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Dun da Ghaoithe

Dun da Ghaoithe

Postby litljortindan » Sat Sep 21, 2013 5:53 pm

Route description: Dun da Ghaoithe, near Craignure

Corbetts included on this walk: Dun da Ghaoithe

Date walked: 01/01/2004

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 14 km

Ascent: 756m

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The week around New Year 2003 was spent on Mull. The first part of the week saw cold temperatures but little in the way of snow on the hills. However, the new year saw a reasonable amount of snow appear and a day that looked promising weather wise for a walk. So I think this was on New Year's day.
I'd had my eye on Dun da Ghaoithe because it gets good write ups in the Scottish hill literature and now a chance to walk it presented itself.
We took the snowed in landrover track up from the south east with the radio masts ahead indicating the 400m and 550m contours. This made for a reasonably fast route of ascent. I think we started quite late in the day though -maybe 10.30am or 11am so we didn't have a lot of daylight left once we got onto the ridge around mid day. Notable points between the second radio mast and the 757m top were the fine gullies you can see marked on the OS map and the expansive view over the Firth of Lorn, Loch Linnhe and the Sound of Mull, including good views of the Glencoe hills and a distant Rum. The view to Rum in particular caught the attention of the youngest of our party who had only twice before visited Scotland, one visit having been to Rum. It was indeed a splendid sight.
The dip between the 757m top and the main summit had only a thin layer of snow so it was mostly fairly easy going though this did vary and there were quite deep drifts in places.
The walk up to the summit was in very fine weather with the late afternoon sun casting long shadows and showing us the contours of all the neighbouring hills. All in all, a great walking ridge once you are up there with good views of the other Mull hills.
The final part of the descent was in darkness but we had the mixed blessing of the freezing track to follow. My three companions, all German, taught me a song on the way down. Funny how these things stick:

Zu lang der bauch in die vests passé
Wirt keine arbeit angefast
Meine Heren, Meine Dammen
Die arbeit ist kein fruche
Zie huft, zie huft, zie huft, zie huft, zie huft
Uns nicht dafont

Apologies to anyone proficient in German.

the ridge leading up to the 757m south top
Ben More behind Ben Talaidh
three on the dip between the two tops
view of south top from the main summit
Sgurr Dearg, a fine looking hill -Creach Beinn to the left and Ben Buie to the right?
Sgurr Dearg foreground and Creach Beinn centre horizon
the symmetrical looking Ben Talaidh in the middle with Ben More behind
Sgurr Dearg
sun lowering over Firth of Lorn
sun lowering over Firth of Lorn
Creach Beinn, Sgurr Dearg, Ben Buie -all due a visit
sun over Sgurr Dearg
starting to descend from south top
a last photo looking south west to the lowering sun
the way down

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