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All seasons in one day on stunning Stac Pollaidh

All seasons in one day on stunning Stac Pollaidh


Postby dogplodder » Thu May 09, 2013 7:35 pm

Route description: Stac Pollaidh ridge and circuit

Grahams included on this walk: Stac Pollaidh

Date walked: 12/09/2012

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Being confined to barracks in May is making me twitchy! So in a desperate act of sublimation I'm going to write up a walk I did last September on iconic Stac Pollaidh. :D

We started late in the day meaning the parking spot was well filled and we had to move along one of the rubbish skips to make a space. 8) Then a quick hop over the road and up the steep path towards our target.

Loch Lurgainn from start of ascent
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Cul Beag
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Stac Pollaidh
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We followed the excellent path in anticlockwise direction heading east
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We got every weather - started in cloud and rain then suddenly it was blue sky and sunshine :D
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Cul Mor
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View north
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Suilven
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Vivid changes in light and colour
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When we reached the lowest point of ridge the wind was blowing so strongly we decided not to do the short scramble to the highest eastern point.

View SW from lowest point of ridge
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Hood up and sitting firmly on rock to give stability against the force of the wind
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View down to car
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View west to Enard Bay
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East end of ridge
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Watery landscape of Assynt
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On this day of gusty wind this pile of stones was nearest we got to any kind of summit cairn :wink:
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Storm blowing in from west
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Glimpse of a rainbow
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But storm still coming
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From the ridge we took a traversing path heading west on north side to rejoin the circuit path and continued in westerly direction. But the hailstorm we had seen approaching hit us full in the face as we rounded the west end. :shock: It was so unpleasant walking in that direction we turned round and returned the way we had come. By the time we reached the east end again the storm had passed and the day ended in autumnal sunshine giving an almost unnatural light to the landscape.

Ben Mor Coigach
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Rowans predicting a hard winter
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Stac Pollaidh from the road home
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For a wee hill Stac Pollaidh has everything! :thumbup:
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Re: All seasons in one day on stunning Stac Pollaidh

Postby SusieThePensioner » Thu May 09, 2013 9:53 pm

What a wonderful day, even with all that weather :D
Some fantastic views of my favourite part of Scotland :thumbup:
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Re: All seasons in one day on stunning Stac Pollaidh

Postby soulminer » Thu May 09, 2013 10:04 pm

So many stunning views in such a small place- Inverpolly :clap: Coigach and Assynt are just so picturesque, and not just the mountains ! I love my holidays up there- a week long smile, even when its raining- 'cause I would still be at Clashnessie Beach with the dogs :lol: Glad you enjoyed it !


































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Re: All seasons in one day on stunning Stac Pollaidh

Postby dogplodder » Fri May 10, 2013 4:51 pm

SusieThePensioner wrote:What a wonderful day, even with all that weather :D
Some fantastic views of my favourite part of Scotland :thumbup:


Thanks Susie. Yes it's a stunning corner of Scotland and I can just imagine what your photography skills would make of it! :thumbup: :D
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Re: All seasons in one day on stunning Stac Pollaidh

Postby dogplodder » Fri May 10, 2013 5:00 pm

soulminer wrote:So many stunning views in such a small place- Inverpolly :clap: Coigach and Assynt are just so picturesque, and not just the mountains ! I love my holidays up there- a week long smile, even when its raining- 'cause I would still be at Clashnessie Beach with the dogs :lol: Glad you enjoyed it !


Is this Clashnessie Beach? We found this beach but can't remember its name.
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The usual suspects having a frolic in the surf
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Re: All seasons in one day on stunning Stac Pollaidh

Postby soulminer » Sat May 11, 2013 7:04 pm

Doesn't look like Clashnessie Beach, Clachtol or Achmelvich- all these are on the Drumbeg road, a right turn before the downhill into Lochinver.

Clashnessie- OUR fav beach :-)

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Re: All seasons in one day on stunning Stac Pollaidh

Postby Premlal » Sat May 11, 2013 8:46 pm

Nice report, I just went up Stac Pollaidh earlier this week I was shocked at how green the ground looked like in your pictures compared to what I've witnessed...then I realised your walk actually dated back to September. It also made me realise that I wan't to do it again to see those colors now :lol:
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Re: All seasons in one day on stunning Stac Pollaidh

Postby dogplodder » Sun May 12, 2013 3:30 pm

soulminer wrote:Doesn't look like Clashnessie Beach, Clachtol or Achmelvich- all these are on the Drumbeg road, a right turn before the downhill into Lochinver.


Okay, next time we're over there have to find Clashnessie Beach! :mrgreen:
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Re: All seasons in one day on stunning Stac Pollaidh

Postby dogplodder » Sun May 12, 2013 3:43 pm

Premlal wrote:Nice report, I just went up Stac Pollaidh earlier this week I was shocked at how green the ground looked like in your pictures compared to what I've witnessed...then I realised your walk actually dated back to September. It also made me realise that I wan't to do it again to see those colors now :lol:


Sorry, it can be confusing when folk do late reports!

See how brown it was in early April 2007 (not this year when I suspect snow was lying).

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Re: All seasons in one day on stunning Stac Pollaidh

Postby blueyed » Sun May 12, 2013 3:55 pm

hiya!

i just walked this fine wee mountain 3 days ago and absolutely yes, as for such a small hill it does have everything! i actually liked views from stac pollaidh more than from suilven :shock:
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Re: All seasons in one day on stunning Stac Pollaidh

Postby rockhopper » Mon May 13, 2013 12:59 pm

You've got some nice shots here, dp - yet to get to this hill but it's on the [long term] to do list - cheers :)
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Re: All seasons in one day on stunning Stac Pollaidh

Postby dogplodder » Tue May 14, 2013 4:17 pm

blueyed wrote:hiya!

i just walked this fine wee mountain 3 days ago and absolutely yes, as for such a small hill it does have everything! i actually liked views from stac pollaidh more than from suilven :shock:


Thanks blueyed. Not been up Suilven yet but will take your word for it! :lol:
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Re: All seasons in one day on stunning Stac Pollaidh

Postby Hill-loving lady » Tue May 14, 2013 5:39 pm

Stunning photos of a stunning place...one of my favourite places in Scotland, and for 2009 feet, what a hill! :D

Had a very enjoyable 'Jubilee' weekend there last June, with fabulous company, fabulous weather and fabulous hills. And looking forward to a return soon with Bob the Dog and the tent!

Thanks for your report to bring back the memories. :clap:
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Re: All seasons in one day on stunning Stac Pollaidh

Postby dogplodder » Wed May 15, 2013 4:18 pm

rockhopper wrote:You've got some nice shots here, dp - yet to get to this hill but it's on the [long term] to do list - cheers :)


Thanks RH. :D

Hill-loving lady wrote:Stunning photos of a stunning place...one of my favourite places in Scotland, and for 2009 feet, what a hill! :D

Had a very enjoyable 'Jubilee' weekend there last June, with fabulous company, fabulous weather and fabulous hills. And looking forward to a return soon with Bob the Dog and the tent!

Thanks for your report to bring back the memories. :clap:


All sounds fabulous! :D
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