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A clear day to see the Glendessary three (images shrunk)

A clear day to see the Glendessary three (images shrunk)


Postby scottishkennyg » Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:30 pm

Munros included on this walk: Garbh Chioch Mhor, Sgurr na Ciche, Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glen Dessary)

Date walked: 14/04/2014

Time taken: 9.5 hours

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I left the car park at the end of the loch Arkaig at 0800am just before a heavy logging lorry plus trailer set off back down the single track road to continue with the on going road demolition project.
I cycled to Upper Glendessary, deposited the bike alongside the inquisitive deer then followed the wee path up to the watershed at the edge of the forest.
Image. by scottishkennyg, on Flickr
I crossed the river and located the feint path climbing up the south spur of SnC. Some emerging views of the walk to come..
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A zoom to loch Nevis
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At the top there was a short walk along the ridge to gain the summit cairn at 1040 with the reward of some great panoramic views.
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A view back along ridge of ascent..
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A view over the forthcoming tops..
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A view toward ferry over to Knoydart route..
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View back down ridge..
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It was great to see what Sgurr Mor should have looked like last month. I descended WSW down a steep slope to reach the bealach to disturb more deer.
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Followed the dry stone dyke upwards and over some nice rocky sections .
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Down loch Nevis from the ridge..
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along wall back toward SnC
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Back to Sgurr Mor
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toward summit of GCB..
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Level section on ridge..
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Sgurr na Ciche peeking through on the right hand side..
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Back down ridge..
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final section..
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random wee gulley..
ImageGlendessary 089 by scottishkennyg, on Flickr
Back down ridge from cairn of GcB
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Image. by scottishkennyg, on Flickr
I proceeded along the rocky ridge with some nice snow filled sections which required some hands on tactics to avoid slips.
a view ahead to SnC..
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before reaching the Munro summit of Gairbh Choich Mhor at 1150.
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over toward Ben Nevis and company..
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Snow line back down to Sheil ridge..
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Ahead down loch Nevis
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Over to SnC with Meall Buidhe in Knoydart behind..
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The next section was tricky due to the soft snow and steep boulders and required extra caution to reach the Bealach na n Eang with the narrow gulley. The snow to this point had been mostly soft and evidently thawing so there was no need to don the crampons or ice axe.
Image. by scottishkennyg, on Flickr
I deposited my red rucksack against a snow section near the gulley to enjoy a light traverse...
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before heading west up the steep slopes then turning north to regain the ridge just beyond the rocky outcrop then on to the summit cairn and broken trig point at 1415. The summit sat proudly over Knoydart in a very remote and picturesque location.
Across to Luinne Beinn and LB..
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Over to Meall Buidhe with Ladhar Bheinn in distance..
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The leg muscles were tight and it was the perfect setting to sit down and soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the environment as the merry go round stopped for a wee while.
View back down to loch Cuaich..
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Knoydart again..
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Loch Nevis..
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I noticed that the snow in Knoydart summits was almost gone and there would be no need to carry the ice axe and crampons next week into this area...Nice one!!
All too soon it was time to get going back down..
On the return I met and chatted with another walker who had just walked in from the car park (it had taken him 5 hours). I descended into the narrow gulley
Image. by scottishkennyg, on Flickr
and tip toed down to where it levelled out and I managed to get one pole snapped after it got stuck in a rocky gap. Expletive!. Positive..will be able to use the odd pole from the last time when I broke one...
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I contoured around the SW slopes of GCB before descending into the main glen dessary.
A view along the path leading to Sourlies bothy..
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I found the main path and just surfed the wet and boggy terrain to eventually reach the upper lodge. A very welcome seat on the bike and a rapid final leg saw me back to the car for 1720.
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The return drive was again limited to 15mph until Gairlochy due to the poor condition of the road surface in some areas and the roller coaster nature of the terrain.
Knoydart beckons...
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Re: A clear day for thee for the Glendessary three

Postby Fife Flyer » Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:47 pm

Nice report Kenny, some cracking photo's.

May try & fit those 3 in this summer :wink:
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Re: A clear day for thee for the Glendessary three

Postby bairdo boy » Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:09 am

nice one bud. I was hoping to the glen finnan to sourlies and do some hills on the way, so very handy report for me. cheers
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Re: A clear day for thee for the Glendessary three

Postby scottishkennyg » Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:06 pm

Cheers FF..hope you get the weather when you get up there..
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Re: A clear day for thee for the Glendessary three

Postby scottishkennyg » Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:08 pm

bairdo boy wrote:nice one bud. I was hoping to the glen finnan to sourlies and do some hills on the way, so very handy report for me. cheers

Sound, hope the weather keeps fine for your trip..
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Re: A clear day for thee for the Glendessary three

Postby malky_c » Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:45 pm

Lovely photos. While you were strolling over that ridge, I was toiling down the Loch Arkaig road with a heavy pack wishing I was up high :lol:
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Re: A clear day for thee for the Glendessary three

Postby Collaciotach » Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:18 pm

My favourite area ...great stuff :clap:
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Re: A clear day for thee for the Glendessary three

Postby The Rodmiester » Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:01 am

Think I'll miss out any around Loch Arkaig just now, don't want to come face to face with the logging lorries. Nice photos, pity about the pole though, it's only when you break them you realise how much you Need them especially this year with the hills being so wet with snow melt and rainwater :(
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Re: A clear day for thee for the Glendessary three

Postby scottishkennyg » Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:50 pm

Thanks Malky...yeh respect for the pack and outing you guys undertook..
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Re: A clear day for thee for the Glendessary three

Postby scottishkennyg » Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:51 pm

Cheers CC, even better when we get the weather...
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Re: A clear day for thee for the Glendessary three

Postby scottishkennyg » Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:53 pm

Cheers RM.thankfully I still have the other pole from the last pair when I broke one... :D
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