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Meall Lighiche and Fraochaidh via Sgorr a'Choise

Meall Lighiche and Fraochaidh via Sgorr a'Choise


Postby rockhopper » Wed May 18, 2016 11:51 pm

Route description: Fraochaidh, from Ballachulish

Corbetts included on this walk: Fraochaidh, Meall Lighiche

Grahams included on this walk: Sgorr a'Choise

Date walked: 14/05/2016

Time taken: 11 hours

Distance: 32 km

Ascent: 2000m

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Corbetts: Meall Lighiche, Fraochaidh
Graham: Sgorr a'Choise
Distance: 32km approx
Ascent: 2,000m approx
Time: 11hrs approx (move 8hrs 40mins, stop 2hrs 20mins)
Attendees: me

Parked in the car park beside the visitor centre in Ballachulish, cycled back a few kilometres to Glencoe and locked the bike up in some trees at the roadside. Probably only saved about 1/2hr in the end though. :roll:

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Set off down the Gleann-leac-na-muidhe road and took the detour at the sign to avoid going through the gardens of the houses. Back to the road then through a farmyard after which the road stopped and became a track. Think the ice axe was likely to be a bit superfluous today. :roll:

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Reached the Allt na Muidhe which wasn’t difficult to cross.

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Initially followed to the left a fence uphill before heading west and south to the side of a ridge. Was following a faint path before starting more steeply to gain the ridge. Went up a gully which looked doable but couldn’t quite make the last bit so had to drop down a bit then back up a little to the south. Success this time and got up on to the ridge.

Looking back

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Ben Nevis and CMD, Stob Ban

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Up over Creag Bhan looking towards Sgurr na h-Ulaidh - stopped for a while to have a look over and round it with the camera at full zoom but couldn’t see anyone

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Westwards to the summit

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Glen Creran

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BEB - Stob Coire Raineach in the distance (I think)

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Beinn a’ Bheithir on the left, Sgorr a'Choise mid right

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Fraochaidh looking rather far away

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Set off northwards following an old line of fence posts

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Down past the trees then back uphill to Sgorr a'Choise

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AE ridge

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Looking upwards

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Crossed a deer fence by a high stile then quite steeply up to the summit

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Beinn a’ Bheithir

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Zoomed

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Ballachulish

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Ben Nevis and Mamores

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Stopped at the summit for an early lunch. Very nice and warm in the sun so lay back for a snooze – hadn’t intended to but must have dozed off for quite a while before waking up – spent a little too long up there and still had quite a way to go so got ready and set off.

Route to Fraochaidh

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Straightforward, if a little steep at times, descent down to meet the path up from Ballachulish

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Looking back

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A lot of ups and downs en route to the summit – a bit harder going than expected

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Creach Bheinn, Beinn Resipol and Garbh Bheinn

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Final up and down before the summit

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Quartzite band

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Cairn

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Could just see Ainshval, Askival and co in the hazy distance (click to enlarge)

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Panoramas (click to enlarge)

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Self portrait (absolutely no need for an ice axe today…….)

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Loch Linnhe

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A couple of zoomed shots

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Reluctantly started back on the long return route – more ups and downs to get back to the track which then drops down into Gleann an Fhiodh and alongside the river.

Moon

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Pap

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Sgorr a'Choise

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Back to the car park in Ballachulish. It had taken quite a bit longer than expected – lot of stops for photos and falling asleep after lunch probably didn’t help.


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Re: Meall Lighiche and Fraochaidh via Sgorr a'Choise

Postby BlackPanther » Thu May 19, 2016 9:01 am

That's hillwalking at it's best :D Who said Corbetts and Grahams are dull?

I'm tempted to do Fraochaidh from Ballachulish, too - will save us a bit of driving.

"Hula face" looks unbelievably steep, I can't believe we went up that way :lol:
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Re: Meall Lighiche and Fraochaidh via Sgorr a'Choise

Postby rockhopper » Sat May 21, 2016 12:35 am

BlackPanther wrote:I'm tempted to do Fraochaidh from Ballachulish, too - will save us a bit of driving.
yes - had a similar thought when looking at options - can also be approached from the west or south east but they involve getting through forestry and I think there has been some felling which can cause problems - cheers :)
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Re: Meall Lighiche and Fraochaidh via Sgorr a'Choise

Postby Gordie12 » Sat May 21, 2016 5:51 pm

A long but brilliant looking day RH - May has been a great month to be out in the hills.
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Re: Meall Lighiche and Fraochaidh via Sgorr a'Choise

Postby SecretSquirrel » Sat May 21, 2016 7:16 pm

Nice route, that looked a cracking day. The bike might have only saved you half an hour, but I would much rather cycle the A82 than walk along tarmac.

You've given me some routes to consider now :D
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Re: Meall Lighiche and Fraochaidh via Sgorr a'Choise

Postby Collaciotach » Sun May 22, 2016 12:37 am

Nice one RH :clap:
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Re: Meall Lighiche and Fraochaidh via Sgorr a'Choise

Postby gaffr » Sun May 22, 2016 10:00 am

I too enjoyed these tops in from Kinlochleven and the contact with the surrounding hills visited in another lifetime...not in one trip though and of course being me I didn't know about the wee Elsie. :)
The long lens also gets you into more distant hill groups as an extra bonus. :)
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Re: Meall Lighiche and Fraochaidh via Sgorr a'Choise

Postby Jaxter » Sun May 22, 2016 5:25 pm

Oooh lovely photos there :clap:

Laughed out loud at your wee snooze :lol: I've never found a rock that's comfy enough for that :wink:
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Re: Meall Lighiche and Fraochaidh via Sgorr a'Choise

Postby Graeme D » Mon May 23, 2016 8:32 pm

This is a very fine piece of reporting RH! :clap:
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Re: Meall Lighiche and Fraochaidh via Sgorr a'Choise

Postby ancancha » Mon May 23, 2016 10:54 pm

Camera worked well for you on this walk Rockhopper :clap:
As BP says; it don't need to be high to be a lot of fun 8)
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Re: Meall Lighiche and Fraochaidh via Sgorr a'Choise

Postby malky_c » Wed May 25, 2016 9:57 pm

Good route - I like the idea of linking Fraochaidh and Sgorr a' Choise like that. Both are must-do-again hills for me. And impossible to go wrong with the weather that weekend. Hope you didn't wake up with loads of sunburn :shifty:
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