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Loch Morar Grahams
by Mountaineer » Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:05 pm
Grahams included on this walk: An Stac, Meith Bheinn
Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Druim a'Chuirn
Date walked: 22/07/2016
Time taken: 11 hours
Distance: 50 km
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I actually spend three days undertaking this trip, with the walk of 15.5km being on Friday 22nd July to and from Oban Bothy. I paddled in the 17.5km by sea kayak on the afternoon of Thursday 21st taking about 3 hours to do so, and out again on Saturday 23rd in a little over 2 hours assisted by a f3/4 tail wind and following 'sea,' or Loch to be precise. No sign of Morag thank goodness!
Oban Bothy is a cracking spot for anyone who has not been there, though the left hand side room and rear room are in need of some TLC from the MBS I think, and even in the right hand room the ceiling isn't looking great. Upstairs has loads of good floor space, but do beware of the bats. I was alone with said bats on the two nights of my stay, though I met a large party of canoeists were heading that way as I paddled out - assuming they made it given the struggle some of them were having paddling into what was for them a headwind.
So to the walk, which whilst not long was gruelling on the rough and soaking ground - more of the water later - though the day itself was pretty near perfect with just some light cloud to keep the sun a little shaded.
Setting of from the bothy, a good (though very wet) path led into Glen Taodhail which I followed for about 2km before cutting back ENE up a broad, steep and grassy ramp which led me eventually to the north top of An Stac. The main summit was about 500m further on across a dip and a few small easily negotiable crags. The views in all directions were amazing, especially those toward Meith Bheinn and down Loch Morar, with the eye being drawn to the distant small isles, and east along the canyon like Glen Pean towards Loch Arkaig beyond.
I descended by the obvious south west ridge aiming to cross the burn around the point where it met the secondary burn flowing from Lochan a Bhrodainn, though crossing here, or even the inflating burn had I been able to get across above it, was simply impossible as both were in spate following the very heavy rain earlier in the week. I spent an age walking up an down the main burn looking for a crossing point, eventually deciding on the only one which was viable, and even this required a lunge over a 6 feet waterfall to land on a rock jammed against large slab. Given that this was a jump down, the return was not going to be fun!
Meith Bheinn lay about another 3km along a long ridge, and whilst straightforward, the rough ground began to take its toll in what were quite warm conditions and it was with some relief that I reached the summit. Given my proximity to a sub 2000ft hill, Druim a'Churn, I made the detour to take this in before descending back to my crossing point. Looking at it from this side was not good, so I spent another 30 minutes of so checking other possibilities before returning to it. throwing my gear across first, and having no run-up, I had no choice but to launch myself across the gap, keeping my upper body weight forward to avoid any risk of stepping back. Ungainly, but effective was my assessment - and frankly not recommended on the basis that I was alone with no means of communication other than a PLB which may not have worked given the depth and steepness of the valley.
What I will say is that I thoroughly enjoyed my curry and bottle of wine when I got back to the Bothy!
- Me relaxing with a post curry glass of wine
- Oban Bothy interior
- Meith Bheinn and Druim a' Churn
- East towards Meith Bheinn and Druim a' Churn
- Down Loch Morar towards the Small Isles.
- Glen Pean and towards Loch Arkaig from An Stac
- Oban Bothy sign
- Oban Bothy beside Morar deep
- The view east down Loch Morar
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by rockhopper » Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:39 pm
...JingsMountaineer wrote:.....before descending back to my crossing point. Looking at it from this side was not good, so I spent another 30 minutes of so checking other possibilities before returning to it. throwing my gear across first, and having no run-up, I had no choice but to launch myself across the gap, keeping my upper body weight forward to avoid any risk of stepping back. Ungainly, but effective was my assessment - and frankly not recommended on the basis that I was alone with no means of communication other than a PLB which may not have worked given the depth and steepness of the valley.
Nice route - sounded enjoyable.....glad you made it back - cheers
by Sgurr » Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:26 pm
Glad you got back to write this TR.
by Sgurr » Mon Feb 06, 2017 7:16 pm
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