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Fine day on Sgritheall - Corbetts and a Top

Fine day on Sgritheall - Corbetts and a Top


Postby weaselmaster » Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:16 pm

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Sgritheall

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn na h-Eaglaise, Beinn nan Caorach, Sgurr an Airgid

Date walked: 14/03/2015

Time taken: 11.75 hours

Distance: 27.4 km

Ascent: 2660m

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After weekends of high winds, rain and general miserableness we finally had a glorious sunny weekend in prospect - at least in the North West. I had seen too many rounded grassy mountains over the last few weekends to last me quite a while - I wanted some west coast ruggedness. Where to go? Well it was also Mother's Day on Sunday which meant having an early finish to permit a visit to the aged parents...I formulated a plan to climb the 2 Corbetts next to Beinn Sgritheall, include Sgritheall for its NW top then have a quick hill on Sunday morning in the form of Sgurr an Airgid. I was quite excited at the prospect of climbing Sgritheall again as first time round it had been enveloped in clag and I'd seen neither mountain or view - a shame on a reputedly fine hill. This second round business has its advantages :lol:

Managed to get a half day on Friday and drove away from Greenock just gone 1pm into a sunny windless afternoon. Roads were quiet and we motored comfortably up to Kintail, stopping every now and then for a "wow" or "look at that" at the hills en route. As all the campsites in the area still seem to be shut for winter I'd decided that we'd pitch on Bernera beach, I hadn't been before but a trawl on the net suggested it was OK for wild camping. Arriving just gone 5pm we found plenty of space to set up home, as well as plenty of evidence of previous campers - numerous fire pits and some rubbish - tut, tut. It was quite stony under the grass, so the titanium spikes came in handy. Had tea sitting gazing at the sun sinking over the Sound of Sleat, an orange tinged sky predicted a fine day ahead. We watched the stars come out, wrapped in our jackets - and as it got colder - a sleeping bag before retiring to drift off to sleep with the gentle sound of the waves lapping on the shore. The words of Van Morrison's "So quiet in here" which had been playing in the car on the way into Glenelg came to mind ....this must be what paradise is like

Some shots on the road up...

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Bernera Beach
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Up early in the morning and off to Arnisdale by 7.30, warm pink glow in the sky, some puffy clouds sitting over the hills. As we drove into Arnisdale the immense sight of Sgritheall dominates the view- all this had escaped us last time around. Over to the right was Ladhar Bheinn, Beinn na Callich and the hills of Knoydart. We parked to the Ceilidh Centre with its first class toilets and prepared to set off. The route follows a track along into Glen Arnisdale (starting altitude 5m) and continues on into a cleft in the hills loosely following the Allt Utha. We passed a group of young stags loitering in a field as if they were cattle, not in the least concerned by our presence. It felt so good to be out walking in the sunshine in this particularly lovely part of the world. Ascent was steady, we passed a waterfall and shortly after left the track to follow a faint footpath up the side of Beinn nan Caorach. To our left curled the peaky Beinn na h-Eaglais, with the 906 top of Sgritheall behind it. Delights to come. Nothing particularly challenging about Caorach, haze limiting the extent of the views we achieved from the top. Followed the fence line north then curving across a vast plain - bealach dhruim nam Bo. Excellent place to pitch a tent or several hundred! Some deer were startled by our intrusion and headed off.

Sgritheall & Beinn na h-eaglaise
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Ladhar Bheinn
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Eaglaise & Sgritheall
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Summit Caorach
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Walk to Eaglaise
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We wandered over to the base of Beinn na h-Eaglaise, enjoying its pointed triangularness. It's about 200m of steady climbing, no difficulties here, to reach the narrow summit crest. Great views over into Coire Min on Sgritheall, still holding a fair bit of snow. The next challenge was the descent to Bealach Arnisdail - this had looked steep on the map, although I just planned to follow the fence line. We came to a cleft in the mountain, took the north side of this. It was becoming unpleasantly steep on wet grass and what concerned me most was what appeared to be an overhang below us - I couldn't see how to get the last 50m or so. Not wanting to find that we were poised over a bluff I decided to head further north onto scree slopes where I could at least make out the full descent route. This proved straightforward and we contoured back to the centre point of the bealach to have lunch. Looking back up at the descent route it was indeed a steep wee slope.

Pyramid of Eaglaise
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Caorach
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Summit Eaglaise
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Descent
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Quite a steep wee descent too!
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Last time we'd gone up this slope of Sgritheall we were soaked through and moving in dense clag - it was a case of just keep going upwards and surely it'll stop sometime. This time we could enjoy the 300m ascent, some on snow, some on scree. Up to the cairn then a trek across the summit ridge to the shattered trig point marking the Munro. We enjoyed the hazy view up Loch Hourn then dropped our packs and set off on the ten minute walk to the 928m Top. Another one visited - yay! Rather than take the usual descent route off Sgritheall I'd decided that we'd head back to the Bealach Arnidail and descend by the WH ascent route- this would avoid a lengthy road walk in winter boots. Proved to be a sensible enough option apart from me slipping several times on wet grass to the extent that I vaguely considered whether if I put my crampons on I'd have a better chance of staying upright. Eventually we made it down to the village and enjoyed a pleasant sunny walk back to the car, eyes fixed on Knoydart - oh to be over there for a few days in weather like this... Car told me it was 18 degrees when we got back - not bad for mid March! Stopped off at the Glenelg Inn for a lovely pint of Guinness on the return to the tent, then a tent Thai Red Curry.

Looking back on Eaglaise
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Scree
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View from the 906 top
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Coire Min
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Sgritheall summit
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928 Top
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Towards Knoydart
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Lunnidhe Bheinn
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A cold night - ice on the tent and frost on the grass on Sunday morning. Clear blue sky, another very fine day. Lovely drive over Mam Ratagan and over to Morvich. Airgid looked to be a straightforward up and down hill but placed in splendid location for viewing the hills all around - the 5 Sisters, the Saddle and up to the North - Applecross and the empty lands around Attadale. Again there;s a good track, boggy in the early stages, that leads you gently upwards, zigzagging easily til Mam na Duhbaraiche is gained. Hunter's Ridge on Beinn Fhada looked particularly interesting from here. Some peat hags then the final section of Airgid is reached - still a fair bit of snow here with an icy sublayer but easily avoidable. Another shattered trig point - what have the poor trigs of Kintail done to deserve such destruction?? Looking north to Sguman Coinntich I'm reminded that the trig on it too was destroyed, reduced to a skeleton.
After a coffee at the summit we walked over to Sgurr na Seamraig, views to Loch Duich and Loch Alsh and the Skye Bridge hampered by haze but still lovely. Retraced our steps, bumsliding on the longish icy section and back at the car in under 4 hours. A fantastic weekend - oh for more days like these to enjoy the splendours of the North West :D

Frosty morn
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Another fine day
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View south
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Hunter's Ridge
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Sgritheall (zoomed)
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Hunter's ridge
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Airgid - still some snow
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View back along ascent route
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5 Sisters
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Sguman Coinntich
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Summit Airgid
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View to the Skye Bridge
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Bit of fun
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Re: Fine day on Sgritheall - Corbetts and a Top

Postby PeteR » Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:30 pm

Superb 8) :D

And what a "campsite" you had there 8)

That descent off the second Corbett on day 1 looked steep :shock: My legs still aren't talking to me after coming off Streap on Saturday, so I better wait a few weeks before I head back to Arnisdale to tackle those two. Surely one of the most spectacular places on the planet in my view :D
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Re: Fine day on Sgritheall - Corbetts and a Top

Postby Fife Flyer » Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:11 pm

A nice relaxing weekend for our intrepid explorers :lol: :lol:

Great stuff Al & Allison, we don't get many weekends like that (weather wise), some fantastic photo's :clap: :clap:
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Re: Fine day on Sgritheall - Corbetts and a Top

Postby ere1 » Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:05 pm

Excellent stuff Weaselmaster! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Fine day on Sgritheall - Corbetts and a Top

Postby litljortindan » Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:33 pm

Looks an excellent weekend. Plenty fond memories of Glenelg.
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Re: Fine day on Sgritheall - Corbetts and a Top

Postby rockhopper » Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:53 pm

superb - weekends like that don't come often :thumbup: not that I'm jealous in the slightest......... :oops: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: have been too busy of late to get anywhere near a hill :( - cheers :)
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Re: Fine day on Sgritheall - Corbetts and a Top

Postby weaselmaster » Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:03 pm

rockhopper wrote:superb - weekends like that don't come often :thumbup: not that I'm jealous in the slightest......... :oops: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: have been too busy of late to get anywhere near a hill :( - cheers :)


It was one of those weekends that you could have climbed anything - oh for the Fisherfields, orto hear yo've Knoydart, or the Ben or...... so many mountains would have been in a state of perfection.
Sorry you've been too busy to get out - hope u get back to the hills soon
Al
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Re: Fine day on Sgritheall - Corbetts and a Top

Postby scoob999 » Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:33 pm

Second round :shock: I'm no counting the Munro's :shock: :lol:
Great weekend for the hills though :D
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Re: Fine day on Sgritheall - Corbetts and a Top

Postby Beaner001 » Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:38 pm

Another of your routes I'd like to copy Al, smashing :clap:
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Re: Fine day on Sgritheall - Corbetts and a Top

Postby weaselmaster » Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:44 pm

Beaner001 wrote:Another of your routes I'd like to copy Al, smashing :clap:
Cheers


I think it's a good way to do Sgritheall - makes a good day of it and improves the views of Sgritheall before you climb it
But one for good weather!
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Re: Fine day on Sgritheall - Corbetts and a Top

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Tue Mar 17, 2015 9:57 pm

Stunning photos and an interesting route - been pondering Beinn Sgritheall for a while, thanks for the ideas :D
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Re: Fine day on Sgritheall - Corbetts and a Top

Postby AnnieMacD » Tue Mar 17, 2015 10:24 pm

Fantastic report with all the amazing views that some of us only dream about!

Funny about the Arigid trig point as it was complete when I was up there on 27th November last year. I wonder if it was hit by lightning?
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Re: Fine day on Sgritheall - Corbetts and a Top

Postby weaselmaster » Tue Mar 17, 2015 10:28 pm

AnnieMacD wrote:Funny about the Arigid trig point as it was complete when I was up there on 27th November last year. I wonder if it was hit by lightning?


I suspect so - unless there's a band of trig trashing brigands at large in Kintail :shock:
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