Five fine Fannichs on a very favourable day
by martin.h » Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:18 pm
Route description: Sgurr nan Clach Geala, near Braemore
Munros included on this walk: A' Chailleach, Meall a'Chrasgaidh, Sgurr Breac, Sgurr nan Clach Geala, Sgurr nan Each
Date walked: 05/08/2014
Time taken: 9.5 hours
Distance: 22 km
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The main objective of the day were the three Munro's Meall a'Chrasgaidh,Sgurr nan Clach Geala and Sgurr nan Each.
The day dawned with thin mist around the cottage were we staying just south of Lairg,there was a hint of blue sky above all this so we put the plan into action,had an early breakfast,chucked the boots,poles and rucksacs into the car and drove the 53 miles round to the start point,We parked up in the layby described in the WH route description got the boots on and were off trying in vain to outwalk the midges.
The views towards our mountains were good but the clear blue sky we had whilst travelling had given way to a thin layer of grey but did'nt look threatening. We saw the path going off to the left soon after the bridge but did'nt take it because it was more like 50 foot rather than 50 mtrs and found ourselves on the good stalkers path which runs alongside the Allt Breabaig and considering how to cross it,we eventually found a good spot but if anybody does what we did,go back and find the path,it saves a lot of messing about.
When we did cross we found a path heading in the right general direction and followed it then struck directly uphill and carried on like this upto the point where it starts to ease.
In the distance we could see what looked like a cairn but as we got closer found it to be a boulder but,we were heading in the right direction, and we arrived at the cairn on the summit of Meall a'Chrasgaidh after not too much effort.
The views from here are great with Sgurr Mor taking centre stage
and An Teallach really looking good with the Fisherfield mountains to the left.
I was quite suprised at how close Sgurr Mor looked from here, we could see the big cairn on it's summit very plainly indeed. Our way forward onto Sgurr nan Clach Geala was easy to see but it did look a bit daunting considering it's quite a bit bigger than the mountain we were on,but the day was fine so there was no hurry.
The climb onto the summit of the second munro was full of interest with the crags and cliffs of Sgurr nan Clach Geala in front of you
and the sheer bulk of Sgurr Mor to the left it did feel huge and when on the summit you can see most of the eastern Fannichs stretching away from you,a fantastic place to be.
Looking onward to Sgurr nan Each it seemed a long way off but the time was good and the prospect of including two more munros did'nt seem too bad so we decided to get onto munro no:3 and then make the decision, Sgurr Breac did'nt look that far off.
The walk down to Cadha na Guite is quite steep in places and you do descend about 280 mtrs but,thankfully, the climb up onto Sgurr nan Each is less than half of that and it is soon reached.
The views from here are magnificent in all directions,we could see Fionn Bheinn the mountain we were on 3 day's before, the other 4 Fannichs stretching away to the east and our next two possibilities too near to ignore.
We retraced our steps back down to Cadha na Guite and then started the steep descent down to the bealach,all the way looking at the way up Sgurr Breac.
We could see a path running up the ridge opposite and when we arrived at a shelter in the bealach we could see the start of this path and it was then we decided to give the other two a shot.
We started up the path which was fairly wet initially and were soon caught up by the first person we'd seen all day,we had a quick chat and found out he was doing all 9 of the Fannichs in one day and these were his final two, and the way he shot off I could see he must be incredibly fit and in no time at all,he seemed miles away,how good it must be to be young and fit.
When we arrived at the summit of Sgurr Breac we did'nt feel too bad ourselves,
looked over to A' Chailleach and thought "jeeps that's along way" but we still had plenty of time so we decided there and then it would be a shame if we did'nt carry on,eventhough I felt lead legged and once we got there it was only the long walk out to do so off we went towards our final munro.
On the way over we met up with young machine again, after nine munro's he looked remarkably fresh,he pointed out his descent route to us so that we had an idea of where to get off the mountain,he trotted off and we carried onto A'Challeach and reached the summit about 8 1/4 hrs since we set off that morning, we still had a long way to go to finish the walk but we felt good after doing five munro's in the day when we'd set off to do three.
The walk back to the car is a long one and down some steep hillsides so we took our time to avoid any nasty slips or falls on the way down. I managed to twist an ankle trying to correct a slip and Denise sat down in a bog but we arrived back at the car happy with a good long day in some of Scotlands finest mountains,it's a day we won't forget and we hope to finish the other four Fannichs next year on a day with similar weather, it's suprising how a bit of sun and clear summits lifts the heart.
by Alteknacker » Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:30 am
by martin.h » Wed Aug 13, 2014 11:19 am
by rockhopper » Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:07 pm
by martin.h » Thu Aug 14, 2014 6:13 pm
rockhopper wrote:A very favourable day right enough - did look very enjoyable. You got a much better day weatherwise than me. Ineresting that you went clockwise - can remember thinking about it but decided to go anti-clockwise to avoid a descent down Leitir Fhearna - cheers
Hi rockhopper, yes we did have a good day,thanks, a lot better than what that part of Scotland has had over the last week.
We went clockwise because we were originally going to do the three and then take stock of how we were feeling on Sgurr Nan Each. The descent down Leitir Fhearna isn't that bad, a bit boggy and progress is a bit slow as a consequence but we both felt that we'd rather go down that way than go up it. Thanks for reading.
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