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A misty day in Knoydart

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Attachment(s) Munros: Ladhar Bheinn, Luinne Bheinn, Meall Buidhe (Knoydart)
Date walked: 12/07/2019
Distance: 43km
Ascent: 3491m
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Carn a'Mhaim from the Lin of Dee

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Attachment(s) Munros: Carn a'Mhaim
Date walked: 07/07/2019
Distance: 22.5km
Ascent: 648m
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A Misty Mullardoch round

Munros: An Riabhachan, An Socach (Affric), An Socach (Mullardoch), Beinn Fhionnlaidh (Carn Eige), Carn Eige, Carn nan Gobhar (Loch Mullardoch), Mam Sodhail, Mullach nan Dheiragain, Sgurr na Lapaich, Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan, Toll Creagach, Tom a'Choinich

Date walked: 06/07/2019

Time taken: 15.5 hours

Distance: 55.2km

Ascent: 4772m


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If anybody is thinking of having a bash at this round, after having done it in a clockwise direction, I would definitely recommend an anti-clockwise direction! :lol:

I think the mental sucker punch of descending down to Loch Mullardoch head seemingly 'half-way round' only to realise you've still got 60% (or more) of the way to go was a bit disheartening... Also, the actual terrain along the south side is, or at least felt, far more up and down and at times was really energy sapping.

I should point out as well that if there's been quite a bit of rain, the crossing of burn to go from the north to south side will be very tricky - with very few places to cross without getting wet. Go with some rubble sacks - or just be prepared to take your booties and socks off to make the crossing (unless you don't mind getting wet that is!). To cross and be guaranteed to stay dry (if there has been rain), you need to work your way upstream and cross, probably at the 300m mark across a vehicle track. You'd be able to pick up this vehicle track easier too coming down from Creag a' Choir Aird NW - whereas trying to pick this up down very boggy slopes from Meall Shuas would be trickier.

While I've read other reports that starting on vehicle tracks (going up Carn nan Gobhar) is better and you then have a soft bound down on heather coming down from Toll Creagach - I would say that after a long round, it's much better to be coming down on vehicle tracks. Also, the going down from Toll Creagach (as you near the 'path' that is marked on most maps) is very very boggy and the path almost doesn't exist.

Then, as you appear out on the side of the dam, you realise there's no way to get to the car park from this side of the dam so a (at the time) long plod around and back up to the dam/car park is brutal at this stage.

Lastly, there is no easy escape route if you are doing the south side last. At least if you were struggling, there's a much easier north loch path - whereas this doesn't generally exist on the south side.

So, going anti-clockwise - you get the the boggy and mostly pathless ascent up to Toll Creagach out the way while you're still fresh... you get the most energy sapping up and down section out the way during the 'first half'... once you descend to Loch Mullardoch you only have 40% of the way to go - and then when you descend off Carn nan Gobhar it's very easy underfoot and you'll feel that you're back at the car sooner (once you're by the dam)!

Anyways, there are plenty of accounts of this round of 12 now - and many with far better pictures than me (as from Munro 6 onwards the mist shrouded every remaining top sadly), so I'm just throwing this account out there to give my opinion of the best way to go round! :D

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the journey starts

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parking at the dam - an early start!

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walking round the dam

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walking along the vehicle track

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the vehicle track takes you quite a way up Carn nan Gobhar

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views back down to the loch

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Carn nan Gobhar summit

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view of Sgurr nan Clachan Geala and Creag a' Chaorainn from Carn nan Gobhar

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rock on

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heading up Sgurr na Lapaich

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looking back to Carn nan Gobhar

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last climb up Sgurr na Lapaich

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Sgurr na Lapaich summit

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wonderful summit views

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heading onwards to An Riabhachan

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An Riabhachan summit

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heading towards An Socach

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last push up An Socach

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An Socach summit

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the ridge along to Meall Shuas and the route of its slope

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heading down Meall Shuas looking ahead to Mullach na Dheiragain

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heading up the very boggy path to Mullach na Dheiragain views down Loch Mullardoch

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Mullach na Dheiragain summit

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heading up Sgurr nan Ceathramhnan

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looking back to Sgurr nan Ceathramhnan

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last push up Sgurr nan Ceathramhnan

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Sgurr nan Ceathramhnan summit

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looking back up to the now clear Sgurr nan Ceathramhnan summit... :roll:

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plodding on to An Socach

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An Socach summit

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the route up to Mam Sodhail

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the final approach up Mam Sodhail

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view to Loch Affirc between Mullach Cadha Rainich and An Tudair

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Misty Mam Sodhail summit

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the mist was well and truly in now - en route to Beinn Fhionnlaidh

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another misty top - Beinn Fhionnlaidh summit

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more mist on Carn Eighe summit

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passing interesting rocsk onwards to Tom a' Choinnich

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onwards with the up and down route

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a brief clear(ish) spell

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Tom a' Choinnich summit

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summit selfie

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onwards to Toll Creagach

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the final strecth up to Toll Creagach

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Toll Creagach summit cairns

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Toll Creagach summit cairns

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the sort of suggested route down from Toll Creagach

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the plod back around to the car park at the dam

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Completely clouded Cairngorms...

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Attachment(s) Munros: Beinn Bhrotain, Braeriach, Cairn Toul, Monadh Mor, Mullach Clach a'Bhlair, Sgor an Lochain Uaine, Sgor Gaoith, The Devil's Point
Date walked: 03/07/2019
Distance: 53.1km
Ascent: 3213m
Views: 1


North Loch Quoich and the South Shiel ridge on a long day!

Attachment(s) Munros: Aonach Air Chrith, Creag a'Mhaim, Creag nan Damh, Druim Shionnach, Gleouraich, Maol chinn-dearg, Sgurr a'Mhaoraich, Sgurr an Doire Leathain, Sgurr an Lochain, Sgurr na Sgine, Spidean Mialach, The Saddle
Date walked: 02/07/2019
Distance: 50.1km
Ascent: 5218m
Views: 78


Mount Keen from Ballater, Glen Muick

Attachment(s) Munros: Mount Keen
Date walked: 16/06/2019
Distance: 27km
Ascent: 1380m
Comments: 8
Views: 680


Big day circular from Cairngorm Mount and Cairn Gorm twice!

Attachment(s) Munros: Beinn a'Bhuird, Beinn a'Chaorainn (Cairngorms), Beinn Bhreac, Beinn Mheadhoin, Ben Avon, Bynack More, Cairn Gorm, Derry Cairngorm
Date walked: 15/06/2019
Distance: 58km
Ascent: 4095m
Views: 290


Dreich Strathfarrar

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Attachment(s) Munros: Carn nan Gobhar (Strathfarrar), Sgurr a'Choire Ghlais, Sgurr Fhuar-thuill, Sgurr na Ruaidhe
Date walked: 18/05/2019
Distance: 21.6km
Ascent: 1730m
Views: 22


A hot day for a bit of a scramble - 22/04/19 am walk

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Attachment(s) Munros: Bidein a'Ghlas Thuill (An Teallach), Sgurr Fiona (An Teallach)
Date walked: 22/04/2019
Distance: 19km
Ascent: 1438m
Views: 25


A hot afternoon, quick up and down - 22/04/19 pm walk

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Attachment(s) Munros: Fionn Bheinn
Date walked: 22/04/2019
Distance: 12km
Ascent: 807m
Views: 19

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