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Postby simon-b » Tue Jul 07, 2015 11:44 pm

Route description: Sgor Gaibhre and Carn Dearg from Corrour

Munros included on this walk: Carn Dearg (Corrour), Sgor Gaibhre

Date walked: 29/06/2015

Time taken: 6.3 hours

Distance: 21.75 km

Ascent: 973m

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The second Monday of my stay in Glencoe, and I'd been hoping to do something in the West Black Mount. But the forecast looked better a bit further east, and I'd enjoyed the trip on the train in May to do Beinn na Lap. So I decided on a return to Corrour to get the other two Munros there. Although Glencoe is nearer to Fort William Station, overall logistics favoured catching the train at Bridge of Orchy. This also meant experiencing a section of the West Highland Railway I hadn't travelled on before.

When I parked at Bridge of Orchy Station, the weather was wet and the clouds were low; a good day not to bother with the Black Mount. I got on the train, and as it headed north, I could see Schiehallion's head was only just in the clouds - things were looking better further east. The train reached Corrour, where the clouds were still quite low and conditions damp, but considerably more pleasant than at Bridge of Orchy.

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I was walking at 11:20, so there was time, hopefully, to get finished to catch the 18:25, with the safety net of a later train. Soon I was passing the hostel. The construction work going on around here took away some of the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere, but the wild country character was still there once onto the hills.

Loch Ossian from below Meall na Lice

The track took me to Peter's Rock, where I left it and headed uphill.

Blackwater Reservoir and Leum Uilleim from above Peter's Rock

Loch Ossian seen in retrospect

On Meall na Leitire Duibhe I entered drizzly clag, and on the undefined ridge with an indistinct path, careful navigation was needed. But there was no mistaking the summit of Carn Dearg when I reached it. The clouds cleared very slightly, but not for long.

On Carn Dearg

Leaving the summit was quite confusing in the mist, with a path that looked like the obvious continuation of the route not heading in the direction my compass was telling me. The compass was correct, of course, and a break in the clouds revealed the ridge I wanted.

Leaving Carn Dearg, looking towards the River Ossian

Moving towards Mam Ban and Sgor Gaibhre

On the way down to the bealach, conditions became clearer, and I encountered a couple from Glasgow, doing the same circuit the other way round. They too were hoping to catch the 18: 25. Apparently they met Beaner001 from the forum on Carn Dearg, so he must have been there shortly after me. An easy ascent on a grassy path led up to Sgor Gaibhre, and the summit was, by now, completely free of mist.

Meall na Meoig from Sgor Gaibhre

Loch Ericht form Sgor Gaibhre

Sgor Choinnich from Sgor Gaibhre (North Alder range behind)

Next, I descended from the summit northwards.

Lochan a' Bhealaich

After a bealach, there was a short, fairly steep pull up onto Sgor Choinnich

Loch Ericht and Schiehallion seen while ascending Sgor Choinnich

Sgor Gaibhre from Sgor Choinnich

Loch Ericht from Sgor Choinnich

Then it was time to head downhill on the broad ridge passing Meall Nathrach Mor and Meall Nathrach Beag.

Descending towards Loch Ossian

Past the Meall Nathrachs, there was quite a steep descent on a rough, grassy flank, and then a crossing of some marshy ground to reach the track near the shooting lodge. Soon I was back at Loch Ossian.

Arrival at Loch Ossian

Then, it was a pleasant walk on an easy track alongside the loch.

Walking back alongside Loch Ossian

Loch Ossian Hostel

I reached the section of track leading from the hostel to the station, and saw the Glaswegian couple a short distance in front. We arrived at the station with about 45 minutes to spare - we all agreed that's better than being late at Corrour! Not a bad place to sit around for 3/4 of an hour and have a chat with two fellow hillwalkers, anyway.
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