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It feels good to be back.....

It feels good to be back.....


Postby rockhopper » Sun May 05, 2019 10:35 am

Route description: Sail Mhor, from Ardessie

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Enaiglair, Beinn Liath Mhor a'Ghiubhais Li, Creag Rainich, Little Wyvis, Sail Mhor

Date walked: 19/04/2019

Distance: 57 km

Ascent: 3400m

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Hadn’t been anywhere near a hill since September 2018. The builders departed late August and I then had months of serious DIY indoors and outdoors to carry out before getting the completion certificate in March. I seemed to have lost a little motivation to get out to the hills and found myself making excuses – too tired, weather forecast not perfect etc etc which got a bit worrying. Then my Dad passed away in late March – I had always hoped he’d be there to see me on my final corbetts hopefully in Assynt as we’d had many family holidays up there but it wasn’t to be. Since then it’s been a very emotional time and I found myself thinking that I had to get back to the hills.

Given the length of the break, I didn’t want to try any long walks so a series of shorter walks seemed in order. I had five possibles in the plan for the two days hoping that I could at least manage three.

Friday 19 April

Little Wyvis

Parked in the west car park and took the track up to the top. Very straightforward walk.

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Sat for a while on the summit cairn to have a long think about things, get problems in proportion, talked out loud as there was no-one else about and just remembered.

We both liked our malts so there was only one thing for it. This one was for Dad (just a sip though as I was driving).

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Beinn Liath Mhor a'Ghiubhais Li

Drove up through Garve then to the car park near the north end of Loch Glascarnoch. Straight up and down from the car. Found it hard going through the heather. I suspect the longer route using the track through the trees may have made for easier going. Extremely hazy in the distance.

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Beinn Enaiglair

Back at the car I got my lunch out then sat and ate it in the sun perched on a heathery bump on the other side of the road watching the traffic. Then drove up to the car park at Braemore Junction. West for a short way then skirted above the tress, up past Home Loch, east along the track above Meall Doire Fàid to the high point then a more or less direct line up to the summit.

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On the return, stayed on the path down through the trees close to Braemore Lodge then back to the car.

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Saturday 20 April

Creag Rainich

Parked in the layby to the side of the A832 generally used to access the western Fannichs. Set off a little after 0500 with head torch. Walked along the northern shore of Loch a’Bhraoin to the bothy. Through both gates to the western side of the fence then NW to Meall Dubh and on to the summit. Summit in clag so saw nothing. Returned the same way.

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Only a few cars which had been there overnight when I set off but on arrival back at the road there must have been 20 – 30 cars/vans parked in the layby and lining the sides of the road. I also saw a large party heading up towards Leitir Fhearna.


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Sàil Mhòr

Drove west along the A832 to Ardessie and parked in the layby at NH051896. Walked back a short way to cross the bridge over the Allt Airdeasaidh. Met a couple of walkers who had just arrived by bike. They were behind me the whole way up but must have taken a slightly different route to the top as I didn’t meet them and their bikes were still there when I returned. Large numbers of goats with kids on the way up.

Picked up a path which took me up the east side of the Allt. Some landslips meant a few detours on the way. Turned west at NH045875, found a spot to cross the Allt on boulders/stones then off NW up to the ridge. Once there, I found a path to take me north to the summit. Again in clag. Return by the same route.

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It started to rain lightly for the last half hour but didn’t get heavy until I was back at the car. Stopped off in Dingwall at the fish and chip shop then drove back home. Haze on day 1 and clag on day 2 weren’t great but it was good to be back out after such a long break although the feet and legs were feeling the effects for the next couple of days. Here’s hoping it’s not such a long time until the next hill.


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Re: It feels good to be back.....

Postby gammy leg walker » Sun May 05, 2019 11:19 am

Something smaller..........57k later. :D :D

Sorry to hear about your dad.
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Re: It feels good to be back.....

Postby Fife Flyer » Sun May 05, 2019 12:10 pm

Welcome back, nothing like a nice gentle re-introduction, certainly not my idea of gentle!!

Echo GLW's sentiments re your dad.
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Re: It feels good to be back.....

Postby Sunset tripper » Sun May 05, 2019 12:25 pm

Great stuff Rockhopper good to see you back out and about. Nice whisky but aren't they all? :D
I was just reading in the local paper that a route onto Creag Rainich is a great viewpoint for the unique slabs on Sgurr Ban. I once went up these slabs to get onto the Fisherfield Munros. Fantastic area must get back soon.

Sorry to hear about your dad. I find the great outdoors to be good therapy.

All the best. ST.
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Re: It feels good to be back.....

Postby Gordie12 » Sun May 05, 2019 6:18 pm

Sorry to read about your Dad Rockhopper but great to read one of your reports again.
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Re: It feels good to be back.....

Postby dav2930 » Mon May 06, 2019 6:48 pm

Good to see you're back on the hill RH. Sad to hear about your Dad. Looked a great trip taking in some fine hills. Must be a relief to have finished with all that DIY!
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Re: It feels good to be back.....

Postby Mal Grey » Mon May 06, 2019 7:57 pm

Good to have you back too. Some great "little" hills there, though wouldn't necessarily say that could be classed as taking it easy!

Nice way to reflect and remember. Raising a glass to your dad.
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Re: It feels good to be back.....

Postby Collaciotach » Mon May 06, 2019 9:52 pm

'S math sin ...that is a good return.

I'm sorry for your loss a' bhalaich and the hills will help the healing process.
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Re: It feels good to be back.....

Postby weaselmaster » Mon May 06, 2019 10:46 pm

I'll echo the above sentiments both about the welcome back and about your loss. I hope the solitude of the hills brings its balm for you.
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Re: It feels good to be back.....

Postby goingforawii » Mon May 06, 2019 10:53 pm

Good to see you back out - always enjoy reading your reports! :D

Sorry to hear about your Dad. Being out on the hills helped me for sure when my Dad passed. Hope it has brought some calm for you.
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Re: It feels good to be back.....

Postby rockhopper » Tue May 07, 2019 1:09 pm

All - many thanks for your comments and kind wishes - they're much appreciated. :)

PS Colla - congratulations on corbett #100 ! :thumbup:
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Re: It feels good to be back.....

Postby litljortindan » Wed May 08, 2019 11:53 am

A good way to remember your dad.
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Re: It feels good to be back.....

Postby Sgurr » Wed May 08, 2019 3:46 pm

Glad to see you back again. Sorry to hear about your Dad. We have had too many family go before us, and always found the hills helped, even on days where I walked along at the back of a group crying.. These Corbetts make a good reintroduction. All the best.
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Re: It feels good to be back.....

Postby Beaner001 » Wed May 08, 2019 10:15 pm

Aye, these sabbaticals from the hills are contagious, quite a few of us have been 'taken' down with it :lol:
Good to be back ain't it :clap:
Although you don't do anything by halves eh :lol:
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Re: It feels good to be back.....

Postby jonny616 » Wed May 08, 2019 10:59 pm

I love your wee bimbles :crazy: :crazy: :crazy:

Sorry to hear about your dad, mountain time always helps.
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