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I have seen the future...and it's Grahams
by weaselmaster » Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:01 pm
Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Enaiglair
Grahams included on this walk: Meall Doire Faid
Date walked: 22/06/2014
Time taken: 5.16 hours
Distance: 12.9 km
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Get off the bliddy road!
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Well, what else?
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The path leads through a gate, helpfully directing "hillwalkers" to "the hill" - in case hillwalkers might decide to go somewhere else like "the valley" or "the loch" I suppose. The path starts promisingly, with wooden direction signs every few metres then deteriorates into a bit of a bog. We walked up to Home Loch then turned right along the Allt a'Chumhainn. We passed some extraordinary sheep, the likes of which I haven't seen before - big brutes, spotted and speckled. On past some waterfalls, the track passed between Enaiglair and the Graham, Meall Doire Faid. We were supposed to go along to the east of the hill and ascend from there, but we came to a huge boulder lying almost directly below the summit and I thought - why don't we head straight up from here - only about 350m and didn't look like there were any crags or stuff. So up we go - steeply at first, holding onto the heather, then over easier ground. I can make out the cairn and plonk myself beside it for a snap, Allison catches up mumbling something about "hating Corbetts - is this what I've got to look forward to now, troghling up pathless hillsides on your bloody routes" or some such. I assured her that's exactly what it would be like, Corbetts being less frequently provided with motorway-style tracks in comparison to the Munros.
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Big sheep - or maybe sheep/goat crosses - Geep? Shoats??
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We headed off, meaning to follow the SE shoulder down, but being a little NE instead, and had a bit of contouring over boulders to do. Mist hampered direction finding, but we could see the stalker's path below us and made for that. We continued down to the inverted T junction in the paths and took the west arm towards Loch Feith nan Cleireach. We dipped down towards the eastern end of the loch and made our way across peat hags and one river crossing, fortunately provided with some stepping stones. Next we made for an obvious col on Meall Doire Faid, between its two summits. Mist still enshrouded everything. A plover stood on a nearby rock, its plaintive cry piercing the desolate landscape. A walk over about a dozen false summits eventually brought us to our desired top. My seventh Graham - woohoo! Have to start taking these more seriously now
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Allison loving the Grahams
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We descended WSW down the shoulder, making for the track we'd taken on the way in. This was steep in places, we passed groups of deer hidden in quiet places and what appeared to be the remains of a chambered cairn. We made it back to the path, the walk having taken somewhat longer than I'd originally intended. However it was drying up and the meander back down the A9 wasn't that bad. A fine weekend, all things considered.
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by Johnny Corbett » Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:06 pm
by rockhopper » Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:12 pm
....you'll be getting a bike next before we know it - cheers
by weaselmaster » Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:35 pm
rockhopper wrote:....you'll be getting a bike next before we know it - cheers
Now that will be taking it too far
Got something long and walky planned for the weekend, no bikes in sight
by BoyVertiginous » Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:51 am
Believe we passed it on our way back from Assynt, probably not long after you'd set off, having camped below the bealach on Cul Mor and wandered up to a wet and claggy summit about 8am...miserable.
Congratulations, both, on your compleation.
by AnnieMacD » Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:33 pm
by scoob999 » Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:51 pm