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Recommended dry conditions for this Corran Graham

Recommended dry conditions for this Corran Graham


Postby The Rodmiester » Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:40 am

Route description: Sgùrr na h-Eachainne & Druim na Sgriodain

Fionas included on this walk: Druim na Sgriodain

Date walked: 14/09/2014

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 8.52 km

Ascent: 856m

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The second day of the Club's meet at Ariundle saw three of us drive past the Corran Ferry terminal and head towards Camas na Cille just beyond Keil Farm on the Western road alongside Loch Linnhe. There is just about room to squeeze in three cars directly opposite a gated access which was open when we arrived. From the roadside it is not apparent where exactly the ascent route goes but there are signe of an ATV track heading toward a heavily ferned area alongside the Allt Coire na Cille which after a few hundred metres we crossed at a convenient point after which there is a fence to negotiate.

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Roadside parking
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Heading towards the Allt Coire na Cille through the deep ferns
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Looking back over Loch Linnhe
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There has been a few hearty meals had here!
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After passing the fern plantation it's still a long haul up although at this point the undergrowth is not too thick, at least the poles are not getting entangled and caught
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At this point as there were no signs of any sort of footpaths a decision had to be made do we continue up Creag an Fhitich or do we traverse around and loose some height at the same time as there were dreaded ferns again just below the crags. Decision made, lose some height and head straight up the steep East shoulder of Sgurr na h-Eanchainne
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Looking back after a discussion on the route ahead
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Yes it's quite steep and probably not recommended in wet conditions. In many places it's a hands on scramble up the grassy slope, not too nice when there is much evidence of sheep and many rabbits on the ground, not a time to mistake something else for blaeberries
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View from the trig point over Loch Linnhe ( note not the summit) 730m
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The Summit is over there Druim na Sgriodain 734m
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Time for a bite to eat and to checkout the route ahead
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Carn a' Choire Dhuibh cliffs in the background
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A nice wee lochan heading towards the summit, this area between the two tops would also become pretty boggy after a wet spell, but today it was fine and easy walking
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Summit cairn ahead, this would be difficult to find in low cloud or in poor visibility
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Summit pose
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The way we are heading down the South then South East shoulder
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Walking down the shoulder
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The long South shoulder on the right
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At the cairn on Creagan Stob an Ribein
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Leaving the cairn, the downclimb from here is another potential accident awaiting to happen if wet, so care would have to be taken under those conditions, troday absolutely fine
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Crossing the Allt a' Choire Dhuibh
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Lower down the ground flattens out
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What we have just climbed from the Corran Ferry Jetty
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A view up Loch Linnhe
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Re: Recommended dry conditions for this Corran Graham

Postby Happyfeet » Wed Sep 17, 2014 5:51 pm

Will you please start having other people take summit photos etc of you too :) Only clues that you have been are your poles and rucksack (however, its absolutely unique) LOL
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Re: Recommended dry conditions for this Corran Graham

Postby Fife Flyer » Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:08 pm

Looked like a cracking day out Rod, some great photo's :clap:
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Re: Recommended dry conditions for this Corran Graham

Postby The Rodmiester » Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:26 pm

Happyfeet wrote:Will you please start having other people take summit photos etc of you too :) Only clues that you have been are your poles and rucksack (however, its absolutely unique) LOL

Hi Happyfeet, ok you win, at the Ring of Steall in a few weeks time , see if we can oblige. The poles and rucksack are getting famous :lol:
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Re: Recommended dry conditions for this Corran Graham

Postby The Rodmiester » Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:29 pm

Fife Flyer wrote:Looked like a cracking day out Rod, some great photo's :clap:


And the real bonus was no keds! :lol:
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Re: Recommended dry conditions for this Corran Graham

Postby litljortindan » Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:50 pm

Views of the loch look great. Always fancied a walk up this hill whenever passing by. Probably put off a bit by the dullish description in the SMC guide book. One of the benefits of WH, getting different views and descriptions.
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Re: Recommended dry conditions for this Corran Graham

Postby Silverhill » Fri Sep 19, 2014 10:33 pm

That looks like a nice wee hill. What a difference a day makes, gone was the haze! :D
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Re: Recommended dry conditions for this Corran Graham

Postby The Rodmiester » Sat Sep 20, 2014 8:28 am

Silverhill wrote:That looks like a nice wee hill. What a difference a day makes, gone was the haze! :D


Quite a toughie though Silverhill, especially heading up the East slopes, your right the Monday was a lot clearer for the Loch Leven two. Must admit I preferred them especially the Corbett :D
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Re: Recommended dry conditions for this Corran Graham

Postby BoyVertiginous » Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:31 am

Have had my eye on this one for a while but, it has always looked a bit daunting. Will probably be next year now but, thanks for the info on the start point and route/terrain.

A hard-fought and well-earned Graham...it's how it should be, eh?!
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Re: Recommended dry conditions for this Corran Graham

Postby The Rodmiester » Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:49 pm

BoyVertiginous wrote:Have had my eye on this one for a while but, it has always looked a bit daunting. Will probably be next year now but, thanks for the info on the start point and route/terrain.

A hard-fought and well-earned Graham...it's how it should be, eh?!

Hi BoyVertiginous, it's certainly not the easiest Graham, if I changed the route at all I would suggest that after crossing the burn and going through the deep ferns I would head straight on up and over the East shoulder and not drop down to the South side of the gully as this section of the climb was quite steep and if the grass was wet it would be pretty slippy. Take care and enjoy :)
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Re: Recommended dry conditions for this Corran Graham

Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue Sep 23, 2014 10:08 am

Hi Rod i'm up in this area now, did a few walks last 4 days but not this one. Looks good though but probably wont catch it till next year. Cheers :D
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Re: Recommended dry conditions for this Corran Graham

Postby robertphillips » Tue Sep 23, 2014 10:15 am

Good hill this 1, walked it yesterday sadly no views.
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Re: Recommended dry conditions for this Corran Graham

Postby The Rodmiester » Tue Sep 23, 2014 6:55 pm

robertphillips wrote:Good hill this 1, walked it yesterday sadly no views.


Pity about that Robert, guess you will have to make do with my photographs in the meantime, as a matter of interest where did you start from?
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