Sgor na h-Ulaidh - 50+ club outing
by Frigate » Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:13 pm
Munros included on this walk: Sgòr na h-Ulaidh
Date walked: 19/04/2014
Time taken: 8.25 hours
Distance: 14.6 km
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Due to the lack of hill fitness a relatively short walk with not too much travel and a blue bubble for all was picked.
Arranged to meet Steve, Ian and Jake the dug at the Invercharnan car park at 08.00. Took a slow drive down Glen Etive dodging the merry campers cars and motorhomes stuffed into all available parking places and passing places.
On the drive up there was still a lot of snow showing on the north faces of the hills but we decided to leave the ice-axes behind and take only spikes - just in case.
The de-forresting has continued apace since our last visit when Beinn Fhionnlaidh was climbed in Nov 2013. The trees being cleared all the way to the back of the forest alongside the Allt nan Gaoirean.
From the forrest edge the wet path follows the right bank of the Allt towards Meall nan Tarbh and the diverges off uphill to the Bealach Clach nam Mierleath. At a water stop near the wee lochan in the bealach the other path route could be seen passing some waterfalls at Clach nam Mierleach then turning NE along the boundary fence and up to the bealach.
The SMC book describes the route from Glen Etive as an easier alternative route avoiding any very steep ground. Which in my opinion is a relative term as the last 300m of climb went straight up threading between crags.
Just follow the fence posts, if you are not into scrambling then easy detours can be made around the more exposed slabs.
The view to the Ben over Sgurr nam Fiannaidh, Stob Ban, Ring of Steall hills, Annoch Beag and the CMD arete.
Made the top in a little under 3 hours 45 minuets, a slow walk talking about history and politics - too much wasted breath. Sat at the top for about twenty minuets, naming hills and soaking up the panorama until getting chilled by the cold breeze. What a view! startling drop down vixen gully.
We decided to descend a way and find a sheltered place for lunch, where one hero produced three cans of beer (to celebrate his first munro of the year). Lunch immediately became a more leisurely affair, I think that where the serious hill walk went out the window to be replaced by a slow amble.
The view from the top of Meall a'Bhuiridh, back to h-Ulaidh and down to loch Etive.
Memories of another very long, hot day in Glen Etive.
Back to the car in 8 hours 25 minutes, it took longer to get down than climb up.
Still a grand outing for the over 50's club.
by rockhopper » Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:17 pm
...but don't know if I want to admit that this is one club for which I'd be eligible - cheers
by Fife Flyer » Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:28 pm
rockhopper wrote:...but don't know if I want to admit that this is one club for which I'd be eligible - cheers
Nice report with some great photo's, just a shame the decent weather has left us
by malky_c » Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:04 pm
by Ian Bayne » Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:06 pm
by Ian Bayne » Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:20 pm
by Graeme D » Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:25 pm
by Frigate » Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:01 pm
50 is just for the whipper snappers
malky_c wrote:More great Easter weekend weather . I could hear that shirt from Inverness though .
You could have done with a surfing shirt on your canoe trip
Graeme D wrote:Damn it, it would appear I am too young to be invited on your beer drinking, loud shirt wearing expeditions! I'll just have to settle for reading a cracking report and admiring some lovely photos.
Age is no restriction to battling the demon drink, the liver is evil and must be punished
by ScottishLeaf » Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:20 pm
by Frigate » Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:31 pm
by pigeon » Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:37 pm
New camera Kev?Some braw pics there,nice one old team
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