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One small step for Jaxter; a giant leap for Jaxter-kind

One small step for Jaxter; a giant leap for Jaxter-kind


Postby Jaxter » Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:39 am

Route description: Sgurr nan Eugallt, near Kinloch Hourn

Corbetts included on this walk: Sgurr nan Eugallt

Grahams included on this walk: Meall nan Eun

Date walked: 19/10/2019

Time taken: 7.55 hours

Distance: 18.27 km

Ascent: 1346m

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It was finally time for me to visit Knoydart! I’d been trying to get there for years and it had just never quite worked out. But with Advance Base Camp now in Inverness it was suddenly a lot more accessible 8) Although Malky had pooped all over my three day Knoydart trek (and in hindsight it was probably for the best!) we decided on a daytrip to do a walk similar to one he had done before, but slightly shortened to make it a bit more manageable for me 8)

We had an early start – I love an early start, it feels more like an adventure! We made good time and were parked at our start point near the end of the Kinloch Hourn road ahead of schedule, even after a tangle with a JCB!

Met a friend on the way down
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Sgurr na Ciche
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Parked up and ready to go 8)
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Shame I brought this idiot with me :roll: :lol:
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We headed off up the stalkers path – it had been wet overnight so it was a wee bit soggy but made for easy progress
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Looking back down the glen to Gairich
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Ahead to the ridge
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A view of the Forcan ridge 8)
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Loch Quoich
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Buidhe Bheinn and Sgurr a’ Mhaoraich
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As we climbed higher the views just got better 8)
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Sgurr a’ Mhaoraich with Gleouraich & Spidean Mialach behind
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It was getting seriously warm as we climbed steeply upwards, bumping into a guy halfway up who turned out to be MGMT who was doing a slightly odd route to climb a couple of corbetts!

Soon we were on the ridge, and we back into the wind
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We could see across to Beinn Sgritheall now 8)
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Onwards
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A wee glimpse of Loch Hourn with the Forcan and Sgurr na Sgine behind
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We carried on up the ridge and came to the final climb which required a bit of hands on (but easily bypassed)
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Sgurr na Cicheand Ben Aden
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Sgurr Mor
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A few seconds later we were at the trig point and wow…..finally got a view of Ladhar Bheinn 8)
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Loch Quoich
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The trig point wasn’t actually the summit so we dropped down over a couple of lumps and up to the true summit 8)
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Loch Hourn and Beinn Sgritheall
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Looking down into Glen Barisdale
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Eigg 8)
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Our next hill – Meall nan Eun – in the front
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Meall nan Eun and Ladhar Bheinn
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The Sgurr Mor – Sgurr na Ciche ridge
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Beinn Sgritheall
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It was an awkward descent from Sgurr nan Eugallt – slightly slippery rock on steep slopes meant care was required but the views were good ahead to Meall nan Eun and the huge cliff of An Caisteal
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Ughhh more downhill!
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At the bealach we saw a big bird – maybe someone can help identify!
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Sgurr na Sgine 8)
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Looking back to our descent
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Looking across Loch Hourn
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Sgurr Mor
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It was a steep but relatively short climb up Meall nan Eun
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Almost there
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Summit of Meall nan Eun
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We continued along the ridge to the best viewpoint 8)
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An Caisteal
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Ladhar Bheinn
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It was definitely lunchtime and we had a good break before heading back along the ridge and dropping off to Lochanan Meall nan Eun
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It was a bit of an uppy downy route but led us around
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Lochanan Meall nan Eun
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We were now on our descent ridge and were about to lose Sgurr Mor behind the bealach
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Loch Hourn
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It was a nice easy descent to start with but it did get gradually worse :roll:
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And then came the stage where we could see the path we were aiming for but it didn’t ever seem to get any closer :roll:
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Malky got there ahead of me and sat down for a wee rest :lol:
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And finally we were on the path! We had managed to drop down onto a high part of the path which meant the last 100m were on path :clap:
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There were a few wee spots of rain here and there but nothing ever came to anything
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The path overtaken by rhododendrons
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And then we were on the road – this wasn’t the end as we had a couple of km and 130m ascent up the road which felt like quite hard work :roll:
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It had been a fabulous day out but we were very relieved to be back at the car! After a good stretch out it was time for the drive back down the road and I was really relieved that Malky was driving :lol:
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Loch Quoich
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Re: One small step for Jaxter; a giant leap for Jaxter-kind

Postby rockhopper » Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:17 pm

Nice result :thumbup: Your loop does look so much nicer than the usual up/down for Sgurr nan Eugallt. Thanks :)
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Re: One small step for Jaxter; a giant leap for Jaxter-kind

Postby Sgurr » Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:47 pm

Jaxter-kind???Are there any? I always thought they broke the mould. Did these two as straight up and downs, both very late in their respective rounds,, but don't think we would have been up for the loop.
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Re: One small step for Jaxter; a giant leap for Jaxter-kind

Postby Graeme D » Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:05 pm

Your friend at the start looked as relaxed about posing for a photo as the friend I made along that road at the start of my recent route up Sgurr a'Mhaoraich. A very friendly deer population down there! :D

Kev and I spent Saturday evening in Luib Chonnal bothy, where a great deal of the chat revolved around hatching plans for a multi-day Knoydart raid in the spring! 8)
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Re: One small step for Jaxter; a giant leap for Jaxter-kind

Postby kevsbald » Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:40 pm

Yes - get planning Mr D. This Corbett looks tasty. :wink:
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Re: One small step for Jaxter; a giant leap for Jaxter-kind

Postby Jaxter » Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:26 pm

rockhopper wrote:Nice result :thumbup: Your loop does look so much nicer than the usual up/down for Sgurr nan Eugallt. Thanks :)

Cheers - I can't really take credit for the route but definitely more interesting than an out and back! And I finally got to Knoydart :D :D



Sgurr wrote:Jaxter-kind???Are there any? I always thought they broke the mould. Did these two as straight up and downs, both very late in their respective rounds,, but don't think we would have been up for the loop.

Ha you're probably right - not sure the world could handle more than one :wink:



Graeme D wrote:Your friend at the start looked as relaxed about posing for a photo as the friend I made along that road at the start of my recent route up Sgurr a'Mhaoraich. A very friendly deer population down there! :D

Kev and I spent Saturday evening in Luib Chonnal bothy, where a great deal of the chat revolved around hatching plans for a multi-day Knoydart raid in the spring! 8)

Yes apparently so! Multi-day in Knoydart is the goal, but this was definitely an excellent taster 8)
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Re: One small step for Jaxter; a giant leap for Jaxter-kind

Postby Mal Grey » Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:06 pm

Grand stuff. I love hills with lochans and tarns on them. Hills with lochans and tarns on them in Knoydart being arguably the best of all.

If the bird was BIG, that wing shape, like a barn door, suggests White Tailed sea eagle.
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Re: One small step for Jaxter; a giant leap for Jaxter-kind

Postby Sunset tripper » Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:38 am

Great report Jaxter. That's a brilliant picture of the stag. :D
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Re: One small step for Jaxter; a giant leap for Jaxter-kind

Postby Jaxter » Sat Nov 16, 2019 7:30 pm

Mal Grey wrote:Grand stuff. I love hills with lochans and tarns on them. Hills with lochans and tarns on them in Knoydart being arguably the best of all.

If the bird was BIG, that wing shape, like a barn door, suggests White Tailed sea eagle.

Thanks - yes I love the rock/loch thing. Reminds me of Assynt 8)
Wow thanks, not sure I've seen one of them before :shock:



Sunset tripper wrote:Great report Jaxter. That's a brilliant picture of the stag. :D

Thanks - I couldn't believe how tame it was!!
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