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A' Mhaighdean from Kinlochewe

A' Mhaighdean from Kinlochewe


Postby litljortindan » Thu Mar 17, 2016 10:51 pm

Munros included on this walk: A' Mhaighdean

Date walked: 14/03/2016

Time taken: 14.5 hours

Distance: 32 km

Ascent: 930m

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Last year I was trying to build up my endurance with a view to a walk up A' Mhaighdean. In fact, last October I would've gone there if I'd felt up to it but opted instead for Beinn Airigh a' Charr.
Auspicious looking weather forecasts got me thinking this walk might be a possibility again so I got thinking about it and one trip report indicating the way in from Kinlochewe was reasonable got me thinking particularly of minimising the duration.
Set off from Aberdeenshire at 2.30am and got to the car park for 5.30am. I then had the next six or so miles broken down in my mind into three two mile sections at the end of which I'd have a wee break, some food and some water. This worked very well and got me to the loch end in good shape for 8.30am.
What I'd read about the next two miles had sounded quite encouraging but I have to say I personally wouldn't describe this peaty, boggy section as good ground; I certainly slowed down quite a lot here and didn't get to the foot of the hill proper until 11am. Half speed then, so a little dispiriting. That said, once my mind was made up, and the loch end was the decision point if I was to head elsewhere, I was pretty focussed on getting where I was aiming for with little thought to contingency if things didn't go well. No need for such retrospective worry though as things really couldn't have gone much better.
The snowy eastern/southern flank that had looked from a distance like it might be problematic, turned out to be very snow free at the southern edge and the short steep section mid way up was nothing more than a walk over some rocks.
The legs were working well too, which isn't always guaranteed. And the temperature, improving weather and improving terrain were combining into a perfect storm of ideal walking conditions. This long edge leading up to the top was superb with line upon line of ridges and lochs revealed to the south and a tantalising glimpse of the view west out over Fionn Loch also slowly revealing itself.
The best possibly left for last as the main top is found to be set slightly apart from the end of the edge leading up towards it. The best at least for this route from Kinlochewe.
I had a good look at the views but decided against wandering further north as I was quite happy with where I'd got to and reversing it all was in mind. It was 1pm and I wanted to get back across the bog before dark so couldn't afford to delay too long.
Twenty two years earlier I was walking around some of the other Fisherfield Munros and we'd decided to cut out A' Mhaighdean. Since then I've had it mind to return to the area. Glad I did!

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Re: A' Mhaighdean from Kinlochewe

Postby Alteknacker » Thu Mar 17, 2016 11:31 pm

Wow! What a sensational place! A real collection of mountain porn here. :clap: :clap: :clap: I particularly liked the reflection pics - really nice.

This one is on my list for 2016...
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Re: A' Mhaighdean from Kinlochewe

Postby BobMcBob » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:16 pm

Holy moly that's an epic walk. A'Mhaighdean is the centrepiece of my favourite part of the world, and climbing it is still on my bucket list. Those photos give me the wanderlust. Brilliant.
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Re: A' Mhaighdean from Kinlochewe

Postby KeithS » Fri Mar 18, 2016 11:00 pm

That is true dedication setting off at that time for what looks to be a great day out. :clap:

It was good to see your pictures to see what it looks like from the top. I've done this hill three times now: as a circuit of the Fisherfield 6 (yes I know it's now 5, but it was 6 when I did it), once out and back from Poolewe, and also in from Poolewe and out the way you did it to Kinlochewe. I have missed out on views on all three occasions.

It is a truly great area. Pleased to say I am heading there tomorrow for a month. :D

Good walk, enjoyable report and great pictures, thanks
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Re: A' Mhaighdean from Kinlochewe

Postby kevsbald » Sat Mar 19, 2016 9:06 pm

Affa bonnie.
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Re: A' Mhaighdean from Kinlochewe

Postby litljortindan » Sun Mar 20, 2016 12:24 am

Alteknacker wrote:Wow! What a sensational place! A real collection of mountain porn here. :clap: :clap: :clap: I particularly liked the reflection pics - really nice.

This one is on my list for 2016...


Yes, although I picked this route as ostensibly the shortest way in there is a lot to recommend in the walk along the loch side even if it gets a bit slow going after the path ends. The reflections were quite mesmerising plus there is a long pebble beach and a short sandy beach to add to the atmosphere. Very dramatic once onto that south west shoulder too.
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Re: A' Mhaighdean from Kinlochewe

Postby litljortindan » Sun Mar 20, 2016 12:27 am

BobMcBob wrote:Holy moly that's an epic walk. A'Mhaighdean is the centrepiece of my favourite part of the world, and climbing it is still on my bucket list. Those photos give me the wanderlust. Brilliant.


It certainly is a great area. Don't think this will be my last visit to the maiden.
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Re: A' Mhaighdean from Kinlochewe

Postby litljortindan » Sun Mar 20, 2016 12:30 am

KeithS wrote:That is true dedication setting off at that time for what looks to be a great day out. :clap:

It was good to see your pictures to see what it looks like from the top. I've done this hill three times now: as a circuit of the Fisherfield 6 (yes I know it's now 5, but it was 6 when I did it), once out and back from Poolewe, and also in from Poolewe and out the way you did it to Kinlochewe. I have missed out on views on all three occasions.

It is a truly great area. Pleased to say I am heading there tomorrow for a month. :D

Good walk, enjoyable report and great pictures, thanks



Well fourth time lucky, hopefully, if you are including A' Mhaighdean in your visit. Giving yourself a good month's weather window this time! A great time of year though so hope that goes well.
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Re: A' Mhaighdean from Kinlochewe

Postby litljortindan » Sun Mar 20, 2016 12:35 am

kevsbald wrote:Affa bonnie.


Certainly some of the best summit views I've seen.
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Re: A' Mhaighdean from Kinlochewe

Postby Yorjick » Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:58 am

Great photos and a fine account of what I am sure will be one of your more memorable days out on the hill. I am particularly interested in the views across Gorm Loch Mor to the Beinn Tharsuinn Chaol ridge. This ridge may only be two-thirds the height of A' Mhaighdean but looks like a very pleasant undulating ridge to walk. The western end of the loch also looks like an idyllic campsite! I hope to head out here over the Easter holidays, if the forecast is good. My main objective will be the Corbett will be Beinn a'Chaisgein Mor and its little brother but I also hope to do a circuit of Ruadh Stac Mor and A' Mhaighdean returning by way of Beinn Tharsuinn Chaol. I have climbed "The Maiden" twice but it is definitely one to return to! If Easter brings poor weather, I'll save it for another time, but it remains high on my to-do list. Thanks for sharing your route and photos.
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Re: A' Mhaighdean from Kinlochewe

Postby litljortindan » Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:11 pm

Yorjick wrote:Great photos and a fine account of what I am sure will be one of your more memorable days out on the hill. I am particularly interested in the views across Gorm Loch Mor to the Beinn Tharsuinn Chaol ridge. This ridge may only be two-thirds the height of A' Mhaighdean but looks like a very pleasant undulating ridge to walk. The western end of the loch also looks like an idyllic campsite! I hope to head out here over the Easter holidays, if the forecast is good. My main objective will be the Corbett will be Beinn a'Chaisgein Mor and its little brother but I also hope to do a circuit of Ruadh Stac Mor and A' Mhaighdean returning by way of Beinn Tharsuinn Chaol. I have climbed "The Maiden" twice but it is definitely one to return to! If Easter brings poor weather, I'll save it for another time, but it remains high on my to-do list. Thanks for sharing your route and photos.


Thanks. Beinn Tharsuinn Chaol looks a great walk itself so best of luck with that. Must be some fine views from there. Maybe Ben Lair next for me in this area I think.
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Re: A' Mhaighdean from Kinlochewe

Postby Beaner001 » Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:30 pm

Fair hike that, well done :clap:
Cracking pics especially reflection shots :clap:
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Re: A' Mhaighdean from Kinlochewe

Postby litljortindan » Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:14 pm

Beaner001 wrote:Fair hike that, well done :clap:
Cracking pics especially reflection shots :clap:


Thanks. A really great hill walk.
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