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Bruach na Frithe

Bruach na Frithe


Postby Anne C » Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:26 am

Route description: Bruach na Frithe

Munros included on this walk: Bruach na Frithe

Date walked: 11/10/2010

Time taken: 5 hours

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My partner and I climbed this 'easier' Cuillin during a day of summer-like weather in October 2010 .Could have sunbathed at the top it was so warm and calm.I'm always a bit nervous about the gung ho descriptions of some routes by the SMC which seem to skip over bits which have almost given me a heart attack as I am a bit of a walking coward.
Started from the Glen Brittle car park heading across the moorland and up to the Bealach a Mhaim.Great track -watched a hill fox at one point scuttling through the golden moor grass.Views into Coire na Creiche were stunning.Beyond the nice lochan at the head of the pass , we picked our way across lovely rising ground into Fionn Coire -well named as even high up it was a startling green against the grey rock walls.
The track now was like a stone pavement taking us at a nice incline into the rough upper reaches.
I was really relieved that it was so easy to get onto the main ridge below incredible Am Basteir - even if you only make it to this point it's worth it as the views and situation are awe inspiring.Surroundings are intimidating but felt very safe at this point.
Crossing rough ground to the summit ridge there was initially a rocky cluster to clamber onto and back down again ,but no problems,plenty of room and no sense of the dreaded 'exposure' .
Minor problems started when my partner then thought it would be better not to climb up to the summit itself by the main ridge(which I thought looked fine,really nice ) but to go round the back and up the steep ground on the hill's north side which he'd done before.He had my best interests at heart (not always appreciated at the time if I think I see a line which is more suited to my level of cowardice).But sure enough,it ended up being ground I didnt like - very steep rock, loose (like walking on ball-bearings) and - the crucial bit for someone who hates exposure - my eye soon picked out the big drops below this nasty bit.But we were committed and with silent cursing I made my own jittery way up the final section.I'm sure most folk would just laugh at my assessment of this bit but I went through my usual few minutes of hell.Still, made it to the summit amid big hugs and the usual sheer joy at getting there.Views were absolutely stunning.I had done the hill before about 20 years ago by the North West ridge - only achieved I think because of lousy weather hiding the biggest drops as looking down it this time, I didn't fancy it at all.
We saw a wheatear on the summit too - a real surprise.
A nice roomy summit ,nothing scary at all, so we had a good half hour enjoying the view, soup and oranges and congratulating ourselves on our 50+ year old legs still taking us up ok into these magical places.
I then had my usual palpitations at the thought of going back across that rotten bit on the way down, but took a deep breath and it was over in seconds this time. Much congratulating and a wee hug from my partner at my outwardly calm demeanor(not always achieved).
The walk back out over the moorland section was gorgeous with autumn colours against a deep blue sky.Definitely one to do again - and nowhere near as phyiscally strenous as many other more 'moderate' Munros.
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Hill fox.jpg
Start of walk.Bealach a'Mhaim track , views ot Coire na Creiche.jpg
Mr Wheatear.jpg
Towards Glamaig.Sgurr na Gillean just visible from the ridge.jpg
Summit view -furthest peak  west is Garsbheinn.jpg
Summit -towards S.nan Gillean, Glamaig and Raasay.jpg
Sgurr na h'Uamha and Sgurr na Stri from  Bealach na Lice.jpg
Last slopes to the ridge.jpg
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Re: Bruach na Frithe

Postby kevsbald » Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:55 am

Oooh, I can feel the warmth radiating from your photaes. Love the shot of the wee bird on the rock, with the hill in the background.
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Re: Bruach na Frithe

Postby davgil » Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:13 pm

Good report and some nice photos too, well done :)
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Re: Bruach na Frithe

Postby Graeme D » Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:28 pm

Thanks for the memories - even if I am jealous of the view you got from the Bealach na Lice! :mrgreen:
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Re: Bruach na Frithe

Postby ChrisW » Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:01 pm

Great report and pics, that fox looks fit as a butchers errrr ......fox :lol: :lol:
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Re: Bruach na Frithe

Postby skuk007 » Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:42 pm

Great pictures, can't wait until I get round to doing the Skye hills.
A bit more experience and I think I'll be ready - probably, maybe.
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Re: Bruach na Frithe

Postby Anne C » Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:10 am

Graeme Dewar wrote:Thanks for the memories - even if I am jealous of the view you got from the Bealach na Lice! :mrgreen:

Thanks Graeme ,but I know how you feel as (too many) years ago we had driving wind and rain about an hour after setting out and it lasted the rest of the day -miserable!
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Re: Bruach na Frithe

Postby talisker96 » Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:51 pm

Hi. Good pics and great description - really putting me in mood for going back up in May. Do you think this one's ok for dogs - mine's a seasoned Munro-bagger (or should that be 'wagger'....ok,I admit that was poor) very sensible and too scared to stray too near an exposed edge (we've even been known to have to coax him over wooden-slatted bridges sometimes!). Been up to Skye loads but always put off Cuillins because of their notorious ridgeyness(!). Cheers and happy climbing
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Re: Bruach na Frithe

Postby foggieclimber » Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:13 pm

talisker96 wrote:Hi. Good pics and great description - really putting me in mood for going back up in May. Do you think this one's ok for dogs - mine's a seasoned Munro-bagger (or should that be 'wagger'....ok,I admit that was poor) very sensible and too scared to stray too near an exposed edge (we've even been known to have to coax him over wooden-slatted bridges sometimes!). Been up to Skye loads but always put off Cuillins because of their notorious ridgeyness(!). Cheers and happy climbing


The terrain is ok for dogs but the gabbro will be quite rough on the dog's paws
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Re: Bruach na Frithe

Postby talisker96 » Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:47 pm

Cheers foggieclimber. He has experience of the Gabbro after last year's walk from sligachan to na Stri with added diversion to beach at loch nan leachd so should be ok (that was the only walk that has truly tired him out!!)
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Re: Bruach na Frithe

Postby Gable Gable End » Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:43 pm

wow.

these photos are incredible
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