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Leacanashie - stormy day retreat

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 12/10/2018
Distance: 5km
Ascent: 260m
Views: 13


Mountain trail perfect for rest and windy days

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 11/10/2018
Distance: 6.5km
Ascent: 585m
Views: 9

Beinn Alligin - my first proper Torridon hill

Route: Beinn Alligin

Munros: Sgurr Mor (Beinn Alligin), Tom na Gruagaich (Beinn Alligin)

Date walked: 10/10/2018

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 11km

Ascent: 1380m

Torridon - even among new walkers the name conjures up awe and expectation of something special. These expectations weren't disappointed :D I had to stay in the area for quite some time to find a day with high-level visibility and winds that were low enough to tackle one of the great Torridon Three. But at least this way I could explore a lot of attractive low-level terrain :)

Finally, a day with a decent forecast came, and eagerly I set off towards Tom na Gruagaich. So eager that stepping into the middle of a tiny puddle - surrounded by completely dry ground - after the first 20 yards or so reminded me that today I would also have to watch my step and not just look at the hilltops :lol:

Having been walking for a week already, I was quite pleased with how relatively easily my legs carried me up that first steeper bit and across the flatter section towards the base of Coire nan Laogh. With each step up this relatively steep climb (for me at least), the very gusty wind was picking up, suggesting that the forecasted gust speeds would probably be exceeded at the top. And so it was - Tom na Gruagaich was in no mood to let one wander too close to the summit ridge but afforded great views in all four directions.

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Looking south to Loch Torridon and Loch Damh

Speaking of ridge - the ridge down towards the saddle that leads to Sgurr Mor wasn't really exposed and looked like a fun bit of harmless scramble had it not been for the gusts, which were quite strong at times but at least they were southwesterly, so I kept well to the side of the ridge, which was dry and looked a safer bet than the paths further down, where the steep grass was still quite wet after days of heavy rain.

At the top of Sgurr Mor, the light was a bit better for the view.

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Looking east from Sgurr Mor

With the wind as it was, I had already made the decision to not go anywhere near the Horns, and so had a number of other walkers with a lot more scrambling experience that I have. So going back down the way I had come, I was rewarded with good, but hazy early afternoon light.

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Beinn Dearg, Beinn Eighe, Liathach

Very, very enjoyable walk and it's true: the advantage of the clockwise walk direction is that if you decide not to do the Horns, you indeed have bagged 2 Munros already 8)

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Allt a Chonais Pinewood: forestry works, no access

Attachment(s) Date walked: 09/10/2018
Distance: 5km
Ascent: 130m
Views: 21


Break in the rain and wind: Aird Mhor and Falls of Balgy

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 08/10/2018
Distance: 7.5km
Ascent: 175m
Views: 8


Radio tower, Bealach na Ba

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Date walked: 08/10/2018
Distance: 2km
Ascent: 125m
Views: 7


Cloudy stormy day: Loch Claire and Loch Coulin

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 07/10/2018
Distance: 9km
Ascent: 125m
Views: 10


Bynack More - finally the sun

Attachment(s) Munros: Bynack More
Date walked: 05/10/2018
Distance: 23km
Ascent: 835m
Views: 30


Falls of Bruar - lower bridge only

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Date walked: 04/10/2018
Distance: 0.8km
Ascent: 30m
Views: 6


Linn of Dee, Glen Lui Trail

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Date walked: 04/10/2018
Distance: 2.8km
Ascent: 20m
Views: 6

Fingal2018


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Location: Berlin
Occupation: Office Worker
Activity: Walker
Mountain: Creag Meagaidh
Place: Cairngorms
Gear: Good boots and socks
Member: Former Rambler around the mighty hills of Buckinghamshire
Camera: Canon EOS M3
Ambition: Less city, more outdoor

Munros: 6
Corbetts: 1
Sub 2000: 3



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2018

Trips: 25
Distance: 237.6 km
Ascent: 9315m
Munros: 6
Sub2000s: 3

2017

Trips: 1
Distance: 18 km
Ascent: 900m
Corbetts: 1


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Last visited: Nov 16, 2018
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