Dusting off the lockdown cobwebs

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Attachment(s) Corbetts: Cam Chreag (Glen Lyon)
Date walked: 11/07/2020
Distance: 12.75km
Ascent: 640m
Views: 69

Mither Tap with Laura and the boys

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 19/06/2020
Distance: 6km
Ascent: 398m
Views: 73

Brimmond Hill

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Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Brimmond Hill
Date walked: 30/05/2020
Distance: 2.75km
Ascent: 266m
Views: 68

The Lovers Walk - Peterculter

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 12/01/2020
Distance: 2.06km
Ascent: 92m
Views: 555

Fraser's first wee Hill

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 05/01/2020
Distance: 3.25km
Ascent: 189m
Views: 121

Beinn Sgritheall

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Attachment(s) Munros: Beinn Sgritheall
Date walked: 22/06/2019
Distance: 10km
Ascent: 1095m
Views: 95

Saying cheerio to Al

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Attachment(s) Corbetts: Morven
Date walked: 19/05/2019
Distance: 8.5km
Ascent: 655m
Views: 132

Eastern Europeans and a Scot on the Forcan Saddle

Route: The Saddle, Forcan Ridge and Sgurr na Sgine

Munros: Sgurr na Sgine, The Saddle

Date walked: 12/05/2019

Time taken: 7.5 hours

Distance: 13km

Ascent: 1350m

I have been rather dormant in terms of visiting the site and writing reports on the very few walks I have done. The weight is piling on and the get and go to actually get out is not there. Even the dogs are wondering what the hell is going on :shock:

I write this report with glowing reference to 5 wonderful Eastern European's I met on this walk. 3 Poles (Daniel, Kalina & Wojciech) 1 Czech (Jana) & 1 Slovakian (Agata & her dog Dash).

I had started this walk with only the dogs and I wasn't sure if we'd take on the Forcan ridge, I was going to make a decision when I got to the foot of it it was the ridge of the boulder track traversing below the Saddle and up the stones to the summit.

I followed the path up to stalkers path leading up to the col between Biod an Fhithich and Meallan Odhar.

The stalkers path heading up to the col

Looking back down to Glenshiel and the A87

I took a left at the col and kept on, the path traverses to the right hand side of the summit of Meallan Odha and snakes to the cairn indicating the start of the Forcan ridge.

Top of the col

Here I bumped into Danial and Jana, Daniel said to join them and their 3 friends whom were just starting the ascent of the ridge. Of course I said yes and one of their friends had a dog too.

Foot of the Forcan

The cairn at the foot of the Forcan ridge looking towards the A87

The start is quite easy and it was good to have the reassurance of some company. We soon caught the other three and introductions were done. The dogs said hello and got on with the task in hand. Agata had Dash on a long leash as he was not the best on ridges. My two are quite experienced and probably more stable than their owner :lol:

The girls coming over the first rocky section

And again with Agata and Dash this time too

Daniel and the others wanted some pics straddling the rocky outcrop :shock:

Daniel straddling the rocky outcrop

Me and Roy with Lochy looking on

We made good time and had a stop for lunch up before the tricky down climb section I was waiting for. I knew there was a path to the left which we'd have to go down as the dogs could no way manage the down climb going by the reports and pictures i'd read up on. We managed the down climb along the left no bother and got up onto the knoll at the other side and awaited the others. Once they'd gotten over the down climb we all had some well deserved lunch.

Waiting for the others coming over and down the steep section

The path that avoids the down climb can be seen bottom right

Lochy with the sisters behind him

There was nothing for it but have a last push to the summit of the Saddle at 1010m is quite a viewpoint.

A knife edge ascent

Me ascending the knife edge

Hands on

Way forward to the saddle summit

Going up

A Roy's eye view on the ridge

The neighbouring Munro of Sgurr na Signe looked stunning, i guess it is always in its partners shadow. We had another bite to eat and started getting to know eachother. They had all become friends through a facebook page for polish and neighbouring countries hillwalking in Scotland and the respect and admiration they'd showed for our country was really lovely to hear. These people had come here for a better life and were embracing it here and adding to the economy and paying their way. Daniel was a truck driver doing a route from Glasgow to Aberdeen, Kalina had her own business, Jana a student in Liverpool, Agata a cafe manager that was training to join the fire brigade and Wojciech was working in Glasgow. It was really nice to get to know the background of this friendly bunch. Agata's dog Dash was 10 years and what a wee corker he was. He was really fit for his age. Hope mine can be as lean as him when they are 10. Few years yet mind.

Up top

Soon it was time to descend to Bealach Coire Mhalagain and drop into the bouldery terrain and the drystone dyke. Once accross a boggy section we started the reascent up to the ridge where i started to tire a bit. The rest seemed to be a bit fitter, the hellish thing is they had done the South Glenshiel Ridge the day before. Christ when i did it with Electricfly a few years ago i could hardly walk the next day :lol: Good on them. Wojciech even had time for a couple of tins of lager, if i wasn't driving i could have chinned a tinny.

Looking at the Forcan ridge from the side

Agata, Kalina, me, Jana

Sgurr na Signe

The route contours over to the northwest top then the second munro of the day Sgurr na Signe. The summit is perched above a steep face and the horsehoe of the mountain clearly shows the way round and down back to the Glen below.

Sgurr na Signe summit

We had a quick stop then walked back along the the horsehoe and started the descent.

Looking back at the Saddle from the the descent at Faochag

Each person going their own pace, the girls zoomed off ahead with me next and then Daniel and Wojciech. We had a few stops on the descent as it was tough on the knees and eventually all met up again at the river Allt Mhalagain to dook our sore feet in the cold water. The dogs had a splash about too. Soon it was time to say bye and i headed off back to the car where i picked up a father and son whom had just finished the south glenshiel ridge and gave them a run back up to their car just east of the Cluanie inn.

All in all a cracking day with probably the best company i have had on a hill in ages. What a credit these people were to their countries and an asset they are to Scotland :D

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The Eighe'r

Attachment(s) Munros: Ruadh-stac Mor (Beinn Eighe), Spidean Coire nan Clach (Beinn Eighe)
Date walked: 06/05/2019
Distance: 18km
Ascent: 1116m
Comments: 5
Views: 1029

Mamores no more

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Attachment(s) Munros: Binnein Mor, Na Gruagaichean
Date walked: 19/04/2019
Distance: 14km
Ascent: 1336m
Views: 188


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