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Cul Mor - Memories of last May

Cul Mor - Memories of last May


Postby Avocetboy » Sat Mar 22, 2014 2:45 pm

Route description: Cul Mor

Corbetts included on this walk: Cul Mor

Date walked: 29/05/2013

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 10 km

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On our first visit to Assynt in 2010 we climbed Stach Pollaidh. I was struck by the sheer magnificence of Cul Mor. A huge mass of a mountain, dominating the view, looking totally impregnable from its western face. I was determined that, one day, We would climb it

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In 2011 its was way too windy and in 2012 it was too cold, but last May, the forecast was perfect with little wind and warm sun. And so began the most perfect mountain day. From its eastern flank, it does not really impress, but with the knowledge of what was ahead of us, we set off on the excellent stalkers path from Knockan Crag.

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Looking back along the path. Height being gained slowly on a steady gradient.

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And, then , as we rounded the corner, Suilven came into view

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The path continues and the summit of the 609m Meallan Diomhain can be seen in the foreground.

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Its a long climb through the boulders, the path replaced by a series of cairns. It seemed to go on and on and with the temperature increasing, it was hard work.

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Eventually we reached the top and could now plan our route to the bealach. There is a path that skirts around the right hand flank, direct to the main summit, but our plan was to go straight up the centre to the lowest point. The only disadvantage of this being the loss of about 200 metres as you climb down to start the climb up. There is a faint path on the right hand side of the waterfall.

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To our left, Cul Beag looked superb. Definitely going to climb him at some point this year.

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The path up he side of the waterfall was very steep, but relatively easy, just a case of taking ones time, having plenty of drinks and enjoying the silence.

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The final push to the bealach is a straight forward climb up the grassy slopes. It gets pretty steep towards the top, but you just want to get here as quick as possible to see the view.

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And, when you finally get there, no matter how hard, how hot and how thirsty..You just know it was worth it. Absolutely magnificent.

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Stach Pollaidh (Zoomed)

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Cul Beag

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Me, triumphant, conquering my fear of heights by making on to a grass covered minor top. (Great place for a wild camp)

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Becky and Carter feeling pretty happy, as well

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From the bealach, its a straightforward climb up to the 849 metre summit

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I love the way that, 50 metres from the top, the rock changes from the reddish sandstone, to a silver (quartzite??)

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And, finally, after 3 hours, the summit is reached

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The view south towards Ben Mor Coigach and An Teallach beyond

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Suilven. What a mountain!..Plans are in hand to climb him in June.

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Back down to the bealach and the descent made easier with a bit of bum sliding.

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We eventually arrived back at the car, with the whole walk having taken 6 hours. A truly magnificent day. No wind, glorious sun all day, and the whole mountain to ourselves.
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Re: Cul Mor - Memories of last May

Postby Graeme D » Sat Mar 22, 2014 3:39 pm

Very tasty! Roll on next weekend! I quite fancy Cul Mor now for the Sunday. 8)
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Re: Cul Mor - Memories of last May

Postby BoyVertiginous » Sat Mar 22, 2014 6:28 pm

Stupendous, mate. Superb pics of a fantastic day. Remember to bring the weather with you again in June. :clap:
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Re: Cul Mor - Memories of last May

Postby rockhopper » Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:18 am

Perfect right enough :thumbup: - hard to beat a day like that - cheers :)
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Re: Cul Mor - Memories of last May

Postby Avocetboy » Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:29 pm

BoyVertiginous wrote:Stupendous, mate. Superb pics of a fantastic day. Remember to bring the weather with you again in June. :clap:

Cheers BV. It will be good to be up suilven looking the other way and camping below culbeag will give us some cracking views of cul mor.

I hope you get the same weather, Graeme.

Thanks rockhopper
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Re: Cul Mor - Memories of last May

Postby clivegrif » Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:20 pm

That brings back memories of a great day a couple of years ago, thanks for posting.

Looks like you had a brilliant day!
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