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Munros One Hundred and Seventeen to Twenty Three

Munros One Hundred and Seventeen to Twenty Three


Postby Chris Henshall » Sun Jul 26, 2015 4:01 pm

Route description: South Glen Shiel Ridge: 7 Munros

Munros included on this walk: Aonach Air Chrith, Creag a'Mhaim, Creag nan Damh, Druim Shionnach, Maol chinn-dearg, Sgurr an Doire Leathain, Sgurr an Lochain

Date walked: 05/08/2014

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Tuesday, 5th. August:
This was the fourth day of an ambitious attempt to trek over the tops from Glenfinnan to Achnashellach with a bunch of lads from Kent on a D. of E. training trip. They hadn't been able to cope with the combination of the terrain and the weather so we'd had to pull them off the hills after the second day but they were still keen to walk the ridges with day sacks so, having spent the night at the Shiel Bridge camp site, we pointed them at the South Glen Shiel Ridge. I decided to walk it from west to east so that, with them going in the opposite direction, I'd be able to ferry our minibus back to their finish point.

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An early start meant that I was able to get away and head up the valley of the Allt Mhalagain by 6.45.am. and I enjoyed the steady pull up what became a faint but generally well-cairned track to the Bealach Duibh Leac - even the weather was playing ball with an odd glimpse or two of sunshine. Once I hit the ridge, the walking was easy and enjoyable with nobody else about and a succession of straightforward summits giving good views. Not sure, though, whether they all deserve Munro status compared with some other tops elsewhere...
Day 5q - on the South Glen Shiel Ridge - Copy.jpg
05.08.2015. A picture taken later in the day (by the main party) looking east to Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach which I had climbed the previous day.
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05.08.2015. Another picture taken later in the day (by the main party) looking north west to Glen Shiel and Loch Duich
Two people briefly appeared behind me on the col between Sgurr Beag and Sgurr an Lochan (I think that they had come up from Coire Reidh to the north) and I stopped for a bite to eat on Sgurr an Doire Leathain but, apart from that, it was a beautiful but uneventful ramble. I started to meet one or two people coming the other way after the top of Maol Chinn Dearg and then met up with the main party on the summit of Aonach air Chrith (my fifth top, their third).
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05.08.2015. Meeting up with the main party on the summit of Aonach air Chrith.
Day 5g - On the South Glen Shiel Ridge - Copy.jpg
05.08.2015. Me (preparing to leave) and Chalky on the summit of Aonach air Chrith.
Everyone was in good heart (although, I thought, rather underestimating the distance they still had to go) and I pushed on, really enjoying the moderately pointy bit of the ridge to the east of Druim Shionnach. I hit Creag a'Mhaim all too soon and jogged down to the track in sunshine before a bit of a slog to make the minibus (parked at the Cluanie Inn) just after 2.00.pm. After that, though, it was a long wait with the slowest of the main party not getting off the hill until around 7.00.pm. - not far short of a twelve hour day for them!
Day 5j - On the South Glen Shiel Ridge.jpg
05.08.2015. The lads in the main party enjoying the middle sections of the ridge in the early afternoon.
No too much recovery time, though, as tomorrow we were heading north into the big, empty glens...
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