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Seana Braigh, worth the walk!

Seana Braigh, worth the walk!


Postby mrssanta » Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:27 pm

Munros included on this walk: Seana Bhraigh

Date walked: 28/08/2018

Distance: 17.5 km

Ascent: 690m

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so here we are perched on a ledge at 750metres looking out to Seana Braigh over the deep trench of Cadha Dearg. When we went to bed the night before it had been still and midgy, In the morning there was a nice breeze as forecast.
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Here's me at camp on Monday night with my midge net on


The weather was set to be good in the morning but deteriorating with rain later so we wanted to get going nice and early. Because of the wind we struck camp and hid the camping equipment behind a rock. We got going before 8am which is quite amazing for us.
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From our camp we headed down to the lochans, passing with them on our left.

I couldn't manage much breakfast and we decided that the plan for today was for me to eat something (a few nuts or a sweet or a bite of Geobar) every 15 minutes, which did help.

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This area is quite complex and lumpy with lochans and cliffs and we were pleased to be able to see where we were going as there is not much of a path.
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Going past the lochans.

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Impressive cliffs opposite

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ooh it's a long way down

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ooh it's still a long way down

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Looking down Gleann a'Cheadha Dheirg towards Ben More Coigach in the far distance

We found traces of path here and there, until we reached pt.685 after which there was a good path for a half-mile or so before it petered out again on the way up past Gate of Ca' Dearg.
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looking back the way we had come towards our camp place

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cona' mheall appearing over the moor

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Am Faochagach

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poorly stitched pano with am Faochagach, Cona'Mheall and Beinn Dearg with its head still in the cloud

We skirted the intermediate summit and arrived on the top of Seana Braigh just after 9.30am.
It was quite chilly and breezy on top but we stopped in the summit shelter for a brew. We forgot to take pictures of ourselves but the views were tremendous, bit hazy for photos but very extensive.
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Looking towards Assynt with the distinctive shape of Suilven on the right, Stac Pollaidh on the left, and Cul Mor and Beag in between (I think)

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An Teallach, bit hazy

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Creag an Duine

So then we pretty much retraced our steps to our stuff, and then the long walk out across the moor to Inverlael. That was an excellent path all the way, and I am very pleased we didn't walk it both ways in one day!
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From the slopes of Seana Braigh, with Cadha Dearg and its cliffs, then behind that our camp, and in the far distance Beinn Dearg with its hat on, Meall nan Ceapraichean, Eididh nan Clach Geala in front of that, and our path goes off the right in the middle distance in front of the cliffs you can see on the right

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lochan with cotton grass

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different view of same lochan - I'm a bit short of pictures!

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amazing orange bog grass

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Bonny waterfall on Allt Gleann a'Mhadaidh

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Fording Allt Gleann a'Mhadaidh, a substantial burn. I think this is a ford for feet not vehicles!

The weather as promised deteriorated with the rain starting as we walked alongside the Allt an Lochan Sgeirich.
We got back to the car around 3pm and really didn't feel like another rainy night in a tent; fortunately we were able to find a bed for the night in Ullapool to get freshened up and rested before the next day's adventures. More of that anon.
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Re: Seana Braigh, worth the walk!

Postby weaselmaster » Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:50 am

Shame about the weather. Good to see you included Am Faochagach in your circuit - I chickened out of that earlier in the year but it did look interesting from the top of Cona' Mheall. That quartz cluster on Ceapraichean is quite striking, had me wondering too.
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Re: Seana Braigh, worth the walk!

Postby mrssanta » Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:15 pm

weaselmaster wrote:Shame about the weather. Good to see you included Am Faochagach in your circuit - I chickened out of that earlier in the year but it did look interesting from the top of Cona' Mheall. That quartz cluster on Ceapraichean is quite striking, had me wondering too.

we decided perhaps it was a fossilized whale not a lump of quartz!
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Re: Seana Braigh, worth the walk!

Postby Alteknacker » Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:02 pm

Not getting off until 08.00!!!! :shock: For shame. I bet the mugs weren't smiling....

Yep, I definitely need to get up among these....
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Re: Seana Braigh, worth the walk!

Postby Coop » Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:24 pm

Like reading about Seana Braigh
May be on this in about 3 or 4 years time :D . Contemplating leaving it for 282.
We'll see.
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Re: Seana Braigh, worth the walk!

Postby mrssanta » Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:38 pm

Alteknacker wrote:Not getting off until 08.00!!!! :shock: For shame. I bet the mugs weren't smiling....

Yep, I definitely need to get up among these....

I am not a morning person. I need tea before I can do anything! :)
Coop wrote:Like reading about Seana Braigh
May be on this in about 3 or 4 years time :D . Contemplating leaving it for 282.
We'll see.
Cheers

Another one to go back to on a lovely day I think.
Will you camp as well?
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