Meall Lighiche and Fraochaidh via Sgorr a'Choise
by 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: 2000m5 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Graham: Sgorr a'Choise
Distance: 32km approx
Ascent: 2,000m approx
Time: 11hrs approx (move 8hrs 40mins, stop 2hrs 20mins)
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.
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.
Reached the Allt na Muidhe which wasn’t difficult to cross.
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.
Ben Nevis and CMD, Stob Ban
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
Westwards to the summit
BEB - Stob Coire Raineach in the distance (I think)
Beinn a’ Bheithir on the left, Sgorr a'Choise mid right
Fraochaidh looking rather far away
Set off northwards following an old line of fence posts
Down past the trees then back uphill to Sgorr a'Choise
Crossed a deer fence by a high stile then quite steeply up to the summit
Beinn a’ Bheithir
Ben Nevis and Mamores
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
Straightforward, if a little steep at times, descent down to meet the path up from Ballachulish
A lot of ups and downs en route to the summit – a bit harder going than expected
Creach Bheinn, Beinn Resipol and Garbh Bheinn
Final up and down before the summit
Could just see Ainshval, Askival and co in the hazy distance (click to enlarge)
Panoramas (click to enlarge)
Self portrait (absolutely no need for an ice axe today…….)
A couple of zoomed shots
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.
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.
by BlackPanther » Thu May 19, 2016 9:01 am
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
by rockhopper » Sat May 21, 2016 12:35 am
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 - cheersBlackPanther wrote:I'm tempted to do Fraochaidh from Ballachulish, too - will save us a bit of driving.
by Gordie12 » Sat May 21, 2016 5:51 pm
by SecretSquirrel » Sat May 21, 2016 7:16 pm
You've given me some routes to consider now
by Collaciotach » Sun May 22, 2016 12:37 am
by gaffr » Sun May 22, 2016 10:00 am
The long lens also gets you into more distant hill groups as an extra bonus.
by Jaxter » Sun May 22, 2016 5:25 pm
Laughed out loud at your wee snooze I've never found a rock that's comfy enough for that
by Graeme D » Mon May 23, 2016 8:32 pm
by ancancha » Mon May 23, 2016 10:54 pm
As BP says; it don't need to be high to be a lot of fun
by malky_c » Wed May 25, 2016 9:57 pm