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Led astray on Am Faochagach

Led astray on Am Faochagach


Postby dav2930 » Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:07 pm

Route description: Am Faochagach

Munros included on this walk: Am Faochagach

Date walked: 24/05/2016

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 13 km

Ascent: 720m

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Having done the Beinn Dearg four the previous day and with the four eastern Fannaichs planned for the following day, I thought a shorter walk for the third day of my trip would be sensible.


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Arriving at the small car park near Torrandhu Bridge, a chap was thumbing a lift. His car was parked there, but he was hoping for a lift to Inverlael so he could start a traverse of all six Munros on the east side of the A835. I was sorry to disappoint him, since that would have been quite a feat.

A few minutes later, as I was putting my boots on, another car pulled in, whose driver, it transpired, was intent on the four eastern Fannaichs. So once again the hitchhiker was disappointed. In the end he decided to drive to Inverlael and do the Beinn Dearg four. I bade him a good day and set off on my own modest jaunt up Am Faochagach, which along with all the other Munros in the area, was covered in clag.

The big swamp that has to be crossed at the outset was surprisingly amenable, thanks to the dry weather of the last few days. For the same reason the Abhainn a' Gharbhrain, which can be difficult or impossible to cross, presented nothing more than an interesting exercise in stone-hopping.

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Following the Abhainn a' Gharbhainn, having crossed it


A proper path emerges along the east bank of the Allt na h-Uidhe and leads pleasantly up to the bealach north of Sron Liath (called Drochaid a' Ghlas Tuill). The clag was down at this point.

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Loch a' Gharbhrain


I was surprised to find no path on the high point of the bealach, but found a vehicle track just a little over the other side. Good, now I won't have to bother navigating, I thought. So I switched off my brain and slavishly followed the track. :roll:

My presumptuous laziness reaped what should have been a predictable result. The track did not lead to the summit, but instead to Meall Gorm. :oops: It was only when I'd reached the shallow col just before Meall Gorm that I sensed I had been led astray by the track, and checked my position. Cursing myself for being such a numpty, I took a bearing for the southern shoulder of Am Faochagach and thence to the summit. :)

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Heading for the clag on the Drochaid a' Ghlas Tuill


I sat down at the cairn for a typically long food break, and the mist began to brighten. It looked like it might clear, so I hung around for a while longer. Then the mist darkened again, so I reluctantly headed back down. At about the 850 metre contour I was out of the clag. From there on down the views got better.

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Summit cairn


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Choire Ghranda (Beinn Dearg)


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View west


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The Fisherfields in distance


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Loch a' Gharbhrain


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Looking back to Am Faochagach - clag starting to lift


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Sron Liath


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Looking down the Allt Glas Toll Mor towards Loch Vaich


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The Fisherfields and An Teallach on horizon, Beinn Dearg on right


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An Teallach


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Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair and Sgurr Ban (I think) in distance


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An Teallach again


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Best point to cross the Abhainn a' Gharbhrain


It was a shame to have missed the summit views, but it had been a suitably undemanding walk, despite my navigational lacuna. :) Lesson learned: never blindly follow a vehicle track on the assumption that it will lead where you want to go. :?
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Re: Led astray on Am Faochagach

Postby rockhopper » Thu Jun 09, 2016 2:16 pm

Enjoyed that - brings back memories though wasn't as lucky with the water crossing as you and the boots had to come off - cheers :)
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Re: Led astray on Am Faochagach

Postby past my sell by date » Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:17 pm

Nice - but I never fancied the bogs and the river crossing. I did this from Strath Vaich. Drove right up to the Southern end of the loch - don't know whether you can still do that - climbed up to point 742 and along the ridge . I 'd been told it was a very boring Munro but didn't find it so
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Re: Led astray on Am Faochagach

Postby basscadet » Thu Jun 09, 2016 6:04 pm

I had exactly the same conditions, so great memories - thanks for posting :clap:

I had the joy of the hill being alive with ptarmigan - lovely so it was I didn't care about the views :D
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Re: Led astray on Am Faochagach

Postby dav2930 » Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:27 pm

rockhopper wrote:Enjoyed that - brings back memories though wasn't as lucky with the water crossing as you and the boots had to come off - cheers :)

Thanks RH :D Must admit I was surprised to get across with my boots on!

past my sell by date wrote:Nice - but I never fancied the bogs and the river crossing. I did this from Strath Vaich. Drove right up to the Southern end of the loch - don't know whether you can still do that - climbed up to point 742 and along the ridge . I 'd been told it was a very boring Munro but didn't find it so

Thanks PMSBD :D I imagine the bogs would be pretty dire after a wet period and the river may well be impassable, so your alternative route sounds really useful. Don't know if you can still drive up the track but I'm sure you could cycle it.
It's a nice hill for an easy day.

basscadet wrote:I had exactly the same conditions, so great memories - thanks for posting :clap:

I had the joy of the hill being alive with ptarmigan - lovely so it was I didn't care about the views :D

Thanks BC :D That sounds wonderful! Sometimes views just don't matter! :D
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Re: Led astray on Am Faochagach

Postby ancancha » Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:17 pm

Look so scenic up there, maybe someday I will get back to Scotland to take on some of the NE Munros :roll:
Nice report and photos, thanks for sharing :clap:
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Re: Led astray on Am Faochagach

Postby dav2930 » Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:36 pm

ancancha wrote:Look so scenic up there, maybe someday I will get back to Scotland to take on some of the NE Munros :roll:
Nice report and photos, thanks for sharing :clap:

Thanks ancancha :D Hope you can get back to Scotland soon!
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