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A'Chralaig and friends 2012

A'Chralaig and friends 2012


Postby JonAksel » Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:38 pm

Munros included on this walk: A' Chralaig, Carn Ghluasaid, Ciste Dhubh, Mullach Fraoch-choire, Sail Chaorainn, Sgurr nan Conbhairean

Corbetts included on this walk: Am Bathach

Date walked: 22/09/2012

Time taken: 33 hours

Distance: 36.1 km

Ascent: 3093m

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6 Munros, a bothy overnighter and a wee Corbett.
The route.

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The forecast is splendid and you want to do something great. You travel to Loch Cluanie and your aim is to walk and see if you can get a glimpse of Glen Affric from it's best side again.
It starts like this.
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Just morning fog you think.
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You walk along the old military road.
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Once you gain some altitude the views get better.
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This is the best we can get here, some locals tell you.
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The mist is disappearing from the Glen too.
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Some other Munrobaggers are heading for the next challenge.
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Two Munros in one picture. Carn Ghluasaid and Sgurr nan Conbhairean.
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You meet an Aberdeen lassie on Carn Ghluasaid and have company for three Munros and a Munro top.
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You take an overview from Sgurr Conbhairean
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A nice ridge promenade to Sail Chaorainn.
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Another walker from the Isle of Arran is just checking the altitude to be sure it's the real Munro summit. 1002 m. It's bigger than it looks.
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Another Arranian enjoying the views.
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At Drochaid an Tuill Easaich, the lassie had to say Cheerio to you. You wish her a good ridge walk, and well back home.
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You are left alone in the wilderness.
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And you can slow down the pace again. This is Glen Affric.
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This is a proper cairn for a Munro summit. A'Chralaig.
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You can see your day in front of you, she said. This is the way to Mullach Fraoch-choire. Sorry for the blunder: This is the backview to Sgurr nan Conbhairean from A'Chralaig.
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This is the way to Mullach Fraoch-Choire. You recognize double topped Sgur nan Ceathreamhnan to the left. Your old friend from another trip. A walker coming down from the Mullach tells you that this mountain made his day. This is a real mountain.
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The cairn of Mullach Fraoch-choire.
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The northern ridge of Mullach Fraoch-choire.
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Backview to A'Chralaig.
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You see big hills in the west.
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Ciste Dhubh.
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Allt a'Chomhain.
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Finally you reach the bothy from the bogs in the south.
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You can have a slow start on Sunday morning. Your walk will not be too long.
There is a rule though....
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to leave the bothy, as it was when you came.
Camban bothy.
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This is your mountain today.
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Upper Glen Affric.
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Remnants of ancient pine forests hidden in the bogs.
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You pass some nameless lochans on your way.
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You have seen bigger cairns. This is the summit of Ciste Dhubh.
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Big hills up North. The Torridons you think.
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Beinn Fhada.
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Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan.
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Ciste Dhubh from the south.
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You can spot two Englishmen on Ciste Dhubh. Wildcampers from Northhampton.
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Mullach Fraoch-Choire as seen from Ciste Dhubh.
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You see Am Bathach, and you think to yourself... This is the real Scottish Highland.
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Shaped by the ice-age.
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Backview on the ridge.
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You discover more hills to climb in Glen Shiel.
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These spruces are Americans.
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Just like the potatoes....
An original rowan tree.
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Back on tarmac.
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No fun?
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Backview to the hills.
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From the way home. A great weekend you had.
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JonAksel
Mountain Walker
 
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