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Spectacular Sunrise and Inversion on Fionn Bheinn!
by Chloeeh » Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:32 pm
Route description: Fionn Bheinn, Achnasheen
Munros included on this walk: Fionn Bheinn
Date walked: 21/01/2017
Time taken: 5 hours
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We stayed in a little Air BnB at the bottom of the hill, it was great to simply walk out the door and start the walk without having to drive anywhere
We set off at 7am whilst it was still dark and tried to navigate our way through various gates and up the hill. It is quite boggy but luckily the cold had frozen the ground some what so it was easier going than expected. Eventually we rose above the cloud inversion to stunning views of the sun rising...
Trying to resist the urge to keep looking back at the view we pressed on (little did we know in the wrong direction...)
We headed towards what we thought was Fionn Bheinn, across difficult and boggy ground but soon realised it was a Graham and the real Fionn Bheinn was over to our right... oh dear
Easy mistake to make I guess... real Fionn Bheinn on the right, imposter Fionn Bheinn on the left!!
By this point the sun had fully peaked over the tops of the hills and we were going in the right direction at last...
Powering up the steep slope! A short cut to make up for lost time
Enjoying using my new camera (Xmas present from my other half)
The last push to the summit. Getting followed up the hill by a group of other walkers but still determined to be the first 2 at the summit!
Happy we're at the top, enjoying the views across to the Torridon and Ullapool hills..
Quite a simple summit, just a single trig point on top of grass...
Aimed for these unusual wooden posts on the way back down, it was hard to navigate the various fences with the inversion still blocking the view of down below but we managed quickly enough and were back down the hill in time for lunch
I can imagine on a rainy and bleak day this hill would not be so inspiring, but we were lucky we got such amazing weather and it was one of my most enjoyable walks to date. Munro number 34 conquered!
by rockhopper » Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:37 pm
by Cairngorm creeper » Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:08 pm
by BlackPanther » Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:12 pm
It was a superb day for inversions and FB was busy. I think we saw you reaching the summit? We started from Achnasheen about 8:30, by then there were at least 4 other groups/couples going up as well!
One pano we took on the way up:
Taking the advantage of excellent conditions, we traversed to the Graham Meall a'Chaorainn and spent half an hour on the summit (there was no wind on the lower hill), before descending through the ocean of peat hags back to the village.
I must say, very unusual conditions for January, with the lack of snow. It felt more like April!
by Chloeeh » Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:20 pm
That's an excellent panoramic. We were tempted to climb the Graham as well but the bogs put us off. Glad you got to enjoy the great weather as well! we might bump into you again sometime
by Mal Grey » Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:32 pm
Thanks for sharing.
by dogplodder » Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:26 pm