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An Staonach - a tiny slice of Torridonian heaven

An Staonach - a tiny slice of Torridonian heaven


Postby Jaxter » Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:38 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: An Staonach

Date walked: 16/08/2020

Time taken: 2.4 hours

Distance: 5.33 km

Ascent: 422m

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Following our incredible summit camp the night before, David and I were pretty drained (he from trying to climb too many hills the day before, me from stupid Covid) so we all had a lengthy lunch break.

We agreed an attempt on the small An Staonach could be a good idea – great views for minimal effort (hahaha)… We parked up at the bottom of the cliffs on the high point of the road back to Shieldaig and David spent ages faffing and showing off his bright green shoes. Eventually we were off – we skirted around the bottom of the cliffs trying to avoid any unnecessary downs. The views back were already amazing 8)
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Malky and David lead the way – it was blisteringly hot and I was struggling
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We gained height slowly and once we were on the top of the initial plateau the views really opened out. Beinn Damh, Maol Chean-Dearg and An Ruadh-Stac were looking splendid 8)
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Sgurr a’ Gharaidh – our camp spot the night before
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We had to trog around some annoying ups and downs which were both exhausting and soul-destroying each time they proved to be unnecessary :roll:

Soon we reached a big wall of cliffs – we could see it would be easily possible to work our way in between the layers of rock, but it looked pretty brutal :shock:
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I was exhausted and wanted to stop, but every time I did the midges caught up with me :shock: However, the views down to Loch Shieldaig were stunning 8)
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And looking the other direction to Beinn Damh, Maol Chean-Dearg, An Ruadh-Stac and Sgurr a’ Gharaidh
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Finally at the almost-top we had a choice of lots of different summits. I declared that the one I was standing on was the one and I wasn’t moving any further (although after being fed a very melted chocolate bar and a drink of water I was persuaded to continue :lol: )

A distant Beinn Alligin
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Panoramic shot of Loch Shieldaig to Ben Damh
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Beinn Damh to Sgurr a’ Gharaidh and Loch Carron
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I dragged myself across a few lumps and bumps towards the actual summit. It was so still that there were really impressive reflections on the wee lochans (and also swarms of midges :roll: )
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Although the spectacular corries of Beinn Bhan were now in the shade, from this close they were still impressive 8)
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Beinn Alligin
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Looking across to the Culags hills
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Summit of An Staonach
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David having a nap
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The Western Isles – not as clear as the night before!
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Slabs and reflections
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Beinn Alligin across a lochan
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It was so hot and the idea of a good long break was a really attractive thought except for the midges….so after dancing around for a bit we headed off.

Looking across to Sgurr a’ Gharaidh again
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We tried to keep a bit further south on our way down where the ground was a bit less steep. It sort of helped, and did also give us some slightly different views of Maol Chean-Dearg and An Ruadh-Stac
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We made our way carefully down the steepest section – a few interesting downclimbs but nothing too awkward. As we looked back up it was hard to believe how we managed to get down :lol:
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We tried to avoid the worst of the extra ups and down by keeping right. David went the opposite direction for reasons unknown :lol:

A last glimpse of the biggies before we drop further down
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We met back up with David as we started dropping down the final steep section
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It was a struggle to drag myself the last short distance to the car but finally I was there. Sgurr a’ Gharaidh was still looking very impressive 8)
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Back at the car I was relieved not to have to walk any further. David found some chocolate which we ate, and there was a little water left. I threw the keys at Malky and told him to do something about driving us home :lol:

Turns out it was a bit too much for me as the next 3 weeks were a bit of a wipe-out… Such is the reality at the moment sadly :roll:


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Re: An Staonach - a tiny slice of Torridonian heaven

Postby Sgurr » Wed Sep 09, 2020 5:33 pm

Nothing can beat the Torridonian views (except....except...except). Lovely pics.

Last Sunday R took 3.5 hours to climb a hill that took me 1.5 hours at the end of a day including 6 other hills, so this Covid is not to be put back in its tin too easily...tho' a mending hip may have had something to do with it in his case.
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Re: An Staonach - a tiny slice of Torridonian heaven

Postby Mountainlove » Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:23 pm

Seeing all those pictures makes me want to head back to Torridon... Such an amazing area, even the little hills
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Re: An Staonach - a tiny slice of Torridonian heaven

Postby Jaxter » Fri Sep 11, 2020 4:47 pm

Sgurr wrote:Nothing can beat the Torridonian views (except....except...except). Lovely pics.

Last Sunday R took 3.5 hours to climb a hill that took me 1.5 hours at the end of a day including 6 other hills, so this Covid is not to be put back in its tin too easily...tho' a mending hip may have had something to do with it in his case.

There are so many amazing places in Scotland aren't there! I have to admit Torridon always tops my list 8)
You are right - but at least he's getting up something, frustrating as it is. Is the hip fully mended now or still niggling? Hopefully by the time hip is better the tiredness might have started to subside...


Mountainlove wrote:Seeing all those pictures makes me want to head back to Torridon... Such an amazing area, even the little hills

Absolutely - my favourite! 8) 8)
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Re: An Staonach - a tiny slice of Torridonian heaven

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:16 pm

Beautiful photos, and a lovely reminder of the joys of little hills, thank you :D :D . Hope you are soon fully recovered from Covid. :D
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Re: An Staonach - a tiny slice of Torridonian heaven

Postby rockhopper » Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:48 pm

That looked good for a short wander - as is so often the case, some of the best views are from the lower hills. Fingers crossed that your recovery gets back on track soon - cheers :)
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Re: An Staonach - a tiny slice of Torridonian heaven

Postby Alteknacker » Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:33 pm

Sgurr wrote:Nothing can beat the Torridonian views (except....except...except). Lovely pics....


Indeed! That's the trouble with walking in God's own country (though a bit of superb weather does help!).

Really sorry to hear about the long-lasting after effects of the Covid - there does seem to be some good news though, in that a bit of recently published research suggests that it does eventually get better. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
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Re: An Staonach - a tiny slice of Torridonian heaven

Postby Jaxter » Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:10 pm

Huff_n_Puff wrote:Beautiful photos, and a lovely reminder of the joys of little hills, thank you :D :D . Hope you are soon fully recovered from Covid. :D

Thanks - I think things are slowly improving but it keeps going in waves so much it's often hard to tell... Little hills are great aren't they - I've always loved how the small ones give the best views of the big ones, but I really miss being able to walk along a good ridge! :(



rockhopper wrote:That looked good for a short wander - as is so often the case, some of the best views are from the lower hills. Fingers crossed that your recovery gets back on track soon - cheers :)

Absolutely - always been a fan of the wee ones (just not aaaall the time!!) Thanks :D



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Sgurr wrote:Nothing can beat the Torridonian views (except....except...except). Lovely pics....


Indeed! That's the trouble with walking in God's own country (though a bit of superb weather does help!).

Really sorry to hear about the long-lasting after effects of the Covid - there does seem to be some good news though, in that a bit of recently published research suggests that it does eventually get better. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Thanks - I'm trying really hard to stay positive, at least I can do something (there are some still at the months in bed phase, whereas I seem to have left that in the past) but it's very difficult after all this time, especially when we have nice weather and Malky buggers off on big hills and big cycles I can't manage :( :(
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Re: An Staonach - a tiny slice of Torridonian heaven

Postby Anne C » Mon Sep 21, 2020 1:23 pm

Hope you are soon fully recovered Jaxter - it must be so frustrating for you. Always enjoy reading about your adventures.
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Re: An Staonach - a tiny slice of Torridonian heaven

Postby Jaxter » Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:02 am

Anne C wrote:Hope you are soon fully recovered Jaxter - it must be so frustrating for you. Always enjoy reading about your adventures.

Thankyou! Apparently patience & time, as well as looking after myself is what I need, which is a shame because I'm rubbish at all of them :lol:
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