Connecting ridge impassible?
by benno » Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:17 pm
Route description: A'Chralaig and Mullach Fraoch-choire
Munros included on this walk: A' Chralaig, Mullach Fraoch-choire
Date walked: 13/04/2009Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
That evening I met a guy over a pint in the Cluanie Inn who had been up the same hills that day and had got stuck in the same place. His response was that there had been some sort of landslip - the path had simply fallen away leaving the ridge impassible without ropes.
The hill is definately feasable by it's NW ridge, and I intend to go back and take it from there another time.
Has anyone else been up there recently and found this? Part of me wonders whether I just missed the path altogether, but it seems unlikely that 3 other people on the hill that day could be in exactly the same position.
by Paul Webster » Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:28 pm
If it helps, the bypass path is (or was) on the right hand side of the ridge and avoided the worst difficulties. I'd be keen to hear if anyone else heads up that way.... I think there were some bits like you describe if you stuck exactly to the ridge line.
by ConnieW » Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:13 pm
I certainly thought it looked more difficult then I had been led to believe from the route descriptions.
I was gutted. As enjoyable as the ridge walk is, the climb up the grassy slope at the beginning is the soul-destroying sort of slog that I absolutely hate. So I thought I deserved to bag two munros for the effort. Climbing Mullach Fraoch-choire from the other side looks like an even worse slog with a boring walk in, I'm not sure I can bring myself to do that.
I think one of the problems is that all the books underrate/underestimate the problems ridges and mountains as they are generally written by people with nerves of steel (or no nerves at all) and a great head for heights. Many of them are climbers and can't understand people being afraid of heights on narrow ridges when they meet anything other than perfectly straightforward (people like me). I found everything I did in the Kintail area horrific due to everything's excessive steepness... and I've still got all the worst ones to do!
- mountain coward
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