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Sgiath a Chase - a good viewpoint

Sgiath a Chase - a good viewpoint


Postby past my sell by date » Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:05 pm

Fionas included on this walk: Sgiath a' Chaise

Date walked: 01/04/2015

Time taken: 3.8 hours

Distance: 7.4 km

Ascent: 620m

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Clear weather with hazy sun, but the big hills were all plastered in wet fresh snow - avalanche warnings further N so I decided on another local Graham Sgiath a Chase. The initial climb into Glen Ample is quite steep first thing in the day: last time, when I did Beinn Each I tried a crafty outflanking movement via tracks on the W side of the burn. All when swimmingly until the track abruptly ended: I eventually ended up knee deep in soft slime in the middle of the forest :lol: - so not to be repeated. I went up the standard way and rested at the sheep fank just beyond the signpost to Beinn Each.
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Ben Ledi looked very wintery
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but there were clear views of Ben Lawers up ahead - hard to believe that it's 25km away
The Walkhighland map shows a footpath to Creag a Mhadaidh but I didn't find it: I pushed on up to the watershed where the views got better
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The high point of the track
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The summit from the track
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Looking up to the top from where I reached the ridge
The wall eventually turns sharp L up the hill and I followed it up until the ground steepened, but I planned to return along the ridge, so rather than climbing directly to Creag a Mhadaidh, I headed diagonally up through the rocks and heather in the above photograph and reached the ridge just before the final climb
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more nice views down towards Loch Earn
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Ben Ledi and Ben Vane
I pushed on up - the snow was very wet but not deep enough to be a problem and eventually found the (non existent) top - a metal post with five stones round it where the views were superb in all directions.
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Ben More and the Crianlarich hills
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Ben Challum and the Glen Dochart hills
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Meall An-t-Seallaidh and Creag Mac Ranaich
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The ridge carries on northwards - Meall Ghaordaidh and the Tarmachan ridge behind

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Looking S down the ridge to Creag a Mhadaidh, Meall Mor and Creag Gheata
I walked back down the ridge to Meall Mor and Creag Gheata - so much easier to avoid the peat hags when you can see them in advance from above - and then continued S as suggested by Andrew Dempster in his book on the Grahams
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Looking back from Creag a Gheata - Meall Mor is on the L
I had to climb over the forest fence, but after that it was straightforward - though very steep for a short section - to descend to a track which led L back to the road 50m from my parking spot
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Re: Sgiath a Chase - a good viewpoint

Postby Graeme D » Tue Apr 07, 2015 9:44 am

You don't see too many reports on this nice wee hill. Great viewpoint as you say, and nice photos of your day. :D
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Re: Sgiath a Chase - a good viewpoint

Postby past my sell by date » Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:45 pm

Thanks Graeme - I seem to keep following you on these southern hills. Trouble is I'm running out of hills within an easy days drive :(
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