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An Socach, An Riabhachan, Sgurrna Lapaich & Carn na Gobhar

An Socach, An Riabhachan, Sgurrna Lapaich & Carn na Gobhar

Postby colinwatson » Sun Jun 05, 2016 8:41 pm

Route description: The Loch Mullardoch Munros

Munros included on this walk: An Riabhachan, An Socach (Mullardoch), Càrn nan Gobhar (Loch Mullardoch), Sgùrr na Lapaich

Date walked: 01/06/2016

Time taken: 10.5 hours

Distance: 24 km

Ascent: 2000m

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As I still had An Socach to climb, I made the long journey to Loch Mullardoch. I've never walked the path along the lochside, but heard nothing good about it, so decided to invest in a trip on the ferry to the head of the loch.

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Getting the ferry ready

The journey along the loch only took a matter of minutes in the perfect conditions, but was great fun though.

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Heading along the loch

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An Socach comes into view

After less then 10 minutes, we were climbing off the boat and ready to set out.

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Farewell to the ferry!

An easy start to the day, with the stalkers path giving access to Coire Mhaim.

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Looking back to Loch Mullardoch from the foot of Coire Mhaim

After a quick tea break at the foot of the south east ridge, I started to make my way uphill - quite a straightforward and easy climb.

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An Socach summit ridge

As I climbed. the most spectacular views were unfolding in the clear conditions.

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An Riabhachan from just before the summit of An Socach

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The final few steps to An Socach

Warm and sunny at the top - just a bit of a breeze to keep me cool.

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Looking north over Loch Monar

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Torridon from An Socach

Skye to the west, Torridon and Fisherfield north, Glen Affric South (and later in the day, the Cairngorms and The Ben too!)

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Southwest from An Socach

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From An Socach to An Riabhachan

Pressed along the ridge, with the steepish drop down to the col, then over the subsidiary top to the main summit of An Riabhachan......still the excellent conditions continued.

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Northwest from An Riabhachan

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Looking north to Fisherfield

I took comfort from the map that the ascent to Sgurr na Lapaich was not as long as it looked! It was a very pleasant walk down to the col and from there, just a case of head down and get on with it until the cairn shelter and trig point appeared.

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Loch Tuill Bhearnach from the cairn

It was very impressive to look down the coire to the lochan. I arrived at the summit just in time to see a couple of goats have a square go with one another, although I don't know why they chose to come to the top of the hill to settle their differences! The first goats I've seen on the hill for years.

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Looking south from Sgurr na Lapaich

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At the cairn

By this stage in the day, I was keen just to keep going, so didn't linger at the cairn, but set off for the final Munro. An awkward clamber down some boulders just below the summit - the normal route was below a thick covering of snow.

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Looking over to Sgurr na Clachan Geala

Once below the boulders, it was a straightforward walk to the col with Carn nan Gobhar and the final ascent of the day.

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The last uphill of the day!

Not too long until the cairn arrived and it would be all downhill from there.

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Sgurr na Lapaig from Carn nan Gobhar

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The Affric hills from Carn nan Gobhar

Started to head down to Mullach na Maoile, but before I got there, I headed down to the bulldozed track at the Allt Mullardoch.

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The Mullardoch Dam comes into view - a welcome sight!

Not too long a descent until I arrived at the track, and from there, past the works to the dam and the car.

An excellent day in magnificent surroundings, helped quite a bit by perfect weather. One of my best days out on the Scottish hills.
Posts: 78
Munros:62   Corbetts:30
Grahams:33   Donalds:43
Sub 2000:34   Hewitts:4
Joined: Nov 3, 2015

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