Sgorr Ruadh - climbed by accident
by BlackPanther » Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:11 pm
Route description: Sgòrr Ruadh, Achnashellach
Munros included on this walk: Sgòrr Ruadh
Date walked: 14/02/2011
Time taken: 6.5 hours
Distance: 15 km
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At the height of about 350m the gradiend eased off and we walked out of the cloud. Views were really nice Fuar Tholl behaved a little like a snowman on a zebra crossing: now you see me, now you don't. With clouds moving below the top of the mountain it looked like it was floating in the thin air...
After maybe 5 minutes the mist came back again and drew the curtains over this unusual scene. We carried on along the path and - I have to admit, I don't know how it happened - we somehow missed the branch of the path heading up towards Fuar Tholl. We continued walking for another couple of kilometres before clouds finally dispersed and we discovered thet we were too far into Coire Lair.
''If we have already walked that far'' Kevin said with a smile I know too well ''We could just as well change our target''
So we continued all the way up Coire Lair to the tiny lochan, where we left the path and tackled the steep white slope of Sgorr Ruadh. Before that, we took another chance to admire the mighty buttresses...
For the final climb we entered the silent white world . Clouds surrounded us again and navigation became tricky. We slowed down and carefully picked our way up. In places, there was snow up to our knees, and pure ice underneath it. Crampons helped a bit, but the last 50m of ascent up the steep craggy slope squeezed a few f words out of me and such reaction doesn't happen that often. As we were maybe 20 m from the top, clouds moved on and we managed to see at least a glimpse of the breathraking views...
Eventually we reached the summit cairn and we were lucky - most of the fog was gone and distant clouds over the tops of other Torridon hills only added a twist to the views. Wow, I was impressed!
To complete the traverse, we descended the southern slope of Sgorr Ruadh, walked past Loch a Bhealaich Mhoir and eventually we joined the Fuar Tholl path, the one that we had missed earlier . We followed that path down, walking in the shadow of the splendid Mainreachan Buttress. Unfortunatelly my camera batteries went on strike, probably due to cold
To sum up, I don't regret in the slightest that we changed our route, so I could feel the injection of adrenaline in my veins while scrambling to the top. Another adventure added up to my diary and another Munro peak ticked off. Still, a long, long way to go before (if ever) I complete the list, but I certainly want more!
by malky_c » Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:19 pm
Fuar Tholl is just as good though (or maybe even better?), so something to look forward to anyway
If you can get onto the Leth Chreag ridge lower down (requires a bit of pathless heather), there is a good easyish scramble up the east ridge. Much better than the normal route up the scree, although a little bit exposed.
by gaffr » Mon Feb 14, 2011 5:21 pm
- I'm not too bad at finding paths in autumn sunshine.
by Graeme D » Mon Feb 14, 2011 5:24 pm
by ChrisW » Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:35 pm
by andyfitz » Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:51 pm
by Alastair S » Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:02 am
Such a fab area - haven't done any of the Loch/Glen Carron hills so plenty to look forward to
by Graeme D » Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:35 am
andyfitz wrote:Great report and pics. Very much like the idea of climbing a hill by accident. Might try that one with the wife -" Yes I know I left the house 16 hours ago to go to Tesco for a loaf, but I climbed a mountain by accident on the way"
Reminds me of a guy I once heard about who told his wife he was popping out for some bread and milk but didn't come back for a week. He'd gone off to a match in the Czech Republic with the Tartan Army!
by BlackPanther » Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:26 pm
Well, actually we did shopping on the way back... Milk, bread and a bottle of Chillean Rose
by Caberfeidh » Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:32 pm
andyfitz wrote:Great report and pics. Very much like the idea of climbing a hill by accident.
I too like the concept; I once accidentally climbed Sgurr Alasdair, the highest peak on the Isle of Skye.I only set out to go fishing in a lochan in Corrie Laggan, and ended up clinging to the summit rocks with a fishing rod in one hand. Didn't catch anything. Another time in the Galloway Hills the fastest way home after a fishing trip was to climb over the Merrick. The fishing tackle gets some odd looks from goretex-clad hillwalkers.
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by Astronick » Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:15 pm
by will bliss » Sun Oct 30, 2011 2:14 pm
by BlackPanther » Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:10 am
will bliss wrote:Is it suitable to take your dog?
It should be OK for a dog, I don't own one so I can't tell for sure, but there's a path most of the way up. The only scramble-ish part is the final bit to the summit and it was a real nuisance in snowy and icy conditions, but in good weather it should be fairly easy.
Have fun in Torridon
by Torridon_snails » Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:05 pm
All the best,
Daniel and Clare
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