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Glen Feshie Munro's (Sgor Gaoith & Mullach Clach a'Bhlair)

Glen Feshie Munro's (Sgor Gaoith & Mullach Clach a'Bhlair)


Postby 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

Ascent: 1020m

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A smaller jaunt than a fortnight ago as the weather wasn't looking to cheery, i decided on the Glen Feshie Munro's.

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.

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After leaving the car at the car park, i headed South down the road to Auchlean where the path begins at a cairn.

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heading down the road to Auchlean


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at the cairn, head west


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.

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heading up through the forest


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just kept on the beaten track


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as it was clear and i could see the summit of Sgor Gaoith, i cut over the NE, making a direct line for the summit


Following this line, i picked up the path again which leads up to the summit.

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summit of Sgor Gaoith


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.

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the nice rocky summit of Sgor Gaoith


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looking East over Loch Eanaich


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

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shelter on Carn Ban Mor


Again, heading S, SSW, the ground was featureless and i had the fortune of the mist not being too thick

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heading S then SSW, on route to Mullach Clach a'Bhlair


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.

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bearing right at the split in the track


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headed right at the cairn (SW)


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heading along the "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

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after bearing left at the junction, a cairn is approached. bear right to head for the summit of Mullach Clach a'Bhlair


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the flat and featureless 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.

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heading down the track, either bear left for a longer route, or head up and over Meall nan Sleac


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looking North from the summit of Meall nan Sleac


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heading NW for the trees and 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

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the crossing of Allt Garbhlach


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.

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turn right (N) here and follow the path up past the East side of the forest


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.

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the crossing at Allt Nam Meann


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
Last edited by bar72 on Mon May 19, 2014 7:37 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Glen Feshie Munro's (Sgor Gaoith & Mullach Clach a'Bhlai

Postby railton22 » Sun May 18, 2014 7:19 pm

That's some walk! Well done you :clap: :clap:

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!!! ;)
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Re: Glen Feshie Munro's (Sgor Gaoith & Mullach Clach a'Bhlai

Postby Fife Flyer » Sun May 18, 2014 8:12 pm

Very good descriptive report, funnily enough I had OS43 out & was thinking of heading up that way during the week (weather permitting) :lol: :lol:

Will print off your route & hopefully give it a shot :wink:

Thanks for posting, much appreciated :clap: :clap:
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Re: Glen Feshie Munro's (Sgor Gaoith & Mullach Clach a'Bhlai

Postby Lightfoot2017 » Mon May 19, 2014 12:28 pm

Nice report and photos! :clap:

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.

Simples!
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Re: Glen Feshie Munro's (Sgor Gaoith & Mullach Clach a'Bhlai

Postby bar72 » Mon May 19, 2014 7:49 pm

@Lightfoot2017, i did these on 17th also. i didn't click "select date" when publishing report :lol: check the timestamp of when report submitted to forum.

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 :) :D :D :) :)
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Re: Glen Feshie Munro's (Sgor Gaoith & Mullach Clach a'Bhlai

Postby Lightfoot2017 » Tue May 20, 2014 7:44 am

I left the car park relatively late in the day (9.20 a.m). I got lost trying to find the start point, :roll: and went down a forest track on the West side of the River Feshie, down past Ballintean. Eejit!! :lol:

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! :shock:
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