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An Expedition to Glen Affric Day 1

An Expedition to Glen Affric Day 1

Postby bootsandpaddles » Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:10 pm

Route description: A'Chralaig and Mullach Fraoch-choire

Munros included on this walk: A' Chralaig, Mullach Fraoch-choire

Date walked: 14/08/2010

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 13 km

Ascent: 1110m

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A very late start (just gone 11am) from a lay-by just over 1km east of the Cluanie Inn. We walked back up the road and turned left up the track signposted for Glen Affric and Morvich. After a short distance an indistinct path leads off up the very steep slopes of A’Chralaig. It promised to be a good day
South Glen Shiel Ridge
but it was hard going as we were carrying camping gear and food for 3 days.
The steep slopes of A'Chralaig
I could never manage this sort of thing without my trekking poles these days :shh: . It was a great relief to reach the ridge :D
On the ridge: looking towards the summit
where the gradient relented a bit as we approached the huge summit cairn. There were magnificent views all round with huge corries on the east side
and the low level path through An Caorann Mor on the west. It looked a long way to Mullach Fraoch-choire but it was an interesting walk along a fine ridge with a few rocky pinnacles.
Pinnacles on the ridge
It is amazing how a heavier than usual load makes you reconsider clambering over the rocks. What I would normally think of as “the cheats path” suddenly became very attractive! :oops:
Glen Affric still looked a long way off from the summit
Glen Affric
Mullach Fraoch-choire
Beinn Fhada and A Ghlas bheinn
Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan
and indeed it was another couple of hours before we crossed the bridge over the River Affric near the hostel.
Alltbeithe Hostel
Taking the direct route down to the bridge was a mistake: it was very steep and lower down was extremely boggy. Katie fell over twice whilst I managed to remain upright only by proceeding with extreme caution. :( Better to keep to the ridge although it is a bit further. But we made it! There are a couple of deer fences at the bottom that can be crossed by means of stiles.
At the bridge
We found a good camping spot by the river and soon had water on for tea.
Cream crackered!
A stiff breeze kept the midges at bay: little did we anticipate how many there would be waiting for us in the morning.
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Re: An Expedition to Glen Affric Day 1

Postby magicdin » Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:14 am

A'Chralaig really is a slog is'nt it - would'nt fancy it with a big pack :shock:
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Re: An Expedition to Glen Affric Day 1

Postby Graeme D » Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:21 pm

Great stuff - good commentary but lets the brilliant pictures do most of the talking. I got a look at these two from both sides over two days recently in Kintail and can't wait to go back and "fill in the gap".
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Re: An Expedition to Glen Affric Day 1

Postby monty » Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:22 am

Nice report. Going up there tomorrow. Nice view of the ridge to Mullach F..M... Looks quite steep down to the hostel :D

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