One car, nine Fannichs
by jenniferc6 » Sun May 27, 2018 12:22 pm
Munros included on this walk: A' Chailleach, An Coileachan, Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich, Meall a'Chrasgaidh, Meall Gorm, Sgurr Breac, Sgurr Mor, Sgurr nan Clach Geala, Sgurr nan Each
Date walked: 26/05/2018
Time taken: 13.75 hours
Distance: 59 km
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I started from Grudie and cycled in along the track until about 1km before Fannich Lodge where I left my bike. I had a false start since my contact lens was playing up so I had to go back to the car to fix it but luckily I was probably less than 1km along the track (made sure I had my glasses in case I needed them on the hill!). It was thick mist on the cycle up but I was hopeful I would break through the cloud once on the hill. As I was climbing, the sun came out and there was a cloud inversion with just the tops of the hills peaking through, always a magical scene
I was on the first Munro by about 9am, it was a bit breezy but I would have the wind to my back most of the day and it was fine in the shelter with the sun. I had my shorts on all day but unfortunately just as I was leaving the summit, I stumbled on a loose rock and skinned my knee – typical on one of the few days it’s shorts weather!
I started to meet a few folk on the way to Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich, there were quite a few people out enjoying the fine weather and taking the chance to do these hills bog free. The cliffs on Sgurr nan Clach Geala looked incredible, I can’t believe I did this one a few year back when there was snow (just as well it was misty I think )
I left my rucksack to do an out and back for Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich and Meall a’Chrasgaidh, great to be able to head up and down without carrying my rucksack. It was great walking over the ridges and the views to An Teallach, Fisherfields and Assynt were stunning.
I had decided I would aim for the 7 Munros and see how things were going before deciding whether to do the last 2. With the settled weather and plenty of daylight left I decided to go for the 9. It was a fair drop and re-ascent but I just took it steady and it wasn’t too long in reaching Munro number 8 which was the most Munros I’ve done in a day. A’ Chailleach was a fitting finale for the day with great views of Slioch, the Fisherfields and An Teallach in the afternoon sunshine.
I dropped down from the beallach towards the nest of Fannich, I was glad it was dry since it was quite steep and the grass would be slippery in the wet. Eventually I picked up the path and went past the old bothy – there were at least 3 dead deer inside, maybe from the long winter?
The walk out along the loch was great in the evening sunshine although it did seem to take a bit longer than expected after a long day on the hills. Eventually I reached my bike and it was fantastic to cycle out mostly downhill to the car park.
A very memorable day in the hills for me with weather that couldn’t have been better.
by Fife Flyer » Sun May 27, 2018 8:03 pm
by jenniferc6 » Tue May 29, 2018 8:12 am
by zatapathique » Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:55 pm
I did my own epic walk two days later (Fisherfield), I hope I will find some time in the weeks to come to finally write the report...
by jupe1407 » Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:41 pm
by weaselmaster » Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:52 am
by jenniferc6 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:49 am
I must have just missed you at the tops, it was a brilliant weekend for getting out in the hills.zatapathique wrote:Fantastic walk you've done - 9 in one day, I'm impressed! I went up Sgùrr Breac and A' Chailleach (only) the very same day - fantastic weather indeed. You must have been up these two hills after me, I left A' Chailleach for the car park at around half past three.
Thanks! The walk back from the bothy did take a bit longer than I anticipated - a few climbs too which might not have been so fun on the bikejupe1407 wrote:Well done Jennifer, some effort. We had a bash at the central 3 Fannichs in early May, also from Fannich Lodge, though we foolishly took our bikes all the way to the bothy. The dead deer were inside then too
Worth taking the bike just for the cycle out - mostly downhill, just what you need at the end of a long dayweaselmaster wrote:Good trip Jennifer - I have this one pencilled in for a fortnight's time if the weather plays ball. You might even have convinced me to try taking a bike...