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Slioch [#282] and Beinn Airigh Charr – summit camps

Slioch [#282] and Beinn Airigh Charr – summit camps

Postby rockhopper » Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:36 pm

Route description: Slioch, near Kinlochewe

Munros included on this walk: Slioch

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Airigh Charr, Beinn Lair

Grahams included on this walk: Meall Mheinnidh

Date walked: 22/07/2014

Distance: 55 km

Ascent: 3300m

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Thought I’d start off with a little preamble and some stats as this is my Munros compleation WR but I’ll keep it brief.

First munro was Ben Lomond in June 1986 with Ken prior to walking much of the WHW to Fort William – blazing hot summers day after which we went for a swim in Loch Lomond while staying at the Rowardennan YH. First winter Munro, again with Ken, was Ben Vorlich at Loch Earn in February 1987 and first solo Munro, Beinn Chabhair, followed in July 1987. Marriage and family then meant only a few Munros covered over the next 20 odd years until August 2010 when I got the bug again.

A few stats on walks including first time Munros:

Distance: a little over 2,200km
Ascent: just under 155,000m
Hill days: just under 95days

In addition, thanks to certain other contributors’ reports displaying sunsets/sunrises, I took up wild camping for the first time in April 2011. Of the 282 total, 76 involved a wild camp (with many more involving camping near the car).

Before I start, my apologies for the number of photos – actually took nearly five hundred and found it hard enough to reduce the number down this far.

For various reasons I’d decided very early on that if I ever got to the end, the final Munro would have to be Slioch. I did think about adding it on at the end of my Fisherfield walk and also about just covering it on its own but decided in the end for a longer trip to do it justice. This also meant I could wait for better weather and keep things flexible. I did also consider adding on the Graham, Beinn a'Mhuinidh, after Slioch but in the end decided that was just a bit too much particularly given how hot it turned out.

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Left Glasgow on the Tuesday morning for the drive northwards arriving at the Incheril car park a little before 11am. Got ready and set off along the path towards Loch Maree – it was already very hot and not yet midday. Met a couple from Lincoln who were up here on holiday and going on to see family. Further on I met three walkers who had been on a multi day camping trip and were suffering terribly from cleg bites.

The bracken was quite high in places by the time I got to the point were the track splits up to Slioch but between there and Letterewe it got a lot worse – frequently as tall as me and overgrown across the track. Around NG998671 I kept to what I thought was the proper track but ended up too high – bit of scrambling needed to get back down when I could go no further.

Last edited by rockhopper on Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:24 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Slioch [#282] and Beinn Airigh Charr – summit camps

Postby weaselmaster » Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:49 pm

Been waiting for this one, RH - glad to see that the weather played ball for you and you had a suitably fantastic set of conditions to compleat in. Well done on your achievement - I hope the trips and the reports don't stop :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Slioch [#282] and Beinn Airigh Charr – summit camps

Postby SAVAGEALICE » Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:50 pm

Excellent stuff rockhopper! Well done on your Compleation :clap: Finishing in style!! :D Fantastic photos. :clap:
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Re: Slioch [#282] and Beinn Airigh Charr – summit camps

Postby drammy » Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:19 pm

Congratulations Rockhopper.
Now thats the way to compleat :)
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Re: Slioch [#282] and Beinn Airigh Charr – summit camps

Postby malky_c » Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:22 pm

Brilliant - one of the classiest compleations I have seen 8) . I liked the look of your route - lots of it covered ground familiar to me from one of my favourite walks in the last few years.

Congratulations :D
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Re: Slioch [#282] and Beinn Airigh Charr – summit camps

Postby PeteR » Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:26 pm

Absolutely stunning set of photos for what looks like a superb trip :D :clap:

Did Slioch recently and endured a fairly claggy day on the top myself. Glad to see you got stellar weather though for your compleation :clap:
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Re: Slioch [#282] and Beinn Airigh Charr – summit camps

Postby AnnieMacD » Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:33 pm

Congratulations! What a fantastic finale to your years of climbing the Munros. To make it a 3-day event was an inspired decision.

Your report and photos really do justice to your achievement. I liked the way that you circled around Slioch first and then kept it to the end and then spent then night on top. I think you own a bit of it now! (Or maybe it owns a bit of you?)

I was trying to pick a couple of favourite photos but it's too difficult. They are all amazing and the sunrise and sunsets are truly special.
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Re: Slioch [#282] and Beinn Airigh Charr – summit camps

Postby clivegrif » Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:40 pm

Rockhopper, that was stunning! :clap: :clap: :clap:

What a way to compleat, absolutely brilliant. Love the photos, got to be some contenders in amongst them.

Many congratulations.
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Re: Slioch [#282] and Beinn Airigh Charr – summit camps

Postby Avocetboy » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:00 pm

Wow! Stunning set of photos from a fantastic few days. Probably the best advert for high level, wild camping... Ever!

Congratulations on your compleation.
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Re: Slioch [#282] and Beinn Airigh Charr – summit camps

Postby Fudgie » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:02 pm

Amazing stuff rockhopper :clap:

Some cracking pictures in there and you certainly did it in style 8)
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Re: Slioch [#282] and Beinn Airigh Charr – summit camps

Postby Collaciotach » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:21 pm

S'math a rinn thu a bhalaich .

Well done fella :clap: :clap: :clap:

And a great route with superb photos ,now away off and start those Corbetts :D
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Re: Slioch [#282] and Beinn Airigh Charr – summit camps

Postby gammy leg walker » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:30 pm

Stunning TR from start to finish Rockhopper just blown away with the fantastic pictures.

Well done on your compleation hope you keep posting when you start your 2nd round.
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Re: Slioch [#282] and Beinn Airigh Charr – summit camps

Postby Gordie12 » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:41 pm

Congrats Rockhopper

Stunning photos and loved that first camp site - I need to buy a tent!!!
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Re: Slioch [#282] and Beinn Airigh Charr – summit camps

Postby Silverhill » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:43 pm

Congratulations Rockhopper! With all the great weather we've had, I was wondering when you would go for the final one! Great set of pictures too! :D
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Re: Slioch [#282] and Beinn Airigh Charr – summit camps

Postby jonny616 » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:49 pm

Amazing pictures RH. A fine way to compleat. We'll done. :clap: :clap:
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