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Beinn Sgritheall - disgusting ascent well repaid

Beinn Sgritheall - disgusting ascent well repaid

Postby tombombadilio » Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:32 pm

Route description: Beinn Sgritheall

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Sgritheall

Date walked: 29/12/2017

Time taken: 5.75 hours

Distance: 9.84 km

Ascent: 1207m

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This was a very intense day, but totally worth it, as I hope the photos convey.

A beautiful slow morning drive from digs at Shiel Bridge over the snowy Mam Ratagan, through Glenelg to the remote Arnisdale followed by a tense period of weather watching.

Forecast was for very strong winds and poor visibility up until 1400 then a sudden shift to clear skies was expected, with the winds diminishing throughout the day.

Bit the bullet and left Arnisdale, later than I would've liked (1130), to reach summit for 1400, praying to the Metoffice.

Subsequently lost half an hour to energy sapping snow, wind and the disgusting ascent from Bealach Arnasdail up the eastern slope of loose scree to the final approach.

It was all part of the deal though as this final approach to the summit followed by a sunset descent to Lochan Bhealach Rarsaidh was a delight. Praise be the Metoffice.

Sunset views of Kintail, Knoydart and Skye in winter conditions from a ridge. Not bad.

Phone (for pictures only) failed at -15 just before hills turned pink and moon came out :-|

I've made peace with it now as pictures just wouldn't do the experience justice: silhouetted Knoydart skyline across the staggering Loch Hourn to the south, glowing moon reflecting off the snow lighting the way (no need for head torches), wind now minimal, silence.

Could not follow any discernible path off the ridge to the road, so freestyled it. Required some retracing of steps and slight reascent to bypass crags. Reached the road and considered kissing it. The Walkhighlands description is entirely accurate.

Met no human being on the 45min walk back to Arnisdale which bizarrely was in t-shirt temperature of 4 or 5 degrees, despite the starry skies.

Back at the car for 1715. Well-chuffed with my day.

Arnisdale after 10 mins

Getting rather steep rather quickly

Bealach with deceptively disgusting ascent to come

Looking back, first rays

View after conquering the disgusting scree

Straightforward(ish) ridge walk ahead

Foreboding but still amazing

Peaks near and far

Narrowing ridge conquered

BS summit (any angle will do, it's all amazing)

Benefits of a late start

Ample opportunity for bum-sliding

This is getting silly now, photos every 1-2 mins

"Ohhh, this is getting better and better and better" (John Motson, Ger 1-5 Eng, Sep 2001)
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Re: Beinn Sgritheall - disgusting ascent well repaid

Postby Alteknacker » Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:36 pm

This one looked excellent viewed from Bhuide Bheinn on the WH meet weekend. Glad you had such a good day for it, notwithstanding "disgusting" screes!

(BTW your pics appear slightly blurred to me...???
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Re: Beinn Sgritheall - disgusting ascent well repaid

Postby Mal Grey » Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:32 pm

An excellent hill, but somewhat brutal even without the snow!
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