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What's the story on Sail Mhor Eighe

What's the story on Sail Mhor Eighe


Postby scottishkennyg » Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:42 pm

Munros included on this walk: Ruadh-stac Mor (Beinn Eighe), Spidean Coire nan Clach (Beinn Eighe)

Corbetts included on this walk: Ruadh-stac Beag

Date walked: 11/10/2014

Time taken: 11 hours

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I drove to Torridon with a rough plan of heading for the Corbett Ruadh-stac Beag and others. I set off from the visitor centre at 0730. Moon over Torridon.
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and followed the pony trail up to the shelter stone.
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I turned south and followed the stream up to the south ridge of Ruaidh Stac Beag. I walked directly up the steep slopes to catch the summit plateau. The terrain was steep and I disturbed a few rocks which turned out not to be as solid as the felt.
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I reached the cairn located at the North side at 1015.
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There were some quality views of the surrounding hills. Over to Ruadh Stac Mor
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toward Beinn Eighe
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Cloud moving over BE NE ridge (route to follow)
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North
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I headed off for lochan Uaine at the base of the Beinn Eighe North East Ridge. I refuelled and decided to head up on to the ridge. I kept to the west side and picked a route up the steep slopes.
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View back over to RSB
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Higher up I came to some steep rocks
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which when climbed led to the apex of the ridge. (on ridge looking back)
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There were no obvious signs of any paths up to this point or along the ridge.
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I would not like to try to descend this ridge or the steep slopes in the wet.
A view over to Sgurr Ban
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I continued along the ridge and reached the 993m summit cairn of SCNC at 1145.
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Again the views were great with some intermittent clouds.
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Over to RSM
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I continued along the ridge to the trig point and then followed the obvious ridge line.
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The walk over to Ruadh Stac Mor was fine and much more enjoyable than the last time I had been up here.
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I reached the summit cairn at 1310. Again the cloud cleared to reveal some great views back over the route just walked.
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I continued back along the ridge, picked up my pack and had some lunch just along from the triple buttress.
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I pushed on and headed right up to the cairn at the top of the ridge and convinced myself to head out to Sail Mor. I thought it would be a 45 minute journey but that was before I encountered the rocks. I reached the 976m cairn above the triple buttress as the dense clouds came in. I took a bearing and set off aver a narrow rocky ridge. A few moments later I could sense that there was nothing on the right hand side. The path had disappeared. I down climbed very carefully with some hands on scrambling. All the time I was thinking that this could not be right but the compass never lies!! Anyway I persevered and inched down until I reached safer ground. The clouds opened up and I could see where I had descended.
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Last wee bit..
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Thankfully it was sound dry rock.
Anyway I proceeded along the ridge and the clouds lifted to highlight the route traversed..
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Near the summit there was a strange stone configuration on the ground just before the cairn.
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Stones had also been set upright on the final approach to the cairn. I wondered what had been going on up here. As I sat on the summit at 1450 a wee deer appeared from the west onto the stone cairn area. It stared toward me then edged off down the East side.
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As I walked back along the ridge the clouds opened and I got a glimpse of Liathach and down into the Coire Dubh Mor.
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I decided to descend into the glen to join the path back to the road. The descent was steep and made more tricky by the arrival of a heavy shower. I had to change route several times to avoid some exposed rocks and it seemed to take ages took ages to inch down.
A view back up..
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I caught the path and walked back to the main car park. Then it was the long road walk back to the car. A view back to Liathach.
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After about an hour and 10 random cars passing by one driver stopped and offered a lift. Superb and big thanks to the gentleman from Glasgow who was up walking Alligan and staying in Gairloch. I got dropped off at the car park at 1830 thankfully saving at least an hour. And the added bonus was that Scotland held off for a 1-0 win too.
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Re: What's the story on Sail Mhor Eighe

Postby Silverhill » Sun Oct 12, 2014 9:02 pm

That looked like a fab trip. Very mysterious when the cloud sailed in. 8)
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Re: What's the story on Sail Mhor Eighe

Postby rockhopper » Sun Oct 12, 2014 9:19 pm

Nice on kenny - sounded tough at times but worth it for the views early on - cheers :)
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Re: What's the story on Sail Mhor Eighe

Postby litljortindan » Tue Oct 14, 2014 9:19 pm

Great report and adventurous route. Reads like Slingsby!
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Re: What's the story on Sail Mhor Eighe

Postby scottishkennyg » Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:21 pm

Silverhill wrote:That looked like a fab trip. Very mysterious when the cloud sailed in. 8)

Thanks silverhill.you are spot on.the clouds create a special atmosphere..
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Re: What's the story on Sail Mhor Eighe

Postby scottishkennyg » Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:24 pm

rockhopper wrote:Nice on kenny - sounded tough at times but worth it for the views early on - cheers :)

Cheers neil...i must have brought the clouds over here to portugal..
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Re: What's the story on Sail Mhor Eighe

Postby scottishkennyg » Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:25 pm

litljortindan wrote:Great report and adventurous route. Reads like Slingsby!

Thanks litljortindan..
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Re: What's the story on Sail Mhor Eighe

Postby AnnieMacD » Sat Oct 18, 2014 10:19 pm

Oh, that's quite a route! Brave man to come straight down the south side of Sail Mor. Were you not tempted to go down Morrison's Gully? :lol: :lol:

The strange stone circle was there when I was up in August but the vertical stones weren't so they are new. As it's pretty rocky up there it may be to direct one to the cairn?

Really enjoyed your photos - the colours are certainly changing.
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Re: What's the story on Sail Mhor Eighe

Postby scottishkennyg » Tue Oct 21, 2014 8:43 pm

AnnieMacD wrote:Oh, that's quite a route! Brave man to come straight down the south side of Sail Mor. Were you not tempted to go down Morrison's Gully? :lol: :lol:

The strange stone circle was there when I was up in August but the vertical stones weren't so they are new. As it's pretty rocky up there it may be to direct one to the cairn?

Really enjoyed your photos - the colours are certainly changing.

Cheers Annie, Morrisons gulley...that descent route rings a bell :crazy
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Re: What's the story on Sail Mhor Eighe

Postby dogplodder » Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:07 pm

There's something special about that last photo. That's some route too! :clap:
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Re: What's the story on Sail Mhor Eighe

Postby Collaciotach » Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:37 pm

Grand photos :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: What's the story on Sail Mhor Eighe

Postby dawnfoth » Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:01 pm

Wow! Wow! Wow! Your photos are superb!! :D Looks like a cracking walk you had. I think I might need to add that to my hit list :thumbup:
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Re: What's the story on Sail Mhor Eighe

Postby scottishkennyg » Sat Oct 25, 2014 11:38 am

dogplodder wrote:There's something special about that last photo. That's some route too! :clap:

Thanks dp..just wish I had walked back along road a bit to catch the hill with the red aura of the setting sun..maybe next time..
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Re: What's the story on Sail Mhor Eighe

Postby scottishkennyg » Sat Oct 25, 2014 11:41 am

Collaciotach wrote:Grand photos :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

tapadh leat Colla
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Re: What's the story on Sail Mhor Eighe

Postby scottishkennyg » Sat Oct 25, 2014 11:42 am

dawnfoth wrote:Wow! Wow! Wow! Your photos are superb!! :D Looks like a cracking walk you had. I think I might need to add that to my hit list :thumbup:

thanks Dawn.
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