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Mullardoch Duo

Mullardoch Duo


Postby basscadet » Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:31 pm

Route description: The Loch Mullardoch Munros

Munros included on this walk: Carn nan Gobhar (Loch Mullardoch), Sgurr na Lapaich

Date walked: 04/10/2014

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 17.4 km

Ascent: 1220m

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This weekend, after much deliberation about the weather, we decided to go up to Cannich to finish off Dougie's Mullordoch hills. We set off as normal, arriving at the dam at about 10PM, only to find that we had somehow managed to leave the tent at home :crazy: :lol: So it was back to the hostel, where we had a nice room, except for the biting spiders hiding in my duvet :?
In the morning, it was a bit rainy, but it improved as we made our way back up the long windie road back to the Dam. Didn't get held up by cattle for once :o


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We set off, it being really cold despite some sunshine coming out. We negotiated the labyrinth of paths to the Allt Mullardoch, both taking slightly different routes.

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We met up again, and headed right up the path, which isnt that good, but there is a well used, if not well made track that helps progress. Still plenty of bog, which was weird, bacause I don't remember it being like that the last time I was round these parts :?

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It was a really bonny burn, and didn't notice the climb much, but sun was out and it had warmed up considerably now we were sheltered from the wind. We got up to the head of the glen, and started the gentle plod upwards, on a squelchy stalkers path that sucked at the boots too often. :D
There were five or six stags all about the top of the glen, bellowing and pacing the way they do. They slowed progress as we stopped to spot them, and the last of the autumn berry crop didn't do progress any favours either :lol:

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We got up to the ridge, which was a huge relief to have something firm underfoot. The views the other side were spectacular too 8)

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Just a short easy walk to the summit, and could see over to Sgurr na Lapaich finally. Surely the finest of the Mullardoch hills ( or maybe just the most fun). I was excited to be going back :D

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We headed down, the going quite rocky, when the clag rolled in and the rain started :( By the time we were in the bealach, it was pretty grim, and on the far side, it turned to slushy coldness, which was very unpleasant..

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Fortunately, it only lasted for 20 minutes, and the sun came back as quickly as it had went. The remaining wisps making the vistas even more dramatic.

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It was steep, and near the top there was some fun to be had on massive boulders. Wet and in a chill breeze, we were happy to find a good shelter at the top, where we sat for quite a while, looking at the hills roundabouts :)

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Eventually, we headed back the way we had come, a descent from the bealach looking like the quickest way back.

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Past the Stegosaurus rocks..

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And back to the bealach where we headed right, crossing a bit of peat haggage to get down to the path.

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I noticed on the GPS map, there was a path not marked on the OS map, which took a more direct route back to the bridge over the Allt Mullardoch, and we found it after a bit of boggy searching. Turned out to be used as a track these days. Wasn't great, but the path by the shore is pretty bad too, so not worth the extra distance.

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We were quite tired by the time we got back to the bridge, so we stopped for seat, but the sun was setting, so managed to get back to the car well before dark. really good day apart from the snowy bit :D
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Re: Mullardoch Duo

Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue Oct 07, 2014 8:59 am

Good stuff folks, closing in on compleation. :D
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Re: Mullardoch Duo

Postby Silverhill » Tue Oct 07, 2014 9:07 pm

Enjoyed reading that! You are very good, helping your dad and now Dougie with their totals! :D
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Re: Mullardoch Duo

Postby basscadet » Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:12 am

Thanks for the kind comments... :D

I'm kind of trying to delay completion for as long as possible, without skimping on getting out and about :lol:
Don't mind a repeat if its a good hill, or its via a differing route :wink:
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Re: Mullardoch Duo

Postby mrssanta » Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:26 pm

that looked really lovely.
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Re: Mullardoch Duo

Postby Fife Flyer » Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:42 pm

Good stuff enjoyed reading that :clap:
Yet to head up that way, hopefully some time next year :wink:
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Re: Mullardoch Duo

Postby AnnieMacD » Wed Oct 08, 2014 11:23 pm

Basscadet you are always having adventures! At least you got mostly sun on this trip. Love the photos of all the lochans and the panoramas.
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