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Two Sgurrs - but it was all about the views to sheasgaich
by Beaner001 » Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:54 pm
Route description: Sgurr Choinnich and Sgurr a'Chaorachain
Munros included on this walk: Sgurr a'Chaorachain, Sgurr Choinnich
Date walked: 25/07/2016
Time taken: 6.35 hours
Distance: 20 km
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Onyhoo back to the two sgurrs. Crossed the railway line and up the track which skirts below the Corbett Sgurr nan Ceannaichean.
The walk was pleasant enough, in around an hour I was at the crossing point over the Allt a'Chonais. I used the wire bridge for balance only as it did not look safe enough to balance along, the water was not too deep anyway.
Once over i followed the wet path up the Glen to Bealach Bhearnais. Took a wee rest here before the climb up the ridge to Sgurr Choinnich.
There was at least two sections of hands on to get over on the way up but the nose but once up the summit ridge was sheer on one side and steep but grassy on the other.
Lovely walk over to the cairn which hangs precariously on the edge. Had a bite to eat here and admired what views the mist allowed. Eventually the views also opened up over to the the second Sgurr and the bealach between.
Again the views over to Sheasgaich were what interested me, the mist covered her then revealed her time and again.
I walked over to the drop down to the bealach which was quite steep on rocky ground and the ascent back up to the higher of the two Sgurrs at 1053m was easy peasy, under 200m i think. The huge summit shelter provided a nice seat where we all took on food and got more views, over to Maoile Lunndaidh and of course Sheasgaich and also Loch Monar and the long shaped Lurg Mhor.
I took a northern descent off the second sgurr and dropped down around 600m on steep wet grass, i took my time due to the wet grass but the dogs hared on in front. Four legs would be fine.
I made the valley floor and stepped into a peat bog I cut over the bogs to cross the Allt Leathad an Tobair then cut straight over to the wire bridge to use the same crossing as the inward route.
My feet got wet here as i slipped into the river while holding the wire so i had a squelch the whole way back but who cares, i had a great day, getting two new Munros and great views around to the remote two hills of Lurg Mhor and of course Bidein a'Choire Sheasgaich. We'll be seeing her sooner rather than later, probably including a stay in the bothy
by Gordie12 » Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:01 pm
Some good photos once the cloud lifted a bit.
by Huff_n_Puff » Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:38 pm
We still have Sgurr a'Chaorachain to do, any recommendations about a route up, we weren't planning to use the wire bridge, but to use the return route on the WH map. We bailed on this one in March a couple of years ago when faced with 2 spaniels and a snow cornice
by rockhopper » Wed Jul 27, 2016 5:12 pm
by martin.h » Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:47 pm
That wire bridge, we balanced our way over it when we did these, I only just made it without a severe dunking, its a thought provoking crossing, good fun tho'.
Good to see Roy and Lochy, have they still got a taste for oatcakes?
We're up Braemar in September if you fancy a trip out
by spiderwebb » Sun Jul 31, 2016 6:37 pm
Cant beat atmospheric pics
by Collaciotach » Sun Jul 31, 2016 7:38 pm
by pollyh33 » Sun Jul 31, 2016 8:36 pm
So pleased that you got it this time.
by simon-b » Sun Jul 31, 2016 8:50 pm
Lurg Mhor and Bidein a' Choire Sheasgaich are more manageable in a day than is sometimes made out, even if you go all the way from Attadale. So the bothy might not be necessary, unless you prefer doing an overnighter. Or the shorter, rougher route from Craig over Beinn Tharsuinn could involve another squelch back along that track.