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Saddle, Forcan Ridge and Sgurr na Sgine

Saddle, Forcan Ridge and Sgurr na Sgine


Postby gman » Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:32 pm

Route description: The Saddle, Forcan Ridge and Sgurr na Sgine

Munros included on this walk: Sgurr na Sgine, The Saddle

Date walked: 26/06/2013

Time taken: 6.35 hours

Distance: 13.8 km

Ascent: 1407m

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After a few Glen Shee hills last week, decided to head to Kintail for something a bit more dramatic :D Left the car just after 9 then a short scary walk along the road. Path leads up to a col, Faochag (the descent route) in the background:
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Nice path, no boggy bits on this walk :D
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Turn left & continue up after the col, view back down:
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From the col you get a first view of the ridge & it doesn't disappoint:
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Bypass path round to the bealach with Sgurr na Sgine:
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Alternatively... :D
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First scrambly bit, loads of hand and foot holds so no probs on the ridge but it's exposed in places.
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Glen Shiel, somthing like a 20% chance of cloud-free today but the BBC forecast for Shiel Bridge looked OK.
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Ridge:
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There's often a choice of following the path or going along the top of the ridge where all the crampon scratches are. And there are bypass paths for the dodgiest bits.
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Back down:
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Onwards:
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Looking down from the top of the awkward descent:
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Which is this close to the top:
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From the photos I'd seen, it looked easiest to go down the right hand here, but I couldn't reach a foothold so had to move to the left and continue down. It was a bit harder than I thought it should have been, so I went up on the right (which was straightforward) and tried to come down the same way. The foothold still seemed too far, but there are other hidden footholds so it's a case of feeling for them with your feet. Easier going up when you can see the steps :lol:
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Near the top:
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Back:
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Cairn & clag:
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Trig point, path turns left here for Sgurr na Sgine.
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Down to the bealach:
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Sgritheall & Skye:
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Varied terrain on the way to the next hill and steep ascent, few false summits before you see the cairn.
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South Glen Shiel Ridge, fair amount of reascent to get here if you're adding these 2.
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Return route along Faochag, sisters in the background:
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Forcan Ridge from Sgurr na Sgine:
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Sgurr na Sgine from Faochag:
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Last look at the ridge:
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South Glen Shiel hills:
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Down to Shiel Bridge and the ascent route:
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Fairly steep on the way down from Faochag, rough path is muddy further down. Dodgy stile to cross then over the river - there's a bridge but I went straight over the stepping stones. Kept clear of the highland coos with calves in the lower field then it's back to the scary road. Excellent walk :D
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Re: Saddle, Forcan Ridge and Sgurr na Sgine

Postby soapy27 » Thu Jun 27, 2013 6:44 pm

Another cracking report there gman :clap:
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Re: Saddle, Forcan Ridge and Sgurr na Sgine

Postby mrssanta » Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:47 pm

Ooh that looks grand - hoping to be up there on the 8th so hope the weather is like that!
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Re: Saddle, Forcan Ridge and Sgurr na Sgine

Postby Bod » Thu Jun 27, 2013 10:11 pm

Lovely isn't it. A special set of hills. When I go back one day I would like to cover more ground on the Saddle side and perhaps walk from the Glen Shiel campsite :wink: :D :D
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Re: Saddle, Forcan Ridge and Sgurr na Sgine

Postby PeteR » Thu Jun 27, 2013 10:23 pm

A great report gman :D And some excellent photos too :thumbup: Looks like you had a pretty good day for these two. Seeing your photos has certainly got me to thinking a longish drive might be in order some weekend fairly soon :lol:
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Re: Saddle, Forcan Ridge and Sgurr na Sgine

Postby gman » Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:22 pm

Cheers, possibly the best Kintail hill :D
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