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First ridge walk - and I was hooked!

First ridge walk - and I was hooked!


Postby dogplodder » Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:19 pm

Route description: South Glen Shiel Ridge: 7 Munros

Munros included on this walk: Aonach Air Chrith, Creag a'Mhaim, Druim Shionnach, Maol chinn-dearg

Date walked: 17/07/2004

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Andrew and David asked Moira and me if we'd like to tag along to walk half of the South Glen Shiel ridge with them. We said we would! We took two cars and left one half way up the glen to avoid a road walk when we came off the ridge. We followed the old road that starts just east of the Cluanie Inn going south east for about 6km before picking up the stalkers path heading west then north west up Creag a'Mhaim.

View east to Loch Loyne
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Moira, David and Andrew on stalker's path up Creag a' Mhaim
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View south from Creag a' Mhaim across Glen Quoich to Spidean Mialach (left) and Gleouraich
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View west to lochan below Druim Shionnach
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Moira at Creag a' Mhaim summit
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The amazing thing about this Saturday in July with perfect weather was that we only met one other pair of walkers all day! :D

View north from Druim Shionnach to the Brothers Ridge
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View west along Glen Shiel to the Sisters Ridge
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Andrew and David just dots on the skyline
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This was my first ridge walk. Given the perfect weather (warm but not too hot with a pleasant breeze), fabulous views all round and the sheer exhileration of walking a ridge like that, I found it a mind blowingly wonderful experience and was totally hooked from that day on! :thumbup:

I don't remember which summit this was but am guessing it's Aonach air Chrith, with Ben Nevis visible above Spidean Mialach
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Loch Quoich from Maol Chinn-Dearg
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Moira reaching the summit of Maol Chinn-Dearg
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The descent was down the north east ridge, the Drum Coire nan Eirecheanach which I don't remember presenting any difficulties. We picked up the car and drove back the short distance to the Cluanie Inn where we had a most enjoyable meal. :D

I forgot to take a pic of the ridge that day but here's one from A'Chralaig taken earlier in the year when there was still snow about.

Cluanie Inn and South Glenshiel ridge
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And because I didn't have the dogs on the South Glen Shiel ridge here's a pic for those who like a dog fix!

Jack and Tess on A'Chralaig with South Glen Shiel ridge behind
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Re: First ridge walk - and I was hooked!

Postby kev_russ » Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:29 pm

Looked a cracking day there. Stunning pics :thumbup:
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Re: First ridge walk - and I was hooked!

Postby mrssanta » Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:12 pm

Can't wait to get up there on a lovely day like that one
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Re: First ridge walk - and I was hooked!

Postby Paula Hubens » Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:21 pm

Wow, what a day! Lovely weather, good company, stunning ridge walk and 4 munros in the bag. You had it all! You're certainly wetting my apetite for these with pictures like that. Top stuff :D
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Re: First ridge walk - and I was hooked!

Postby dogplodder » Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:32 pm

kev_russ wrote:Looked a cracking day there. Stunning pics :thumbup:


Thanks Kev, it was a stunning day. :D
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Re: First ridge walk - and I was hooked!

Postby dogplodder » Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:40 pm

mrssanta wrote:Can't wait to get up there on a lovely day like that one


I think it's worth waiting for a good day. We did the other half of the ridge with a bunch of friends in cloud and rain. :o Still enjoyed it and had a good laugh but got no views at all! :lol:

South Glen Shiel ridge in the clag
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Re: First ridge walk - and I was hooked!

Postby dogplodder » Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:44 pm

Paula Hubens wrote:Wow, what a day! Lovely weather, good company, stunning ridge walk and 4 munros in the bag. You had it all! You're certainly wetting my apetite for these with pictures like that. Top stuff :D


Thanks Paula. You're right we had it all that day! :D
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Re: First ridge walk - and I was hooked!

Postby Johnny Corbett » Thu Nov 24, 2011 3:12 pm

Another fine report Dogplodder and good to see the dogs even though they missed out, but where's the horse? :D
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Re: First ridge walk - and I was hooked!

Postby dogplodder » Thu Nov 24, 2011 7:18 pm

Johnny Corbett wrote:Another fine report Dogplodder and good to see the dogs even though they missed out, but where's the horse? :D


He couldnae mak it - busy on horse stuff! :lol:
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Re: First ridge walk - and I was hooked!

Postby dogplodder » Thu Dec 01, 2011 3:53 pm

About the only view we got the day we did the second half of the ridge was this one of Loch Quoich. Higher up we were in cloud and could see very little. :? Although there were only 3 munros involved I found it a more challenging day than the first 4 and wonder how much of that was down to the weather! :D

Loch Quoich from South Glen Shiel ridge
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Re: First ridge walk - and I was hooked!

Postby macq23 » Fri Dec 02, 2011 1:26 pm

Some great pictures...especially P7310015.JPG where you get some sense of the scale of the ridge walk :D
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Re: First ridge walk - and I was hooked!

Postby dogplodder » Thu Jun 20, 2013 4:28 pm

dogplodder wrote:About the only view we got the day we did the second half of the ridge was this one of Loch Quoich.


I tell a lie. One of the group when we did the west end of the ridge in 2006 took this photo with sun shining clearly at the top. Just shows how selective and unreliable memory can be! :lol:

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Re: First ridge walk - and I was hooked!

Postby Hill-loving lady » Thu Jun 20, 2013 4:34 pm

Brilliant pics dogplodder! This was also my first ridge in 1987, when 'ah wiz a lass' and I still remember it for being wonderful, albeit in wintery conditions! It is certainly one I'd do again any day :)
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