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Kingie Corbett and one Mor Munro
by simon-b » Wed Jun 01, 2016 10:30 pm
Munros included on this walk: Sgurr Mor (Loch Quoich)
Corbetts included on this walk: Sgurr an Fhuarain
Date walked: 27/05/2016
Time taken: 9.2 hours
Distance: 24.7 km
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My last full day of a two week stay near Beauly, and all the Munros left on my 'to do' list were some distance away. Having climbed Liathach the day before, I hadn't set my alarm early enough to go for Lurg Mhor and Sheasgaich. The Arkaig 4 was another big round and even further to drive to. But the recent dry spell meant that the River Kingie should be crossable, so doing one of the 4 with a bonus Corbett was a feasible option. This did mean a long drive (not to mention the inevitable "Mor is more" play on words once again ).
It was a grey morning as I drove through Drumnadrochit and alongside Loch Ness. Into Lochaber, and things began to brighten up. In front was the head of Ben Nevis, peeping over an inversion. After turning off and driving through Gairlochy, it was time for the entertaining little road alongside Loch Arkaig. The surface is pretty rough in places. I'd heard about the blind summits and tricky bends. These did go on for quite a while, but I'd say the Hard Knott Pass in the Lake District is more demanding. So I managed to reach the car park without putting the car into the loch.
There was a mixture of blue sky and clouds as I set off on the walk.
Making the right turn at Glendessarry, I moved over the low bealach and down into Glen Kingie. As I had hoped, there were no problems crossing the river on this day.
The weather was becoming more sunny, but the tops were still in cloud as I began to ascend.
It was quite a slog up pathless grass to reach the bealach above Coire Buidhe, and I was now feeling the effects of two weeks' hillwalking. But on reaching the bealach, my target Corbett was in the clear. The walking became much more easy along the ridge.
Sgurr an Fhuarain was worth visiting for its views. And I did want to go home having bagged at least just one Corbett during the two weeks!
Then it was time to return to the bealach and take on Sgurr Mor.
The pull up the SE ridge onto Sgurr Mor was quite steep, but not difficult. As I approached the summit, I met another walker who was descending, and was ready for the walk out. On top, I met someone else who was doing the walk the other way round, and he did fancy going on to the Corbett. I stayed around a while and had a chat, taking in the views.
Then I moved on towards Sgurr Beag.
From the top of this top, the Sgurr na Ciche group looked particularly impressive. I could see what a great round all 4 (or even 5) of the Munros would have been, with more time and energy.
Dropping to the next bealach, I found the track that descended back into Glen Kingie. Despite the dry spell, this was still very boggy in places.
Next it was back over the river, up again to the low bealach, and down again into Glen Dessarry...
...and on back to Loch Arkaig.
During the sunny spell out west of the previous few days, the midges had been surprisingly absent. But back at the Arkaig car park, they were coming out to play. So I was quickly back into the car, and having that fun drive alongside the Loch again. Then all that way back up north for the last night in my cottage, before the big journey south again and home the next day. What a two weeks it had been !
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