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Fleeing trouble at mill (Part 2) - Feshie/Tromie Corbetts

PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:32 am
by Graeme D
Day 3 of a Gold Assessment and after my Saturday evening assault on Sgarsoch and Fiddler, a 10 o'clock start from our campsite at the big bend on the upper Feshie had us at our day 3 campsite at the Ruigh Aiteachain bothy by 1 o'clock. Such were the low river levels that I was actually able to cross the River Eidart with ease at its confluence with the Feshie without the need for the detour upstream to the bridge above the falls.

After putting the tent up and having a quick lunch, I slung a few things in the little daypack and headed off for an attack on the Corbetts of Carn Dearg Mor and Meallach Mor. The four lads were spending the afternoon working on their aim and popping up Mullach Clach a'Bhlair, while Steven had tweeked his ankle the previous afternoon and was taking it easy, so I was on my own.

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Ruigh Aiteachain

I could barely believe how easy it was to cross the Feshie a short distance upstream from the bothy, certainly a very different experience to the one I had two years ago on my way to Leathad an Toabhain. The steep pull up the track through the Slochd Mor remained as difficult as ever however. Low river levels can only stretch so far in making routes easier!

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Sron Direachain and an exposed vehicle track across the Feshie

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Evidence of the force of the Feshie in less favourable conditions

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Looking downstream from the "wet" part of the crossing

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Sron na h-Iolaire and the Slochd Mor

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Mullach Clach a'Bhlair

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Lochan an t-Sluic #1

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Lochan an t-Sluic #2

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Lochan an t-Sluic #3

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Lochan an t-Sluic #4

At the high point in the track just beyond Lochan an t-Sluic, I met three ladies with horses who had come from Bruar and were heading down through Glen Feshie. They said I was the first person they had met all day. What a coincidence - their horses were the first horses I had seen all day!

I followed the track down and then back up round the bend onto the ridge between Carn Dearg and Carn Dearg Mor, from where it was a short, straightforward stroll up to the wide summit of the Corbett. Another showery squall swept down the Slochd Mor to my right but fortunately I remained just out of range.

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Track leading to Carn Dearg Mor

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CDM from the high bealach with Carn Dearg

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Over the squall towards Leathad an Taobhain

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Dark clouds over Meallach Mor and Meall Cuaich

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Approaching the summit of CDM

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West towards Kingussie

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Meall Cuaich and Meallach Mor

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Distant Sgarsoch and Fiddler

From the summit I retraced my steps back to the bealach and carried on over Carn Dearg before dropping down the steep rocky slopes of Sgor Dearg past the tiny lochan below the eastern slopes of Meall an Dubh-chadha. From here a wide, peat hag studded bealach led on to Meallach Mor, with increasingly expansive and impressive views opening up south down the Gaick Pass.

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Carn Dearg Mor from Carn Dearg

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Descending rocky Sgor Dearg

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Meall an Dubh-chadha

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Back to CDM

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Peat hags between Meall an Dubh-chadha and Meallach Mor

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I don't think this guy is going to pull through!

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Loch an t-Seilich

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Zoomed to the Gaick Pass and Lochs an t-Seilich and Bhrodainn

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Carn Dearg Mor from the summit of Meallach Mor

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The fourth and final bagging of the trip

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Meall Cuaich and the Gaick Pass from the summit of Meallach Mor

From the summit I decided to forego retracing my steps in the interests of a bit of off piste exploration of the upper reaches of Glen Tromie, so I dropped south to pick up the Allt Coire Bhran and its real sense of remoteness.

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Wizard of Oz sky on the road home to Kansas

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Allt Bhran

A left turn along the Allt na Cuilce led me into seriously rough terrain which had me cursing my sense of exploration before a rough firebreak in the forestry ahead led me back out onto the track for the steep descent back down through the Slochd Mor.

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Allt na Cuilce

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What goes in........

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........ must come out again

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Carn Dearg Beag from back at the Feshie


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Re: Fleeing trouble at mill (Part 2) - Feshie/Tromie Corbett

PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:44 pm
by past my sell by date
Not spectacular, but these are wonderfully wild remote hills. I really have to get to the Gaick. Unlike most baggers (like me) who do the Munros first, you are munching through all the hills in a steady manner - great! :)