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Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glenfinnan), Sgurr Thuilm

Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glenfinnan), Sgurr Thuilm


Postby gman » Thu Feb 21, 2013 1:26 pm

Route description: Sgurr Thuilm and Sgurr nan Coireachan

Munros included on this walk: Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glenfinnan), Sgurr Thuilm

Date walked: 21/02/2013

Time taken: 7.15 hours

Distance: 23 km

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Bought myself a bike on ebay for Xmas, made this walk a lot easier :D Left car park about 8:30, the tarmac road leads to the lodge so it's an easy cycle. Back to viaduct:
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Hay had been left out for the deer so there were loads about, got a pic from a distance as the sight of me was putting them off their breakfast :D
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Nice road up to lodge, rough track to bothy:
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Bothy with Sgurr Thuilm behind:
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Cycled to the start of the Sgurr nan Coireachan path (signposted) and left bike here. Doing this hill first would avoid the steep descent and most other walkers had gone this way judging by the footprints in snow further up. Followed path over bendy girder bridge to start of Sgurr Thuilm:
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Easy ascent up a grassy hill. Starts about 150m altitude so quite a bit of climbing, the ridge at the top has minor peaks on it so there's a lot of total ascent even though the Munros are about 950m. Over to the descent from Sgurr a Choire Rhiabhaich:
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Nice views back down the glen:
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Sgurr nan Coireachan in cloud:
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Nearly at the top:
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Cairn, Loch Arkaig on the right:
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Loch Morar:
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Started round the ridge, aargh here comes the cloud! :lol:
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Ridge:
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Arkaig again:
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Looks a bit more dramatic further on:
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Nice walk over the ridge, a few ups & downs but fairly easy. Top of Sgurr nan Coireachan free from cloud for once:
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Few craggy bits on the way up, bit more character on this hill:
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Trig point:
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Onwards to the last top, Sgurr a Choire Rhiabhaich:
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Steep descent, followed footprints then once the snow cleared I could see the path. It winds round to the right initially, then returns to the track:
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After the snow, I would probably have preferred to climb up this way as the path was tricky in places:
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Craggy descent route:
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Back to the track:
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It's an easy coast back on the bike & saves a lot of time, but it would be a good walk in fair conditions. If your legs are still operational :lol:

Back to the car, stopped off at the visitor centre car park for a photo of the monument where Bonnie Prince Charlie started the 1945 Jacobite Rebellion. SPOILER ALERT They lost.
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Re: Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glenfinnan), Sgurr Thuilm

Postby Graeme D » Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:07 pm

Nice one. Just one thing though......

gman wrote:the 1945 Jacobite Rebellion


:? :? :? :? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glenfinnan), Sgurr Thuilm

Postby gman » Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:18 pm

Graeme D wrote:Nice one. Just one thing though......

gman wrote:the 1945 Jacobite Rebellion


:? :? :? :? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Haha, it was all going so well then I tried to be clever at the end d'oh :lol:
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Re: Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glenfinnan), Sgurr Thuilm

Postby soapy27 » Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:27 pm

Another good report and photos there gman :clap: Not much snow up there at all take it you didn't use crampons
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Re: Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glenfinnan), Sgurr Thuilm

Postby gman » Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:16 pm

soapy27 wrote:Another good report and photos there gman :clap: Not much snow up there at all take it you didn't use crampons


Used them on the way up Sgurr nan Coireachan, partly because the snow was hard & steep but mainly because I'd finally got Go Outdoors to price match Field & Trek on a pair of G10s and wanted to try them out :lol:
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Re: Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glenfinnan), Sgurr Thuilm

Postby Sgurr » Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:39 pm

Was sitting on Meall a'Bhainne the opposite side of the road from the Glenfinnan Horseshoe on Sunday, so could see your entire walk spread out in front. You can just see the viadusct if you squint.

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Re: Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glenfinnan), Sgurr Thuilm

Postby dogplodder » Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:40 pm

Good report.

gman wrote:the 1945 Jacobite Rebellion


Read 1945 and didn't think a thing about it. Brain sees what it expects to see. :lol:
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Re: Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glenfinnan), Sgurr Thuilm

Postby heatheronthehills » Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:58 pm

Nice report and pics. We did these hills back in November but in reverse. I think the descent is hard either way :( The deer were being fed pellets when we were there but the ghillie said they were hoping to get some hay soon, it's obviously arrived :) Amazing how little snow there was......we were up by Braemar at the weekend and the hills were still coated in a thick winter blanket of snow there.
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Re: Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glenfinnan), Sgurr Thuilm

Postby PeteR » Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:12 pm

Nice report and great photos :D A couple of great hills, but quite a tough day though :D
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Re: Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glenfinnan), Sgurr Thuilm

Postby johnrich » Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:03 am

Great report and cracking photo's, It's a good day out, good effort :D
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Re: Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glenfinnan), Sgurr Thuilm

Postby Gavin99 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:25 am

Looks like a grand day out 8)
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Re: Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glenfinnan), Sgurr Thuilm

Postby Johnny Corbett » Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:33 pm

Very nice :D
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Re: Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glenfinnan), Sgurr Thuilm

Postby gman » Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:31 pm

Sgurr wrote:Was sitting on Meall a'Bhainne the opposite side of the road from the Glenfinnan Horseshoe on Sunday, so could see your entire walk spread out in front. You can just see the viadusct if you squint.


Nice one, that reminds me - you get a great view of Ben Nevis driving back from these hills :D
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Re: Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glenfinnan), Sgurr Thuilm

Postby alvason » Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:53 pm

Well done and your photos are fantastic!! :)
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