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Lonely in the Fannichs

Lonely in the Fannichs


Postby pigeon » Sun Feb 09, 2014 3:02 pm

Munros included on this walk: An Coileachan, Meall Gorm

Date walked: 08/02/2014

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 30.3 km

Ascent: 1209m

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Was going to name this report "Tidying up my Fannich area"but that sounded just wrong so lonely in the Fannichs it is.Had 2 previous days on these hills,one terrific and one horrific,so it left me with 2 to tidy up the area,didn't fancy the boggy akward trudge from the Dirrie moor so remembering Dogplodders excellent report and more recently Malky's trip i settled on the long walk in from Grudie power station along the Fannich estate road.Had the trail shoes on for the walk in and the boots in the bag and made good time along the track,stopping eventually near the old quarry just below the 572m point on the map to change footwear.From here it was steeply up towards a wee lochan just below the 572m point.
the wee lochan;
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2 Fannaichs 031 by pigeon812711, on Flickr
Great views opening up to Torridon and the way i had walked in.Still blue skies over the top of An Coileachan at this point ,had a feeling this wouldn't last though so i got up as quickly as i could,the going mostly ok on firm snow.Just as i made the cairn though the cloud rolled in,also got pretty cold here so on with the big jacket and down to the Bealach Ban,from here it was an easy pull up to the 922 point then easily up to Meall Gorm.Got to Meall Gorm and wasn't entirely sure i was at the right top,continued on a bit but soon returned to the small frozen lump that i took to be the cairn,gps confirmed it was but still took to hacking lumps of ice from it just to make sure :lol: It was getting a bit windy now so no hanging around,re traced my steps a bit a swung round to pick up the where the path should be,still on firm good ground,had a break behind a big rock near the 599m top of Creag a Choire Riabhaich.Then down again now to behind Fannich Lodge,bit boggy here but was soon back on the estate track,changed from boots to shoes again near the quarry then it was hood up head down for the walk out,raining all the way back to the car :( A good day,shame the weather closed in a bit but it was always a gamble with the forecast,good to get the Fannichs complete though and the first new Munro's of the year on the board :thumbup:
one of the many early morning stags;
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2 Fannaichs 002 by pigeon812711, on Flickr
572 point to the left and the Garbh Choire Mor;
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2 Fannaichs 023 by pigeon812711, on Flickr
view back;
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2 Fannaichs 025 by pigeon812711, on Flickr
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2 Fannaichs 027 by pigeon812711, on Flickr
great view of Torridon from the 572 lochan;
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2 Fannaichs 032 by pigeon812711, on Flickr
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2 Fannaichs 037 by pigeon812711, on Flickr
Slioch;
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2 Fannaichs 039 by pigeon812711, on Flickr
back to the 797 top;
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2 Fannaichs 047 by pigeon812711, on Flickr
An Coileachan cairn still in blue skies;
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2 Fannaichs 050 by pigeon812711, on Flickr
claggy now though;
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2 Fannaichs 053 by pigeon812711, on Flickr
922 metres;
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2 Fannaichs 054 by pigeon812711, on Flickr
Meall Gorm;
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2 Fannaichs 055 by pigeon812711, on Flickr
Sgurr nan Each,right,Sgurr a Chadha Dheirg ,left;
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2 Fannaichs 058 by pigeon812711, on Flickr
Sgurr nan Clach Geala;
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2 Fannaichs 060 by pigeon812711, on Flickr
deer;
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2 Fannaichs 061 by pigeon812711, on Flickr
hoose;
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2 Fannaichs 065 by pigeon812711, on Flickr
tractor;
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2 Fannaichs 071 by pigeon812711, on Flickr
sign ;
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2 Fannaichs 072 by pigeon812711, on Flickr
more deer;
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2 Fannaichs 074 by pigeon812711, on Flickr
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Last edited by pigeon on Mon Feb 10, 2014 5:47 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Lonely in the Fannichs

Postby Ian Bayne » Sun Feb 09, 2014 6:07 pm

Missed a cracking walk pics on the ball nice one
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Re: Lonely in the Fannichs

Postby Collaciotach » Sun Feb 09, 2014 6:51 pm

Great stuff and good to see a bit of dry weather :clap: :clap:
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Re: Lonely in the Fannichs

Postby Frigate » Sun Feb 09, 2014 8:27 pm

You certainly got the best of the weather, one one, long jacket required?
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Re: Lonely in the Fannichs

Postby scottishkennyg » Sun Feb 09, 2014 8:34 pm

Well done..liked the summit cairn shots.
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Re: Lonely in the Fannichs

Postby Scotjamie » Sun Feb 09, 2014 10:57 pm

enjoyed that pigeon...glad you got your fannichs done
good pics in a good report
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Re: Lonely in the Fannichs

Postby PeteR » Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:18 pm

First things first pigeon.........some super photos :D The shots of Torridon are stunning 8) Looks like you had a great day :D

Hopefully though you can tell me that the views toward the Deargs group looked awful. I'd had plans to be up there this weekend, but MrsR took unwell, so I had to "do the right thing" and done my nurses uniform :lol: And then your photos show Saturday looking superb :mrgreen:
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Re: Lonely in the Fannichs

Postby jonny616 » Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:56 pm

Nice one or two there. Great photos.

Sorry to say PeteR I was out on Saturday as well and it was great weather up until noon :clap:
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Re: Lonely in the Fannichs

Postby PeteR » Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:03 am

jonny616 wrote:Nice one or two there. Great photos.

Sorry to say PeteR I was out on Saturday as well and it was great weather up until noon :clap:


Thanks jonny616 :lol:
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Re: Lonely in the Fannichs

Postby malky_c » Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:58 pm

Could've done with a couple of those views last time I was up there :) . Looks good, and you did it all on foot as well, probably making it quite a long day out (must be at least 10 miles of walking on tarmac).
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Re: Lonely in the Fannichs

Postby rockhopper » Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:04 pm

A bit of a cracker there, pigeon - looked a lot nicer than in the forecast :roll: Can remember looking at this way as an approach when planning the Fannichs but ended up going form the north - think if I do get back to them, would like to go from this side instead (though not being a puritan would probably consider taking a bike :wink: ) - cheers :)
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Re: Lonely in the Fannichs

Postby scoob999 » Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:30 pm

Great pics Pigeon :D
Do you no have a bike :shock: :lol:
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Re: Lonely in the Fannichs

Postby pigeon » Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:55 pm

Thanks all :thumbup:
scoob999 wrote:Great pics Pigeon :D
Do you no have a bike :shock: :lol:
No bike scoob,no sure if i can still go one :lol:
malky_c wrote:Could've done with a couple of those views last time I was up there :) . Looks good, and you did it all on foot as well, probably making it quite a long day out (must be at least 10 miles of walking on tarmac).
Don't really mind the long walk ins malky,needed the trail shoes though,that walk in the big winter boots may have done me in :lol:
PeteR wrote:First things first pigeon.........some super photos :D The shots of Torridon are stunning 8) Looks like you had a great day :D

Hopefully though you can tell me that the views toward the Deargs group looked awful. I'd had plans to be up there this weekend, but MrsR took unwell, so I had to "do the right thing" and done my nurses uniform :lol: And then your photos show Saturday looking superb :mrgreen:
Ah Pete,as jonny says it was brilliant till about eleven i think,not so good after that though.Where'd you get a nurses uniform in your size? :D
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Re: Lonely in the Fannichs

Postby Johnny Corbett » Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:51 pm

Nice one Pigeon. Well worth getting up early for, wish i'd came now. I will follow this route soon, hopefully but will be on a bike on the tarmac :wink:
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Re: Lonely in the Fannichs

Postby dogplodder » Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:03 pm

Some great pics there which brought back good memories - if a bit poignant because I did it with Kath. The route may be long but we liked it! :wink:
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