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Hartaval and Baca Ruadh

Hartaval and Baca Ruadh

Postby AbiM » Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:09 am

Route description: Hartaval and Baca Ruadh

Fionas included on this walk: Hartaval

Date walked: 20/07/2016

Distance: 19 km

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We were training for a trail run and so we set off to do this as a run, wearing our running rucksacks. We got up past the Old Man of Storr OK - although note that since the route description was written, all the trees have been cleared and massive footpath improvements have been made, although there are still a few springs / streams to jump as it levels out. We realised we had been here before in 2003.

Up round to the right of the Old Man ok, there is a barbed wire fence here (mind your clothes!) and people have balanced stones to try to make the fence crossing easier.

The weather was swirling around, and as we climbed (the scramble part was OK) we got into the cloud - a shame - no more view.

We ran along what seemed like a sheep trod. In the bad weather we must have missed the part in the instructions where it says "ascend the grass slope on your left". We got as far as a sort-of cling-on-to-the-side-of-the-mountain and decided to turn back. We didn't have the route into the GPS.

Just as well we did! The picture below shows where we got to (green line), compared to the GPX (purple line). We were indeed clinging on to a precipice! The mist was so swirly it was hard to realise we had dropped height. My advice to others would be, if the sheep trod starts going downhill, look for the grassy slopes instead (all the slopes are grassy but you know...)

We had a good run instead along the Trotternish peninsula, as far at Staffin, eating vegan tiffin on the way :)
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