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by gman » Wed May 14, 2014 11:07 am
Route description: The Loch Mullardoch Munros
Munros included on this walk: An Riabhachan, An Socach (Mullardoch), Carn nan Gobhar (Loch Mullardoch), Sgurr na Lapaich
Date walked: 13/05/2014
Time taken: 10 hours
Distance: 31 km
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Car camping for the first time - got to the car park at the dam at 9:30pm, folded back seats down and crashed out. Alarm set for 5am but I woke at 4:30 so got ready & headed off.
Wearing trainers instead of boots for the first time this year (because it's summer!) but the start of the path is damp/muddy so feet were a bit wet. Mullach na Maolle - went up between the 2 dry stream beds in the middle of the pic:
This is quite a steep slog uphill, back down to the dam:
Stony approach to Carn nan Gobhar:
Cairn & Strathfarrar hills:
Sgurr na Lapaich next, summit in cloud though.
Down to the bealach.
Couple of easy snow banks to cross on the way up.
Trig point art at the top.
Then the big drop/climb to An Riabhachan.
Ridge narrows higher up.
View down to the north, clouds coming in.
Back to Sgurr na Lapaich:
Wide grassy ridge further up, no views as the clag was down. North wind was pretty chilly but I refuse to put on another layer because it's summer!
Ridge narrows again:
Last top before the bealach with An Socach:
An Socach on the right and the easy descent slope leading off it to the left:
Met a group of walkers here who were coming in the opposite direction, some had camped at the end of the loch & others came by boat.
An Socach trig point:
Back to Socach & Riabhachan:
Down to peat bog:
Epic bog, crossed the Allt Coire a Mhaim and continued on the north side path.
Down to the loch and then continued on the lochside path. There seem to be a couple of paths here but it's probably better to stick to the higher one to avoid the eroded bits.
Path dangerously close to eroded bits in places.
Had to pay attention to the path as it was stony, then muddy, then disappears, then eroded. Couldn't really get into a rhythm walking out so it seemed to take ages. Plus it took ages. Waded across the Allt Taige here, looks like it might be easier to cross higher up but I was glad to get the feet into some cool water.
Wahey, it's the dam!
by RTMcB » Wed May 14, 2014 12:48 pm
Was there any midge biting?
by gman » Wed May 14, 2014 1:58 pm
RTMcB wrote:Nice pics! Long walk back along the loch though. Still a wee bit of snow there, but looks like the crampons don't need to come oot. Thinking of doing the "mullardoch 12" when 3 consecutive days of good weather can almost be guaranteed!
Was there any midge biting?
Good luck with the weather, a few midges appeared at dusk but I got an undisturbed night with the car window open & didn't notice any on the walk
by basscadet » Wed May 14, 2014 2:15 pm
I was just up that way a couple of weeks ago and found the Mullardoch path hard going too - it just doesn't know what it is doing! although I jumped the waterfall at the Allt Tighe, and fell in
by Alteknacker » Wed May 14, 2014 3:06 pm
I also went up the dry stream beds - I found it was a good route.
As regards the Mullardoch path: there's a way of avoiding it... (do the other 8...... ).
by gman » Wed May 14, 2014 10:10 pm
basscadet wrote: I jumped the waterfall at the Allt Tighe, and fell in
I just avoided taking a plunge recently so I'm playing it safe from now on...probably.
Alteknacker wrote:As regards the Mullardoch path: there's a way of avoiding it... (do the other 8...... ).
Aye, or get the boat like the sensible folk do
by Silverhill » Wed May 14, 2014 10:18 pm