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Brothers Ridge, Ciste Dhubh
by gman » Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:08 pm
Route description: Brothers Ridge - Sgurr a Bhealaich Dheirg
Munros included on this walk: Aonach Meadhoin, Ciste Dhubh, Saileag, Sgurr a'Bhealaich Dheirg
Date walked: 06/03/2013
Time taken: 8.15 hours
Distance: 24 km
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Think MWIS had 90% chance of cloud free Munros and this turned out to be accurate - just the top 10% of the hills were in cloud Time & distance include bike ride from Cluanie Inn to the start of the walk.
Got on the bike about 8:20, not much traffic at this time. Slight climb initially then it's all coasting downhill Just under 20 mins later was at the start of the walk, steep grass:
I was about 400m altitude here:
Path was a bit wet & muddy further down, stonier towards the ridge:
Made it to the ridge, er... no views. Turn right for Brothers:
Or left for Sisters:
Soon reached first cairn, Saileag:
Towards Sgurr a'Bhealaich Dheirg:
Great ridge walk with scrambly bits that can be bypassed, I opted for the scramble to compensate for clag:
Sun came out, looking back to descent from Saileag:
Cairn at top of Sgurr a'Bhealaich Dheirg:
Narrow ridge with steep drop either side leading to true summit, had the ice axe out for this:
Then back along the narrow ridge and continued to Aonach Meadhoin:
More scrambly bits:
Then down to narrow ridge leading to Sgurr an Fhuarail, wind now blowing a bit and this section seemed like it was still in the middle of winter:
Top of Sgurr an Fhuarail and decision time: add on Ciste Dhubh? Seems pretty close and it's a 3 hour drive to get here so why not?
It's not on the ridge so quite a bit of descent/reascent:
Am Bathach, Corbett leading to Ciste Dhubh:
Boggy bealach then steep grassy ascent:
Can see the Cluanie Inn from here
Gradient eases and hill gets narrower further up:
Brothers ridge looks clear of cloud now that I'm over here!
Cloud suddenly lifted and got a great view of the top...which predictably disappeared as soon as I got the camera out:
Cloud briefly cleared again, view back down from cairn:
Back to boggy bealach, can see the Cluanie Inn from here so obvious which way to go. Path initially on the left of the burn, then cross over to the right:
Faint track, gets muddy further down:
Then joins a landrover track leading back to the Inn:
by PeteR » Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:23 pm
gman wrote:Think MWIS had 90% chance of cloud free Munros and this turned out to be accurate - just the top 10% of the hills were in cloud
Careful, they'll be using this as a disclaimer on their forecasts soon
gman wrote:Cloud suddenly lifted and got a great view of the top...which predictably disappeared as soon as I got the camera out:
I think we've all been there a few times.
An enjoyable read though and some good pics, despite the weather
by simon-b » Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:37 pm
by Graeme D » Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:28 pm
by gman » Sat Mar 09, 2013 12:52 pm
by Lightfoot2017 » Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:04 am
Hoping to do these four this weekend, and your report, combined with others (Rodmeister, GillC) should be a big help.
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