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Sgurr Gaorsaic with Time to Linger

Sgurr Gaorsaic with Time to Linger


Postby M_K_Hubbert » Wed Nov 18, 2015 11:53 pm

Route description: Sgurr Gaorsaic, from Morvich

Corbetts included on this walk: Sgurr Gaorsaic

Date walked: 14/05/2015

Time taken: 8.25 hours

Distance: 18.7 km

Ascent: 1125m

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With the short days and stormy weather I've been sorting through this year's trip photos and am writing trip reports for the better days, here's one of our best for the year.

With a good forecast for the next day we headed to Kintail and camped at our ususal spot to west of the Clunie Inn (which regularly makes the 'wettest place' list but fortunately not this time). The evening views were superb and we could take them in without being bothered by midges as we were just a few days ahead of their 'hatching time'. Photo shows our tent with South Clunie Ridge beyond.
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We'd climbed Sgurr Gaorsaic quite a few years ago, combining it with Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan but for this trip we planned to visit just Sgurr Gaorsaic via the Morvich route and take our time given forecast was indicating excellent visibility.
Here's our route:

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First part of route from Morvich follows the track leading to Falls of Glomach, lower slopes of A'Ghlas-bheinn to right.
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Allt Coire an Sgairne, which can be difficult or impossible to cross in spate, west ridge of Beinn Fhada above.
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Approaching Bealach an Sgairne.
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Looking NW, slopes of A'Ghlas-bheinn with morning sun providing sharp contrasts.
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Descending from Bealach an Sgairne looking towards Loch a' Bhealaich and Sgurr Gaorsaic (left). Our route will take us round the north side of the Loch (to the left) then a fairly steep ascent of the Corbett (pathless) returning via the south side of the Loch thence path back to Bealach an Sgairne.
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Loch a' Bhealaich and Beinn Fhada.
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Red deer on skyline.
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Bheinn Fhada above Loch a' Bhealaich.
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After some 300m of steepish ascent angle eased off to more of a summit plateau. Here's Beinn Fhada from summit.
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Another photo of Beinn Fhada from summit showing the eastern part of it's long ridge.
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Sgùrr nan Ceathreamhnan.
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Easy descent route to southern end of Loch a' Bhealaich where we found a nice warm lunch spot; saw fox half way down running very fast presumably due to our presence above it.
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View NW to Bealach an Sgairne for which there'll be a 120m re-ascent.
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Now approaching Loch a' Bhealaich again, this time at southern end; A'Ghlas-bheinn centre right.
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Looking E along Allt Gleann Gniomhaidh, a flat and reportedly boggy walk which I'll try to do sometime taking the tent; around 6km to Alltbeithe or 7km to Camban bothy.
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Now on way back to Bealach an Sgairne. Photo shows Sgurr Gaorsaic and behind it, to left, Sgùrr nan Ceathreamhnan.
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Now over the bealach and heading down to Morvich.
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Last look back to Bealach an Sgairne. Weather has been excellent all day and, if anything, has improved as thin clouds around Beinn Fhada in the first part of the morning have dispersed.
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An excellent day with plenty of opportunity to stop and look at the views. We've always found April / May to be the best time as the days are long and yet the midges have hopefully not yet emerged. There are plenty of opportunities here for a though walk to Glen Affric taking in some summits en route if visibility is good.
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Re: Sgurr Gaorsaic with Time to Linger

Postby Beaner001 » Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:09 am

A cracking report, will come in handy for me as I've a few to do in the vicinity. I was going to do the three North of Alltbeithe from Cluanie Inn area but your report has me thinking about that route with the tent when the longer days come round. Was your crossing over the North of Loch a' Bhealaich easy enough or was it just as easy to stick to the path round the south?
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Re: Sgurr Gaorsaic with Time to Linger

Postby M_K_Hubbert » Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:29 am

Beaner, section round the N end of the Loch was pathless and a bit slow but it's quite short and only takes a few minutes from leaving the track to the river crossing point (which was easy being low enough to use stones thus kept feet dry). It pays to cut off the track descending from the Bealach about 50m above the Loch which enables a slow descending traverse to be used to reach N end of Loch. Depending upon which hills you are headed for it might be better to follow the good track to the S end of the Loch, especially with a pack thus avoiding the pathless route. For example if your objective is Sgùrr nan Ceathreamhnan you can take the track, turn left once past the S end of the Loch, head for the bealach between Sgurr Gaorsaic and Beinn an t-Socaich then NE to summit of Sgùrr nan Ceathreamhnan.
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Re: Sgurr Gaorsaic with Time to Linger

Postby Silverhill » Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:19 pm

You have really whetted my appetite for this area. I hope to walk there next summer. :D
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