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Back for another SGRidge adventure
by fipriestley » Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:49 am
Munros included on this walk: Aonach Air Chrith, Creag a'Mhaim, Druim Shionnach, Maol chinn-dearg
Date walked: 09/03/2013
Time taken: 8 hours
Distance: 18 km
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Fairly confident with my map and compass skills, today I figured I'd try using the GPS more to keep monitoring my route. First mistake... thought I'd missed my turn off to start climbing as I checked the grid ref the GPS showed against my map. So I turned back along the landrover track a short way then headed up the shoulder figuring I'd soon pick up the track I'd meant to take. By the time I remembered that the GPS actually showed the grid ref of the cursor arrow and not the arrow marking my current location ( don't find this a helpful feature!) I felt I was too far uphill to think about going back to the landrover track to pick up the path that I should have been on. So instead I took a bearing directly to the summit, seeing on the map that this missed the crags, then I followed it... straight up! (shame about the smudge on my camera lens seen from 3rd photo onwards )
HUGE sigh of relief when I made it to the first summit and I'd made good time From here on it was pretty straightforward, although visibility wasn't great. There were footprints all along the ridge, sometimes along the edge of the cornices. Not long after I'd passed the third summit the clouds blew over (meaning the winds picked up!) and the views opened up more.
I didn't hang about long as it was getting a bit wild by now (with bruised shins to show for it! ) So I retraced my steps back to the zigzag exit path, cutting out some of the corners in favour of a direct descent, and soon made it down in to the glen. While I had been keeping an eye on the hills across the glen I hadn't spotted another sole all day on any hill. Aware I was ahead of my own schedule though I made for a brisk walk back to Alltbeithe... and claimed a victory as no one was there! Still no Scoob in sight I headed back along towards the bridge over Loch Quioch. This track crossed a fragile bridge that might not have taken the weight of a car so it was just as well that there was a locked gate over the start of this track, which had stopped Scoob from driving up. After the long walk back to the car we decided to leave Sgurr a'Mhaoraich for another day - although I still reckon there were enough daylight hours left for it
by ChrisW » Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:15 am
by SusieThePensioner » Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:57 am
Forget the gps......stick to a compass and map
by scoob999 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:44 pm
But only because i wasted to much time trying to spot you on the ridge
It was a huge relief to see that you'd made it down safely. So i could've had another half an hour having something to eat in the car
Was a great day x
by fipriestley » Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:43 pm
My old GPS was a bit more basic so only showed current position - probably added to confusion but I should have been more on the ball! Thanks for the kind words Chris must remember to check the other forum and keep up with your wonderful walks!ChrisW wrote:...That thing with the GPS reading is a bit dodgy...
Good tip Susie, and thanks! Will still try to get better with the gadgets though, thinking it can only help to add to my repertoireSusieThePensioner wrote:...Forget the gps......stick to a compass and map
Any excuse! No need for all the worry! xscoob999 wrote:...only because i wasted to much time trying to spot you...
by quoman » Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:50 pm
by fipriestley » Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:41 pm
haha Still loving the adventuresquoman wrote:...my money was always on you.
by Graeme D » Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:16 pm
by fipriestley » Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:32 pm
Not at all... I always win Really, we're on target to compleat togetherGraeme D wrote:Sounds like a real competitive edge is creeping in with you two these days!
by Bod » Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:03 am
(we've walked round the track a bit further on both occasions we've accessed the South Ridge and used the well trodden path up! Your bearing straight for the summit must have been a bit tougher, but obviously worked well for you in terms of time.)
by Mountainlove » Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:39 am
by ceaser » Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:47 pm
by scoob999 » Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:10 pm
ceaser wrote:great report Fi ,but since scoobs a LOT older than you ,it might be fairer if you gave him a start
Haha I'm almost at an age where i agree with you But no head starts needed yet
by fipriestley » Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:09 pm
Thanks Bod! Yes, was very pleased with the time - very welcome surprise when I was breathing a big sigh of relief at the first summitBod wrote:...Your bearing straight for the summit must have been a bit tougher, but obviously worked well for you in terms of time.)
Thanks ML - glad I got some views in the end thoughMountainlove wrote:Well done you! The conditions looked rather bad! Some great dramatic stots
Thanks Alice - it was a good day out reallySAVAGEALICE wrote:Well done Fi
think I just had an easier paper round (and I don't complain )ceaser wrote:...since scoobs a LOT older than you ,it might be fairer if you gave him a start