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Back for more - Sgurr na Stri summit camp mkII

Back for more - Sgurr na Stri summit camp mkII


Postby malky_c » Wed May 01, 2019 2:02 pm

Route description: Sgurr na Stri

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Sgurr na Stri

Date walked: 12/04/2019

Time taken: 9.8 hours

Distance: 27.5 km

Ascent: 890m

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Sub 2k Marilyns: Sgurr na Stri.
Date: 10 - 12/04/2019.
Distance: 23 km + 4.5 km.
Ascent: 800m + 90m.
Time taken: 7 hours, 30 minutes + 1 hour, 20 minutes.
Weather: Sunny and hazy with cold breeze.

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We had decided to abandon working our way north up the coast for a few days on Skye instead - there was a greater variety of walking here, and we had been looking at it all week from Applecross. Plus the weather looked reasonably settled for getting a couple of good summit camps in...

We finally departed the hostel in Applecross on Wednesday morning and swung by the Co-op in Kyle for a re-stock of supplies. By 2:30 pm, we were parked up at Sligachan for the walk-in to Sgurr na Stri.

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Glamaig

Both of us had summit camped on this before separately (in fact we had both approached it rather unconventionally via Marsco :roll: :lol: ), but is was one we were both keen to camp on again. Jackie's camera had stopped working on her previous visit so she was keen to get some better photos than the ones from her phone. I did my usual messing around and we didn't get going until after 3pm. The weather had improved over the afternoon and was now a mixture of sweatily warm in the sun and rather chilly in the shade (or when the breeze got up).


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Glamaig and Beinn Dearg Mo

We soon saw off the tourists who tend to visit the first few hundred meters of the Camasunary path, after which we passed very few people. We weren't taking in Marsco today thankfully, and settled for a nice sensible walk along the path to Druim Hain.

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Marsco

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Crags on Marsco

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Bla Bheinn

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Clach Glas and Bla Bheinn

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Zoom to Clach Glas

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Garbh-bheinn and Bla Bheinn

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Bla Bheinn

We passed some mountain bikers descending from Druim Hain - they had been trying to reach Loch Coruisk but had run out of time. Probably for the best as their intended route on was around the coast via the 'bad step' - I don't think they were aware of how much carrying this would have involved! A guy with a dog was also headed our way with his tent - could be some competition for camp spots up there?

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Sgurr nan Eag to Sgurr Alastair

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Jackie heading for Sgurr na Stri

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Crossing Sgurr Hain

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Loch Coruisk

It was a bit of a slow, sweaty trek to the summit from Druim Hain - there is a path of sorts but it is faint, and we had both forgotten how far it was. We had gear and supplies for a couple of nights out as we were considering dropping to Coruisk and doing a section of ridge the next day (Gars-bheinn to Sgurr nan Eag), but I suspected this was a bit ambitious for Jackie just now. No harm in taking the stuff just in case though! I topped up on water at the last burn before the summit and by 7pm we had the tent up. No sign of the guy and his dog, even though he hadn't been far behind....he was concerned that his dog was tiring, but it looked like he had stopped just short of the top and its brilliant views. Oh well, we get it to ourselves then!

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Bla Bheinn

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Out to Muck and Rum

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Rum from Sgurr na Stri

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Jackie on Sgurr na Stri

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Northern Cuillin from Sgurr na Stri

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Garbh-bheinn and Bla Bheinn

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Rum

Although the air was chilly once the sun set, it was still a great evening to sit out looking at the Cuillin and out to sea. Sunset hadn't been that spectacular, but it was almost windless and we were on for a good sunrise, we suspected.

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Tent up on Sgurr na Stri

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Out to Rum

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Coruisk

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Ben Meabost and Elgol

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Coruisk and sunset

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Sunset behind Sgurr Dubh Mor

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Sgurr Dubh Mor

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Summit camp

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Garbh-bheinn and Bla Bheinn

We were up in time for sunrise, and despite the cold (even a smidgen of frost around), it was pretty good. Alpenglow on Gars-bheinn wasn't quite up to the standards of my last visit, but when the situation is this great, who's complaining? 8)

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First light

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Muck and Rum

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Sleeping bag cloak over Coruisk

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Sun up

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Rum

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Sunrise on Gars-bheinn

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Rum

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Coruisk

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East to the mainland

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Gars-bheinn

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Loch Coruisk

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Bidean Druim nan Ramh to Sgurr nan Gillean

As it was a bit chilly, we went back to bed after the best of the sunrise and napped a bit longer. Strong sunshine on the tent woke us again to a glorious late morning. A party of 7 or 8 folk had hiked up from the Coruisk hut, but we managed to outstay them, drinking tea for hours. Finally at about 1pm, we were ready to head back - no Black Cuillin summits for us today :lol: .

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Gars-bheinn from Sgurr na Stri

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Loch Coruisk

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Loch na Cuilce and Loch nan Leachd

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Gars-bheinn

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Loch Coruisk

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An Garbh-choire and Loch Coruisk

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Rum and Rubha an Dunain

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Other summit of Sgurr na Stri

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Across Loch Scavaig

We headed back to the path via a memorial that I've often seen marked on the map but never actually passed - the walk out was a bit of a trudge even though the scenery was even better than on the way in. I think we're getting lazy :wink: .

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Dubh ridge and Loch Coruisk

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Northern Cuillin from the memorial

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Sgurr nan Gillean

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Garbh-bheinn and Bla Bheinn

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Bla Bheinn

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In Pinn

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Sgurr nan Gillean

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Sgurr nan Gillean and Pinnacle Ridge

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Am Basteir

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Dubh Ridge

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Pinnacle Ridge

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Basteir and Sgurr nan Gillean b

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In Pinn

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Walking out to Sligachan

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A look at the weather highlighted Friday night as another potential cracker, so we decided to do something a little more leisurely for Thursday night. Abandoning my car at Sligachan, we headed up to the north of the island for a night at the Lookout bothy.

The walk-in is a fairly straightforward 35-40 minutes along a path that I hadn't expected. We suspected this might be a busy so carried a tent with us. Good plan - the bothy has sleeping area for 5 or 6, and was already full. We could probably have squeezed in somewhere, but the tent seemed more appealing. We found a great spot not too far from the bothy on the cliff top.


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North end of the Trotternish

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West from Rubha Hunish

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On the way to the Lookout

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Lookout Bothy

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Camping on Rubha Hunish

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Over the cliffs at Rubha Hunish

Another good sunset, although the air was becoming increasingly hazy and the Western Isles were barely visible. We were lower down this evening, so slightly warmer.

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Sun going down

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Sunset

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Jackie

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Sunset

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Sunset at the Lookout

The following morning, we had a leisurely start and inspected the bothy before walking back out to the car and taking a leisurely drive down past Kilt Rock to the next of our summit camp plans...

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Hunish from the Lookout

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Inside the Lookout

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Lookout Bothy

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The Lookout

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Kilt Rock

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Last edited by malky_c on Thu May 02, 2019 6:01 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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Re: Back for more - Sgurr na Stri summit camp mkII

Postby Alteknacker » Wed May 01, 2019 2:33 pm

Yep, SnS is surely the best viewpoint on the planet! Still have to do a summit camp on it though (doesn't look like there's much flat ground around...).

I'm surprised you managed to resist the temptation to tackle the west face of Bla Bheinn .... :D
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Re: Back for more - Sgurr na Stri summit camp mkII

Postby onsen » Wed May 01, 2019 3:37 pm

Couple of great spots for a overnighter... :thumbup:
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Re: Back for more - Sgurr na Stri summit camp mkII

Postby Collaciotach » Wed May 01, 2019 10:29 pm

Grand stuff :clap:
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Re: Back for more - Sgurr na Stri summit camp mkII

Postby mrssanta » Wed May 01, 2019 10:33 pm

oooh stunning, have really GOT to do both of these expeditions one day
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Re: Back for more - Sgurr na Stri summit camp mkII

Postby Mal Grey » Thu May 02, 2019 8:10 am

Fabulous. What a place that is.

Followed the link from your other report. A great trip by the sounds of it.
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