Achnashellach Day 1 - Moruisg 24.8.19
Moruisg 928m and Corbett, Sgurr nan Ceannaichean, 913m. 7.5miles, 978m ascent, 4.9 hrs. Pretty dreich day and damp underfoot.
I suppose that summarises the day pretty nicely, but I guess there was more to it than that. The excitement of going away for an overnighter, the staying at Gerry’s hostel and the prospect of a better day to come, tackling one of the Torridon biggies, but first of all, it was the long drive up from Mid Argyll – there’s a strategy lesson to be learned for anyone starting off doing Munro’s!
Anyway, after an early start, I reached Achnashellach and searched out Gerry’s hostel. I remembered it from a discussion with a couple of hardies, in a pub in Pitlochry. One of their favourite’s, they said. Good enough for me then, I thought. Wait till I get my hands on them Anyway, next task was to find the start point for the hill. Perhaps, only five minutes further north up the road, a longish lay-by, looked to be the one, though the hill was just emerging from the mist.
I pretty much followed the route as per WH’s, though there were plenty of diversions round bogs and puddles. Mor Uisg it certainly is! After a while I spotted some folks starting the steeper part of the climb and looking back, there were a few more cars in the layby and someone zooming up, below. We all met at the same spot, then divided again, after a pleasant wee bleather.
I continued up the grassy slopes, not bothering much about following bearings, or track, hoping I was still on the right line. As luck would have it, had drifted a little south, taking a steepr line than necessary, but hardly made a difference, before diverting a little to check out the larger cairn, then over to the summit. By now the mist had cleared quite a bit, though it was still pretty grey and dreich. Was able to spot a few hills, but not too familiar with what was what.
Decided that I might as well take in the Corbett, Sgurr nan Ceannaichean, which looked a much more attractive hill, to be honest and so it proved, with a pleasant walk round Coir Toll nam Bian, to the bealach, then up to the summit. It had brightened up a little too, though still not great for pics. From here, it is a re-track for a bit then down the north ridge, a mix of following some tracks and finding one’s own way down some steeper, rocky bits.
I certainly wasn’t following any recognised track nearing the Alltan na Feola, so was considering whether it might be best to traverse round the base of Moruisg and follow route in, or find the track down the side of the river. Eventually opted to stick to the track out, which was easily found, crossing the burn. This is just as boggy as the way in, if not more so. Even as I neared the finish, I still managed to wander off track and find more bogs, by the railway line, before reaching the sanctuary of the drier track, having passed back through the tunnel under the line.
Not the most exciting of hills, but lived up to its name and served the purpose of a reasonably short day, after a long drive and before Beinn Alligin. Made my way back to Gerry’s Hostel, which is very interesting, but that, as they say, is another story!
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