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Mullach Fraoch-choire from the NE, not as we planned

Mullach Fraoch-choire from the NE, not as we planned


Postby Fife Flyer » Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:21 pm

Munros included on this walk: Mullach Fraoch-choire

Date walked: 29/05/2019

Time taken: 7.25 hours

Distance: 13 km

Ascent: 1040m

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This was our final day (Wednesday) at Strawberry Cottage, the 8 of us were splitting up - Parminder and myself were intending to tackle Mullach Fraoch-choire and A'Chralaig the direct way from the north. The other 6, led by George are tackling the Carn Eige 3 via a slightly different route (and if you are lucky a WR may appear?).
Parminder and I were up early as usual and were on our way before 7.30am, there was a heavy overnight dew so the grass and undergrowth was rather damp. The sun was beating down and it didn't take us long to start perspiring profusely.
From the cottage we followed the track from Athnamulloch which took us to the bridge across the quite large tributary that joins the River Affric in about 100m.
Once over the bridge the terrain was undulating, heathery, mushy and the dreaded peat hags.

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Early morning shot looking east

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That is where we are heading

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For us, it was over the bridge to the cottage and follow an ATV track west

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River Affric looking east and gorgeous

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Looking west

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Parminder leading the way over the bridge before the fun begins

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The river that the wee bridge goes over

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The terrain that lies ahead, doesn't look that bad!!

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Doesn't look that inviting now

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Don't we just over peat hags, not sure what the mini rainbow things are?

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We were fortunate in that it was dry, after a deluge this would be even less fun

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We followed the ATV track, hoping for or expecting a gate or something - wrong

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No gate, so we opted to scale the deer fence at a junction

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We were navigating on the hoof, picking a spot on the horizon to aim for and then avoiding any obstacles that we didn't see

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Looking west down Glen Affric from our lowly vantage point

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Next obstacle

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Now for some real going up, thankfully the grass was dry and shortish. We were both struggling a bit at it was a tad on the warm side

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At last we had gained some proper height and the views were stunning. Looking back down the shoulder we had struggled up, Loch Affric in the distance

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Looking across Glen Affric to yesterdays final hill Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan

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Looking back from slightly higher up

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Our first destination Mullach Fraoch-choire, still rather alot of ascending to be done, but of the easier variety

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Parminder posing in front of yesterdays hills, by a large cairn on the shoulder

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Getting nearer now, the ridge off the summit can now be seen

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Looking across/along the ridge to A'Chralaig

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Looking back along our ascent route

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Looking north from the summit of Mullach Fraoch-choire, lots of pointy looking hills

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Parminder tucking into his well earned lunch

We spent quite a bit of time on the summit, which is not what I normally do. The weather was fantastic as were the views. I told Parminder that I couldn't manage the rest of our plan and suggested he could continue if he wanted, but he opted to keep me company. One factor in deciding to throw in the towel was scanning the terrain near A'Chralaig and looking for a possible alternative desent route. The thought of retracing our steps back to the summit of MFc was certainly not something that was appealing to me. The sad thing is Parminder may never experience the ridge between the 2 summits, as we hope to tackle A'Chralaig from Cluanie, that would be a shame as the ridge really is a wee treat.

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Video from the summit of MFc

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The rest of the ridge to A'Chralaig

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Parminder pointing to A'Chralaig

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Time to head back down the way we came - until a bit lower down when we would descend via a different route

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Here is the large cairn on the ascent I mentioned earlier

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This is the descent route we opted for - off piste

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Looking back up, the loose stony terrain was about to change into short dry grass

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Not a tree of life, we are heading down to the bendy bit in the river, Loch Affric in the distance

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Water feature, terrain got a bit steeper

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Bonus video for you

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Not much descending left, old livestock holding area ahead - no livestock seen anywhere in the Affric area

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Looking back, thankfully we didn't have to scale this deer fence

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Our crossing point, daresay we could have wandered up and down the river to look for a better place but we didn't bother

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A very posh stile

Really enjoyed this challenge and a huge thanks to Parminder for persevering with my slowness. We were so fortunate with the weather during our 3 day stay at the cottage, next day in Fife it rained all day.
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Re: Mullach Fraoch-choire from the NE, not as we planned

Postby parminder » Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:13 pm

Braw script, braw photos. Thanks for your company on a braw day out... :clap:
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