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First signs of winter on this remote trio

First signs of winter on this remote trio


Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:00 pm

Route description: Sgurr Choinnich and Sgurr a'Chaorachain

Munros included on this walk: Maoile Lunndaidh, Sgurr a'Chaorachain, Sgurr Choinnich

Date walked: 15/10/2012

Time taken: 9 hours

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Having spent the night in Jerrys Bunkhouse, not a good night i have to add due to the fact the owner decided to sit with us at night telling us his life story. We are all sociable and friendly but wanted to relax and chill and discuss the following day but never got the chance, i mean how many Hotels or B&Bs does the manager or owners sit up with you all night :? Some may have stayed here and enjoyed it but for us we will not be back as were made to feel like we had to be babysat. Ok now thats off my chest i'll get to the walk. We awoke at 8 to be welcomed with rain and clag, not what was forecast but on the bright side i did sleep well, Jimmy and Mo not so well as there was no heating for them in the bedroom but i was cosy under the duvet and two blankets. Once ready we drove the 30sec journey to the carpark then set off on the bikes for the cycle / walk in with the rain now off and the clag lifting. We biked to the marker cairn then set off on foot upto the Bealach Bhearnais and then onto Sgurr Choinnich and from there down and up to Sgurr a Chaorachain. There is some mild scrambling along the way and both these Munros had a light coating of snow on them. At the second summit we saw another walker on his way over from Sgurr Choinnich and i jokingly suggested lunch to let the other walker catch up and hopefully he'd continue to Maoile Lunndaidh and be our navigator. He arrived as we'd just finished lunch so we had a quick chat and asked if he was continueing to the third but he was undecided as it would give him an excuse to return. We said he was more than welcome to join us and said he'd catch us up if he decides to carry on. We said our goodbyes after he took a summit photo for us and we continued to Munro 3, heading down the north ridge then east to Drochaid Mhuilich for a steep climb. After the steep climb it was easy walking along the Plateaux to Maoile Lunndaidh crossing two tops on the way and encountering some snow flurries. From here we headed down to Glenuaig Lodge, again with more snow showers, and the track back to the bikes and the easy cycle out to the car. On our journey home the Craggies were getting restless and needed entertained so we played guess the temperature in Glen Coe. All eyes were on the car temp gauge as we drove watching it go up and down until we got to Rannoch Moor where it was -2 and Mo was the winner. :D

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Cycle / walk in

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Fuar Tholl

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River crossing

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Cheesecake

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The 2 Sgurrs

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View of our route in

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Corbett & Munro to the north

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Jimmy & Mo approach the summit

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Ridge to Sgurr Chaorachain

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Summit

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Loch Monar

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Sgurr Choinnich

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Bidean an Eoin Deirg

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Maoile Lunndaidh

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Cheesecake

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Mountains to the north west

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Mountains to the north

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Summit photo kindly taken by the guy from Dundee

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Maoile Lunndaidh

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Sgurr a Chaorachain

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996 top

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Loch Monar

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Summit

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Heading down

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Snowing
Last edited by Johnny Corbett on Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:48 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: First signs of winter on this remote trio

Postby SAVAGEALICE » Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:13 pm

crikey ..shorts and snow! ..hardy! ..great pics :)
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Re: First signs of winter on this remote trio

Postby basscadet » Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:35 pm

Aye looks like a right mixed bag o weather.. blinding sunshine one minute, blizzards the next! :lol:
You got some excellent view though, it really is a bonny part of the world :D
Hoping to get these done soon.. Pretty much at the top of the hit list now, after a failure a couple of months ago :?
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Re: First signs of winter on this remote trio

Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:53 pm

SAVAGEALICE wrote:crikey ..shorts and snow! ..hardy! ..great pics :)
Thanks Alice, Jimmy will just love that comment :D
basscadet wrote:Aye looks like a right mixed bag o weather.. blinding sunshine one minute, blizzards the next! :lol:
You got some excellent view though, it really is a bonny part of the world :D
Hoping to get these done soon.. Pretty much at the top of the hit list now, after a failure a couple of months ago :?
Cheers it's my second time in this area, stunning and remote, what more could you want. This may be of interest to you as i know you like to wildcamp but how about this for comfort and it's heated :D
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Glenuaig Hut
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Re: First signs of winter on this remote trio

Postby smudger71 » Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:32 pm

Jerry certainly is a character, my son and i stayed there earlier in the year and Jerry threw a bit of a wobbler about some other guests bringing a dog into the Bunkhouse....having said that we all had a great read of the 50 year old climbing magazines that he has stacked up...but i guess you wouldnt have had that opportunity if he was chatting/ barking to/at you...

Glad to see someone else found the wire bridge...it seems most people ford the river higher up, great hills these, that third one certainly adds to the day, but is a great spot with those deep corries and views into strathfarrer.

nice to see a bit of snow out west, we were in the Eastern Cairgorms yesterday in a blizzard and 6 inches of snow lying!
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Re: First signs of winter on this remote trio

Postby mountain thyme » Tue Oct 16, 2012 5:50 pm

Well done guys and girl. Does it not make a change from Mo giving you her life story all night :)
Were you no freezing Jimmy ?
Im sure there was booze in that hut when i was there..... Was there booze in it before the Craggies got there ??
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Re: First signs of winter on this remote trio

Postby pigeon » Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:09 pm

That looks a good hike Johnny,no sure about that bridge though :lol: :lol: Tried to get up that way a few times this year but the weather was just no playing the game.Here's hoping for a good autumn and winter :thumbup:
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Re: First signs of winter on this remote trio

Postby Collaciotach » Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:41 pm

Aye there is snow in the wind these days ... i can smell it :wink:

Good report a bhalaich and nice to see the snow :)
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Re: First signs of winter on this remote trio

Postby ChrisW » Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:51 pm

Great report JC, not sure about jimmys shorts in the snow :lol: or that cable river crossing :crazy: The snow looked to be coming down pretty hard in those last 2 shots....the locals will be getting their skis out :lol:
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Re: First signs of winter on this remote trio

Postby rockhopper » Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:00 pm

well done all - looks like you had a great day ! :thumbup: seems only yesterday that the atumnal colours started coming through and here we have snow already :? - cheers :)
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Re: First signs of winter on this remote trio

Postby Paula Hubens » Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:12 pm

Nice one Johnny Corbett. That dusting of snow makes for great pictures! 8)
I was staying at Jerry's hostel a few years ago, with some friends. He gave our male-friend a hard time too :lol: , luckily he left us girls alone!
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Re: First signs of winter on this remote trio

Postby pollyh33 » Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:29 pm

Yippee the three mad amigos strike again!!!!

Fantastic report JC, can't believe Jimmy is still wearing his shorts!!!! :crazy: :crazy:

We had a wee flurry of snow on the Mamores yesterday but it didn't last long- too sunny 8) 8)

Your munro count is getting interesting :D :D
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Re: First signs of winter on this remote trio

Postby Alan S » Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:37 pm

Nice on JC, Good to see some snow again :D
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Re: First signs of winter on this remote trio

Postby dooterbang » Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:43 pm

I just cant keep up with your reports so well done on this one and the next 10 :D
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Re: First signs of winter on this remote trio

Postby Johnny Corbett » Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:40 am

Thanks for all the replies :D

MT, The Craggies spent an hour in that hut searching for that booze :lol:

Polly, Jimmys as hard as nails, he had wet feet most of the walk as well :D
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