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Arkaig Corbett,a change of plan, for the better, what a day!

Arkaig Corbett,a change of plan, for the better, what a day!


Postby The Rodmiester » Wed Oct 12, 2016 5:31 pm

Route description: Sgurr Cos na Breachd-laoidh, Loch Arkaig

Corbetts included on this walk: Sgurr Cos na Breachd-laoigh

Date walked: 02/10/2016

Time taken: 5.25 hours

Distance: 12.8 km

Ascent: 993m

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We had stayed at the Tyndrum Campsite the night before but with all others having other hills on their mind I had decided to take in a fairly unexciting and probably very boggy Corbett on the way back home Beinn nan Imirean on my own, but before this I headed to the Real food Cafe in Tyndrum for my wakey up dose of caffeine, whilst there I got a message from Mountain thyme that she had looked into the Pine Trees Campsite where I said I was staying but because of it being flooded the night before I had been turned away. After a few text messages and finding out she was heading to another Corbett at the West end of Loch Arkaig and that she was heading through Ballachulish with a proposed stop in Fort William it was a no brainer, decision made, drive like hell to meet up with Mountain Thyme at Fort William.
Was that a good decision or what, what a day this turned out to be and what a wee gem of a Corbett , great hill, great day and great company what more could you possibly want.

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After the long winding drive up the Loch Arkaig road and eventually finding a parking space, it was very busy with us being a bit late to arrive, all thanks to me keeping Theresa waiting at Fort William. At the start not looking too promising at this stage maybe a later start was a good idea after all, all good planning of course
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We just followed the track marked to Glen Dessary Lodge and after the bridge over the allt na Feithe burn with the wee stone cottage in view further west, immediately took the feint path on the West side of the burn, nothing too boggy here
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Signs that the sun is trying to get through, not long now I guess
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Looking over the newly built Glen Dessary Lodge, something we would not loose sight of throughout the days walk, even on the summit ridge you could see it
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Looking back at the cloud burning off, yes it was going to be another cracking day on the hill
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Further up the SE shoulder of Druim a Chuirnquite hard going with no path at this point
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Looking back down the glen with all cloud now burnt off
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Mountain Thyme finding her own way up the gradient with the lodge still in view in the distance
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Becoming much more rocky higher up in some case it was easier going rock hopping rather than through the deep undergrowth
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A pause for reflection on such a fine day and the superb views all around us
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She's off again, better get going to catch up
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View of the summit ridge which awaits us, looking good
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Summit cairn of Druim a Chuirn 822m
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Mountain Thyme at the summit cairn
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After this there is a good stone dyke and metal fence posts to follow nearly all the way to the summit, handy in poor conditions
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Feint path alongside the stone dyke
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Just follow the dyke and you soon pass a slabby section but nothing to cause any bother
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Summit of Sgurr Cos na Breachd-laiogh slightly East of the wall and fence line, reached in 3 hours 20 mins
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The remainder of the ridge
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We decided to just drop down this gully and traverse around, some sections were quite wet and slippy and steep in places
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Looking back up Glen Dessary with Sgurr na Ciche 1040m on right
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Looking SE down the glen with the lodge in the distance
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As we were coming off the hill I happened to hear a noise near a big rock and after a closer inspection found this wee fellow hiding, I have never seen a badger before what a bonus
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A view from the bridge crossed early on showing the full ridge walked
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Re: Arkaig Corbett,a change of plan, for the better, what a

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Wed Oct 12, 2016 8:31 pm

Looks beautiful, what a bonus to meet a badger :D :D
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Re: Arkaig Corbett,a change of plan, for the better, what a

Postby The Rodmiester » Wed Oct 12, 2016 8:52 pm

Huff_n_Puff wrote:Looks beautiful, what a bonus to meet a badger :D :D


A perfect way to end a superb day, and to look at it face yo face was something special.
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Re: Arkaig Corbett,a change of plan, for the better, what a

Postby denfinella » Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:15 pm

Looks like it was a great day. Love the badger!
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Re: Arkaig Corbett,a change of plan, for the better, what a

Postby The Rodmiester » Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:09 am

denfinella wrote:Looks like it was a great day. Love the badger!


Great day and what a bonus at the end right enough :D :D
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Re: Arkaig Corbett,a change of plan, for the better, what a

Postby BlackPanther » Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:53 am

What a lovely ridge, something right up my street! A bit of middle of nowhere though... And we still have the Arkaig Munros to do :roll:

Funny, I never managed to photograph a badger, but they are quite common in Glen Affric, usually they are to fast for me :lol: I saw one once crossing the road bridge in Cannich.
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Re: Arkaig Corbett,a change of plan, for the better, what a

Postby Graeme D » Thu Oct 13, 2016 4:55 pm

I once knew a girl by the name of Becky Badger. :shock:
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Re: Arkaig Corbett,a change of plan, for the better, what a

Postby The Rodmiester » Thu Oct 13, 2016 5:01 pm

BlackPanther wrote:What a lovely ridge, something right up my street! A bit of middle of nowhere though... And we still have the Arkaig Munros to do :roll:

Funny, I never managed to photograph a badger, but they are quite common in Glen Affric, usually they are to fast for me :lol: I saw one once crossing the road bridge in Cannich.


Hi BP, it was a bit of a slog to get to the ridge but once on it it's a sheer delight, you will love it, plenty of interest en route, might be better going over the full ridge I will leave that one to you.
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Re: Arkaig Corbett,a change of plan, for the better, what a

Postby Gordie12 » Thu Oct 13, 2016 5:44 pm

That looked like a really good hill and the bonus of a badger sighting just caps off the day (never seen one myself and I had to look twice at the pic before I saw this one).
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Re: Arkaig Corbett,a change of plan, for the better, what a

Postby The Rodmiester » Thu Oct 13, 2016 6:39 pm

Gordie12 wrote:That looked like a really good hill and the bonus of a badger sighting just caps off the day (never seen one myself and I had to look twice at the pic before I saw this one).


Hi Gordie, a great wee hill and worth keeping for a cLear day for the views alone, superb all 360 degrees. Badger well that was something else and not at all expected, I had assumed badgers stayed more in woodland, and when I heard the noise below the stone had expected to see a young deer hiding not a badger.
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Re: Arkaig Corbett,a change of plan, for the better, what a

Postby Cairngorm creeper » Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:24 pm

Thank you for sharing this, it looks a great walk and has just been added to my to do list :D Lovely photos and I had to look hard to see the badger,
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Re: Arkaig Corbett,a change of plan, for the better, what a

Postby The Rodmiester » Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:31 pm

Cairngorm creeper wrote:Thank you for sharing this, it looks a great walk and has just been added to my to do list :D Lovely photos and I had to look hard to see the badger,


Hi Cairngorm creeper, a wonderful wee hill especially once you have done the initial climb, highly recommended and kept for a good day. Mountain Thyme took a better photo of the badger, I must ask her to add it to the report. Thanks again, Rod
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Re: Arkaig Corbett,a change of plan, for the better, what a

Postby rockhopper » Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:16 pm

certainly was a nice day out here - waved to you but don't think you saw me :wink: - :) cheers
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Re: Arkaig Corbett,a change of plan, for the better, what a

Postby Caberfeidh » Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:52 pm

rockhopper wrote:certainly was a nice day out here - waved to you but don't think you saw me :wink: - :) cheers


Were you hiding under a rock dressed as a badger?
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Re: Arkaig Corbett,a change of plan, for the better, what a

Postby The Rodmiester » Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:42 pm

rockhopper wrote:certainly was a nice day out here - waved to you but don't think you saw me :wink: - :) cheers


We waved to you also, lol . Weather back to the normal this weekend then.
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