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A little ray of Sunshine - Maol Chinn-Dearg

A little ray of Sunshine - Maol Chinn-Dearg


Postby dawnfoth » Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:07 pm

Munros included on this walk: Maol chinn-dearg

Date walked: 12/10/2014

Time taken: 3.15 hours

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Many moons ago before I was into this hill-walking malarkey, one of my friends decided we were going to climb the last 3 mountains on the West end of the Glen Shiel Ridge. If I had known any better I would have waited and climbed the ridge in its entirety. However, I didn’t… know any better… that is! :crazy:

I went back last year in May to climb the other 4 Munro’s and the conditions under foot were very poor to say the least and incredibly dangerous and I took a chance that I probably shouldn’t have between Creag a Mhaim and Druim Shionnach. On route to the 4th Munro, I met two chaps who had decided to retreat – this time I followed suit leaving me with this wee chap in the middle left to complete the ridge. :shock:

Some things are meant to be and this was most definitely one of them! :D

After a lazy Sunday morning in bed, I left Dunblane at 12.15 and reached Kintail at 3.30pm.

The clouds were high, the sky blue and there was a slight chill in the air. I was very motivated and felt I had to be as I had no idea how long this would take me, but had overly estimated 3 hours to the summit, but I thought it would be more like 2. I set off at 3.45pm up the zig-zag stalkers path which was a little wet in places, but a very good path up onto the grassy ridge.

Looking over to Five Sisters in Autumn Colours.jpg
Looking up to the Five Sisters

The Cluanie Inn.jpg
Looking down to the Cluanie Inn and Loch Cluanie

The snaking river towards Loch Cluanie.jpg

Me.jpg

Down the Ridge.jpg
Looking down the ridge


The stags were bellowing down both sides of the ridge which made me a little wary. It’s quite eerie. I reached a very short rocky bit and once over this, more of the grassy ridge took me to the summit in 1hr 45 minutes. Not bad at all! 8)

I think it’s fair to say that the view absolutely blew me away. :silent: Scotland is absolutely stunning and I could see everything from Gleouriach, Spidean Mialach, Knoydart, The Forcan Ridge, Skye and across to the North of course to the Five Sisters, the Brothers, Achralaig, Mullach Fraoch-Choire and the other 3 yonder Munro’s.

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The Summit Cairn

Loch Quoich.jpg
Loch Quoich again

Loch Quoich 1.jpg
Loch Quoich

Me 1.jpg
Me on the summit

Gleouriach and Spidean Mialach.jpg
Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach

Aonach Air Chrith.jpg
Aonach Air Chrith

Pano 1.jpg

Mountains.jpg


If you’re a bit of a romantic, this would be an awesome place to pitch a tent and watch the stars or the Northern Lights. Plenty places to pitch up. 8)

I spent the best part of half an hour on the summit faffing around taking photos, selfies, making a wee video and just drinking in the views before I got so cold that I had to leave and of course before it got dark. :wave:

Sunshine.jpg

Summit Sunshine.jpg
Summit in Sunshine


I descended the same way I came up as I knew the path and that it was straightforward should darkness fall. But one could easily head West from the summit and North down the next shoulder as there is a clear marked path on the map.

the descent.jpg
Pink Clouds on the descent


I descended to the car without the use of my head-torch. Just.

And now to pitch the tent somewhere near the Cluanie Inn. :thumbup: Tomorrow will be a very big day :wink:
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Re: A little ray of Sunshine - Maol Chinn-Dearg

Postby jonny616 » Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:15 pm

Nice one Dawn. Stunning looking day. 8)
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Re: A little ray of Sunshine - Maol Chinn-Dearg

Postby Silverhill » Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:21 pm

Well done, sounds like a nice warm up for tomorrow's big day. Good luck! :D
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Re: A little ray of Sunshine - Maol Chinn-Dearg

Postby dawnfoth » Fri Oct 17, 2014 10:12 pm

jonny616 wrote:Nice one Dawn. Stunning looking day. 8)


Thanks Jonny!! It was truly gorgeous and I felt really lucky to have been there. I'm so glad I made the effort as I could so easily have stayed home. :D
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Re: A little ray of Sunshine - Maol Chinn-Dearg

Postby dawnfoth » Fri Oct 17, 2014 10:15 pm

Silverhill wrote:Well done, sounds like a nice warm up for tomorrow's big day. Good luck! :D


Thanks Silverhill! :D It was a cracking warm up for the Bros & Soul Sisters ridge which you can now read about :wink:
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Re: A little ray of Sunshine - Maol Chinn-Dearg

Postby dogplodder » Sat Oct 18, 2014 11:01 am

Great pics from your warm up day too! :thumbup:
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Re: A little ray of Sunshine - Maol Chinn-Dearg

Postby railton22 » Sat Oct 18, 2014 2:20 pm

Your photos are amazing. Looks AWESOME 8)
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Re: A little ray of Sunshine - Maol Chinn-Dearg

Postby SAVAGEALICE » Sat Oct 18, 2014 6:56 pm

Well done Dawn ..those views look fab! :clap: :D
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Re: A little ray of Sunshine - Maol Chinn-Dearg

Postby gammy leg walker » Sat Oct 18, 2014 7:43 pm

Beautiful pictures Dawn and a lovely read also xx
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Re: A little ray of Sunshine - Maol Chinn-Dearg

Postby AnnieMacD » Sat Oct 18, 2014 9:59 pm

Great report of a great hill. I came down this ridge too and got a bit fed up on the zig-zags but thoroughly enjoyed it further up. I love contrasts of scenery from the north to the south when on the ridge.
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Re: A little ray of Sunshine - Maol Chinn-Dearg

Postby dawnfoth » Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:18 am

Thanks folks - it was a real treat for me :D Lovely wee hill. I'd most certainly go back up it and those who know me, know I'm not one for repeating hills, unless they're great! :lol:
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Re: A little ray of Sunshine - Maol Chinn-Dearg

Postby Jock McJock » Mon Oct 20, 2014 4:21 pm

Looks lovely Dawn! I will def take your advice and may just head there with the tent sometime for a wee night under the stars. Cracking pics! That whole area is just stunning. We were on Gairich the other week and got an idea of what this gem of a place looks like. Hoping to be back up that way soon.
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Re: A little ray of Sunshine - Maol Chinn-Dearg

Postby quoman » Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:54 pm

Well done again Dawn,

Glad you got that one done it looks a braw wee place to camp right enough might do that once ave done all the hills.
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Re: A little ray of Sunshine - Maol Chinn-Dearg

Postby dawnfoth » Thu Oct 23, 2014 8:20 pm

Jock McJock wrote:Looks lovely Dawn! I will def take your advice and may just head there with the tent sometime for a wee night under the stars. Cracking pics! That whole area is just stunning. We were on Gairich the other week and got an idea of what this gem of a place looks like. Hoping to be back up that way soon.


Gairich is a cracker as well! :D Cheers Jock!
quoman wrote:Well done again Dawn,

Glad you got that one done it looks a braw wee place to camp right enough might do that once ave done all the hills.


We'll see Wuls, we'll see. I might just do that myself one of these days or take Scooty with me - he can carry the extra duvets! :lol:
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