Aultguish 2015 (Tues) - the fish ain't biting on Faochagach!
by Graeme D » Tue Aug 11, 2015 8:16 pm
Munros included on this walk: Am Faochagach
Date walked: 04/08/2015
Time taken: 6.6 hours
Distance: 24.5 km
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Fisherfield plans were therefore put on hold in favour of the opportunity to head up to Aultguish several days before the meet and do a number of other high priority routes around the Fannaichs and the Beinn Dearg group.
I settled on Tuesday as Day 1 and with the estate packed up with a variety of crates, boxes and bags to see me through until Sunday, I was off up the A9 for the 3 hour or so drive to Am Faochgach.
This rather unheralded outlier of the Beinn Dearg group had eluded me last summer when I spent a few days up here before heading to the Nethy Bridge meet so this was an ideal opportunity to put it to bed.
Given the extremely soggy summer that we have experienced, I didn't fancy the traditional route starting from Torrandubh Bridge and neither the bogfest across some kilometre and a half or so of the strath at the north end of Loch Glascarnoch nor the infamous crossing of the Abhainn a'Gharbhrain that this option would require. I therefore read up on PeteR's TR from before the Inchnadamph meet and followed the longer route from the Glascarnoch Dam that he, Jelena and Andy had taken that day.
It was 1.40 before I was walking onto the dam wall to access the track on the northern/eastern side of the loch - I reckoned I was looking at 6 or 7 hours for this route so plenty time to get back for a cold pint at the Aultguish before calling it a day.
Wyvis and the Aultguish Inn from the start by the dam wall
Across the dam wall
North west down Loch Glascarnoch with Meall an Torcain to the right
Pete and co had made the error of staying on the track too long and getting as far as the mast (understandable I guess given the alternative!) so with this in mind I left it after a kilometre and a bit and started the pathless ascent of Meall an Torcain.
Beinn Liath Mhor a'Ghiubhais Li from the bridge over the stream where I left the track
The deer fence on the lower slopes was easily taken care of and it was on up to the 536m summit where the high level promenade (to use a McNeishesque phrase) began that would eventually cross Meall Coire nan Laogh before picking up the ATV track that leads over Tom Ban Mor and Sron Liath before joining the traditional ascent route up from Loch a'Gharbhrain and then turning north for the final 3km or so up onto the 954m Munro summit.
Back to the start from Meall an Torcain with the Wyvises in the background
North west over the eastern Fannaichs, An Teallach and the western Beinn Dearg group - Lochs Glascarnoch, Droma and a'Gharbhrain all visible
The weather was more or less doing what it had said it would do, with various combinations of weather meaning various combinations of clothing were employed, but showers tended to be light and not too prolonged. There was little if anything in the way of blue sky but the cloud was up enough to allow good, often atmospheric views of the neighbouring hills. The Fannaichs did a good job of holding onto the cloud base, as they often do, but An Teallach and the Beinn Dearg group were largely free of summit cloud.
The route ahead - Beinn Dearg itself now popping its mighty head up
Across the shoulder of Meall Coire nan Laogh towards Meall a'Ghrianain and Beinn a'Chasteil
Am Faochagach (right) from MCnL
South down Strath Vaich to the Wyvises
Loch Vaich with Beinn a'Chasteil and Meall a'Ghrianain over the water, the twin peaks of Carn Chuinneag in the distance
MCnL and MaT from Tom Ban Mor - the dam only just visible
Creag Rainich and Sron Liath from Tom Ban Mor, with Beinn Dearg and Faochagach behind
Towards the summit from Sron Liath - Beinn Dearg and Cona Mheall dominating the background
Wisps of cloud blowing through
Meall nan Ceapraichean and Loch a' Choire Ghranda now getting in on the act
Sunbeams on the eastern Fannaichs and Loch a'Gharbhrain
Seana Braigh in the distance
Clear on Beinn Dearg and Cona Mheall
Seana Braigh zoomed - patience grasshopper, patience!
I spent a good while at the flat, featureless summit enjoying a bite to eat and enjoying the views, as well as the sense of peacefulness and calm that this summit gives off.
Seana Braigh from the summit of Faochagach
Beinn Dearg group
Eyeballing big Beinn Dearg
Another zoom to Seana Braigh
Then it was back the way I had come as far as Tom Ban Mor, from where I elected to cut down via Tom Ban Beag towards the mast and the loch side track back home to the roadside by the dam.
By the stream coming off Tom Ban Beag, just north west of the mast
North west up Loch Glascarnoch
Random section of crash barrier
A lorry was parked up in the parking area next to my car and a chap (presumably the lorry driver) was taking a stroll on the dam wall. As I passed him and said hello he asked me if I had caught anything. "Excuse me?" I replied, thinking perhaps I had misheard him. "Did you catch any fish?" he asked again. "Eh, naw". "Och, never mind!". Moving swiftly on.......
Thus concluded day one of what I hoped would be a fruitful and epic 5 or 6 days - well, after a pint in the Aultguish followed by chilli con carne and a few more beers sitting on the tailgate at a surprisingly midge free Inverlael!
by The Rodmiester » Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:21 pm
by Collaciotach » Tue Aug 11, 2015 11:14 pm
Saw nothing but white through a howling gale on this one .
by pollyh33 » Thu Aug 13, 2015 5:57 am
I don't remember much about this hill other than a dodgy river crossing and having problems locating our rucksacks after we dumped them
by Guinessman » Thu Aug 13, 2015 11:36 am
by PeteR » Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:23 pm
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