at dusk on friday night and set up the tent on the beach behind Kintail Lodge Hotel. It had been a dry journey over until I hit Glen Sheil where there was hill to hill clag and heavy rain.. Saw an eagle - almost crashed the car.. had a huge skid in the wet and gave myself a heart attack
Leithy turned up at about half 9, and after he had managed to fill the tent with the biggest blow up mattress I had ever seen, we got stuck into the tinnies.. He confessed that it was his birthday! All the more reason to hit the tinnies oh how we laughed, god knows when we got to sleep, I remember 2.30, and it was a good while after that
So it was a late start to the proceedings on Saturday morning. In my usual disorganised, catastrophic way, I had come away for a hillwalking weekend, without packing any suitable clothing So Leithy lent me a pair of chav tracksuit bottoms to wear The weather forecast hadn't been that good, but with Leithy's lucky weather faerie,on side, it looked like it would be a good day. The mists were lifting
We went down to the Jacobite to try and get a bit of breakfast, but it wasnt open I transferred my stuff into Leithy's car, and we headed back up Glen Shiel to the start point. I remember doing the same climb up for the Brothers, and I wasn't looking forward to it much, but in actual fact, it wasn't as bad as I remembered, although it did help that I actually found the path this time
Without any breakfast, we were forced to stop for first lunch part way up. A party of 4 caught up with us, whom we leapfrogged with all day
Despite the stop, we got up to the ridge in only a little over an hour.. We stopped again for a we while to let the other party stay ahead.
Once we were up the first climb, we could see the rest of the ridge set out in front of us
and after much undulation, there was the climb up to the first of the sisters.. Sgurr nan Spainteach.
We got great views, although it was a little hazy. Even more of the ridge was revealed before us..
The winds over the ridge were pretty savage.. Enough to rob your mouth of your slevers, although I only got pushed over a couple of times.. Made chatting a bit difficult though
As we descended for Spainteach, we hit a wee scramble.. quite fun Then it was up, up, up to the first of the Munro's, Sgurr na ciste duibhe.
unfortunately at this point, we started to get clagged in a bit, and the bonny views disappeared for an hour or two. We did get a glimpse of Loch Duich.
Th winds were still a bit airy, so we didnt stop for a photoshoot at Sgurr na Carnach - kept on going along the rocky ridge. The path was well defined all the way
By the time we hit Sgurr a Fhuaran, the clag had lifted somewhat, although it was still pretty darn windy.
Leithy had a brief argument with a wifie from the other party about which hill was the final sister before we set off for Sgurr nan Saighead. The path looked to be going the wrong direction, but Leithy found us a path that went the way we wanted to go.. it was pretty darn steep though with plenty of rocks and slippy gravel.. A couple of hundred metres down, we realised that the initial path must curve back on itself, as we re-met the main path on the other side of a boulderfield
The final sister looked pretty darn fine
We managed to miss the ridge path and were quite a bit round the bypass, before we realised. Leithy took a direct route to the summit, I went along and up the path
Tired after a very late night, I fell asleep for a wee snooze hiding from the wind behind the cairn. I woke up cold though, after not very long according to Leithy...
The descent didn't seem to take that long.. There was an awkward steep boggy section but in the glen the path improved dramatically and we made excellent progress with the pub at the forefront of our minds
We did get distracted on the descent for a while by the biggest patch of ripe brambles I have seen for ages. I felt ill I ate so many!! And after a long wait, we finally got our breakfast in the jacobite before going to pick up leithy's car
It had taken us 8 hours, but according to the GPS, we had been stopped for over 3 of them! not exactly pushing it.. anyone would think we were hungover or something
I cant believe I got a bit of good weather at last. Yaay! thanks Leithy
by ChrisW » Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:46 am
by dooterbang » Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:22 am
Happy birthday to Leithy.
Well done on tackling them hills whilst half ****!
Thank goodness you wern't alone when having a sisters siesta.
by Graeme D » Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:59 am
by Johnny Corbett » Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:19 am
Nice report and some good photos.
by basscadet » Mon Sep 17, 2012 1:17 pm
Camping on the beach there is pretty cool.. although a couple of nice titanium pegs were sacrificed to the rock gods in the process
There is a demolition team in just now, cutting up the old ferry to be taken for scrap, so we were awoken rather early both on Saturday and Sunday by their bantering and industrial cutting equipment
We were talking on the way down after the walk.. Both me and Leithy once would of thought of this as a big day, but we treated it like a bit of fun.. No research into the route, no doubts we would get it done, no sore feet or aches after. Just a wee wander really, easy as could be
by basscadet » Mon Sep 17, 2012 1:20 pm
monty wrote:Tracksuit bottoms!!!! Thats it, you two are barred fae walkhighlands
Nice report and some good photos.
Well at least we did all 5 sisters.. Not like the amateurs, that only bag the munro's
by simon-b » Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:43 pm
If those trackies did the job, then they did the job. The "proper" mountain trousers I wore for this walk had a faulty pocket zip and I nearly lost my map. And the belt kept slipping so I had to keep hitching them up.
Good to see you got the views, nice shot of Sgurr nan Saighead.
by Graeme D » Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:29 pm
basscadet wrote:There is a demolition team in just now, cutting up the old ferry to be taken for scrap, so we were awoken rather early both on Saturday and Sunday by their bantering and industrial cutting equipment
I'm sure it wasn't that bad BC ........ compared to the chainsaw imitation snorer (who shall remain nameless!) in the bunkhouse in Braemar last month!!!!
by jonny616 » Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:07 pm
by rockhopper » Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:36 pm
by quoman » Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:26 am
by basscadet » Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:50 am
quoman wrote:Hi BC... your racking them up now wasn't that long ago we were roughly on the same number of hills the 5 sisters look superb, plus a nice we walk on the sunday to finnish the weekend off.
Aye, time to calm down with the madbagging I've been thinking.. want to have some left for the next couple of years..
Graeme D wrote:I'm sure it wasn't that bad BC ........ compared to the chainsaw imitation snorer (who shall remain nameless!) in the bunkhouse in Braemar last month!!!!
Oh I didn't notice.. All quiet in the girls booth.. although drunken induced slumber is more difficult to interrupt.. Youll have to drink more next time
by SMRussell » Tue Sep 18, 2012 12:21 pm
Very jealous - what amazing views! Taking on this route after a late night getting bevvied? Blugh! You pair of crazies!