South Glen Shiel Ridge
by apearman » Tue Jan 18, 2011 11:33 pm
Route description: South Glen Shiel Ridge: 7 Munros
Munros included on this walk: Aonach Air Chrith, Creag a'Mhaim, Creag nan Damh, Druim Shionnach, Maol chinn-dearg, Sgurr an Doire Leathain, Sgurr an Lochain
Date walked: 25/09/2010
Time taken: 12 hours
Distance: 30 kmRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
As we were leaving the summit a helicopter flew past some distance ahead of us and continued down into the valley to land near Cluanie Lodge. A relatively short stretch got us to the second Munro, Druim Shionnach where we paused for a little lunch. We could hear the bark of red deer in the valley and the eagle eyed member of our group spotted them far away, the distant specks resolving nicely with binoculars. The combination of sunshine and the shadows of travelling clouds produced changing patterns across the landscape.
Aonach air Chrith, the third Munro, followed after a fairly lengthy trek and with the weather holding up we could see much of the rest of the ridge ahead. We were treated to more stunning views of the surrounding hills and lochs, particularly along Glen Quoich to Loch Quoich. The descent from this summit involved some fun scrambling followed by a grassy section to the fourth Munro, Maol Chinn-Dearg.
The fifth Munro, Sgurr an Doire Leathain, required a slight detour to follow the ridge to the north east to reach the summit proper which we did minus rucksacks, a welcome short relief.
Returning to the main ridge we continued on to the sixth Munro, Sgurr an Lochain and then followed the path which bypassed the next peak of the ridge as this was not a Munro and the sun was getting rather low in the sky. The low sun, though, gave the views a lovely light.
The ascent to the last Munro, Creag nan Damh, was a battle but we got there just as the sun was disappearing below the horizon. There was still enough light to start the way down and although most of the rest of the walk was in the dark it was helped by a bright moon. Yes, if we had started an hour or so earlier . . .
by Merry-walker » Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:29 am
a good few munros..
by HighlandSC » Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:00 am
by jonny616 » Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:44 am
by LeithySuburbs » Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:31 pm
by blanchie » Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:56 am
Certainly need a bit more daylight for it, but I'll log it in this summer, hopefully checking in at the Cluanie for a beverage or two at the end.