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Slioch, well worth waiting for.

Slioch, well worth waiting for.


Postby martin.h » Mon Sep 14, 2015 8:20 pm

Route description: Slioch, near Kinlochewe

Munros included on this walk: Slioch

Date walked: 10/09/2015

Time taken: 7.5 hours

Distance: 19 km

Ascent: 1144m

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Slioch take One, 6.9.15.
This was our first intended mountain on our holiday to Kinlochewe. We'd arranged to meet up with Graham on the Sunday and after a couple of texts to say we'd arrived etc the time was set for a 9:00am start in Incheril.
Well Sunday dawned to low cloud a strong breeze and rain, but we decided to set off at least and see what happened.
Well, after a few wrong turns we eventually arrived in the corrie below the summit in thick mist, rain and a strong wind, with this and the knowledge we had at least another 400m of ascent it was mutually agreed to bin it and go back, well, what's the point in getting to top of one of the finest mountains in Scotland and have no views?
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Claggy mmmm.

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It's over there, I think.

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More mist.

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Suprising what a difference 100m of descent makes

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Midge protection.

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Nice flower, don't know what it is tho'.



Slioch take Two, 10.9.15.
According to the forecast, Thursday of our week was going to be a cracker and having spent a teriffic day on Liathach with Martin and Graham on Monday and then on Beinn Liath Mor and Sgorr Ruadh with Martin on Tuesday we decided to have another crack at Slioch on Thursday this time with Stuart who had replied to my post on the meeting up section.

Thursday dawned to beautiful blue skies a light breeze (in the glens anyway) with the odd cloud flitting about.
We arranged with Stuart to meet at Incheril at 8:30 which we did and after the introductions and the usual swearing at the midges episode we were off on the path alongside the river.
It's a long walk in but pleasant enough and after an hour we were crossing the bridge over the Abhainn an Fhasaigh and started the climb up.
ImageDSC01062 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr
Denise and Stuart taking a rest.

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Denise and I, Loch Maree and Beinn Eighe.

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Action shot.
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Lovely views.
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Another action shot.

More Views
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Once in the corrie we could see the way to go and what a contrast to Sunday, wow what a place, the path was plain enough and we could see the route ahead, no guessing this time.
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Looking to the summit area, still a way to go.

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The last objective, but we've still to get there.

After the first climb out of the corrie we arrived at the two lochans and had a break,
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On the way up to the Lochans, Stuart trailblazing.
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The surroundings from the path.

looking around we saw an ideal wild camp spot close to the first lochan and not far from the path, I bet it's great up there on a warm summers night.
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Great campsite.
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The next section is plain enough due to the eroded path, just keep following the scree path up and you finally, without much effort reach the first top from which the way to the Trig pillar is plain enough.
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Views on the way up to the first top.
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When the trig pillar is reached you can see the summit proper a short distance to the north, we saw some of the ferel goats on the hillside just below the summit from the trig point, most of them were keeping a watchful eye on us.

From the trig.
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Goats

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Being watched.

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The true summit.

At the summit we had great views of Loch Maree, a lot of Torridon, Fisherfield, An Teallach, The Fannichs etc etc etc.
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Denise on the summit.

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Stuart and Denise on the summit

Now some views.
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to Fisherfield.

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Down to Loch Maree.

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Towards the Atlantic.

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An Teallach.

We could see Sgurr an Tuill Bhain our next objective and after a good half hour on the summit having lunch and taking photos we set off towards it.
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Next objective.

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The wind had got up by now and it was pretty strong but with the views nothing could dampen the spirits and we reached the top of Sgurr an Tuill Bhain about a half hour later.

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Looking back to the main summit from Sgurr an Tuill Bhain.

And some views before we started the descent.
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An Teallach.
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Fisherfield.
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From this top there's a path dropping into the corrie, its rough but we were soon on the corrie floor and picking up the path taking us back down the mountain.
The descent is tiring over bouldery ground but once at the bridge the walk back is straight forward enough but we knew what it was like so heads down and we marched back taking 50 minutes to get back, I think it was the thought of a cool can of Lager back at the cottage that spurred us on, well, me and Stuart, Denise doesn't need such incentive.
It was a great day out, we did well for the weather and I'm pleased we managed to meet up with Stuart.
We all enjoyed the day and thanks very much to Stuart for his company.
This was our last trip to the Highlands in 2015, what a glorious week we had, many thanks to Martin, Graham and Stuart for their company, they made a great week even better.

Cheers and roll on 2016.
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Re: Slioch, well worth waiting for.

Postby dogplodder » Mon Sep 14, 2015 10:04 pm

Slioch is an awesome mountain and your photos are great! :D
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Re: Slioch, well worth waiting for.

Postby Silverhill » Mon Sep 14, 2015 10:55 pm

Stunning hill, stunning pictures! :D
I hope I will have equally good weather when I get round to this one. It would be such a shame to not see those views. Good shot to leave it till later in the week!
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Re: Slioch, well worth waiting for.

Postby martin.h » Wed Sep 16, 2015 12:59 pm

dogplodder wrote:Slioch is an awesome mountain and your photos are great! :D


Thank you dp, yes, it's an impressive sight, especially when you see it from the Gairloch side.
When I first saw it, yonks ago, I simply stood at the side of the road and stared at it for ages and then used a whole
24 exp roll of film trying to get the perfect shot.
It's a great mountain.


Silverhill wrote:Stunning hill, stunning pictures! :D
I hope I will have equally good weather when I get round to this one. It would be such a shame to not see those views. Good shot to leave it till later in the week!


Thanks Silverhill, I hope you get the good weather for this one, it's worth waiting for, we were lucky
because the forecast for our week was spot on and we could pick and choose our days.
I hope it's similar for your turn.
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Re: Slioch, well worth waiting for.

Postby Petr Dakota » Wed Sep 16, 2015 1:32 pm

Hi Martin,
great views and Photos :clap: :clap: :clap:
Good decision to go there again after the first misty day 8) :D
Glad you had a good holiday in Torridon, worthy mountains especially Liathach and Slioch in good weather :D
As I said before, my plan is the second half of september to go there, but the weather changed to rain again and mist expectation :( How doable is the Liathach in wet conditions ? ( We will go there in case of good visibility for the views, but probably can't avoid the wetness on the rock for scrambling ).
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Re: Slioch, well worth waiting for.

Postby martin.h » Wed Sep 16, 2015 1:53 pm

Petr Dakota wrote:Hi Martin,
great views and Photos :clap: :clap: :clap:
Good decision to go there again after the first misty day 8) :D
Glad you had a good holiday in Torridon, worthy mountains especially Liathach and Slioch in good weather :D
As I said before, my plan is the second half of september to go there, but the weather changed to rain again and mist expectation :( How doable is the Liathach in wet conditions ? ( We will go there in case of good visibility for the views, but probably can't avoid the wetness on the rock for scrambling ).
Petr


Hi Petr,
We were very lucky with the weather, 5 day's of sunshine on the trot is very rare indeed :D
I think somebody with your capabilities would easily manage the scrambly bits on Liathach even when it's wet, the bypass path would be a bit iffy compared to the rock so just a wee bit more care would see you over the pinnacles.
Thanks, and I hope you manage it, Liathach is a great mountain.
I look forward to your report,
Cheers.
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Re: Slioch, well worth waiting for.

Postby Petr Dakota » Wed Sep 16, 2015 2:31 pm

martin.h wrote:
Petr Dakota wrote:Hi Martin,
great views and Photos :clap: :clap: :clap:
Good decision to go there again after the first misty day 8) :D
Glad you had a good holiday in Torridon, worthy mountains especially Liathach and Slioch in good weather :D
As I said before, my plan is the second half of september to go there, but the weather changed to rain again and mist expectation :( How doable is the Liathach in wet conditions ? ( We will go there in case of good visibility for the views, but probably can't avoid the wetness on the rock for scrambling ).
Petr


Hi Petr,
We were very lucky with the weather, 5 day's of sunshine on the trot is very rare indeed :D
I think somebody with your capabilities would easily manage the scrambly bits on Liathach even when it's wet, the bypass path would be a bit iffy compared to the rock so just a wee bit more care would see you over the pinnacles.
Thanks, and I hope you manage it, Liathach is a great mountain.
I look forward to your report,
Cheers.

Thank you Martin, you gave me more hope to do it... :) :wink: Also hope for some views...as the weather forecast is not the best :roll: :)
Cheers
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Re: Slioch, well worth waiting for.

Postby litljortindan » Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:50 pm

Great set of pictures.
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Re: Slioch, well worth waiting for.

Postby Alteknacker » Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:39 pm

What fabulous weather you had - with views to die for! Verily, this is what we live for! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Slioch, well worth waiting for.

Postby ancancha » Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:05 am

So good you got nice weather and views 8)
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Re: Slioch, well worth waiting for.

Postby malky_c » Fri Sep 18, 2015 9:35 pm

Yes, u think I prefer your second effore :lol: . Looks like a good day. Can't believe Slioch is an hour away but I've only been up it once :shock:
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Re: Slioch, well worth waiting for.

Postby stuartmcgeown » Tue Nov 03, 2015 11:56 am

Hi Martin

Just noticed this report with me included hah :clap:

Very good pictures and indeed was a fabulous day and walk.


Thanks again for the facilities afterwards


Hope to meet up again in the future

thanks
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Re: Slioch, well worth waiting for.

Postby martin.h » Wed Nov 04, 2015 12:31 pm

litljortindan wrote:Great set of pictures.


Thank you litljortindan, it was one of those days when the camera wasn't put back in its pouch :lol:


Alteknacker wrote:What fabulous weather you had - with views to die for! Verily, this is what we live for! :clap: :clap: :clap:


Hi Alteknacker, I couldn't agree more, life wouldn't be the same without the mountains :D


ancancha wrote:So good you got nice weather and views 8)


Thanks ancancha, We couldn't ask for better, it was a great week :D


malky_c wrote:Yes, u think I prefer your second effore :lol: . Looks like a good day. Can't believe Slioch is an hour away but I've only been up it once :shock:


Thanks malky, Just an hour away, :shock: you lucky so and so :mrgreen:


stuartmcgeown wrote:Hi Martin

Just noticed this report with me included hah :clap:

Very good pictures and indeed was a fabulous day and walk.


Thanks again for the facilities afterwards


Hope to meet up again in the future

thanks
stuart :o


Hi Stuart,
Thanks, it was a good day and we were glad of your company, it seems a distant memory now
but we've got five trips booked for 2016 to look forward to, I'll keep you posted :D
Cheers.
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Re: Slioch, well worth waiting for.

Postby Mountainlove » Wed Nov 04, 2015 12:49 pm

Well worth the wait that's for sure. Slioch is a great mountain and it looks like that you had a great day! Lovely set of photos as well!! :)
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Re: Slioch, well worth waiting for.

Postby litljortindan » Thu Nov 05, 2015 9:55 pm

Great set of pictures.
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