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Marsco

Marsco


Postby BlackPanther » Thu Dec 02, 2010 4:48 pm

Route description: Marsco from Sligachan

Grahams included on this walk: Marsco

Date walked: 29/06/2010

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 14 km

Ascent: 740m

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It's a cold, cold winter day... Mountains of snow everywhere, temperatures plunging down to minus double digits. Not that I'm not used to it (where I come from winters with -20*C aren't anything unusual), but the Arctic-like weather makes me think about nice, warm summer holidays :D
Last summer we went to Isle of Skye for a week. It has already become our annual habit; we were camping in Sligachan, waking up every morning to the wonderful view of red and black Cuillins. Though weather wasn't up to our expectations (rain, clouds, wind, anything but snow :) ), we managed to "squeeze out" a couple of relatively good days, on one of which we climbed Marsco.
The mountain tempted us every time we looked at it. It is a nicely-shaped hill when seen from Sligachan campsite:
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Marsco from Sligachan

From the campsite we took a well-maintained path, which starts by the old bridge. The views were splendid, with Sgurr nan Gillean to the right and almost perfect shape of Glamaig to the left. After about 4km we reached the bottom of Marsco so we could look at it from a slightly different perspective:
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The hill viewed from the path for Loch Coruisk

There is a boggy path that branches left from the main one and follows Allt na Measarroch up to a very picturesque gorge and eventually to the bealach between Marsco and Beinn Dearg Mheadhonach. Then it turns right along the old fence.
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As soon as we emerged from the glen, the tops of surrounding hills came to view, along with the panorama of Loch Ainort.
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Loch Ainort

The climbing route followed the old fence; we walked along in the shadow of craggy walls of Coire nan Laogh.
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Coire nan Laogh

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The lost boot...

The final push to the ridge was very steep, but the views when we reached it were well worth the effort... To the south, the dark, knife-sharp edges of Blaven and Garb-bheinn, to the south-west - Loch Coruisk, and to the west - the Black Cuillins themselves, their tops cutting through white clouds...
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The Cuillin ridge

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Blaven and Garb-bheinn

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Cuts like a knife...

The main ridge looked easy now, when seen from below:
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The ridge to the summit of Marsco

The summit turned out to be narrow, with very steep slopes on either side. The view was probably the finest I've seen so far from any Skye hill:
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Sgurr nan Gillean

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The Pinnacle Ridge

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Towards Loch Coruisk

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The Cuillin ridge again

We retreated the same way we came, taking great care while descending on a wet, slippery grass slope. Despite the modest height, Marsco is a good fat-burning exercise :D :D :D I loved the experience and I will certainly tackle more Skye hills. Of course, as soon as the spring comes again. Meow! :lol: :lol: :lol:
Last edited by BlackPanther on Thu Dec 02, 2010 6:20 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Marsco

Postby dooterbang » Thu Dec 02, 2010 4:57 pm

Nice informative report Blackpanther, and some fab photos :)

Im heading to Skye on Saturday for a week (if i can get there!) and may do this walk (amongst many), thanks for the info :D
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Re: Marsco

Postby Caberfeidh » Thu Dec 02, 2010 5:09 pm

dooterbang wrote: Loch Coruisk
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That baint Loch Coruisk, that be Loch Ainort that be. :?
Sorry to be so picky.
You can see my croft from there.
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Re: Marsco

Postby BlackPanther » Thu Dec 02, 2010 6:24 pm

That baint Loch Coruisk, that be Loch Ainort that be. :?
Sorry to be so picky.
You can see my croft from there.[/quote]


You're not picky, darling, not at all. You noticed what I didn't: that I posted the wrong picture in my report. Easily enough done when you have over 400 pics from one walk... :D :D :D

I corrected it now. :wave: . Thanks.
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Re: Marsco

Postby malky_c » Thu Dec 02, 2010 6:54 pm

Marsco looks good - will have to do it in my next trip to Skye :D
The Red Cuillin have pretty good views of the Black Cuillin, so I'll be looking forward to that.

Funnily enough, I remember another report from a few months back that also had a photo of that welly in it :lol:
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Re: Marsco

Postby magicdin » Thu Dec 02, 2010 7:54 pm

Caberfeidh wrote:
dooterbang wrote: Loch Coruisk
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That baint Loch Coruisk, that be Loch Ainort that be. :?
Sorry to be so picky.
You can see my croft from there.


Single boot - Skye - not far from Caberfeidh's croft - Hmmm Suspicious or what :shock:
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Re: Marsco

Postby Graeme D » Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:55 pm

magicdin wrote:Single boot - Skye - not far from Caberfeidh's croft - Hmmm Suspicious or what :shock:


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: The poor bugger probably never knew what hit him!
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Re: Marsco

Postby gammy leg walker » Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:44 pm

Are you suggesting caberfeidh has a pot of soup brewing,surely not. :lol: :lol:
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Re: Marsco

Postby ColinScum » Thu Dec 15, 2011 11:34 pm

looks awesome! can't wait to get up there myself in April :-)
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Re: Marsco

Postby malky_c » Fri Dec 16, 2011 1:54 am

Thought I'd missed this report, then saw that I'd already made a comment :?

Then realised it was from 2010! Oops - still not been up it. Great photos :)
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Re: Marsco

Postby Cuillin » Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:21 pm

Don't worry malky, it's well worth a second read!

Great report of Marsco which has really whetted my appetite, although being a glutton for punishment, I fancy combining it with the nearby Beinn Dearg Mhor. :D
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