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Packs a lot in for a short walk!

Packs a lot in for a short walk!


Postby Snoopy » Sat Nov 28, 2009 1:04 pm

Route description: Stac Pollaidh ridge and circuit

Grahams included on this walk: Stac Pollaidh

Date walked: 12/09/2009

Time taken: 2 hours

Distance: 4 km

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As we neared we could see Stac Pollaidh in the clouds. It looked like we still had a bit of a drive by Loch Lugainn until we got to our start.


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We were soon at the car park putting on our boots ready for the short hike.
The sign gave some interesting information about Stac Pollaidh and requested that everyone kept to the path.

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The early stage of the walk gives a impressive view. It follows a fairly new, man made, path –not really a fan of this type of terrain, but totally understand and support them. Looking ahead we thought our luck was going to be in as the cloud appeared to be clearing off the top!

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As we gained height there were some good views – Like Cul Beag behind me!

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As the path came around the back of mountain there was a path heading off to the left which leads up to the ridge. This isn’t as well defined as the path that you leave – but worth the detour! The further along you go the steeper it gets – but nothing a reasonably fit person should be worried about.. As we got higher we could see we were heading into the mist, so we took in the views before we got higher.

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When you get to the top of the ridge there’s a cairn, and a path takes you along a ridge to the true top. We followed this along a short distance – care was needed. Even in the mist it looked like some good drops and loose rock. To get to the end, it seems like there are some reasonably difficult parts. The mist and scrambles put off one of us – I fancied going to the end – but we stuck together and headed back down. :(

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Heading back down we followed a slightly different route to re-join the original lower path slightly further along. Before we re-joined, we came across a great place for a picnic with majestic views over to Loch Sionascaig and Suilven (not in this picture).

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The wind was picking up, so after a short break, we continued. As we came back round the other side of the mountain, again we had fine views of Loch Lugainn and Sgorr Tuath across the water.

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We were coming to the final leg of our journey back to the car park. We turned round – and of course - aow we're back down, the cloud has cleared off the top!

This definitely worth it – you get so much variety for such a short walk. :D

GPS track log shows 4.3km
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Re: Packs a lot in for a short walk!

Postby hills » Sun Nov 29, 2009 6:01 pm

Always good to see this fine hill, may not be around much longer, we take a holiday every year up around there, and its amazing how much the hill has crumbled even in just the last 10 years, shame.
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Re: Packs a lot in for a short walk!

Postby HighlandSC » Mon Nov 30, 2009 3:02 pm

Hi snoopy, that was a great report and pics. Thanks for posting. Stac Pollaidh is high on my to do list - hope to do the real summit but my state of mind and conditions on the day will decide for me at the time!

If you haven't seen it, there's a topic here with a lot of pics and comments about getting to the true summit:
Stac Pollaidh - how hard is the scramble to true summit?
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