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Finishing off Kintail in Forcan style

Finishing off Kintail in Forcan style


Postby Johnny Corbett » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:04 pm

Route description: The Saddle, Forcan Ridge and Sgurr na Sgine

Munros included on this walk: Sgurr na Sgine, The Saddle

Grahams included on this walk: Biod an Fhithich

Date walked: 26/09/2012

Time taken: 7.3 hours

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The forecast for this day in Kintail was white cloud and no rain so we took the chance to head up to do The Forcan Ridge, hoping the cloud would be high enough for some nice views and good walking conditions. Alas it was not to be with the best view of the day being from the Graham, Biod an Fhithich. The walk was generally done in low cloud and drizzly rain making conditions slippy at times and not good for decent photos. However the ridge was still very enjoyable and in my opinion more difficult than the Aonach Eagach, more so down to the conditions i.e the rain and wind, but also because you were kept on your toes for virtually the whole ridge where as the Aonach Eagach was for only really three sections of its ridge. We started the walk from the layby just short of the path that leads to the Bealach between Biod an Fhitich and Meallan Odhar, taking the path up beside the Allt Mhalagain before crossing over to pick up the main path. We probably should have walked down the road at the start to get on this path and probably the reason we got a funny look from a teacher leading a school group up four of The South Shiel Ridge, when we told him we were doing The Forcan Ridge. It wasn't long before we were on the other path and once up we made the short diversion to the Graham. We then returned and followed the path to the ridge, where we came to a cairn and the bypass path. We left the path making our way over the ridge and its many obstacles, a ridge i would like to return to on a clear day. Once on the ridge there were other bypass paths, some which we took due to the conditions and others we didn't. We eventually came to a cairn and then the trig point, where a quick photo was took before taking the path that leads to Bealach Coire Mhalagain. From here we climbed and then followed the ridge round to Sgurr na Sgine and from here decided to head down to the Allt Coire Toiteil rather than down Faochaig, again this decision being made by the weather. Once down we picked up the path back to the layby. In all it was a good day but not as good as we'd hoped for weather wise and not quite the style i'd hoped to finish Kintail in.
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Biod an Fhidhich

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The Graham again

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More of the Graham

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View to Loch Duich from the Graham

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Jimmy & Mo's first Graham

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Glen Shiel

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Biod an Fhidich

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First obstacle on the ridge

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The ridge

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The ridge

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The ridge

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Cairn on the ridge

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Trigpoint

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Sgurr na Sgine

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Route down
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Re: Finishing off Kintail in Forcan style

Postby mountain thyme » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:55 pm

no like you to get lost at the start of walks :)

Pity about the weather.... i had a cracking day when I LED mgmt dooterbang and woodsyboy over these two :?
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Re: Finishing off Kintail in Forcan style

Postby rockhopper » Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:12 pm

a real shame about the weather Johnny especially at the top - still looks like you all had an enjoyable day nevertheless - have to get back to this ridge at some point myself - cheers :)
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Re: Finishing off Kintail in Forcan style

Postby monty » Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:04 am

Been in the clag many a time Johnny so well done on getting out. In fact it was clagged in when we done these but not so bad :lol: Danger: slippy when wet :lol: :lol:
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Re: Finishing off Kintail in Forcan style

Postby mrssanta » Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:23 am

well I suppose it gives you a good excuse to go back - but it does give a certain sense of achievement and satisfaction going out in claggy weather, doesn't it.
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Re: Finishing off Kintail in Forcan style

Postby robertphillips » Sat Sep 29, 2012 7:18 pm

Well done johnny the saddle and the forcan ridge are a great walk. 8)
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Re: Finishing off Kintail in Forcan style

Postby robertphillips » Sat Sep 29, 2012 7:20 pm

Well done johnny the saddle and forcan ridge are a great walk. 8)
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Re: Finishing off Kintail in Forcan style

Postby Gavin99 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:44 pm

Nice , apart from the bit about this being harder than the AE :shock:
That's a good idea to include the Graham , one for a nice dry day I think :D
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Re: Finishing off Kintail in Forcan style

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:43 pm

mountain thyme wrote:no like you to get lost at the start of walks :)Aye it's normally during the walk i get lost :crazy:
rockhopper wrote:a real shame about the weather Johnny especially at the top - still looks like you all had an enjoyable day nevertheless - have to get back to this ridge at some point myself - cheers :)
I too will return on a finer day :)
monty wrote:Been in the clag many a time Johnny so well done on getting out. In fact it was clagged in when we done these but not so bad :lol: Danger: slippy when wet :lol: :lol:
Cheers Monty :)
mrssanta wrote:well I suppose it gives you a good excuse to go back - but it does give a certain sense of achievement and satisfaction going out in claggy weather, doesn't it.
Indeed it does mrssanta and look forward to returning allready :D
robertphillips wrote:Well done johnny the saddle and the forcan ridge are a great walk. 8)
Cheers a great walk indeed :D
Gavin99 wrote:Nice , apart from the bit about this being harder than the AE :shock:
That's a good idea to include the Graham , one for a nice dry day I think :D
Yip save it for a nice day if you can Gavin :D
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Re: Finishing off Kintail in Forcan style

Postby Bod » Sun Sep 30, 2012 12:36 am

Well done you guys, a cracking walk and well done visiting the Graham. I still have this one to report on one day soon hopefully? Interesting debate on comparisons with AE, I keep changing my views on that :shock: :D :D
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Re: Finishing off Kintail in Forcan style

Postby jonny616 » Sun Sep 30, 2012 3:00 pm

Holy s**t your photos of the ridge make it look well scary. Shame about the old clag fella being about but hay ho them's the breaks. Might add this to the growing list of good weather hills which usually results in me being in the clag also :lol: :lol:
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Re: Finishing off Kintail in Forcan style

Postby pollyh33 » Sun Sep 30, 2012 3:09 pm

Hi Johnny,

Super scary pics of the ridge :shock: :shock:

Still have to get up there myself, thanks for warning me about it posing even more dangers than A/E :lol: :lol:


I suppose having bypass paths gives you options that you don't have on the A/E :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Re: Finishing off Kintail in Forcan style

Postby simon-b » Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:29 pm

Nice to see you've got this ridge done, Johnny. It must still have been a good adventure despite the lack of views.
You got some good, atmospheric close-up photos in the mist.
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Re: Finishing off Kintail in Forcan style

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sun Sep 30, 2012 7:44 pm

Bod wrote:Well done you guys, a cracking walk and well done visiting the Graham. I still have this one to report on one day soon hopefully? Interesting debate on comparisons with AE, I keep changing my views on that :shock: :D :D
Thanks Bod the Graham was certainly worth the short detour. :D
jonny616 wrote:Holy s**t your photos of the ridge make it look well scary. Shame about the old clag fella being about but hay ho them's the breaks. Might add this to the growing list of good weather hills which usually results in me being in the clag also :lol: :lol:
It's not too bad, just extra care if wet. Keep it for a good day Jonny :wink:
pollyh33 wrote:Hi Johnny,

Super scary pics of the ridge :shock: :shock:

Still have to get up there myself, thanks for warning me about it posing even more dangers than A/E :lol: :lol


I suppose having bypass paths gives you options that you don't have on the A/E :thumbup: :thumbup:
Thanks Polly. Where the path splits there is a sign that says wimps this way if you don't fancy the ridge :lol:
simon-b wrote:Nice to see you've got this ridge done, Johnny. It must still have been a good adventure despite the lack of views.
You got some good, atmospheric close-up photos in the mist.
Cheers Simon it was but still would have prefered a day like you got :wink:
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Re: Finishing off Kintail in Forcan style

Postby Stuart Angus » Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:05 pm

Absolutely forcan amazing Johnny :thumbup: just a shame about the weather. Nice one 8)
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