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Mullardoch 4

Mullardoch 4


Postby 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

Ascent: 1946m

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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.
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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:
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This is quite a steep slog uphill, back down to the dam:
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Stony approach to Carn nan Gobhar:
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Cairn & Strathfarrar hills:
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Sgurr na Lapaich next, summit in cloud though.
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Down to the bealach.
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Couple of easy snow banks to cross on the way up.
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Trig point art at the top.
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Then the big drop/climb to An Riabhachan.
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Ridge narrows higher up.
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View down to the north, clouds coming in.
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Cornice:
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Back to Sgurr na Lapaich:
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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! :lol:
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Ridge narrows again:
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Last top before the bealach with An Socach:
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An Socach on the right and the easy descent slope leading off it to the left:
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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.
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An Socach trig point:
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Descent route:
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Back to Socach & Riabhachan:
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Down to peat bog:
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Epic bog, crossed the Allt Coire a Mhaim and continued on the north side path.
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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.
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Path dangerously close to eroded bits in places.
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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.
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Wahey, it's the dam!
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Re: Mullardoch 4

Postby RTMcB » Wed May 14, 2014 12:48 pm

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! 8)

Was there any midge biting? :(
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Re: Mullardoch 4

Postby 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! 8)

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 :D
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Re: Mullardoch 4

Postby basscadet » Wed May 14, 2014 2:15 pm

Oh I enjoyed reading that :D
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 :? :lol:
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Re: Mullardoch 4

Postby Alteknacker » Wed May 14, 2014 3:06 pm

Really enjoyed this report, and especially the pics. My camera ran out of charge when I did the round in 2012 :( .

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...... :D ).
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Re: Mullardoch 4

Postby gman » Wed May 14, 2014 10:10 pm

basscadet wrote: I jumped the waterfall at the Allt Tighe, and fell in :? :lol:

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...... :D ).

Aye, or get the boat like the sensible folk do :D
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Re: Mullardoch 4

Postby Silverhill » Wed May 14, 2014 10:18 pm

Mmmm, something to look forward to. Very much like to look of these hills. :D A big round and all on foot, well done!
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Re: Mullardoch 4

Postby Collaciotach » Wed May 14, 2014 10:27 pm

Aye they are a tough set of peaks :D
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