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Carn Ghluasaid, Sgurr nan Conbhairean, Sail Chaorainn
by Silverhill » Sun Nov 29, 2015 8:03 pm
Munros included on this walk: Carn Ghluasaid, Sail Chaorainn, Sgurr nan Conbhairean
Date walked: 09/06/2015
Time taken: 6.5 hours
Distance: 16.9 km
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A later start today as it was well into the evening when I arrived at the hostel yesterday. Late arrivals eat into your evening, which eat into the night, and then eat into the morning. But with a shorter day today, all should be back to a more civilised time frame for tomorrow.
I parked at Lundie on the south side of the A87. Walked up the old road and then followed the track to the left. After a kilometer or so I turned right onto a path heading for An Cruachan, where it got quite boggy. But then the excellent stalkers path took over, first on a gentle rise and then steeper. Zigzags and the great views back to Loch Cluanie kept the going easy.
Loch Cluanie and the South Glen Shiel ridge
Once on the SW ridge the eye gets drawn to the south top, but the summit is further north at the edge of the plateau. On the summit I met another walker and we had a short chat.
Summit Carn Ghluasaid
Surprisingly craggy other side
We both made appreciative comments about the impressive north face and the wild corries of this hill. The view to Sgurr nan Conbhairean was not bad either. As Carn Ghluasaid would be his only hill today, we said our goodbyes and I continued to Sgurr nan Conbhairean.
This is a very easy walk with very little height loss and even the ascent up pt. 998 is gentle. Compared to all this plain sailing the ascent to Sgurr nan Conbhairean was much steeper. My legs get lazy quickly!
Sgurr nan Conbhairean from pt. 998
On the summit I met a nice couple and their dog. They had just finished their lunch, vacated the wind shelter for me and went on their way to the next munro. With Sgurr nan Conbhairean being a good 150 meters higher than Carn Ghluasaid, it was much colder and windier here, so the short break in the shelter was lovely. Looking back to where I had come from Carn Ghluasaid didn’t seem to exist, but the view over the northern corries was magnificent.
Wild corries and Carn Ghluasaid hiding
A’ Chralaig and North Glen Shiel Ridge in the cloud
Onwards to Sail Chaorainn, which like Carn Ghluasaid wasn’t very distinguished from this high spot. There was a substantial cornice on the north ridge, but the path was snow free. Sure enough once on the bealach after a steep descent the munro materialised.
A munro is out there somewhere
It was very pleasant now with the sun coming out and much less wind. At the summit I met the nice couple and the dog again. This time we had a good chat.
Summit Sail Chaorainn
The ascent back towards Sgurr nan Conbhairean wasn’t too bad actually. The path helped with the steepness. I took the bypass path below this hill and headed for Drochaid an Tuill Easaich. There was a strip of snow along the narrowest part of the SW ridge, but walking on it was not a problem. I traversed below Drochaid an Tuill Easaich and then continued south along the ridge. This was pleasant with the crags on the left.
Crags of Meall Breac
The Allt Coire Lair was crossed easily at the old military road, which I then followed eastwards along the fence, past the mast, back to the car. It had turned into a lovely warm afternoon now. Was summer finally on its way?
Looking back along the old military road
by Petr Dakota » Mon Nov 30, 2015 7:16 pm
Maybe you forgot to tick the Munros into your report to connect the report to them ?
You did a lot of Mountains last Summer
by Silverhill » Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:16 pm
by Riverman » Sun Dec 06, 2015 11:58 am
by Silverhill » Mon Dec 07, 2015 10:05 pm