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walking on glass

walking on glass


Postby litljortindan » Sun May 28, 2017 10:55 pm

Route description: The Sgurr of Eigg

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: An Sgurr (Eigg)

Date walked: 25/05/2017

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 7 km

Ascent: 393m

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Sunny and warm weather had me looking for wee hills and I'd looked at Eigg earlier in the month so it re-surfaced as a possibility.
Original plan was to do an evening walk on the Thursday and a morning walk on the Friday but in the event I had itchy feet sitting in my camping pod and succumbed to the temptation of an afternoon walk despite the heat.
I was labouring a bit at the start and thought I may have to abandon but then a breeze got up and accompanied me more less all the way up and down.
I found the going very easy up to the 330m contour of the bealach. Thereafter a little bit more effort needed on steeper ground. Before that, though, I was able to spend a wee while admiring the dramatic gully and cliffs over on the south side of the ridge. I considered detouring west to get a different vantage point but left that for another time.
A gentle scramble leads up out of the gully and after that the path contours round the following lumps and bumps on the way to the top. Once there I had a look around to see if I could photograph the nose but I didn't have the nerve to look too far over the edge and I made a mistake in not looking for a different viewpoint that I know exists to the north west of the summit. Still, I can do that another time.
Lots of white butterflies on the way up.

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There's a figure on the horizon.

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Laig Bay on the right.

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Sheep sheltering from the sun.

A fine walk but I did not and could not spend enough time looking for viewpoints as I was distracted by the time and the need to get down and have a rest before my evening walk.
Last edited by litljortindan on Fri Jun 02, 2017 10:21 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: walking on glass

Postby Sunset tripper » Sun May 28, 2017 11:56 pm

Nice one litjortindan. Eigg is a great island to visit and the Sgurr is a great wee hill.
I did a circular route (which isn't much longer) coming down a gully on the southside to the track at Grulin. The WH route description says this is rough and good navigation skills are required but I found fairly straightforward and not much harder than the normal route. Though when the bracken arrives it could be a nightmare. This is a good time of year to visit with no midges either.
All the best :D
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Re: walking on glass

Postby litljortindan » Mon May 29, 2017 11:38 pm

Sunset tripper wrote:Nice one litjortindan. Eigg is a great island to visit and the Sgurr is a great wee hill.
I did a circular route (which isn't much longer) coming down a gully on the southside to the track at Grulin. The WH route description says this is rough and good navigation skills are required but I found fairly straightforward and not much harder than the normal route. Though when the bracken arrives it could be a nightmare. This is a good time of year to visit with no midges either.
All the best :D


Thanks, definitely returning in the not too distant future. They've done a great job with their power supply too -no surprise I suppose that local owners manage to introduce a windfarm and hydro schemes that don't wreck the landscape.
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Re: walking on glass

Postby Alteknacker » Tue May 30, 2017 2:00 am

What a gem - it looks brilliant!!! Thanks for posting. :clap:
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Re: walking on glass

Postby Cairngorm creeper » Tue May 30, 2017 7:49 am

I enjoyed that, it looked a great little hill.
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Re: walking on glass

Postby litljortindan » Wed May 31, 2017 12:28 am

Alteknacker wrote:What a gem - it looks brilliant!!! Thanks for posting. :clap:


Yes, a great wee hill and I'm sure there's lots more to it than I've seen on that walk but would need more time and ingenuity to get more views of the cliffs. A bit like the western prow of Suilven that cannot be photographed from the western summit. I'll be looking for spots south west and north west of the summit next time to get some different views. Still pretty happy with what I did see though.
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Re: walking on glass

Postby litljortindan » Wed May 31, 2017 12:30 am

Cairngorm creeper wrote:I enjoyed that, it looked a great little hill.


Sure there's plenty of scrambling opportunities there too.
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