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Winter at Kylerhea

Grahams: Beinn na Caillich (Kylerhea), Sgùrr na Coinnich

Date walked: 10/04/2021

Time taken: 5.55 hours

Distance: 8km

Ascent: 706m

Previous day - it's not all about size

When I woke up for a pee early the next morning the light suggested it could be a good day 8)
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When we were properly up and about a few hours later, it was a lovely morning. We got the tent down and drove around to the high point on the Kylerhea road.
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We started up the hill – we’d thought that if we kept left-ish and stuck to the grass it would make the going easier. It turned out that it didn’t :lol:
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Looking back to Ben Aslak
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It was tough work – the ground wasn’t good, the gradient was steep and I wasn’t feeling good at all. For now though, the views were good, and as we climbed higher we could see Beinn Sgritheall
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We kept plodding away, but could see a snow storm moving in. It looked like we were going to get hit :shock:
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We hunkered down behind a rock and decided to sit it out. I was feeling dreadful so sat down and tried to eat something.
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Once the storm had passed we were about to give up and head back down – I was feeling really bad, but thought it we continued a few metres higher we’d get some views. We plodded higher and soon the gradient and the ground improved. We could see ahead to the summit ridge
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Caught the edge of another snow storm
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Looking back to Rum
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The Cuillin starting to appear
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I was beginning to think that maybe we’d make it to the top of the first hill – I was feeling slightly better and the snow had cleared (for now :roll: ). We were now around the same height as Ben Aslak, so not too far to go…
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Applecross hill starting to appear as we hit the ridge
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Finally – the summit in sight!
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Summit of Sgurr na Coinnich
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It was an absolutely incredible viewpoint – I was so glad we’d made it.
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Beinn na Caillich and Loch Alsh
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Ben Aslak and the Sound of Sleat
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We found a spot to sit down and had a bit of a breather. It was beautiful and not even that cold now the snow showers and wind were gone
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Kintail
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We could see another shower coming so we dropped down a little so we’d be more sheltered.
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Once the snow storm was over we thought that we’d continue dropping off the back of the hill – although we hadn’t been contemplating the second hill, now that we were looking at it… :crazy:
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Looking back up, the sun was starting to appear again so we continued down towards the bealach
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Looking down to the Skye Bridge and Applecross behind
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Looking back to what we’d just come down
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Looking ahead – we decided to head up the left hand side where there were some ledges and we could head up diagonally and not too steeply
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Some frozen waterfalls – generally the rock was dry though, and the snow was powdery here
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We managed to zig-zag up the side of the hills, weaving inbetween the crags when they started to appear. We could see the Storr across the water
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We were looking straight down on the Skye Bridge
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Summit ahead
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Knoydart was starting to clear 8)
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Finally on the ridge we could see ahead to the summit – I was knackered but managed to drag myself the last few metres…
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Jaxtering on the summit of Beinn na Caillich
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Looking across the Skye Bridge towards Portree and north Skye
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The Applecross Corbetts above Kishorn
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Black and Red Cuillin
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Looking across to Beinn Sgritheall
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Looking down Loch Alsh
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Torridon – Beinn Alligin particularly prominent
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Snow angel :lol:
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It was beautiful and we didn’t want to go, so sat around for a while before heading down
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Dropping back down to the bealach wasn’t as bad as I’d thought it might be, and before long we were trying to make our way around the base of our first hill to drop back down
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The ground wasn’t too bad as we rounded the base of the hill, and the views across to Beinn Sgritheall were superb 8)
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Once we dropped out of the snow the ground got much steeper and very heathery. I was shattered by this point as was struggling. I suggested getting on the road as soon as possible.
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It was hard work but we were making slow progress
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Suddenly we were above the road…and it had got steeper
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The last section to the road was horrendous, but at last we were there. Unfortunately we had to walk back up the hill, which was torture.
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Finally back at the car we went for the world’s laziest camp :lol:
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The views were spectacular 8)
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And it was even a good spot for the sunset!
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2021

Trips: 9
Distance: 58.07 km
Ascent: 3064m
Grahams: 4
Sub2000s: 6

2020

Trips: 61
Distance: 621.65 km
Ascent: 30596m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 17
Donalds: 2
Sub2000s: 32
Hewitts: 7
Wainwrights 15

2019

Trips: 66
Distance: 1223.09 km
Ascent: 68941m
Munros: 16
Corbetts: 24
Grahams: 15
Sub2000s: 45
Hewitts: 13
Wainwrights 2

2018

Trips: 53
Distance: 1617.76 km
Ascent: 95123m
Munros: 47
Corbetts: 57
Grahams: 14
Donalds: 8
Sub2000s: 13

2017

Trips: 68
Distance: 1350.52 km
Ascent: 88250m
Munros: 48
Corbetts: 49
Grahams: 25
Donalds: 40
Sub2000s: 12
Hewitts: 9
Wainwrights 12

2016

Trips: 46
Distance: 821 km
Ascent: 56818m
Munros: 100
Corbetts: 5
Grahams: 4
Sub2000s: 2

2015

Trips: 13
Distance: 216.15 km
Ascent: 13086m
Munros: 28

2014

Trips: 1
Distance: 20 km
Ascent: 1350m
Munros: 2

2013

Trips: 2
Distance: 40 km
Ascent: 2600m
Munros: 3

2012

Trips: 1
Distance: 18 km
Ascent: 1500m
Munros: 2

2011

Trips: 4
Distance: 45.5 km
Ascent: 4050m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 1
Sub2000s: 1

2009

Trips: 1
Distance: 17 km
Ascent: 1352m
Munros: 1


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