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Treasure hunting

Treasure hunting

Postby Lightfoot » Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:47 pm

Route description: Sgòr na h-Ulaidh and Meall Lighiche

Munros included on this walk: Sgòr na h-Ulaidh

Corbetts included on this walk: Meall Lighiche

Date walked: 09/05/2015

Time taken: 9 hours

Distance: 16 km

Ascent: 1292m

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Have always wanted to get in behind Glencoe to the hidden mountain of treasure, Sgurr na h-Ulaidh. So with a narrow window of decent weather Ken volunteered the early start, collecting Max en-route

Tip one for this walk is to park at the right car park, right before the bridge , not the old NTS place. We sent Ken back to move the car - much appreciated at the end of the day.

Then to work heading up the glen. Exchange of views with the territorial owner who has built a 'garden' across the glen road forcing a boggy detour. Life's too short to let this spoil the day.
Path diversion.jpg

Great views back
morning light on Aonach Eagach.jpg

Meall Lighiche is a steep ascent, tho out of nowhere came a runner who had just jogged up and back in the same time since we had left the car.. ouch!

Way in .jpg

View from Meall Ligiche.jpg

Then down to the col to a rather oddly placed gate to nowhere: the gate to the Ben you could say..

Gate with a view of the Ben.jpg

Traversing across the lower slopes of a fearsome looking ascent of Sgurr na -h-Ulaidh itself we perfectly judged the grassy band that gives access. I don't get vertigo but this would be the place to induce it
'Steep Hill' above upper Glen Creran.jpg

Its hard working out the geography - from here Glen Creran curls right round back to the south.
Upper Glen Creran.jpg

On top views were stupendous from Islay to Skye

Selfie on Sgurr na h-Ulaidh.jpg

Glen Etive and Beinn Fionlaidh.jpg

Some death-defying foot steps across a cornice were visible - this person had a very lucky day indeed! :crazy:
Suicidal cornice walker.jpg

the quick way down they almost took is here:
quick way down.jpg

Even in mid May its full winter and we took great care picking down a steep snow patch to the col. This was the same day two folk tried bum-sliding down Ben Nevis with inevitable results.

The day's work looking back.jpg

Its fair old trek but grass slopes are easy, and you have stunning views of the Aonach Eagach to pull you home

a full 9h round with at least an hour just taking photos.

The Clachaig had superb range of beer to help us recover
Clachaig Inn.jpg

Just looking forward to being able to dump the ice axe - but maybe this year there will be no summer on the high mountains! Thanks to Ken and Max for great company on a memorable day out.
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