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Binnein Mor & Na Gruagaichean
by Frigate » Sun May 04, 2014 8:58 pm
Munros included on this walk: Binnein Mor, Na Gruagaichean
Date walked: 03/05/2014
Time taken: 8.5 hours
Distance: 15.1 km
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Set off at about 08.45 and quickly got lost on the other side of the car park.
Got a little sidetracked on the myriad of paths and missed where the Loch Eilde Mor path crossed a stream, ended up following a local path back towards the village. So backtracked a little then decided to go straight up through the trees on the slope of Creagan Sgiathan, this put us on the wrong side of the gorge but there was a rough path to follow.
Eventually met up with the main path and progress became quicker until I ran out of energy on the shoulder of Sgor Eilde Beag where we diverted over the old peat path and had a break in the quite fierce sun.
Had a couple of pit-stops and chats with other walkers on the way up and as we rounded into Coire nan Lochan had to negotiate an avalanche debris field which had buried the good path for about 200m.
The normal route up to the bealach at Sgor Eilde Beag was still covered in snow and the lip of the coire was ringed by unstable, slumped cornices. Due to the heat it was not a good idea to proceed that way so it was straight up the prominent east ridge of Sgor Eilde Beag.
The climb along the ridge from the 1062m top was in part still covered in snow, at one point this towered about 2.5m above the line of the path which could be seen at the edge of the snow bank. Made the top at 13.15, nearly 4.5 hours - no prizes there.
Quite busy on top with about 8 other walkers wending their various ways. Stopped for lunch and photos, wonder if Malky C will hear Ian's shirt today.
Nice walk (stroll) across to Na Gruagaichen which we made at about 14.30
Followed the ridge down to Leachd na h-Aire but lost the path and in the end headed straight down to where a track left the mamore lodge roadway.
Back to the car in about eight and a quarter hours, not too bad considering the start and finish routes were 'off piste'.
by jepsonscotland » Sun May 04, 2014 9:34 pm
I can't believe how different it looks already. We were there in March to do Sgurr Eilde Mhor, not a sign of the lochan.
Still cracking views in every direction.
by Silverhill » Mon May 05, 2014 1:15 pm
Your route finding exploits made me chuckle (sympathetically): I did exactly the same!
by Ian Bayne » Tue May 06, 2014 6:19 pm
- Na Gruagaichean cairn
- must phone home
- Check this one out Malky C louder to come
- Binnein Mor cairn
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