Five Sisters of Kintail
by gman » Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:49 pm
Route description: Five Sisters of Kintail
Munros included on this walk: Sgurr Fhuaran, Sgurr na Carnach, Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe
Date walked: 20/03/2013
Time taken: 9 hours
Distance: 26 km
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Plan was to cycle to the start of the ridge, so I stashed my pack at the start then drove to Shiel Bridge ready to get on bike. Did the same for brothers ridge, except this time the bike ride was all uphill d'oh.
Then cycled to this bealach, the bus passed by as I was pedalling away so I could have caught that instead - great thing, hindsight!
Hid bike & found pack then steep walk uphill. At the top, turn right for brothers:
Or left for sisters:
First big hill is Sgurr nan Spainteach but there are a few minor peaks en route. 3 Munros on the ridge, Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe is on the left here, Sgurr Fhuaran on the right and Sgurr na Carnach hiding somewhere in between:
Back to Brothers ridge & Ciste Dhubh:
At the top of Spainteach, there's a ridge at the left of Ciste Duibhe and one going diagonally across the front of this face, the one at the front is the one taken on this route. Munro No.2 Sgurr na Carnach on the right:
Bit of a scramble going down Spainteach, these bits always look easy in the photos - blind panic not pictured
Ridge across the front of Ciste Duibhe:
Descent of Spainteach, bit of snow & wind approaching from Brothers ridge:
Took longer than expected to get to the top of Ciste Duibhe, I blame the wrong type of snow Knee deep in places and a bit of a trudge to walk through. Nice icy bits elsewhere. Onwards with weather closing in:
Sgurr na Carnach next then Sgurr Fhuaran:
Descent of Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe:
Sunny over there, snowy here - other side of Glen Shiel:
Back to Spainteach & Ciste Duibhe from Sgurr na Carnach:
And on to Sgurr Fhuaran:
Steep going down Sgurr na Carnach:
And steep up Sgurr Fhuaran, cairn:
Ridge so far:
And the rest of it:
Too steep to go straight on to the north ridge so down the west ridge for a bit then cut across:
Snow here was windslab on steep slope so all the avalanche alarm bells were ringing, stuck close to the rocky bits:
Back on the ridge, Sgurr nan Saighead:
Descent of Sgurr Fhuaran, could see where avalanches had occurred so care needed:
Over to the Cuillin:
Rest of the ridge
Beinn Bhuidhe, looks like it would be a good scramble but running out of daylight:
So bypassed to the left:
Down to the burn, there's a good path on the other side:
Which leads back to the start:
by Fudgie » Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:14 pm
by balgonie » Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:21 pm
by gman » Thu Mar 21, 2013 5:41 pm
by Lenore » Thu Mar 21, 2013 7:49 pm
Beinn Bhuidhe's definitely worth including some other time when you have more light.
Thanks for sharing, I love your report!
by smike » Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:11 pm
by mr_ash_37 » Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:16 pm
by PeteR » Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:59 pm
by quoman » Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:20 pm
by Stretch » Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:51 pm
by mrssanta » Fri Mar 22, 2013 8:53 pm
by gman » Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:06 pm
Just looked up the battlefield marked 1719 on the map before the start, so that's how Spainteach got its name.
"The mountain in Glen Shiel on which the battle took place is called Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe, it has a subsidiary peak which was named Sgurr nan Spainteach (The Peak of the Spaniards) in honour of the Spanish forces who fought admirably in the battle."
by simon-b » Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:52 am