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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
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South Glen Shiel Ridge
but it was hard going as we were carrying camping gear and food for 3 days.
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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
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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
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Corries
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.
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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:
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Glen Affric still looked a long way off from the summit
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Glen Affric
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Mullach Fraoch-choire
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Beinn Fhada and A Ghlas bheinn
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Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan
and indeed it was another couple of hours before we crossed the bridge over the River Affric near the hostel.
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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.
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At the bridge
We found a good camping spot by the river and soon had water on for tea.
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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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