7 for 7 at 7 on South Glen Shiel Ridge
by Sunny Speyside » Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:58 pm
Route description: South Glen Shiel Ridge: 7 Munros
Munros included on this walk: Aonach Air Chrith, Creag a'Mhaim, Creag nan Damh, Druim Shionnach, Maol chinn-dearg, Sgurr an Doire Leathain, Sgurr an Lochain
Date walked: 14/09/2013
Distance: 27.4 km7 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).
Our group of 7 were, Gary,Gavin, Moray, Dorata, Jim, myself and Dave (the official photographer)
We took the private road heading SE for a couple of miles with beautiful views of the breaking dawn and on the waters edge a herd of deer silhouetted against the flat calm of the loch.
Leaving the road we made our way up onto the ridge by the zig-zag stalkers path as height was gained the views across Lochaber opened up
It was to be a day of mixed weather, with some heavy showers, some clag on a couple of summits but best of all a measure of sunshine along with the visibility to allow for jaw dropping vistas. After about 2 hours we reached our first summit of the day Creag A'Mhaim, where we were joined briefly by Thelma and Louise, two spritely mountain goats who after a quick touch of the cairn and a muesli bar were OFF !! Only to be seen again in the far distance as a couple of dots on the horizon. Of course I might have been able to see them more clearly if I had 'laser' vision - in fact if Jim were to be believed, I would have been able to see what they had in their sandwiches from two miles off
The path along the ridge is really very clear and with the sun dipping in and out there were many photo opportunities
I think it was here on summit No 2 that I was volunteered to write the WH report - I must have been suffering from altitude sickness to have agreed or perhaps I was just ensuring that they would get me along the scary bits in one piece
Unfortunately Dorata was feeling a bit poorly and decided at this point to head down and make her way back to Cluanie .
And then we were six..............
With a quick look back along the ridge we were off again onto no. 3 of the day just 3 km away
Aonach air Chrith at 1021m is the highest on the ridge and a big one for me as I clocked up 50 munros. When I climbed my first Munro last year I had a target in my head of doing 20 - so I guess I must have caught the Bug along the way
Coming down from this summit there is a narrow rocky section which I found a little tricky but fortunately the clag had moved in so I couldn't see over the edge clearly - whew !
When the clag again lifted the views south were lovely looking down to Glen Quoich and the loch beyond.
The path again widened out and became more grassy and we were soon on No 4 summit, Maol Chinn-dearg
At this point no 5 Sgurr an Doire Leathain was in the cloud and unfortunately remained that way so we had little views from this summit however not much further along the ridge the sky cleared once more and the northern side of the Glen was once more in view,
and looking west
The fine peak of Sgurr an Lochan was our 6th munro of day and from the summit there were views to take your breath away - simply stunning
The day was moving on and with weary legs we descended to the bealach by way of the bypass path - for fellow vertigo sufferers I would recommend going up and over Sgurr Beag (a minor peak) as the bypass path was long and far from enjoyable
The final climb up to No 7 Creag nan Damh was easier than I had expected and it was such a great relief to reached our final summit of the day.
Six happy hillwalkers, all smiles now, though that would soon change as the long, long, long descent began
While perhaps not as bad as the path down from its near neighbour Faochag I was struggling by the end and about 1/4 mile from the road when I felt I had finally made it onto level ground I slipped and ended up sitting in the mud Well that was a first - arriving back at the cars on the road side Dave provided me with a plastic bag to protect the car seat ... what a gent
It was a tough but brilliant day, my thanks to Gary (backpacker) for organising, to Moray and Jim for seeing me safely over the 'spikey' bits and to Dave for not photographing the look of sheer terror that must have been on my face at various times throughout the day.
by davetherave » Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:05 am
The following day we went to skye and climbed Blaven, we then returned to the mainland and completed the North ridge in glorious sunshine.
Congratulations on the 50 milestone.
by hutchy1 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:38 am
by Sunny Speyside » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:02 am
hutchy1 wrote: there must be something about this ridge because I met 2 others hitting 50 and 1 reaching his 100 glad you had a good day
Thanks Hutchy1 - I expect so many reach milestones on this ridge just because of the number of munros along it - of our party of seven , Gray chalked up his 40th, Moray his 20th and Jim his 60th
by Backpacker » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:23 am
I'm glad Dave pushed on at the end, there's no pics of me falling in the river right at the end
by The Rodmiester » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:38 am
by Lightfoot2017 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:35 am
Well done on ramping up your total so far in such a short time!
by Sunny Speyside » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:18 am
Lightfoot - it was a glorious sunrise, a portent of the day to come
by kevsbald » Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:12 pm
some lovely photos there.
by Doghouse103 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 5:25 pm
by David-Main » Wed Sep 18, 2013 5:49 pm
Yes Jim we could all do the brothers and sisters
by Backpacker » Wed Sep 18, 2013 5:54 pm
by Doghouse103 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:31 pm
by Backpacker » Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:34 pm
I've nothing lined up yet but I'm hoping that's my half ton weekend
by Sunny Speyside » Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:58 pm