A wee bit windy in Glenfinnan
by rockhopper » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:50 pm
Route description: Sgurr Thuilm and Sgurr nan Coireachan
Munros included on this walk: Gulvain, Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glenfinnan), Sgurr Thuilm
Date walked: 15/09/2012
Time taken: 13 hours
Distance: 44 km
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Saturday 15 Sept 2012
Munros: Sgurr Thuilm, Sgurr nan Coireachan [Glenfinnan]
Time: 7hrs 20mins
Up early (but not that early as today was to be a fairly short day) and drove up to Glenfinnan. Parked in the wee car park just over the bridge past the main car park for the monument. Bike and rucksack out the car and headed off on the tarmac just as another car drew into the car park.
Nice cycle on a good surface. Under the viaduct, then a straightforward cycle up to Corryhully Bothy.
Arrived at the bothy and had a look inside – was somewhat amazed to see an electric kettle inside !
From there on the path gets rougher – although cycleable it’s questionable whether it would be just as quick leaving the bike just after the bothy and walking from there.
Nice colour but don’t know its name
Arrived at a split in the tracks – can’t really go wrong as there’s a sign post pointing to the track for Sgurr Thuilm.
The weather wasn’t really playing ball. The mist came down and couldn’t really see much – some intermittent views though. The track was boggy in places but that was to be expected given all the recent rain.
I was sheltered from the wind for the early part of the walk but as I got higher past around 600m it really started to pick up – varied from having to slope into the wind to being unbalanced in the stronger gusts. It was also raining lightly in the wind but nowhere near enough to warrant waterproofs.
The traverse of Druim Coire a Bheith seemed to take forever but that was probably more due to my legs not being used to exercise. Started to get easier further up before getting to the summit.
Stopped for a wee bit to get some food and shelter out of the wind. Then retraced my steps a short way before heading down west initially towards Beinn Gharbh. The clag was down again but there was a track to follow and some fenceposts made an appearance.
Boggy in places but a nice enough walk. The clag was clearing from time to time and I could see where I was going. The only problem was that the cloud was low enough to keep covering the top of Sgurr nan Coireachan.
Met two people on the way up who I assume were father and the son – the only people I saw all day on these hills.
Final approach to Sgurr nan Coireachan and the cloud just wouldn’t go away.
Still very windy when I arrived at the top (munro no. 200).
Took the usual summit photo and then decided to take a self portrait as this was a milestone munro. The first photo wasn’t great so set up the camera for a second.
Got to the rock where I was going to sit and turned round to look at the camera…..no camera, it had been blown off the rock and disappeared. I went back and searched round the rock where I’d left it only to find that it had fallen down a hole between some boulders. The good news was that I could see it…the bad news was that my arm, even lying flat on the ground, was about a foot too short !
Took a walking pole from my rucksack and tried to reach it but couldn’t hook the strap – tried this for what seemed like ages in the wind and was starting to get cold. Then a eureka moment…bent a carabiner, attached it to an old Tiso strap and used it as a hook. This worked and I managed to retrieve a rather wet camera from the hole. Managed one picture of the hole then no further pictures until I was back down as it needed to dry off.
It was an uneventful walk back – initial descent, then a small ascent then followed the track back down to pick up the bike and cycle back down.
Getting to the viaduct, the camera had dried off and was working again.
Then a few photos in and around Glenfinnan before getting dinner and preparing for the following day. The next time I use the self timer I’ll be checking to ensure there are no holes nearby in the ground.
Sunday 16 Sept 2012
Time: 5hrs 40mins
Parked just off the road over the old bridge beside the start of the right of way track. The plan was to leave before dawn and start up the track using a headtorch as I had to be back in Glasgow before 1600hrs. Unfortunately the rain started just after 0600hrs so I didn’t get off until around 0630.
Started cycling up the track – initially hilly before levelling off, over a bridge, past a ruined building and through two gates before getting into more open countryside. At one point the track became a stream and there were a few other water crossings which weren’t easily cycled but all in all quite a nice cycle.
Further up the track became rougher and less easy to cycle – as with the day before, possibly questionable as to whether to keep going or leave the bike and walk. Crossed another bridge and shortly after arrived at the point where the track splits – remembered monty’s report and set off on the track to the right.
I found the early part of the ascent quite tiring again probably because my legs weren’t used to the exercise. The early stages were quite sheltered so, when the rain started, I decided against putting on waterproofs as I knew I’d end up feeling like I was in a sauna (even goretex doesn’t breathe enough for me). Although I don’t normally like wearing them, I had, however, put on gaiters to help keep the rain out. Of course, as I went on, the rain got heavier and the wind stronger.
Stopped a few times to consider putting on waterproofs but each time it looked like the rain would go off so ended up just going on. This was not a good idea – the rain got worse, trousers got wetter then I felt water first in the left boot and subsequently in the tight boot. Very quickly it felt like I had puddles in the boots. I suspect the rain had soaked into the trousers, inside the gaiters, then into the socks and into the boots – the ground didn’t seem wet enough to cause a leak from the outside and I was wearing my SL M3s which weren’t that old. Ah well, nothing other than to get on with it – from here on in I didn’t need to worry about walking in the bogs !
On the plus side, after a foot analysis by a specialist shop in Glasgow I was trying out a new pair of insoles with special metatarsal “bumps” – the day before in my Meindl Burmas and today in the Scarpas…touch wood, they seemed to be working and my feet were behaving a lot better than normal.
Got to the trig point and still in the clag.
Then headed off towards the ridge and the true summit. Clag clearing every now and then.
Now you see it....
Now you don’t....
Nice wander along and up the ridge to the summit cairn.
It was them just a case of retracing my steps back down and up to the trig point then back down to the bike.
Of course, the weather then improved while I was on the way down....as is often the case.
Cairn where the track splits.
Looking back up
Got to the bike and then a great cycle back down to the car followed by the drive back to Glasgow....and I got home in time.
by basscadet » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:08 pm
Glad your camera survived
You shoulda come to kintail, it was lush as it turned out Ironically though I was just thinking about these hills on sunday.. They are on the 'soon' hitlist now
Oh afterthought - what like is the bothy? How many rooms? Whats the fire/stove like?
by Johnny Corbett » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:57 pm
by pigeon » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:58 pm
by basscadet » Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:17 pm
monty wrote:Good effort Rockhopper. The weather forecast has been crap for the past few weekends so good of you to brave it I havent been out for three weeks and feeling unfit so need to get a fix this weekend coming. The bothy has its own electricity. Some good photos of the inside of the bothy here Bascadet
Oooh I could take my hairdryer.. how funcy!!
by simon-b » Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:44 pm
by pollyh33 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:21 pm
Was reaching your 200th not exciting enough without having to cobble together a Blue Peter stylie fishing rod??? No need for the ubiquitous wire coathanger when you have bits of a walking kit to use!!!
Loved seeing the Glenfinnan monument again. Last time I climbed up there I was 6 months pregnant with my daughter who as it happens is just about to start her MA down at Chelsea. Looks like that's both me and you RH gonna be skint for a wee while
by mountain thyme » Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:16 am
by Stretch » Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:52 am
by Fudgie » Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:16 am
Well done on reaching (and surpassing) 200
by mrssanta » Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:30 pm
by dooterbang » Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:31 pm
Did the first 2 in January this year and really enjoyed them so well done on reaching 200 on a great pair of hills . Your fairly flying through the Munros now, will be overtaking me on your next outing...how did that happen You gotta be thinking of completing now?
Glad you got your camera back but at least you caught your "best side" at the summit
Fab report as usual and well done on winning last months TR.
by jonny616 » Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:34 pm
by rockhopper » Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:59 pm
basscadet - had a bit of luck with the sunbeams and the bothy looked great inside as monty noted though I've never stayed in one....so far.....but a hairdrier
monty - unfit ? don't believe it....I saw your time for Gulvain and there's no way I'd get anywhere near it !
Johnny Corbett - hope you enjoy them...the weather's looking better for the end of the week
pigeon - hope you get a good day for them and make sure you avoid the hole !
simon-b - cheers...got me thinking about the sort of stuff I carry for emergencies on the hills and fishing lines/hooks aren't in there at the moment
pollyh33 - now then, now then....I did like Val, Peter & John !....think I'll be skint now until I retire !
mountain thyme - yup, it's kind of odd when you find yourself more worried about the losing the photos than the camera !
Stretch - nice to hear from you and hope all's well in Tennessee
Fudgie - aye I think I need to take more exercise in future !
mrssanta - yup, it's not an expensive camera but I was glad to retrieve it with the photos
dooterbang - sorry to hear about your achilles tendon, hope it's healing...it's only recently that I've started to think that I could manage them all but think it'll be a couple of years at least....as for overtaking you on my next outing, that would mean more than 6 in one go.........
jonny616 - hope you enjoy Glenmore.....one of my favourite areas as we're up in Coylumbridge most summers