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Sgaor Gaorsaic with Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan

Sgaor Gaorsaic with Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan

Postby m3doc » Fri Jun 10, 2016 5:29 pm

Munros included on this walk: Sgùrr nan Ceathreamhnan

Corbetts included on this walk: Sgùrr Gaorsaic

Date walked: 03/06/2016

Time taken: 13.5 hours

Distance: 25.5 km

Ascent: 2083m

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Set off from Morvich National Trust car park (annual membership includes free parking) at 6am passed the Outdoor Activity Centre, crossed bridge at Inchcro and followed path signed for Falls (of Glomach). On the open hillside at 75m the path forks - left for Falls marked by wooden post down to cross river whilst right heads to Bealach an Sgairne attained by steep zigzags (where a cairn marks a right fork approach for Beinn Fhada) marked by a large cairn. Took me 2.5 hours. Followed path down and round south side of Loch a' Bhealaich where a group of schoolboys, under the watchful eyes of a couple of leaders, had camped. After chatting, I left them to tackle Beinn Fhada whilst I continued to follow the path to watershed and roughly followed metal fence posts, which dog legged a bit, towards summit of Sgurr Gaorsaic 839m 5.5 hours with summit cloud coming and going (2 corbett baggers arrived simultaneously in 3 hours!). The metal fence posts had diverted east just prior to the summit down to 669m bealach (some of the upper slope posts had disappeared due to the steep ground land-slipping here). The fence posts rise straight up the opposite slope then, towards the top of ridge, turn left northeast towards Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan's west top 1143m 8 hours. The main east top 1151m is a much airier and superior top attained by minor scramble down and across short narrow intervening ridge. The views are astounding as everything around is lower. Summit cloud cleared for 4 hours with cloud inversion to east.
Returned to west top and followed fence down south ridge but continued to Beinn an t-Socaich 846m to get good views of south side of SnC and Coire Allt an Tuirc. From there descended grassy slopes west down into the coire then southwest to corner of forestry fence whence west then southwest to meet path at watershed then back to Bealach an Sgairne and down to car at Morvich after 25.5km 2083m ascent 13.5 hours.
Morvich NTS car park with Kintail Mountain Rescue huts and Beinn Fhada's Sgurr a' Choire Ghairbh
Take path right signed for Falls
About 1:10,000 bluebells are white variant
Path fork - left for Falls and right for Bealach an Sgairne
Gleann Choinneachean towards Bealach an Sgairne
Bealach an Sgairne with Sgurr Gaorsaic beyond Loch a'Bhealaich
Retrospect of Bealach an Sgairne with campers across Loch a' Bhealaich
Path through to Affric
Lochans just below Sgurr Gaorsaic summit (to right)
Corbett baggers at Sgurr Gaorsaic summit cairn with Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan west top
Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan west top from Sgurr Gaorsaic summit
West top of SnC across bealach
Bealach west of SnC
Retrospect of descent from Sgurr Gaorsaic (north side of landslips)
Fence posts leading to west top Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan with main top to right
Retrospect of Sgurr Gaorsaic with Beinn Fhada, Saddle, Ladhar Bheinn and Beinn Sgritheall
Main east top Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan from west top
Retrospect of west top SnC
Mullach nan Dheirigain and Beinn Fhionnlaidh ridges with Carn Eige and Mam Sodhail summits in cloud on right
Retrospect of SnC west top with Beinn Fhada, Ladhar Bheinn, Beinn Sgritheall and Cuillins
Beinn an t-Socaich
Retrospect of south side of Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan from Beinn an t-Socaich
Descent down west and around south side of Sgurr Gaorsaic with Beinn Fhada and A'Ghlas Bheinn behind

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