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Getting a Forcan walk in before the Forcan storm hit

Getting a Forcan walk in before the Forcan storm hit


Postby PeteR » Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:12 am

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

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

Date walked: 16/08/2013

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So, this was to be my first WH meet :D A chance to put some faces to names......not that I'm that good with faces or names :? Chuck in some WH monikers and I'm well confused :lol: Thankfully I knew that I was joined on this walk by jupe1407, Sunny Speyside and the Bald Falcon :D

jupe1407 has already posted an excellent report describing the day, so I'm going to cut the words down and just stick to posting some photos instead - struggled to cut them down to the requisite 25, but I hope the ones I have short-listed capture what has to be one of the very best days on the hills so far :D
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The Forcan Ridge peeking out at the start of the day

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Pano of the ridge

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The five sisters

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The start of the ridge proper

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Bald Falcon striking a pose on the ridge

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Looking back down the ridge

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Toward Loch Duich

For the most part the ridge was straightforward. The clag that was hanging around didn't in any way detract from the enjoyment of the day. If anything it added to the atmosphere of the day :D

Arriving at Sgurr Na Forcan, with the 10m down-scramble, and I was more than happy to chance my arm with the bypass path :lol: Bald Falcon, however, was much braver and successfully completed the drop :clap:
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jupe1407 dropping down the bypass path

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Looking back up the 10 m drop

A bit more pleasant scrambling followed :D
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A short stretch of the Forcan Ridge

Eventually though I was all scrambled out, and when we arrived at one final razor like section of scrambling I was already on my way down the bypass path as the Bald Falcon and jupe1407 discussed the way across.

This did give me a chance to take a couple of shots which I believe jupe 1407 may have some time explaining to his girlfriend :lol:
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Bald Falcon and jupe1407 heading across the knife edge

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And another

Then it was just a short walk to the summit cairn :D
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The final push

Although we'd had clag on the way up the ridge and on the actual summit, everything changed on the second top :D The sun came out and we were all blessed with fantastic views :D
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Summit view (well, from the trig point top)

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View back to the summit

After a short stay at the trig top it was time to go and visit the poor relation - Sgurr na Sgine :lol:

Poor Sgurr na Sgine :( It's hard to take any notice of it when you have views like this to your left :D
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The Forcan Ridge on the way across to Sgurr na Sgine

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Pano of the Ridge

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That good old Forcan ridge

Eventually I did pay some attention to the next target of the day :lol:
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Sgurr na Sgine.......at last

But not for long :lol:
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Sorry, but I couldn't resist another Forcan photo

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Heading up the final pull to Sgurr na Sgine's many false summits

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An early view of the purgatory that would be out descent rout......Faochag

Not much to see on Sgurr na Sgine, as the clag was back :(

Now it was just the pleasant walk along Faochag before the knee crunching, leg aching, pleasure sapping, conversation stopping descent of its ridge :shock: And by about half way down my left knee was gubbed :(
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Forcan Ridge from Faochag


Bald Falcon was a bit cruel toward the end, as he waited at the final river crossing with his camera ready to capture any of us taking a dip :lol: Luckily none of us obliged though :lol:

If I could have I'd have got on my knees and kissed the tarmac by the we arrived back at the road. I wasn't sure I'd have got back up though :lol: :lol:
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Forcan Faochag from back at the car


Big thanks to jupe 1407, Sunny Speyside and Bald Falcon for a great day on the hills :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

I thought I'd finish off with an early Friday evening shot from Sligachan, taken before the four horsemen saddled up their trusty steeds ready for a night and day of "entertaining" weather :shock: :lol:
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The calm before the storm
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Re: Getting a Forcan walk in before the Forcan storm hit

Postby Bod » Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:19 am

Great report Pete, a cracking day out. ...we were loooking across your way from further up Glen Sheil. Will try and get my report up too tomorrow.

Lovely to meet you after all this time, the weekend was great fun :) :) :)
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Re: Getting a Forcan walk in before the Forcan storm hit

Postby Meatball » Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:26 am

Happy days!
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Re: Getting a Forcan walk in before the Forcan storm hit

Postby davetherave » Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:39 am

Some fabulous pictures PeteR. We got high wind at times when we done the ridge that made me feel slightly uneasy at times. That and including the dogs made our trip slightly hairy at times.

Would like to think that next time ill try that 10m drop!

Thanks again. Dave.
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Re: Getting a Forcan walk in before the Forcan storm hit

Postby ChrisW » Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:32 am

Great report Pete and beautiful pics throughout, how's the left knee now?? ok I hope :D
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Re: Getting a Forcan walk in before the Forcan storm hit

Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:39 am

Another cracking report Pete and good photos of the ridge and all the scrambly points. Even though i've done it i don't recognize bits of it so good to see what they looked like. :D
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Re: Getting a Forcan walk in before the Forcan storm hit

Postby The Rodmiester » Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:50 am

Some great photographs there Pete, love the knife edge walk and the classical Cuillin one at the end. Deffinately a wild camper now! :lol: A very productive weekend, and nice to have met you :D
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Re: Getting a Forcan walk in before the Forcan storm hit

Postby jupe1407 » Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:20 pm

Excellent report and pics Pete :D

My other half especially likes the knife-edge ones :lol:
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Re: Getting a Forcan walk in before the Forcan storm hit

Postby pigeon » Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:20 pm

That looked a good day Pete,shame about the rest of your weekend :( Still always good to meet a few new folks :wink:
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Re: Getting a Forcan walk in before the Forcan storm hit

Postby simon-b » Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:31 pm

A superb round, Pete. The ascent via the Forcan may be the highlight, but I have to agree with Jupe that Sgurr na Sgine is also a nice mountain; especially the view from the summit.
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Re: Getting a Forcan walk in before the Forcan storm hit

Postby rockhopper » Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:38 pm

Very nice, Pete and some cracking clear photos of the ridge :thumbup: Shame about the rest of the weekend but this looks like it could've more than made up for it - cheers :)
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Re: Getting a Forcan walk in before the Forcan storm hit

Postby PeteR » Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:07 pm

Bod wrote:Great report Pete, a cracking day out. ...we were loooking across your way from further up Glen Sheil. Will try and get my report up too tomorrow.

Lovely to meet you after all this time, the weekend was great fun :) :) :)


Thanks Bod :thumbup: Got to be one of my top 5 walks so far :D

Despite the weather on Saturday I enjoyed meeting some fellow walkhighlanders at the meet :D I really should have got up to the bunkhouse a bit more over the weekend, but I was going nowhere in that rain on Saturday :lol:
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Re: Getting a Forcan walk in before the Forcan storm hit

Postby PeteR » Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:08 pm

Meatball wrote:Happy days!


You're not wrong :D
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Re: Getting a Forcan walk in before the Forcan storm hit

Postby PeteR » Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:10 pm

davetherave wrote:Some fabulous pictures PeteR. We got high wind at times when we done the ridge that made me feel slightly uneasy at times. That and including the dogs made our trip slightly hairy at times.

Would like to think that next time ill try that 10m drop!

Thanks again. Dave.


Cheers Dave :D

You did well getting dogs up that ridge :shock:

Don't think I'd necessarily try the 10m drop though if/when I return :shock:
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Re: Getting a Forcan walk in before the Forcan storm hit

Postby PeteR » Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:13 pm

ChrisW wrote:Great report Pete and beautiful pics throughout, how's the left knee now?? ok I hope :D


Thanks Chris :thumbup:

Knee's not exactly mended, but then again I did Bla Bheinn on the Sunday :lol: They both have two weekends off now though, as I have my boys up staying with me and I don't think I'll e etting them up any hills soon.......although I live in hope :wink:
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