Inversions and an eagle above Loch Arkaig
by 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
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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
Was on the wrong side of the Graham to be able to see the sunrise but there was some colour on this side.
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.
About NN166931, crossed the allt and started NW up the rough hillside. Found this quite steep and hard going at times.
Onwards and upwards
Arrived at the summit of Geal Charn with inversions not only over Loch Arkaig but also further northwards.
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.
Eventually decided to head off NE towards Meall Coire nan Saobhaidh
Unnamed lochan on the bealach
Towards Loch Quoich possibly with the Cuillin (Sgurr nan Gillean maybe) in the far left half distance.
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.
Towards the Graham
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.
Rather basic and very short video is at the following link
Set off SW down the hillside towards the Allt Tarsuinn.
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.
Sgurr Mòr I think
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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I see from reading your other report that you've adopted your own trademark "pose", welcome to the gang
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by rockhopper » Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:14 pm
Yup - one car did drive past very early on - moving very quickly ! - cheersmountain thyme wrote:I would have drove passed your car heading to the wee corbett at the end of the road
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