Ridiculous week part 6
by HalfManHalfTitanium » Mon Mar 28, 2016 10:05 am
Route description: Loch Lochy Munros from Kilfinnan
Munros included on this walk: Sron a'Choire Ghairbh
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Early on Friday morning, the forecast seemed entirely correct. As so often on that week of perfect summit views, down in the Great Glen it was gloomy but almost eerily still at Loch Oich.
IMG_6774 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr
Like every morning that week, we had breakfast at the excellent Well of the Seven Heads overlooking the loch.
Seven Heads' breakfast...
IMG_8749 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr
Enjoying breakfast and coffee.
IMG_8753 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr
Fortified by Haggis Rolls etc, the three of us who were walking that day went on to Kilfinnan. The walk past the farm and on through the forest was enjoyable even though mists loomed around. The turn-off for the Cam Bealach is marked with a sign and there's the landmark of a large boulder too. The plod up through the trees did not seem to take long and we soon emerged from the canopy into sunshine filtered through shreds of mist, and could see the path rising into the valley of the Allt Glas-Dhoire ahead,
IMG_8757 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr
As we approached the head of the valley we could see that the Cam Bealach was filled with cloud.
IMG_8764 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr
We reached the bealach in thick clag. A good path led off up towards Sron a'Choire Gharbh and it seemed to make the choice of Munro obvious. The path rises in easy zig-zags and soon we could see above the clouds.
IMG_8772 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr
As had happened earlier that week on Sgurr nan Eugallt, we emerged into warm sunshine.
IMG_8779 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr
Suddenly we were in clear air, the excellent path beckoned us upwards, and we realised that we were nearing the summit ridge.
IMG_8796 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr
Soon we reached the head of the massive horseshoe that makes up the Sron, and could look along the ridge leading to Sean Mheall
IMG_8819 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr
A little higher, and Loch Linnhe came into view
IMG_8884 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr
As well as an improved view over the Sean Mheall ridge towards hills such as Creag Meagaidh, Beinn a'Chaorainn and Beinn a'Chlachair (left to right skyline in this photo)
IMG_8957 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr
From here on the walk was sheer delight. We kept stopping to admire the views.
IMG_8858 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr
Looking back to Meall na Teanga. Left of its summit are the Grey Corries and Binnein Mor, with Aonach Beag, Aonach Mor, Carn Mor Dearg and Ben Nevis above and to the right.
IMG_8949 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr
South-west to Gulvain, Sgurr Thuilm and Sgurr nan Coireachean
IMG_8903 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr
Looking from the summit cairn - Meall nan Dearcag and the Sean Mheall ridge rising from the mists
IMG_8880 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr
At the cairn
IMG_8898 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr
North-west from the summit looking over the Meall a'Choire Ghlais ridge to a skyline of Ciste Dubh, A'Chralaig, Sgurr nan Ceathreamnan, Mullach Fraoch-Choire, Sgurr nan Conbhairean, Mam Sodhail and Carn Eige.
IMG_8893 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr
Northwards towards Ben Tee, with the Strathfarrar hills and Ben Wyvis in the remote distance. If you look at the Flickr image and click the little magnifying glass thingy, you can just about make out a wind turbine rising spectrally through the clouds below Ben Wyvis.
IMG_8942 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr
Down to Loch Linnhe
IMG_8867 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr
West to Knoydart - a skyline of "broken teeth" - prominent peaks are Bidean a'Chabair, Sgurr na Coireachan, Sgurr na Ciche, Sgurr Mor and Luinne Bheinn.
IMG_8866 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr
Meall na Teanga again, couldn't resist
Meall na Teanga by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr
On the descent we saw some dramatic clouds back over Cam Bealach
IMG_9039 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr
IMG_9032 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr
by HalfManHalfTitanium » Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:31 am
by Beery Hiker » Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:59 am
by HalfManHalfTitanium » Tue Mar 29, 2016 2:11 pm
Beery Hiker wrote:Looks like another fine day - more great pictures (I suspect I was on the coach to Glasgow for most of this one and the cloud was thicker further south)...
yes - sadly you missed a great walk. We chose the peak quite carefully instead of something in either Kintail or the main Lochaber hills - to avoid the clouds forecast for both further south and further north. (But it turned out most summits were above the clouds anyway).
It was all the more enjoyable because we had decided to just do the one Munro, and therefore we could take our time and really enjoy the views (and spot ghostly wind turbines) rather than rush back down to the bealach and up to the second summit.
Never mind, I would be more than happy to do this easy and super-scenic walk again sometime if we are in the area another time.
The walk-in along the level forest track is good too. i was worried it might seem like a long way - but it seemed very short compared to the Ben Macdui walk-in!
by Cairngorm creeper » Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:39 pm
I've enjoyed all your reports of your week in this great area.
by HalfManHalfTitanium » Thu Mar 31, 2016 1:22 pm
Cairngorm creeper wrote:Lovely pictures.
I've enjoyed all your reports of your week in this great area.
thanks for your kind words! We were very, very lucky!
Also our "lazy" tactic is just to climb one mountain per day - well, Conbhairean was technically two munros, but it felt like just one big hill ! So as to be able to take our time and sit or stand around enjoying the views, rather than trying to bag several peaks in a day. My epic days are long gone - along with my left knee!
Enjoyed reading your report on Ciste Dubh and Am Bathach - went there a few years ago but ran out of time and did not quite get to the top. It looks like an airy summit!!
by Jaxter » Thu Mar 31, 2016 3:03 pm
by HalfManHalfTitanium » Thu Mar 31, 2016 7:20 pm
Jaxter wrote:Wow some stunning pictures here!! That Friday was amazing wasn't it, I was stuck in work. Shame tomorrow looks terrible!
Thanks! We we ridiculously lucky - sunshine every day and crystal visibility. My 2 drumochter munros on the last day looking a bit weedy compared to your epic!
by litljortindan » Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:40 pm