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by pigeon » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:20 am
Route description: Sgurr Breac and A'Chailleach, near Braemore
Munros included on this walk: A' Chailleach, Meall a'Chrasgaidh, Sgurr Breac, Sgurr nan Clach Geala, Sgurr nan Each
Date walked: 02/04/2013
Distance: 23.3 km
Ascent: 1973m10 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Yep was the answer,Diane had driven up on the Monday night and we deciced to try and boost her Munro count with an attempt on 5 of the western Fannichs,these hills had kicked me when i was down last Easter so this time they were getting it The weather was great again as we set off down to the boat house,somehow missing the track through the forest, then heading over the frozen ground to the start of the steep lower slopes of Meall a' Chrasgaidh,crampons and axes were deployed sooner than we had expected as we hit a few quite steep and icy patches,once at about 600m though the slopes eased off and it was a nice stroll to Munro number one of the day. The views from here were superb ,hardly a cloud in the sky so An Teallach ,the rest of the Fannich hills ,Fisherfields and away up to Assynt were gazed on before setting of to Sgurr nan Clach Geala. This for me was the best hill of the day,great walking down the icy slopes of Chrasgaidh before crossing a big wide icy bealach and then up the steep-ish north side,looking down into the crags and up at the big cornices of Clach Geala.Being Munro 200 for me was also a bonus so hand shakes all round and we were off towards Sgurr nan Each. Not too much descent and ascent to get to this one so we were on it quite quickly,didn't hang around that long as despite the pics looking like it was nice and warm up there a stiff breeze was still blowing meaning much layering being required. Re traced our steps a bit before descending down to the glen,softer snow here so we were able to lose the crampons for a bit,took a wee break at the shelter next to a big stonebefore deciding we were all fit and able to continue on towards Sgurr Breac. Head down arse up for this climb,about 450 metres we reckoned and we were at the top soon enough. A real treat here as what we reckoned to be a sea eagle soared over head ,never even seen a golden eagle on the hills so to see this bad boy was a real hightlight On the way to A'Chailleach we filled Diane's head with nonsense about eagles that eat monkeys and owls that burrow into holes skirting round the side of Tom Coinnich and at last reaching the last munro of the day A'Chailleach. The day so far had been magic but we kind of lost track of time so it was time to head home ,back over Tom Coinnich and down the Druim Reidh was the choice,this was easy enough but when we reached the descent down Leitir Fhearna none of us were too keen to go down there A quick re think by chief navigator Gav and we were off west to find a safer line down,once we had reached a deer fence that no self respecting deer would even look at we were sorted.Followed this down and then strolled along the shore of Loch Bhraoin as the sun set and soon we were on the track through the trees and back at the cars. No hanging about as the race against time was on to make it back to the Seaforth for burger and chips,boots and ruck sacks hastily lobbed into the back of car we sped off to Ullapool and made it with 5 minutes to spare for a well earned dinner a couple of pints
Probably my joint best day ever on the hills this,Pat and Diane done really well on a tough hike,Gavin made it look easy as usual,so cheers to them for the company and laughs. Next day we took it easy with a stroll up Am Faochagach,Thursday a day off ,driving round to Kinlochewe and meeting some Walkhighlanders on the Spring meet,Friday another superb day on thehills with Gav,Pat and Kev before more drinks at night then home Saturday for rest Don't get much better than that
P.S,Get well soon Charlie,from all the gang
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by sharkey83 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:38 pm
by kevsbald » Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:42 pm
Cracking day you had.
by malky_c » Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:37 pm
Congratulations on the 200 and good to meet you on the Friday evening.
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by Morecambe Monkey » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:54 pm
sharkey83 wrote:not sure why pat is upside down!
Diane,that really has made me laugh,i felt like i was upside down at the end of the walk.
by Graeme D » Sun Apr 07, 2013 11:07 pm