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Glen Shiel - northeasterly 3

Glen Shiel - northeasterly 3


Postby tombombadilio » Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:27 pm

Route description: Sgurr nan Conbhairean, Carn Ghluasaid and Sail Chaorainn

Munros included on this walk: Carn Ghluasaid, Sail Chaorainn, Sgurr nan Conbhairean

Date walked: 05/11/2017

Time taken: 7.3 hours

Distance: 16.5 km

Ascent: 1306m

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Hi folks, did this route the Sunday prior to the WH meet (when I gather some of you did it too) and got some alright photos.

In short, a near perfect winter's day: lots of fresh snow, some blue skies and absolute solitude - bar the wildlife.

Conditions were very initially very changeable but stabilised and just kept improving. Bitter, bitter northerly wind which necessitated goggles on the plateau. Axe/crampons not required, but snow shoes would have been handy.

It was just one of these inexpressible, happy-to-be-alive-sore-face days. Will let the pics do the talking.

Start: 0900
Carn Ghluasaid: 1102
Sgurr nan Conbhairean: 1210
Sail Chaorainn: 1320
Finish: 1620

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View east back down to carpark on A87


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Past the snowline and views not too shabby


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Bit higher up with complete view of south ridge


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Carn Ghluasaid plateau, first cairn - not summit


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Carn Ghluasaid summit


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View down into Toll Creagach Beag not promising


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Creag a' Chaorainn looking ominous


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Rapidly changing conditions


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Creag a' Chaorainn now clear


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Much improved approaching the bealach


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Sgurr nan Conbhairean summit, difficult to hold camera


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Looking east to Ceannacroc Forest


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Final summit of the day - Sail Chaorainn


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Sail Chaorainn again


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Approaching ridge for descent west then south


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Beautiful snow forms on ridge


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View to south ridge with sunburst


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Darkness approaching 16:00


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Sunset on return through Glen Loyne
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Re: Glen Shiel - northeasterly 3

Postby Alteknacker » Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:26 am

Looks like a brilliant area, and as you say, the views and weather you were treated to were "...none too shabby"!!! Nothing beats that "happy-to-be-alive-sore-face" joy you get when it's like this.

I still have these to do, and after doing some winter walks this year, and looking at pics in reports like yours, I'm really torn between a necessarily short winter trip, or a longer one when the days are longer....

See you at the WH Easter meet...???

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Re: Glen Shiel - northeasterly 3

Postby tombombadilio » Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:43 pm

Yeah AK, luckily it's been a recurring theme for these hills, always seem to get the right conditions to do them justice.

Quite straightforward this, and just doable on a short winter's day.

Similarly torn between a festive trip north for possibly not much reward (MWIS outlook not promising) or holding off until way into the new year. Such a gamble when it's a near 1000-mile round trip.

WH Easter meet an unknown for me at the mo, might not be free till May. But should things change will try to get up and camp, if there's space (I gather this is a busy one).
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