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Glen Feshie Munro's (Sgor Gaoith & Mullach Clach a'Bhlair)
by bar72 » Sun May 18, 2014 10:24 am
Munros included on this walk: Mullach Clach a'Bhlair, Sgor Gaoith
Date walked: 17/05/2014
Time taken: 6 hours
Distance: 23 km
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From Kingussie, i headed along the the B9152 for Kincraig, then Feshiebridge, cross the river and head down to the car park to start from the East of River Feshie, at the car park.
After leaving the car at the car park, i headed South down the road to Auchlean where the path begins at a cairn.
Following the path up through the forest, i headed up the western shoulder of Carn Ban Mor, picking up a path which heads NE, to the summit. Even in mist, the path is well established.
Following this line, i picked up the path again which leads up to the summit.
As the ascent was wide, flat and featureless, i was surprised to see some crags on the summit. the viw of Loch Eanaich was stunning.
As the cloud was coming in and the wind was picking up, from the SE at quite a pace, i headed SSW for the shelter on Carn Ban Mor (Munro Top) to bag the next Munro of the day, Mullach Clach a'Bhlair
Again, heading S, SSW, the ground was featureless and i had the fortune of the mist not being too thick
After i lost a bit of height, the mist cleared then i picked up a track heading right (SSW). I followed this track where i came upon a cairn. Beared right at the cairn which lead me onto a well established "land rover" track.
I kept following this track for around 3k to the junction with a track coming up from Glenfeshie Lodge. Turned left at the junction, onto another well established track, where i beared right (S) at another small cairn which leads to the summit of Mullach Clach a'Bhlair
From the summit, i headed back down to the earlier junction from Glenfeshie Lodge and headed W / SW which is another well established "Land Rover" track.
Heading down the track, you have 2 options. Either come of the track and onto a faint path heading west above the edge of Coire Garbhlach, to the summit of Meall nan Sleac (the route i took), or head round and down a much longer path back to Auchlean. If you go over Meall nan Sleac, head NW down heather (brutal on my knees and ankles) to cross the Allt Garbhlach where you'll find a path is followed though the heather to the forest and back to Auchlean.
As I reached the water at Allt Garbhlach, it is difficult to cross in spate but manageable. Just find a spot where there's boulders to cross
Once i made it over Allt Garbhlach, heading NW, i found a path through the heather which eventually took me to a more established path heading for the bridge at river Feshie. I turn right (N) and headed up East of the forest, back to Auchlean and the car park.
On the way back, there is another river crossing (Allt Nam Meann) to cross which can be difficult in spate but there is some logs and boulders which got me over without any problems.
After crossing Allt Nam Meann, follow the path where you'll come to Auclean House and a tarmac road. Follow the road back to the car park.
A nice day out and 2 Munro's bagged
by railton22 » Sun May 18, 2014 7:19 pm
We've done both these Munros....but on completely separate occasions. Sgor Gaoith looked pretty bland on the approach (I do remember that it was quite a pull towards the end) but SO worth it for the spectacular view from the summit down towards the loch. At least you didn't have mist for Sgor Gaoith!!!
by Fife Flyer » Sun May 18, 2014 8:12 pm
Will print off your route & hopefully give it a shot
Thanks for posting, much appreciated
by Lightfoot2017 » Mon May 19, 2014 12:28 pm
I bagged these two on Saturday (17th).
The views from Sgor Gaoith down into Loch Eanaich are amazing! What a fab spot for a bit of wild camping!!
Must say, if I was to do it again, I would defo recommend a straight up rather than veering NW across Carn a Ban. So in effect, roughly a ‘T’ shape route. So, from Feshiebridge / Achlean, as follows:
1) Directly up West from the car park at Achlean, all the way to the path intersection on the plateau just South of Carn Ban Mor
2) Head N/NE to Sgor Gaoith
3) Retrace steps S/SW to path intersection
4) Some published routes seem to suggest heading SE from here to the bulldozed track and following it all the way round to MCaB. However a much funner route is if you take the path S/SW from the intersection. It eventually meets up with the bulldozed track anyway; but this way you get to edge the very scenic Fionna Choire
5) Follow the bulldozed track to MCaB, then retrace your steps on the bulldozed track to the point (marked by a small cairn) where the path cuts away to the left.
6) Come off the bulldozed track here and follow the path NW to the intersection again.
7) Back down the (fabulous) path W/NW all the way to Achlean.
by bar72 » Mon May 19, 2014 7:49 pm
i left car park at 07:15am and there was a couple of cars there. maybe one was yours? did you meet the 2 chaps who were doing the TGO challenge? jonathon was one of them? each to their own on route planning. i was just as well getting Meall nan Sleac while in the vicinity
by Lightfoot2017 » Tue May 20, 2014 7:44 am
There were about 9-10 cars there when I arrived at Achlean. I got back to the car park at 3.40p.m.
I saw a few folk on the hill on Saturday, but didn’t really stop to speak much, other than a quick ‘hello’ in passing. By the mid afternoon, it wasn’t the weather to be hanging about on the hill socialising!
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