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Sgor na h-Ulaidh - 50+ club outing

Sgor na h-Ulaidh - 50+ club outing


Postby 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

Ascent: 1158m

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After weeks of high winds finally a forecast of light winds and clear skies, a chance not to be missed.
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.

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Majestic Ben Starav

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Ben Cruachan, Drochaid Glas, Stob Diamh


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.

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Hill of the day

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Beinn Trilleachan


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.

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Ben Fhionnliadh from the wee lochan

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steep climb to come

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from the 627 point


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.

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Creag Dhubh crags of Beinn Moal Chalium

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Mull coming into view


Just follow the fence posts, if you are not into scrambling then easy detours can be made around the more exposed slabs.

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The Ben


The view to the Ben over Sgurr nam Fiannaidh, Stob Ban, Ring of Steall hills, Annoch Beag and the CMD arete.

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Bidean nam Bian towering over Stob an Fhuarain

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Ben Sgulaird nosing above Fhionnlaidh


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.

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Not quite Hawii

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Yes, a bad shirt day


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.

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View of the descent from the diner


The view from the top of Meall a'Bhuiridh, back to h-Ulaidh and down to loch Etive.

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Alpine view of Loch Etive

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Less steep? way up seen from Meall a'Bhuiridh top


Memories of another very long, hot day in Glen Etive.

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Ben Starav again, memories of a very long hot day


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.


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Re: Sgor na h-Ulaidh - 50+ club outing

Postby rockhopper » Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:17 pm

Nice one frigate - some great views on a cracking weekend to be out :thumbup:

...but don't know if I want to admit that this is one club for which I'd be eligible :shock: :wink: - cheers :)
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Re: Sgor na h-Ulaidh - 50+ club outing

Postby 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 :shock: :wink: - cheers :)


Me too :(
Nice report with some great photo's, just a shame the decent weather has left us :(
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Re: Sgor na h-Ulaidh - 50+ club outing

Postby malky_c » Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:04 pm

More great Easter weekend weather :D . I could hear that shirt from Inverness though :shock: .
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Re: Sgor na h-Ulaidh - 50+ club outing

Postby Ian Bayne » Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:06 pm

A cracker of a day Cant you count there was only 3 of us not unless my shirt is the other 47 when the sun is out a louder shirt is beconing .
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Re: Sgor na h-Ulaidh - 50+ club outing

Postby Ian Bayne » Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:20 pm

A cracker of a day Cant you count there was only 3 of us not unless my shirt is the other 47 when the sun is out a louder shirt is beconing .
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Re: Sgor na h-Ulaidh - 50+ club outing

Postby Graeme D » Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:25 pm

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. 8)
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Re: Sgor na h-Ulaidh - 50+ club outing

Postby Frigate » Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:01 pm

...but don't know if I want to admit that this is one club for which I'd be eligible :shock: :wink: - cheers :)[/quote]

50 is just for the whipper snappers


malky_c wrote:More great Easter weekend weather :D . I could hear that shirt from Inverness though :shock: .


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. 8)


Age is no restriction to battling the demon drink, the liver is evil and must be punished
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Re: Sgor na h-Ulaidh - 50+ club outing

Postby ScottishLeaf » Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:20 pm

We did this in appalling weather from the other side and yes, it probably is steeper from there! A horrible hill I will happily never set foot on again. That said, cracking report and some grand photies. Nice one.
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Re: Sgor na h-Ulaidh - 50+ club outing

Postby Frigate » Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:31 pm

A few more photos of the day
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Re: Sgor na h-Ulaidh - 50+ club outing

Postby pigeon » Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:37 pm

NICE SHIRT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
New camera Kev?Some braw pics there,nice one old team :wink:
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