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Sgurr an Airid, a Corbett you must do again!

Sgurr an Airid, a Corbett you must do again!


Postby The Rodmiester » Tue Jun 10, 2014 5:04 pm

Route description: Sgurr an Airgid

Corbetts included on this walk: Sgurr an Airgid

Date walked: 08/06/2014

Time taken: 2.6 hours

Distance: 8.22 km

Ascent: 855m

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This hill is a wee cracker and I would thoroughly recommend to do this hill on a fine clear day, not because of the lack of paths or tracks because there is an obvious trail right to the very summit, because it's an walk in walk out in the same direction it's very clear and many people have decided to do this little gem more than once for the views as you progress your walk are stunning in all directions. It's also quickly done, it took me an hour to get to the summit ridge with another half an hour to the summit trig point, so its an ideal hill if your passing on the way home from doing longer or bigger days on the hill or if your staying locally and wish a short evening stroll. Although from sea level none of the climbing is very steep as the path meanders and zig zags at a very easy gradient.

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Park at the Clachain Duich Burial Ground Car Park and directly across the road there is a gate at the start of the path which takes you through trees (not shown on the OS Map) and some high grass vegetation with a small stream crossing which will cause no problems. Looking back at the Car Park for the Cemetery
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Looking back over to where I was yesterday, Sgurr na Moraich the last climb and descent after doing the Five Sisters of Kintail
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The path changes to a grassy track which makes for easy going on the feet
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Track turns into a path then into a track then back to path after passing through a fence with a gate, not locked!
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Looking East from the path towards Gleann Lichd between Beinn Fhada and the Five Sisters
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After a while up a few zig zags at a fine gradient you come to the Bealach where there is a pominent cairn
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Always keeping slightly on the South side of the broad summit ridge the path winds it's way towards the summit, at this point it can be a bit muddy but nothing to require gaiters or the like
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At this point I saw that there was another walker in front of me and found out later it was 'Tayman' from Walkhighlands, had a quick chat and headed on to the summit.
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Summit Trig Point
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On the walkout I took this photograph to show the extent and position of the well used path along the East side of the Summit ridge. Also stopped for another chat with 'Tayman', so if your reading this 'Tayman' Hi again nice to have met you, and might meet up again on a hill somtime!
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Looking over the East end of Loch Duich from the path
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Same again lower down
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A sheep fank? maybe. Zoomed in from path.
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Re: Sgurr an Airid, a Corbett you must do again!

Postby AnnieMacD » Tue Jun 10, 2014 5:56 pm

What a great recommendation - it's obvious you really liked this walk! It's been on my list for a while so may move it up after reading this. So many hills, so little time!
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Re: Sgurr an Airid, a Corbett you must do again!

Postby The Rodmiester » Tue Jun 10, 2014 6:00 pm

AnnieMacD wrote:What a great recommendation - it's obvious you really liked this walk! It's been on my list for a while so may move it up after reading this. So many hills, so little time!


Hi AnnieMacD, YES, you should move it right at the top of your list, an excellent short day, but make sure it's a nice clear day for the views alone! :D Look forward to hear if you agree with me! :)
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Re: Sgurr an Airid, a Corbett you must do again!

Postby Fife Flyer » Tue Jun 10, 2014 6:30 pm

Another of your useful descriptive reports Rod :clap: :clap:
I take it you enjoyed the 'little walk' :lol: :lol:
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Re: Sgurr an Airid, a Corbett you must do again!

Postby The Rodmiester » Tue Jun 10, 2014 6:41 pm

Fife Flyer wrote:Another of your useful descriptive reports Rod :clap: :clap:
I take it you enjoyed the 'little walk' :lol: :lol:


I did enjoy it Martin, maybe because I had had a fabulous day the day before on the Five Sisters, but no, this was a lovely wee hill to fit in with the journey home, and a drop in at the wee Cup and Cake Cafe at Roybridge, finished off a great weekend :D
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Re: Sgurr an Airid, a Corbett you must do again!

Postby jmarkb » Tue Jun 10, 2014 7:32 pm

Nice one! We did it on a wild winter's day and practically had to crawl the last few metres to the top!
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Re: Sgurr an Airid, a Corbett you must do again!

Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:15 pm

It is indeed a fine wee walk Rod. I did it the hard way though, i cycled from the Morvich Caravan site, all 1 mile or so of it :lol:
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Re: Sgurr an Airid, a Corbett you must do again!

Postby dogplodder » Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:04 pm

Keeping this for when we don't have a full day - and all the more keen now we've seen your report. :D
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Re: Sgurr an Airid, a Corbett you must do again!

Postby The Rodmiester » Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:20 pm

dogplodder wrote:Keeping this for when we don't have a full day - and all the more keen now we've seen your report. :D

Thanks dogplodder, it's a great wee hill, keep for a fine half day, great views in all directions, Enjoy! :)
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Re: Sgurr an Airid, a Corbett you must do again!

Postby tayman » Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:26 pm

The Rodmiester wrote:This hill is a wee cracker and I would thoroughly recommend to do this hill on a fine clear day, not because of the lack of paths or tracks because there is an obvious trail right to the very summit, because it's an walk in walk out in the same direction it's very clear and many people have decided to do this little gem more than once for the views as you progress your walk are stunning in all directions. It's also quickly done, it took me an hour to get to the summit ridge with another half an hour to the summit trig point, so its an ideal hill if your passing on the way home from doing longer or bigger days on the hill or if your staying locally and wish a short evening stroll. Although from sea level none of the climbing is very steep as the path meanders and zig zags at a very easy gradient.
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Hello Rodmiester, happy to have met you, pity we couldn't have chatted for longer. That crackin' hill was the 2nd of 16 Corbetts I managed to ascend in this years 'adventure holiday' and you were the only person I saw, never mind spoke to. I thought that some of the Coigach and Assynt beauties may have had more visitors but it seems that Stac Pollaidh steals them all. Nevertheless an excellent fortnight and my car is now pictured on a Walkhighlands report.
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Re: Sgurr an Airid, a Corbett you must do again!

Postby Gordie12 » Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:40 pm

Hi Rod

Been away for a few days so missed this report.

Looks like a really good hill but the high vegetation at the start has me wondering as I was at the doc's today having my first ever tick removed from my arm :shock: :shock:
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Re: Sgurr an Airid, a Corbett you must do again!

Postby The Rodmiester » Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:54 pm

tayman wrote:
The Rodmiester wrote:This hill is a wee cracker and I would thoroughly recommend to do this hill on a fine clear day, not because of the lack of paths or tracks because there is an obvious trail right to the very summit, because it's an walk in walk out in the same direction it's very clear and many people have decided to do this little gem more than once for the views as you progress your walk are stunning in all directions. It's also quickly done, it took me an hour to get to the summit ridge with another half an hour to the summit trig point, so its an ideal hill if your passing on the way home from doing longer or bigger days on the hill or if your staying locally and wish a short evening stroll. Although from sea level none of the climbing is very steep as the path meanders and zig zags at a very easy gradient.
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Hello Rodmiester, happy to have met you, pity we couldn't have chatted for longer. That crackin' hill was the 2nd of 16 Corbetts I managed to ascend in this years 'adventure holiday' and you were the only person I saw, never mind spoke to. I thought that some of the Coigach and Assynt beauties may have had more visitors but it seems that Stac Pollaidh steals them all. Nevertheless an excellent fortnight and my car is now pictured on a Walkhighlands report.

Hi Tayman, that's unbelievable, Assynt Corbetts ie Quinag, no other persons, it's another fabulous hill or should I say hills, a great day out. I see your way ahead of me re Corbetts climbed, some great hills though :D .Glad you had a fine break, picking up many Corbetts.
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Re: Sgurr an Airid, a Corbett you must do again!

Postby The Rodmiester » Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:00 pm

Gordie12 wrote:Hi Rod

Been away for a few days so missed this report.

Looks like a really good hill but the high vegetation at the start has me wondering as I was at the doc's today having my first ever tick removed from my arm :shock: :shock:

Hi Gordie, I note you have been down South doing another long distance trail. I must ask you how did you enjoy it compared with your previous LD walks in Scotland? I think I would be put off with the numbers of fellow walkers, but that's just me. Buy the way no evidence of any ticks after my Kintail weekend. You will like this one guaranteed :) ! Keep for a clear evening or a wee leg stretch on the way home from say Skye.
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Re: Sgurr an Airid, a Corbett you must do again!

Postby Gordie12 » Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:09 pm

Hi Rod

I've been trying not to compare the C2C with the WHW/GGW from last year but as you've asked, the scenery was probably better last year but there was a greater sense of satisfaction in completing this year's walk.

I know what you mean about the number of other walkers but I have to say it was pretty quiet. In the lakes there were a few people around and first thing in the morning with everyone leaving their accommodation at the same time there were other walkers in sight for the 1st mile or two but it didn't take long to clear them and have the day to yourself. There were also quiet days where I hardly saw anyone, on my near 30 mile day I saw one couple and that was it.
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Re: Sgurr an Airid, a Corbett you must do again!

Postby The Rodmiester » Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:23 pm

Gordie12 wrote:Hi Rod

I've been trying not to compare the C2C with the WHW/GGW from last year but as you've asked, the scenery was probably better last year but there was a greater sense of satisfaction in completing this year's walk.

I know what you mean about the number of other walkers but I have to say it was pretty quiet. In the lakes there were a few people around and first thing in the morning with everyone leaving their accommodation at the same time there were other walkers in sight for the 1st mile or two but it didn't take long to clear them and have the day to yourself. There were also quiet days where I hardly saw anyone, on my near 30 mile day I saw one couple and that was it.

That does surprise me, pleasantly that is :D . I must now get the finger out and try and loose some weight off the backpack if I'm to do a long distance walk, as when walking into Knoydart I had 22kilos, Far too heavy! :( :crazy:
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