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Brothers Ridge in the snow and sun

Brothers Ridge in the snow and sun


Postby gld73 » Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:47 pm

Route description: Brothers Ridge - Sgurr a Bhealaich Dheirg

Munros included on this walk: Aonach Meadhoin, Saileag, Sgurr a'Bhealaich Dheirg

Date walked: 12/04/2018

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 11 km

Ascent: 1220m

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Arranging to do a walk weeks in advance of the actual date is a pretty big gamble given the unpredictable nature of Highlands weather! But sometimes the gamble pays off. I'd thought about doing the Brothers Ridge solo before but knew the 2 car option would be preferable ... so when I saw JimmySquirrel's post last month on the WH Meeting Up board looking for anyone who wanted to do one of the Kintail ridge hikes when he was up on holiday, and saw it coincided with one of my days off, I dropped him a line, and we tentatively agreed to do the Brothers Ridge if the weather was even half decent...

12th April came ... and so did the sunshine :D

Asides from the ascent and descent which were mostly clear, there was still a nice amount of snow for the majority of the walk - Had crampons with us, but never needed them, and only used the ice axes to get to/from the 2nd (and most spectacular!) summit, Sgurr a Bhealaich Dheirg. We followed the WH route, so nothing unique to describe on that front, but thought I'd put a few photos here to at least give people an idea of current snow levels in the Kintail / Glen Shiel area (and surrounding areas - the views were superb!) in case anyone's heading there this weekend ... :D

Looking back towards Five Sisters.JPG
Looking back from the Brothers to the Five Sisters


South Glen Shiel Ridge panorama_picmonkeyed.JPG
panorama of the South Glen Shiel ridge opposite


Sgurr a Bhealaich Dheirg from distance.JPG
The second summit looked okay from a distance ....


Sgurr a Bhealaich Dheirg summit ridge.JPG
...it looked a bit more daunting close up...


View back from Sgurr a Bhealaich Dheirg summit.JPG
View back from the summit cairn, ready to crawl'n'ice axe back along ..!


towards Ben Nevis.JPG
Views were clear all round, including SE towards Ben Nevis


Aonach Meadhoin summit.JPG
Aonach Meadhoin's summit cairn had a much less precarious approach :)


Cluanie Inn in sight.JPG
End of the winter wonderland, the Cluanie Inn in sight


A great day out, thanks JS!! :D
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Re: Brothers Ridge in the snow and sun

Postby Coop » Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:59 pm

Fantastic area. I remember my 5 mile walk along the main road to the car after this walk- in the rain.

Cheers for the heads up with the snow conditions . I'm in the area again Monday for a few days.
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Re: Brothers Ridge in the snow and sun

Postby gld73 » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:34 pm

On the steep walk down to the Cluanie Inn, I was actually thinking it might have been quite nice to then have a relatively flat few miles to walk back to the car as a warm down, rather than getting straight into a car off the hill. Pretty sure I would have changed my mind about that, half a mile along the road mind :lol: ... Especially if it was raining!!
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Re: Brothers Ridge in the snow and sun

Postby Sunshine60 » Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:15 pm

Great Pics
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Re: Brothers Ridge in the snow and sun

Postby dogplodder » Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:11 pm

Yep, the second summit looks a bit more of a challenge than when I was there! :eh:
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