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Inversions and an eagle above Loch Arkaig

Inversions and an eagle above Loch Arkaig


Postby rockhopper » Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:31 pm

Route description: Meall na h-Eilde and Geal Charn, Loch Arkaig

Corbetts included on this walk: Geal Charn (Arkaig), Meall na h-Eilde

Grahams included on this walk: Glas Bheinn (Loch Arkaig)

Date walked: 02/10/2016

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 18 km

Ascent: 1400m

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A very late change in plans on the Saturday afternoon meant that most of Sunday would now be free for a trip to the hills. The weather forecast suggested north and west should be good with the potential for inversions over water. Drove up to Loch Arkaig that night for an early start on the Sunday which would allow me to be back home in time to make dinner.

Left the car parked in a clearing in the trees at NN157892 and set off a little before sunrise – not as early as hoped though. Walked along the road towards Marine Harvest then turned northwards on to the track just before the bridge. It’s now a good hydro track all the way to about NN161910.

Up out of the clag fairly quickly could see down Loch Arkaig

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Was on the wrong side of the Graham to be able to see the sunrise but there was some colour on this side.

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Got to the end of the good track then continued on the much rougher track to the east of the Allt Dubh. Quite boggy in places. Improving views as height was gained.

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About NN166931, crossed the allt and started NW up the rough hillside. Found this quite steep and hard going at times.

Onwards and upwards

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Arrived at the summit of Geal Charn with inversions not only over Loch Arkaig but also further northwards.

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Spent ages at the summit taking photos and sitting looking at the views. The hills in the distance towards Loch Quoich and west out to Knoydart were reasonably clear.

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Southwards

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Self portrait

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Eventually decided to head off NE towards Meall Coire nan Saobhaidh

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Unnamed lochan on the bealach

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Towards Loch Quoich possibly with the Cuillin (Sgurr nan Gillean maybe) in the far left half distance.

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Then a bit of a drop SW to the Bealach Choire a’ Ghuirein before the walk up to the summit of Meall na h-Eilde.

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Nearby munros

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Towards the Graham

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Eastwards

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Southwards

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Could see a bird in the distance – stood and watched it for ages soaring upwards and hardly ever flapping its wings. Unfortunately it never really got that close before flying off northwards but managed to get some photos. First time I’d ever managed to get any photos of a golden eagle – cropped as it was quite far away.

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Rather basic and very short video is at the following link



Set off SW down the hillside towards the Allt Tarsuinn.

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Had long since decided that I’ll never manage all the Grahams but if any are close by and look interesting I’d keep them in mind. It was a nice day, still quite early and looked like Glas Bheinn could afford some nice views down the loch so headed steeply up it more or less due south from the allt.

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Hinds

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Stag

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Summit

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Sgurr Mòr I think

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Then just a case of descending back down to near the hydro and the good track back to the road then back to the car. Reasonable drive back home in time to make the dinner.
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Re: Inversions and an eagle above Loch Arkaig

Postby mamoset » Fri Oct 14, 2016 4:47 am

Looks like an interesting walk rockhopper, always nice to see inversion shots & all topped off with some wildlife encounters :D
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Re: Inversions and an eagle above Loch Arkaig

Postby RiverSong » Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:17 pm

Enjoyed this report and photos very much, loved the film of the eagle. Really glad you're still doing these big walks and posting on the site :D
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Re: Inversions and an eagle above Loch Arkaig

Postby Caberfeidh » Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:47 pm

Excellent pics, well done on getting photos of the eagle.
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Re: Inversions and an eagle above Loch Arkaig

Postby Cairngorm creeper » Fri Oct 14, 2016 6:16 pm

A superb set of pictures from what looked like a great day, especially with the inversion and the eagle,
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Re: Inversions and an eagle above Loch Arkaig

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Fri Oct 14, 2016 9:02 pm

Really enjoyed that, some stunning photos and an interesting route.
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Re: Inversions and an eagle above Loch Arkaig

Postby litljortindan » Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:05 pm

A great looking day and fine zoom shots. Would like to visit this corner one day.
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Re: Inversions and an eagle above Loch Arkaig

Postby Collaciotach » Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:36 pm

Nice one :D
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Re: Inversions and an eagle above Loch Arkaig

Postby ancancha » Sun Oct 16, 2016 1:30 pm

Fabulous wild life photos and photos generally, great to see the golden eagle :clap:
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Re: Inversions and an eagle above Loch Arkaig

Postby dogplodder » Sun Oct 16, 2016 3:34 pm

Great shots of the eagle and stag. Whenever I see an eagle I'm never quick enough with the camera to capture it before it's a distant blurry dot. For all their apparent lack of effort they move way too fast. :mrgreen:
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Re: Inversions and an eagle above Loch Arkaig

Postby dooterbang » Sun Oct 16, 2016 4:45 pm

Brilliant inversions :) Great eagle shots :) Wonderful stag photos :) Not a bad day then :wink:

I see from reading your other report that you've adopted your own trademark "pose", welcome to the gang :)
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Re: Inversions and an eagle above Loch Arkaig

Postby simon-b » Sun Oct 16, 2016 4:51 pm

Some of your best pictures yet, rockhopper. I don't think there's much doubting that is the Cuillin you can see beyond Loch Quoich. And I know catching an eagle in a photo isn't easy!
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Re: Inversions and an eagle above Loch Arkaig

Postby mountain thyme » Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:55 am

Stunning pics RH. What a fantastic day we got. I would have drove passed your car heading to the wee corbett at the end of the road :)
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Re: Inversions and an eagle above Loch Arkaig

Postby rockhopper » Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:14 pm

Thanks everyone :)

mountain thyme wrote:I would have drove passed your car heading to the wee corbett at the end of the road :)
Yup - one car did drive past very early on - moving very quickly ! - cheers :)
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Re: Inversions and an eagle above Loch Arkaig

Postby wilkiemurray » Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:15 am

still got these two to do - hope I get similar conditions when I get there - superb piccies of the landscapes and wildlife :clap:

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