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A filthy, foul day for a first foray into the Fannichs
by Graeme D » Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:14 pm
Munros included on this walk: A' Chailleach, Sgurr Breac
Date walked: 16/07/2014
Time taken: 6.2 hours
Distance: 15.3 km
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I had no pretenses about trying to do all the Fannichs in a oner, or even seven of them, with a big day on the Beinn Dearg group the following day, so I settled for the western five from the Dundonnell Road near the head of Loch a'Bhraoin.
I was away from Perth by 05.45 so I had plenty of time to play with. All the way up the A9 and then along the Ullapool road to Braemore Junction the weather played things close to its chest and on arrival at the start of the walk, the cloud clung low to the summit ridges of the Fannichs. Och well, Scotland in July - what more can one really hope for????!!!!
I set off towards the head of the loch still swithering about whether to stick with the plan or change it - and if so, how. I elected to tackle the two western outliers first and then make a decision on whether to go for the central three across the Allt Breabag after that.
Shortly after crossing the footbridge I struck off onto the slopes of Leitir Fhearna that lead onto the Druim Reidh, the eastern arm of the coire that cradles Loch Toll an Lochain. From about the 350 metre mark I happened to look back and saw a group of four walkers coming over the bridge. I assumed they would continue on up the glen to the high bealach but they followed me up towards Leitir Fhearna in worsening conditions.
I paused for refreshment at the cairn marking the top of Leitir Fhearna and the start of the broad flat section before the long gradual ascent of the Druim Reidh and one of the four caught up with me as I sat huddled in the rain. She was up from dan souff and was walking with her boyfriend, sister and father. They had already done several big routes over the previous few days, including the Beinn Dearg round, my intended entertainment for tomorrow. I left her to wait for the rest of her group and cracked on.
I must have been guilty of path watching at some point as I only gradually began to register that I was losing height on the west side of the ridge and dropping down towards the loch. A quick check of the map suggested that a quick lung burster up the slopes to my left would put things right and bring me out somewhere around the summit of Toman Coinnich.
I popped back up almost right on top of the 935m summit cairn and, despite it being a straightforward looking walk from here to Sgurr Breac on the map, thought it best to take a quick bearing in the clag. A quick down and up and I was soon on the windy summit of my first Fannich (if you discount Fionn Bheinn in any case) where several attempts to set up the mini tripod for a self timed shot ended in dismal failure.
Back on Toman Coinnich, I met the four others who had tackled A' Chailleach first. I had opted for Sgurr Breac first so I would be returning to A' Chailleach and in the process heading away from the central three, thus disabusing myself of any notion of wasting them on a skanky day such as this. After assuring them there was precious little chance of any shelter en route to their second Munro of the day, and even less chance of actually seeing anything, I headed for A' Chailleach.
After a couple of summit shots that could frankly have been taken anywhere, I headed off via the other arm of the coire, the Sron na Goibhre ridge.
As the Law of Sod would have it, things brightened up considerably on my descent, but as far as my original plan was concerned, the game was now well and truly a bogey. In any case, the cloud was still hanging on grimly to the summits of Sgurr nan Clach Geala and co. So it was back along the south shore of Loch a'Bhraoin while pondering how to spend the remainder of the day, before a final meeting with the foursome back at the cars.
by mountain thyme » Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:36 pm
by rockhopper » Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:53 pm
First the kids are into selfies...................but the teachers now doing the same
was a bit slow here, took me a few seconds to get this one - cheersGraeme D wrote: She was up from dan souff and was walking.....
by Graeme D » Thu Jul 31, 2014 10:05 pm
mountain thyme wrote:Pity about the weather G A wee serious or peeved off face in ' time to alter the plan pic' ?
Aye, you know that look then T?
rockhopper wrote:Rotten luck with the weather, Graeme - it's always the same though, brightens up on the way down
First the kids are into selfies...................but the teachers now doing the samewas a bit slow here, took me a few seconds to get this one - cheersGraeme D wrote: She was up from dan souff and was walking.....
The mind boggles imagining what you initially thought I meant!
Not the start to my 5 days I had in mind but things improved from then on in...........