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An Expedition to Glen Affric Day2

An Expedition to Glen Affric Day2


Postby bootsandpaddles » Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:32 pm

Route description: Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan group, Alltbeithe

Munros included on this walk: An Socach (Affric), Mullach nan Dheiragain, Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan

Date walked: 15/08/2010

Time taken: 9 hours

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The wind dropped overnight and by morning the midges had arrived in force. :( We could see from the safety of our sleeping bags that the flysheet was covered in them. :cry: After liberal applications of midge repellent we dared to open the door and put the stove on for tea and brekky. They didn’t attack immediately – maybe the heat of the stove kept them at bay. Once we had packed our rucksacks for the day we unzipped the door and the flysheet and made a run for it. No stopping for a wee or cleaning teeth or washing up or anything civilised like that. Just run!! We didn’t stop til we got to about 700 metres. :crazy: Well, perhaps for a couple of photos.
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Beinn Fhada
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Ciste Dhubh
Then the toothbrushes came out.
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Don't forget your toothbrush!
You don’t really feel you have got up properly until you have cleaned your teeth, do you? We gained the ridge in record time and relaxed for a while enjoying the view
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From the ridge
before dumping our rucksacks and heading up to the summit of An Socach.
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Mullach na Dheiragainn from An Socach

Returning to the bealach we retrieved our bags and started along the ridge to Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan.
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Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan
Along the way we saw a seahorse
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Sea horse
and lots of deer in the corrie. We arrived at the top of my 200th Munro :D in time for a spot of lunch. Somebody had forgotten to bring the celebration gateau so we had to improvise with a slice of bread and squirty cheese.
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Celebration gateau
We dumped the bags again and just took some water with us – no point carrying all that stuff out and back. We reckoned on 2 hours to get out to Mullach na Dheiragain but in the event it took more like 3 hours if you include posing at the cairn.
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A long way out
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Posing
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A long way back
On the way back a guy appeared striding purposefully in our direction. A minute or two later another figure appeared over the horizon. She seemed to be carrying something large, white and round. “Why have they brought a football with them?” I wondered. :? “Not the first thing I would think of carrying up here” said Katie. With that the woman spotted us, hastily turned her back on us and proceeded to reclothe her upper half! Sorry, no photos! :lol: After this little episode the climb back to the summit of Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan didn’t seem quite so steep! After more food we made our way along the narrow west ridge and down the long, rather boggy south ridge back to the glen.
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Going down
The burn provided a cold, refreshing dip, the breeze had got up again, the midges had gone and we sat outside the tent drinking tea planning the next day’s route.
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Nice blue flower

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Re: An Expedition to Glen Affric Day2

Postby Gable Gable End » Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:10 pm

congrats on the big 200!

this area looks absolutely stunning on a nice day! very envious of the photos (not the midges)
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Re: An Expedition to Glen Affric Day2

Postby kinley » Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:14 pm

Nice weather and pics 8)

No Midge Jackets?? :shock: Brave :) Don't venture out without one in summer, especially camping.

Your blue flower is a Devils Bit Scabious :)
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Re: An Expedition to Glen Affric Day2

Postby bootsandpaddles » Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:14 am

kinley wrote:Nice weather and pics 8)

No Midge Jackets?? :shock: Brave :) Don't venture out without one in summer, especially camping.

Your blue flower is a Devils Bit Scabious :)


I think I might invest in a midge jacket. In case anyone is interested I have found a reasonably priced one at www.readytoleave.com I have used a head net before but I've never experienced midges as bad as that. And thanks for identifying the flower - there were hundreds of them, very pretty.
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Re: An Expedition to Glen Affric Day2

Postby skuk007 » Fri Aug 20, 2010 9:45 am

Hmm - might have to put one of them on my xmas list too - something else to cram in my bag.
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Re: An Expedition to Glen Affric Day2

Postby HighlandSC » Fri Aug 20, 2010 9:53 am

These seem a little more expensive (£20) but I often see them recommended http://www.midgejacket.co.uk/

Should probably get one myself before I start camping seriously!

Great set of reports - I'm sure the midge hell was worth the suffering in the end!....wasn't it?
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Re: An Expedition to Glen Affric Day2

Postby monty » Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:26 am

Good report with some fine pictures. Well done on reaching 200. :D
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Re: An Expedition to Glen Affric Day2

Postby bootsandpaddles » Fri Aug 20, 2010 5:24 pm

HighlandSC wrote:These seem a little more expensive (£20) but I often see them recommended http://www.midgejacket.co.uk/

Should probably get one myself before I start camping seriously!

Great set of reports - I'm sure the midge hell was worth the suffering in the end!....wasn't it?


There was a midge jacket for 12.95 on that website. Yes it was worth it, the itching has just about stopped now in time for another weekend!
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Re: An Expedition to Glen Affric Day2

Postby corrie15 » Mon Aug 23, 2010 8:11 pm

Great trip report and congrats on bagging your 200th!!! However I (the woman with the two large,white and round footballs!) would like to reassure folks that indeed I was covered up (by means of a white sports top) and not doing a Billy Connolly impression!! :lol: Do not worry the hills are safe - just sometimes a tad chilly nearing the top! :roll:

Well that's my story and I am sticking to it no matter how disturbingly proud the husband was regarding my mention!! :?

We managed to avoid the midgies most of the day (purely by constantly moving) however on our cycle out (quite late by this point) they fearlessly attacked in thousands. Hope you got your jackets as I would have loved one at that point!!
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