walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

Munros One Hundred and Fifty Six to Fifty Nine

Munros One Hundred and Fifty Six to Fifty Nine


Postby Chris Henshall » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:14 am

Munros included on this walk: A' Chralaig, Carn Ghluasaid, Mullach Fraoch-choire, Sail Chaorainn, Sgurr nan Conbhairean

Date walked: 02/08/2017

1 person thinks this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

Wednesday, 2nd. August, 2017:
Day six of the trip and, after a rest day at the Alltbeith Hostel and with the promise of a good day's weather, Chalky, Tommy and I decided that it was time to climb some more hills. Chalky headed for Bheinn Fhada but Tommy and I decided to take in the five Munros to the south. This, a natural horseshoe along the watershed high above the branch valley of Gleann na Ciche, is surely about the best natural round that you can do from the upper end of Glen Affric?

our_route.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts

So, retracing a route that I had taken in 2014, Tommy and I crossed the river (and the fences cordoning off the regenerating forest to the south of the river) to climb steeply in hot sunshine onto the terrific ridge leading to the summit of Mullach Fraoch-choire. It was a great place to be and we spent several minutes working around the horizon from Ben Nevis and the Grey Corries in the south to the Torridon hills in the north and the Cuillin in the west.
Day 7c - Me on the summit of... looking north west to Chrysanth....JPG
Me on Mullach Fraoch-choire looking to Sgurr nan Ceathramhnan
Day 7a - Tommy on the summit of... looking to the day's later hills.JPG
Tommy on Mullach Fraoch-choire looking to the day's later hills
The ridge heading south to the summit of A’Chraileag was spectacular - and it was great to meet a family from Skipton with two relatively young children by the cairn who had climbed up from Cluanie. Although, when we left the top, we failed to find the well-used track that we expected linking these Munros with those to the east, we dropped down easily enough to the Bealach Choire a’Chait and climbed the north west ridge of Drochaid an Tuill Easaich to the final slopes of Sgurr nan Conbhairean. Tommy was suffering from some of the same symptoms that I had had a couple of days previously so he peeled off to wait for me on the summit while I traversed off for the relatively nondescript outlier of Carn Ghluasaid. Once reunited, however, we enjoyed heading north and traversing above a series of spectacular east facing corries to the several tops of Sail Chaorainn.
Day 7d - Tommy on .... looking back to the first summits of the day .JPG
Tommy on Sail Chaorainn looking back to A’Chraileag with the Cuillin just visible to the west
Day 7e - Looking down into Affric from....JPG
Me looking down to our descent route into Gleann na Ciche and Affric from Sail Chaorainn
We descended northwards and zigzagged carefully down the sides of the steep ravine below Carn a'Choire Ghuirm to the floor of Gleann na Ciche. The track down the glen was poor at first but it improved rapidly and we made good time. There were, however, still about nine kilometres to cover back to the hostel and, predictably, it was raining hard before we pushed open the door some time after 8.00.pm.
Day 7f - Tommy heading down to the main glen.JPG
Tommy heading down Gleann na Ciche
Postscript:
The following day was our last in these big glens so Chalky and I headed back to the car parked at the Mullardoch Dam (over Mam Sodhail, Carn Eighe, Tom a'Choinnich and Toll Creagach) while Tommy carried out some of our heavy kit to the Affric road head. Again, Chalky was suffering from some of the same debilitating symptoms that both Tommy and I had experienced earlier in the trip but he put his head down in his usual uncomplaining way and ground over these high tops in continuous cloud, rain and strong westerlies.
Day 8a - Chalky approaching ....JPG
Chalky arriving on top of Toll Creagach
It had been a tough few days on the hills - sixteen Munros in six days walking, six of them climbed with large packs - but it had been good to be out.

our_route.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts

User avatar
Chris Henshall
Mountaineer
 
Posts: 85
Munros:187   
Hewitts:156
Wainwrights:193   
Joined: May 30, 2014

1 person thinks this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).


Walkhighlands community forum is now advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: elma spencer, Peterlikestogethigh and 19 guests