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Eastern Fannichs

Eastern Fannichs


Postby Benaden887 » Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:08 pm

Munros included on this walk: An Coileachan, Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich, Meall Gorm, Sgurr Mor

Date walked: 03/12/1994

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 24 km

Ascent: 1720m

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The Eastern Fannichs

An Coileachann, Meall Gorm, Sgurr Mor and Beinn Liath Mhor Fannichs 03/12/ 1994 24km 1780m 8h

The KMC, are having a w/e winter break @ the Achnasheen hotel and I`ve called in a favour to access these eastern hills from Fannich lodge. Only 7 of us, in two cars, the other members having climbed this group from the A835. On receipt of the gate key, I`m asked to park at the quarry. That`s good enough for me. Our route follows the Grundie river, new tree planting here, the keepers home at Aultdearg bridge; to a meeting of four tracks and view the snowy peaks around Loch Fannich. We park in a quarry area, below the cliff face of Garbh Choire Mor and gear up. I`m in full winter gear. Thermal undies, ME sallopettes, Dashstein mitts and North Cape balaclava. Hoist the sac and trace an iced burn up a steep snow bank. Pass a frozen lochan then a long steeper pull, kicking steps for the top of Choire Mor@797m. Snow here is ankle deep with wind swept areas every now and then. Hailstones rattle off us, so push on over a level section for a rise to reach the large stacked cairn of An Coileachann @923m. Lost in a white murk, there is little to see in any direction. A short break here and as the snow comes driving into our faces, I `m feeling a looseness on my r boot. My Sls were recently refurbished with a new soles, the R toecap has split right round, held on only buy my new sole. Hmm. To stop water getting in, I put the rolls from my piece bag into the top pocket of my sac and slip the poly bag over the boot. Retie the laces, then, cover said boot with a spare sock. Good enough. A fierce facing wind brings showers of hail and snow, pass a locked hut for the untidy loose cairn on Meall Gorm@949m. A track here drops to the unseen lodge and loch below. The wind lessens crossing a broad Creachan Rairgidh@ 836m. and clears to show snow covered hints of the Lochs below, Gorm - an Eilain,- Droma and li. The white mass of Mor gleams in sunshine. About time it appeared. Another rise and we cross a munro top, Meall nam Peithirean @924m. Two more rises over frosted snow then an icy tundra reaches a well stacked cairn of Sgurr Mor @1110m. and hello to the bitter wind again. After the shortest of stays began a careful descent of the way we `d came. An E turn on safer ground to reach the long 1.5k ridge out to the cairn of Beinn Liathh Mhor Fannaich @954m. A quick looksee at a stone built refuge “the howf,” half buried in snow before a rest. Then take in the hills across loch Glascarnoch - three of the six munros from April`s 12h Aultguish marathon. We meander back to Meall Gorm dropping due S on a good path for a wooded area, the loch and lodge. Although boarded up it was still impressive and after a good look around walked the track beside the loch. The weather having cleared a bit, a waning sun was now sinking beyond the hills so needed a quick return to the cars. It was dark by the time we hit the road end then having dropped off the key and thanked the keeper, sees a return to the hotel for a good meal and rest.

The hotel was built in1871 sat at the station and having been added too over the years, would be destroyed by fire the following year.
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