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Sgurr na h-Eanchainne

Sgurr na h-Eanchainne


Postby litljortindan » Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:45 pm

Date walked: 19/03/2018

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 4 km

Ascent: 730m

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Had an enjoyable, scenic drive down the western shore of Loch Linnhe and looked out for a place to park near the graveyard. As luck would have it there is enough space on the surrounding grass at the passing place opposite the graveyard for at least one small car.
Nothing to keep the sheep in their field here but they were nevertheless dutifully hard at their grass chomping. Followed the fence round the graveyard and this led to a gap with a path of sorts up onto the eastern spur of Sgurr na h-Eachainne.
Steep but easy walking to start with gave way to a slightly more demanding and steeper mid section but beyond this a fairly level ridge abutting onto the hinterland.
I headed slightly south into the head of the shallow corrie there and could see a way ahead that would avoid most of the snow.
I cut off earlier than planned onto the snow to get onto the north ridge. There was a transition here though to hard snow and I was struggling to kick steps. At the next opportunity I put on the microspikes I'd elected to carry in favour of crampons, in the hope that the sparse snow covering would be largely dodgeable. That was a lot better. I was now striding out without a care about slipping until I got to the last little steepening of the summit slope at which point the microspikes became less effective and I was back to kicking steps. This was fine though as there were no big drops or sticky out rocks were I to slip.
Just clear grass at the top so a gentle stroll for the last few metres.
Very fine views from Ben Nevis to Glencoe to Jura and inland over a less familiar Ardgour.
Glad I finally got round to this hill as I have often admired it from Corran.

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A fine morning.

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Parked on ground beside the passing place and ancient burial site of McLeans of Ardgour. Sgurr na h-Eachainne visible top left.

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Craggy to the north, easier on the south side of the ridge leading directly up from the graveyard.

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Ben Nevis prominent throughout the ascent.

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Top appears again but also the end of easier ground on the south side; kept to the crest after this.

ImageDSC05481 by John Little, on Flickr
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Crossing snow to get onto the north ridge.

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West.

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East -with Bidean nam Bian prominent.

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This is hard snow and slightly on the steep side for microspikes.

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Garbh Bheinn to the south west.

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Gets around a bit!

ImageDSC05555 by John Little, on Flickr
Fort William and Ben Nevis.

ImageDSC05574 by John Little, on Flickr
Beinn a' Bheithir.

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Mull on the horizon and Lismore to the left.

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The steep eastern slopes.

ImageDSC05594 by John Little, on Flickr

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ImageDSC05611 by John Little, on Flickr
Jura on the horizon.

ImageDSC05613 by John Little, on Flickr

ImageDSC05627 by John Little, on Flickr
Commonwealth war graves.




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Last edited by litljortindan on Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:05 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Sgurr na h-Eanchainne

Postby Mal Grey » Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:31 pm

A fine viewpoint, by the looks of it.
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Re: Sgurr na h-Eanchainne

Postby malky_c » Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:18 pm

Ah, the colours - it's definitely almost spring :D . Great little hill (doesn't seem that little when you start from sea level), will definitely be up it again.
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Re: Sgurr na h-Eanchainne

Postby litljortindan » Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:38 pm

Mal Grey wrote:A fine viewpoint, by the looks of it.


Not the most impressive aspects of Ben Nevis and Glencoe but definitely a scenic spot and well worthwhile visiting. Such a tranquil shoreline too.
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Re: Sgurr na h-Eanchainne

Postby litljortindan » Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:36 pm

malky_c wrote:Ah, the colours - it's definitely almost spring :D . Great little hill (doesn't seem that little when you start from sea level), will definitely be up it again.


And a great stretch of coastline to go with it on the west of Loch Linnhe / Loch Eil.
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