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Toll Creagach and Tom a' Choinich, Glen Affric

Toll Creagach and Tom a' Choinich, Glen Affric


Postby maddjock » Wed Aug 20, 2008 12:16 pm

Route description: Tom a' Choinich and Toll Creagach, Glen Affric

Munros included on this walk: Toll Creagach, Tom a'Choinich

Date walked: 20/08/2008

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5th July 2008

Toll Creagach is pretty featureless but Tom a' Choinich was a very good walk with amazing views. If I were recommending a route, I would probably stick to the path following the Allt Toll Easa. Crossing this stream was not a problem in July. The path climbs up quite steeply at first then forks - straight on through the bealach (easier) or the more adventurous left path which leads directly up the south eastern ridge of Tom a' Choinich - this involves a bit of scrambling but is manageable. Descend following the path through the bealach between the two hills and the stream.

On the summit of Tom a'Choinich with Toll Creagach behind
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View from Tom a'Choinich towards Carn Eige range with Beinn Fhionnlaidh on the right and Skye in the far background
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The summit of Toll Creagach
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Re: Toll Creagach and Tom a' Choinich, Glen Affric

Postby bigbertie » Thu Aug 21, 2008 9:05 pm

Maddjock, I also prefer your circuit (clockwise) although I note that the walkhighlands route is anti-clockwise. The SE ridge of Tom a Choinich is definitely worth doing - although it looks a bit steep and rough on approach it is really only a walk if you choose your way carefully. (it is not listed in the Highland Scrambles North guide). However everyone should make their own judgement - my memory has faded with time! When I last did Tom a Choinich we continued West a bit for some reason (is there a subsidiary top?) and then dropped down to the valley by a steep gully in which I found a Leki pole (with no walker attached). Strange.
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Re: Toll Creagach and Tom a' Choinich, Glen Affric

Postby maddjock » Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:19 am

The first time I did this, I continued west also. It is possible to continue along this ridge to Carn Eige itself with not too much drop in height. In fact a round of Toll Creagach, Tom a 'Choinich, Carn Eige, Beinn Fhionnlaidh and Mam Sodhail can be done this way. It would make for a very long day though, think 12-15 hours. Or alternatively a 2 dayer with a high altitude wild camp. Plenty of places for this on this route, with a great spot just off the summit of Mam Sodhail next to the old ordnance survey shelter.
I found a walking pole myself on an outing back in June. Do find it strange that someone would forget it.
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Re: Toll Creagach and Tom a' Choinich, Glen Affric

Postby bigbertie » Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:55 pm

maddjock - was it a Leki? maybe we have a pair???
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Re: Toll Creagach and Tom a' Choinich, Glen Affric

Postby maddjock » Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:11 pm

nah, it was a Black Diamond. second Black Diamond item I have found on the hills over the years. First was a head torch about 3 years ago. I never saw the need for a walking pole until I found this one, now I think it is a must, makes ascending and descending steep slopes so much easier and a lot kinder to the knees.
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