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East Affric 5

East Affric 5


Postby gman » Wed May 21, 2014 11:05 am

Route description: Carn Eige and Mam Sodhail

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Fhionnlaidh (Carn Eige), Carn Eige, Mam Sodhail, Toll Creagach, Tom a'Choinich

Date walked: 20/05/2014

Time taken: 10.25 hours

Distance: 32 km

Ascent: 2596m

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First time driving through Glen Affric on Mon night, scenery is a bit special. Parked in the quarry, couple of cars there already, up & and away at 5am. Wet path leads up from Chisholm Bridge:
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Becomes a muddy track later on, then right turn for a steep boggy plod to Toll Creagach.
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Got drier & stony higher up.
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There's a trig point & cairn at the top.
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That's the hard part done :D next, Tom a'Choinich.
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Towards the top.
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Path leads on
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to the rest of the hazy hills.
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Ridge is lower up to Sron Garbh, where it steps up and continues to Carn Eige. An Leth-creag is halfway along the lower bit of ridge:
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Sron Garbh and the higher ridge curving round to the right.
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Sgurr na laipach, last hill of the day.
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Sron Garbh:
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On the higher ridge, Carn Eige and Mam Sodhail seem far off in the hazy background.
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Pinnacles ahead.
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Back to Tom a'Choinich:
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Tried going straight over the top of the first one, but it looked like a vertical descent on slabs at the other side so had to go around. Bit of fun to break up the walk anyway :D .
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Snow clinging to north side of pinnacles:
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At last, Carn Eige - Mam Sodhail on the left.
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Both these hills are about 1180m and there's a nice wee bealach in between, unfortunately Beinn Fionnlaidh is in the other direction and its bealach is 832m so about 350m of descent/reascent needed. An Socach behind Fionnlaidh on the other side of Loch Mullardoch:
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Met another walker here who was running round in the opposite direction. Loch Mullardoch:
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Then turned around on Fionnlaidh and back up to Mam Sodhail.
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Stony route bypassing the top of Eige.
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On the bealach with Mam Sodhail ahead.
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Back to the higher ridge leading to Carn Eige.
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Last hill of the day, Sgurr na Laipach.
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Top:
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Descent to the bog, actually it wasn't too bad and in good visibility the track to head for is obvious.
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Loch Affric, Mullach fraoch-Choire behind:
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Back to Sgurr na Laipach from the bog, looks tricky from here but there's a path leading down.
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Bumped into the other walker again when I joined the track so the pace increased in the hot sun. Sadly there wasn't a cool beer back in the car, instead it was a warm can of Red Bull & a 4 hour drive home :lol: .
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Re: East Affric 5

Postby Fife Flyer » Wed May 21, 2014 7:54 pm

Some fantastic photo's :clap: :clap:

Trips to the NW from the central belt make it a really long day, hopefully off up to tackle the Brothers on Sunday & ready for plenty of miles in the car & under foot :lol:
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