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Glen Affric 3

Glen Affric 3


Postby 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: 1754m

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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 .

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Lovely Loch Affric

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 .

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Affric Lodge


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Ascending Corrie Leavachie


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A look back down the glen

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 .

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Onwards to Mam Sodhail


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Ruined bothy

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 .

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A very impressive cairn


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Carn Eige with Beinn Fhionnlaidh beyond

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 .

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A view down Gleann nam Fiadh

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Loch Mullardoch


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Bill and Ben at the summit of Beinn Fhionnnlaidh


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Carn Eige above Coire Lochan

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 .

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Looking north from ascent


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View to Kintail

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 :)

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A distant Nevis range


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Carn Eige cairn


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Looking N to misty Torridon

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 .

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Heading west along the ridge


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Some fun on the pinnacles


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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 .
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Our route down the glen

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 :D
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Re: Glen Affric 3

Postby Frigate » Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:26 pm

Looked like a great day, must have been hot there if you pair were reduced to a plod.
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Re: Glen Affric 3

Postby sebastian1976 » Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:54 pm

Nice photos! I am going there in the middle of August. Hope will be lucky with the weather like you guys.
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Re: Glen Affric 3

Postby jonny616 » Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:00 pm

Love the hats gentlemen :clap:
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Re: Glen Affric 3

Postby basscadet » Tue Jul 09, 2013 4:14 pm

What a fabulous day you had.. :clap:
I've been suffering in the heat too - I just hate it - bring back the clag, all is forgiven :lol:
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 :? :(
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Re: Glen Affric 3

Postby pigeon » Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:33 pm

Schiehallion my arse,that hill we could see was obviously Cockleroy :lol: A great day Gav,nice pics and well done on numero 200 :thumbup:
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Re: Glen Affric 3

Postby Morecambe Monkey » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:51 pm

Looks like you a grand day out there,summer has finally arrived! Well done on getting to 200 & in pretty rapido time too. :clap:
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Re: Glen Affric 3

Postby Gavin99 » Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:07 pm

Frigate wrote:Looked like a great day, must have been hot there if you pair were reduced to a plod.
I'm definitely not designed for tropical conditions !

sebastian1976 wrote:Nice photos! I am going there in the middle of August. Hope will be lucky with the weather like you guys.
It's a lovely spot , hope the weather is kind to you 8)

Cheers BC , agree with you about the heat , where's a nice bit of cloud when you need it :D

jonny616 wrote:Love the hats gentlemen :clap:
Thanks Jonny ,you can't beat a stylish yet functional classic 8)

pigeon wrote:Schiehallion my arse,that hill we could see was obviously Cockleroy :lol: A great day Gav,nice pics and well done on numero 200 :thumbup:
I'll need to visit this mysterious Cockleroy soon !

Morecambe 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. :clap:
Cheers MM , it was indeed a grand day :D
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Re: Glen Affric 3

Postby rockhopper » Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:30 pm

Bill and Ben at the summit of Beinn Fhionnnlaidh :lol: :lol: :lol:

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 :wink:

Congratulations on your 200 ! - cheers :)
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Re: Glen Affric 3

Postby Johnny Corbett » Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:47 pm

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. :D
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Re: Glen Affric 3

Postby Fife Flyer » Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:49 pm

Great report with some stunning photo's :clap: :clap:
That looks like another definite day out in the future :wink:

Can sympathise about the heat, we were out yesterday & ended up getting slowly roasted - report & umpteen photo's to follow, cue Laconic Surf :lol: :lol:
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Re: Glen Affric 3

Postby Gavin99 » Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:34 pm

Cheers RH , the views are certainly worth the effort 8)

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. :D
Thanks JC , it's a long enough walk , seemed to take a good bit longer than we thought too .

Cheers FF , it's one to look forward too , worth saving for a good day 8)
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Re: Glen Affric 3

Postby old danensian » Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:46 pm

I think your great report has made me see sense - Affric must get pushed up my "to do" list with a circuit like that.

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.

Well done.

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Re: Glen Affric 3

Postby Bod » Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:35 pm

Well Bill and Ben, nice ruined bothy there and a cracking cairn! I am looking forward to these one day, great pics. Love reaching 200, great isn't it? :D :D :D
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Re: Glen Affric 3

Postby LeithySuburbs » Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:33 pm

It's a special place and a day to fit :D
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