Glen Affric 3
by Gavin99 » Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:06 pm
Route description: Carn Eige and Mam Sodhail
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Fhionnlaidh (Carn Eige), Carn Eige, Mam Sodhail
Date walked: 07/07/2013
Time taken: 9.25 hours
Distance: 28 km
Ascent: 1754m5 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).
Participants - Pigeon , Gavin99
This was a first visit to this glen for both of us and what a place it is , the drive from Cannich to the road end through the ancient forest is a wonderful way to start the day. I’ll definitely be back to do some low level exploring in the glen but hills were on the agenda for today . There had been some loose talk in the pub about doing all five in the group but a struggle around the Strathfarrar hills in a gale the day before coupled with a sizzling forecast had us settling on a more civilised plan for the western three Munros .
We parked up at the Loch Affric car park and set off on the lochside track through fine birch and pine forest , passing the very well kept buildings at Affric Lodge , instead of turning off towards Sgurr na Lapaich here we kept on the track heading west to pick up a stalkers path which we had been told provided an easy route up to Mam Sodhail .
A new track leads up to a small dam , from there a decent path climbs up into Corrie Leachavie at a nice gentle gradient . This would be easy going normally but in the blazing sun and with no hint of a breeze it was a long hot slog and a few well needed breaks were taken to cool down . A final steep section of zig-zags up the corrie headwall to pop out at on the ridge at 1080 m , a cooling breeze and the sight of a very near summit were both a relief .
Just below the summit we came across a ruined deer watchers bothy ,in the SMC journal Sir Hugh Munro gave tips to walkers on how to avoid detection by its inhabitants , thankfully nobody was home and we made it to the summit unchallenged .
From the summit of Mam Sodhail we set off down to the bealach above Gleann nam Fiadh and picked up a sketchy bypass path which skirted around the shoulder of Carn Eige . Beinn Fhionnlaidh had looked pretty small from a distance but by the time we were at Bealach Beag we had a fair old plod in the heat to reach its summit , well worth it though for the great views north to Mullardoch .
After a good rest at the cairn we headed off back down to tackle the final big climb of the day up Carn Eige , a slow plod again with a few breaks to cool down and admire the scenery .
When we reached the summit of Carn Eige the hazy cloud which had covered the more distant peaks had burned off leading to a frenzy of hill identification , most of it fairly accurate although I did make an outrageous claim that I could see Schiehallion , due east of us
From the summit we headed east along the fine ridge leading to Sron Garbh , crossing some amazing looking pinnacles which provided some interesting and enjoyable scrambling , all of it avoidable with a bypass path .
From Sron Garbh a steep and loose descent brought us down to the bealach where we turned south to begin the long and fairly boggy tramp back to the start .
Reached the carpark fairly tired and footsore after a long hot slog but an excellent day on the hills in a magical glen , looking forward to returning soon
by Frigate » Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:26 pm
by sebastian1976 » Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:54 pm
by basscadet » Tue Jul 09, 2013 4:14 pm
I've been suffering in the heat too - I just hate it - bring back the clag, all is forgiven
I also haven't been to glen Affric.. I made the mistake of doing the hills as a oner from Mullardoch side, so bagged em all without seeing the splendours
by pigeon » Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:33 pm
by Morecambe Monkey » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:51 pm
by Gavin99 » Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:07 pm
I'm definitely not designed for tropical conditions !Frigate wrote:Looked like a great day, must have been hot there if you pair were reduced to a plod.
It's a lovely spot , hope the weather is kind to yousebastian1976 wrote:Nice photos! I am going there in the middle of August. Hope will be lucky with the weather like you guys.
Cheers BC , agree with you about the heat , where's a nice bit of cloud when you need it
Thanks Jonny ,you can't beat a stylish yet functional classicjonny616 wrote:Love the hats gentlemen
I'll need to visit this mysterious Cockleroy soon !pigeon wrote:Schiehallion my arse,that hill we could see was obviously Cockleroy A great day Gav,nice pics and well done on numero 200
Cheers MM , it was indeed a grand dayMorecambe Monkey wrote:Looks like you a grand day out there,summer has finally arrived! Well done on getting to 200 & in pretty rapido time too.
by rockhopper » Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:30 pm
Very nice, Gavin, and great to see that you got good weather to enjoy it properly. When you get views like that, I guess a wee bit heat isn't too much to bear
Congratulations on your 200 ! - cheers
by Johnny Corbett » Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:47 pm
by Fife Flyer » Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:49 pm
That looks like another definite day out in the future
Can sympathise about the heat, we were out yesterday & ended up getting slowly roasted - report & umpteen photo's to follow, cue Laconic Surf
by Gavin99 » Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:34 pm
Thanks JC , it's a long enough walk , seemed to take a good bit longer than we thought too .Johnny Corbett wrote:A good round this one which i underestimated when i did it, took a bit longer than expected. Great day for it and well done on 200.
Cheers FF , it's one to look forward too , worth saving for a good day
by old danensian » Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:46 pm
I keep on getting attracted to the idea of the "Mullardoch 12", but breaking it up sounds like more sense - and more excuses to get there.
by Bod » Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:35 pm