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3 different ways to climb Strathfarrar 4

3 different ways to climb Strathfarrar 4


Postby Mountainlove » Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:22 pm

Route description: Glen Strathfarrar Munros circuit

Munros included on this walk: Carn nan Gobhar (Strathfarrar), Sgurr a'Choire Ghlais, Sgurr Fhuar-thuill, Sgurr na Ruaidhe

Date walked: 15/04/2017

Distance: 28 km

Ascent: 2475m

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...or a complete Munro count mix up 8) :lol:

There are always those few Munros which you push aside because of distance from home, time required, or difficulty. For some of those reasons I had kept on pushing the Strathfarrar 4 away, until it was finally time to climb them.

I had read a few trip reports and had made up my mind to climb them from the north over 2 days. It seemed a much better idea and and in my mind I had images of a large camp fire when I arrived, drifting off to sleep while watching the stars, waking up to a sunny day and floating over the mountains until I gathered my belongings and walked back to the car...

This is how my original plan looked like...

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...Unfortunately the weather had other ideas. :roll: When I checked the weather forecast for the 29th time before I had to leave (just in case a freak weather change would bring the weather I craved), the weather was still the same..gale force winds, sub minus temperatures and heavy snow falls during the night and next day meeeh. :thumbdown: :( :-|

As much as I love wild camping, the thought of camping 300m high upon a mountain in a snow storm, was not appealing. So rather last minute I changed plans and decided to do the 4 the traditionally way via the locked gate.
I posted a quick message online to see if anyone wanted to join me, in order to have 2 cars for the 7km road walk back, but had no luck.

I had camped at the great Cannich campsite (surrounded by trees it was well sheltered from the wind and rain) and setting off in the morning I arrived at the locked gate 10 min before opening time. A gentlemen approached me and asked how I had enjoyed Beinn Sgritheall. In complete confusion :wtf: :think: I looked at him (my head was full of the Straffarrar 4) , until he told me that he read my last trip report ...the penny had finally dropped :lol:
Chatting away I asked him if he and his walking companion might want to share cars, but unfortunately they had other plans so I would have to walk.

The friendly lady gate keeper approached soon after and I drove like a mad woman down the glen (after all I now had to cover 4 Munros, a 7km road walk and the drive down the glen (a good 20 min each way)
With the limited time in hand I felt rather stressed out and the weather did nothing to lift my mood. It was raining and pretty windy and the few stunning rainbows did not help to cheer me up. I set off in full waterproofs and my mood dropped even more when I realized that the path was one long slog though bog and impossible wet ground. :( :(

The two gentlemen who I had talked to seemed to fly up the hill and I watched them enviously, while trodding though misery. Once I reached some height the first snow flakes started to form and I was glad that I dismissed my original plan of wild camping, as it would have been a miserable experience. I reached the summit of Sgurr na Ruaidhe together with a brief period of sunshine and some visibility , It was the first time I was able to take out my camera and clicked away until it started to snow again.

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The summit view of Sgurr na Ruaidhe

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The cairn with Sgurr a Choire Ghlais in the top middle

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Walking on I was hit by the full force of the promised gale force winds. To make matters worse, the snow had turned into icy bullets and I was glad that I still had my ski googles in my bag. Thrown around by the ice cold wind I was freezing in my 4 layers and the promised wind chill factor of -14 :shock: was more than believable.

Battering on I followed the path, which lead me up another lump of a hill. I had now walked over 3 hours already and had not even climbed the second Munro. :? Taking some pictures of the excellent views towards Sgurr a Choire Ghlais, I evaluated my plan and for the first time. I wondered if I would actually manage all 4 Munros in the limited time I had, based on the bad weather? The 6pm closing time of the gate in April did really not really help. I walked on and when I reached the Bealach Sneachda I met the two gentlemen from the car park again.

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Up towards the next 'lump' which was Carn nan Gobhar

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Well protected from the wind

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Panorama shot

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View towards Sgurr a Choire Ghlais from Carn nan Gobhar

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What a great looking mountain Sgurr a Choire Ghlais is

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New snow is approaching


Exchanging experiences they told me that they would skip their original plans as well, because of the weather and snow conditions further along the ridge and only climb the 3 Munros.
Listening of their description of the difficulties ahead, I made up my mind to complete the remaining two another day. :thumbup:

Walking on I mulled over the hill calculation I had in my head from my printed map and and marked Munros. Something did not seen to make sense. :think: :think: :think: But it was all soon forgotten when I started the climb up Sgurr a Choire Ghlais. It was hard going in the snow I was glad when I finally reached he second Munro of the day.The views were amazing and for the first time that day I was able to see the 2 remaining Munros in the distance. The views were amazing and I clicked away until I lost the feeling in my fingers. Time to head back to the car.

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Views back even with some clearer skies

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Ahead to the remaining '2' Munros

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The selection of summit cairns

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Great views towards the Mullardoch Munros

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Glen Orrin in the north

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Myself in 4 layers and still cold

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Panoramic shot

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The way down

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The remaining walk for which I will return

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Panoramic shot

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On the way down looking towards Carn nan Gobhar and Sgurr na Ruaidhe

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The soggy path during a sunny evening



For my return walk I choose the decent down Coire Glas Beag, a steep and soggy experience. Once I had found a sheltered spot much further down the hill, I had a break and finally something to eat .
With no ore stressing out about time, I decided that I should have done the same approach a long time ago. Far more relaxing!!
7 hours after setting off I arrived back at the car and headed back to the camp site for a well earned hot shower and a beer.

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Hello car

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My return was 2 days later during a beautiful morning. Relaxed and well rested I got ready and watched more and more cars approaching. Oh how nice was the realization that I had time and did not had to rush...I would even be able to stop for photos in the Glen! :thumbup:

With the plan to walk up the marked path towards Sgurr na Fearstaig in order to climb Sgurr Fhuar-thuill and Creag-Ghorm a'Bhealaich I was happy that an easy day would be ahead. Stopping indeed quite a few times to take photos, I finally parked at the forest area pass Braulen Lodge. A few hill walkers had already started to assemble bicycles and one told me that he could have given me a lift :thumbup: . Sods law that this could not have happened 2 days earlier. I thanked him and told him that I would only do the two today.

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The glen...what a difference

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Further along

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Lovely trees

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Loch a Mhuillidh

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Once everyone was ready they either drove back in their cars, with their bikes locked, or cycled and I was the only left to approach the hills from the west. How great was the path in comparison to the other day!!! Dry, well structured and a real pleasure to take with amazing views around me . Far better than the horror path which waited on the east side. I beamed even more when ten minutes into my walk I found an antler...what a great start.

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Great path

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A lovely waterfall on the way



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Cracking Sgurr na Muice and its lochan



The path was so sheltered from Carn an Daimh Bhain and Sgurr na Muice that I was soon in my T-shirt. I could not get over how great that path was and the only bit which was a wee bit dodgy was the overhanging cornices close to the top. They were small enough, not to cause any issues, if they would fall, but then you never know. :?

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Small cornices

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Sgurr na Fearstaig

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When I reached the top of the ridge, Sgurr na Fearstaig was only a short distance away and spin drifts were dancing around the summit. Mesmerized I stood and watched, before making my way to the top. Sgurr na Fearstaig isn't a Munro, but simply for the views it should be one and was well worth the visit!

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The cairn that needs to grow a bit on Sgurr na Fearstaig

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The '2' Munros

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I returned once I had taken all my pictures and took a leisurely walk towards the first Munro of the day Sgurr Fhuar-thuill. In comparison to the first top, the views weren't that impressive and so I continued to the final Munro of the day Creag Ghorm a' Bhealaich. It was an easy way and yet again it seemed a bit too easy? :think:

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On top of Sgurr Fhuar-thuill

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Moving on

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The ridge

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Looking back




It was all soon forgotten when I reached the top. Steep cliffs fell down to the valley floor, with amazing views ahead but hey I had finally completed the 4! :clap: I stayed for a long time enjoying the views and loving the fact that I had so much time. Wat a great day it had been!

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View down from Creag Ghorm a Bhealaich the 'second' Munro

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Panoramic views

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Me happy

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Great view down to the heart loch

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Looking towards Sgurr a Choire Ghlais

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The gentle slope down

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Back on the path at the crossing for both paths

When it was time to go, I walked down the grassy non! soggy shoulder until further down I reached the path which lead me back to the main path just below he lochan. From here I returned back the same way and was back at the car in less than 5 hours.

It was not until I was home and checked the route in my Munro book, that I suddenly realized that something was indeed very different. :shock: I had marked the Munros wrong. :lol: :lol: :lol: 8) 8) 8)

No wonder why things had not matched up. Thank God I had climbed them all, but without knowing I had climbed 3 Munros on the first day and only 1 on the last one...no wonder that the path had been so easy 8) :lol: upsy-daisy.

Looking back I was glad that I had to return, as it gave me the chance to enjoy the glen the way it should be enjoyed and even had time to drive to Loch Monar for a wee look around.

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Loch Monar and dam

The paths with the slightly mixed up Munros :lol: :lol:
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Re: 3 different ways to climb Strathfarrar 4

Postby BlackPanther » Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:19 am

See you came to our neck of the woods :D :D :D Fantastic effort to get up there twice to get them Munros done! Some great photos as well, more snow than we had in January...

These are the hills we would like to compleat on - only 20 min drive from home. But we will take bikes and cycle from Struy... We considered your original idea, doing them from the north, but Kevin is a keen cyclist and he just can't resist the bike option :lol:

PS. You were sorely missed in Kinlochleven!
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Re: 3 different ways to climb Strathfarrar 4

Postby apollo0815 » Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:26 pm

Didn't know there is a yellow version of Mrs Smurf, too :) Thanks for the nice report.
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Re: 3 different ways to climb Strathfarrar 4

Postby Mountainlove » Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:08 pm

BlackPanther wrote:See you came to our neck of the woods :D :D :D Fantastic effort to get up there twice to get them Munros done! Some great photos as well, more snow than we had in January...
These are the hills we would like to compleat on - only 20 min drive from home. But we will take bikes and cycle from Struy... We considered your original idea, doing them from the north, but Kevin is a keen cyclist and he just can't resist the bike option :lol:
PS. You were sorely missed in Kinlochleven!


Thats a great bunch to complete on!! You are lucky that you are so close to them..its a beautiful area up there!! Fingers crossed you will have a fab day when it arrived!!
Its such a shame that I missed the last meet...but we shall meet again on one of the next ones :D
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Re: 3 different ways to climb Strathfarrar 4

Postby JohnBSnr » Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:39 pm

Thanks for your report, it's been really useful in helping me to plan my own outing. I can be a wee bit slow sometimes and, even with the longest day of the year coming up on 21st June, I'm not too sure I'd get round all four and back out before the gate is closed.
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