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Lurg Mhor and the Cheesecake

Lurg Mhor and the Cheesecake


Postby young-scotty » Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:40 pm

Route description: Bidein a' Choire Sheasgaich and Lurg Mhòr

Munros included on this walk: Bidein a' Choire Sheasgaich, Lurg Mhòr

Date walked: 15/04/2016

Time taken: 5 hours

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Day 1 of 3
April 15th 2016

We knew by Warrington that the sleeper was going to be late into Inverness, a points failure meant our usual turn in to kip at Preston was postponed by another bottle of Merlot. Sure enough, we were still rattling through Gleneagles at breakfast when we should have been crossing Slochd summit and pulled into Inverness just shy of 2 hours late. Irksome because we were booked on the 8.55 to Attadale and the 11.00 which we eventually caught would leave us chasing daylight hours.
It was a pleasant day though and when we alighted at Attadale Central with our bikes, we were well up for the challenge. And a challenge it was too, it's only 7.5 miles to Ben Dronaig Bothy but they are hard earned especially with heavy panniers and a backpack brimming with provisions. 1 hour 45 of hard graft including an occasional off and push on the zig zag bit and we were at the bothy. A quick recce offered up all 3 rooms available so we bagged the one with the biggest fireplace, dumped the gear and set off again with much lighter bikes for the 2 mile ascent to Loch Calavie.
It was now 15.30 and the sky looked ominous but we set off up the easy banks of Cheescake to the north of the loch towards the bealach, no signs of any path. The predicted snow soon came but it wasn't too heavy and didn't hinder progress.We made the top of Cheescake in around 2 hours and it was snowing harder now so not much in the way of views which is a shame. However an hour later we reached the top of neighbour Lurg Mhor and the clouds lifted to offer wonderful views across Loch Monar to tomorrows targets and also towards the Loch Mullardoch munros. Given the improved conditions we traversed the Lurg Mhor ridge to the other top admiring the views all round before heading back to the bealach and down to our bikes at Loch Calavie. Free wheeling down to the bothy albeit on very rough terrain is a great feeling especially when a brace of munros have been scratched off. The accomodation had filled up in our absence, a group of 4 were setting up camp to do Lurg Mhor and Cheescake tomorrow while the other guest was on a long walk to Cape Wrath. Got in just before dark at 20.30.

Attadale International
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Track to Bothy
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Loch Calavie
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Lurg comes into view
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Top of Sheasgaich
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On to No.2 Lurg Mhor
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Looking back to Sheasgaich
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Lurg Mhor summit

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Loch Monar and tomorrows targets - the two Sgurrs
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Back down to the loch and our bikes
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Ben Dronaig Bothy
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Heading back to Attadale in fresh snow in the morning
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Re: Lurg Mhor and the Cheesecake

Postby Guinessman » Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:49 am

Got these two pencilled in hopefully for the end of next week on the same route in a one day bike and hike,thanks for posting
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