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Skye day 2 - Bruach na Frithe

Skye day 2 - Bruach na Frithe


Postby Beery Hiker » Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:04 pm

Munros included on this walk: Bruach na Frithe

Date walked: 27/03/2017

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Monday was another fine morning at the Old Inn
Image20170327_074521 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
So we headed out towards Glen Brittle and stopped at the Fairy Pools car park. We were soon heading away from the crowds
Image20170327_094843 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
At the Bealach a'Mhaim we got a glimpse of the Red Cuillins
Image20170327_103714 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
Image20170327_104943 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
We opted to stay on the Sligachan path beyond the col, but eventually cut the corner to the corrie path towards Fionn Choire
Image20170327_110121 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
and headed uphill
Image20170327_120421 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
the views north were almost as clear as the previous days
Image20170327_123941 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
and we soon found snow
Image20170327_125939 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
Image20170327_133251 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
Image20170327_133315 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
Having donned the crampons for a steeper section, we were soon on the ridge looking back towards the Bhasteir Tooth
Image20170327_135126 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
We passed another couple taking a rather cavalier approach to descending the slope
Image20170327_135133 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
First views south
Image20170327_135215 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
and southwest
Image20170327_135600 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
Image20170327_135604 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
Image20170327_135608 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
A view from further up the ridge just below the summit of Bruach na Frithe
Image20170327_141024 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
Image20170327_141029 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
over towards Portree there appeared to be a cloud inversion
Image20170327_141032 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
another view of Sgurr nan Gillean and Bla Bheinn
Image20170327_141039 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
... and the Bhasteir Tooth
Image20170327_141551 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
Image20170327_141604 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
Having done the summit before in summer conditions I left the top part of the climb to Tim, who will no doubt provide his own report soon.
The descent was a little tricky at first, but we were soon past the steep section, but I managed to trip on a very innocuous rocky step between two snow patches, catching my leg with a crampon and falling awkwardly. The results were bloody but not too serious once we had patched it up, but it was a salutory lesson that when wearing crampons it never pays to be too casual.
Back in the corrie, I couldn't resist a look back up
Image20170327_153503 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
We opted for a cross country shortcut back to Bealach a'Mhaim, and were rewarded by this pool
Image20170327_155323 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
and a rather impressive ravine
Image20170327_162324 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
Back at the Bealach
Image20170327_164050 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
and on the way down
Image20170327_165940 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
Image20170327_171242 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
Image20170327_173751 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
Having seen the crowds heading to and from the Fairy Pools, we returned later in the week on a wet day, to find that what had been an innocuous stream on the Monday was now a torrent that effectively blocked both of the paths to all but the most intrepid:
ImageIMG_0911 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
ImageIMG_0915 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
ImageIMG_0919 by Beery Hiker, on Flickr
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Beery Hiker
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Re: Skye day 2 - Bruach na Frithe

Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:03 am

Another great report of a truly memorable day!

Also thanks for adding the "before and after rain" photos of the stream below the Fairy Pools car park - what a startling difference!

Tim
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Re: Skye day 2 - Bruach na Frithe

Postby Jaxter » Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:37 am

Awww wonderful :clap: :clap:

Skye is amazing and you got a good day for it :D 8)
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Re: Skye day 2 - Bruach na Frithe

Postby Beery Hiker » Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:19 pm

Thanks for the comments
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Re: Skye day 2 - Bruach na Frithe

Postby Mal Grey » Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:17 pm

Nice to see it approached from the west side, rather than Sligachan. Its a wonderful viewpoint, as your photos prove!
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