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Sgurr an Utha - "orf to shoot a few hinds"

Route: Sgurr an Utha

Corbetts: Sgurr an Utha

Date walked: 05/12/2018

Time taken: 3 hours

For me, this is in the top 10 of Corbetts - albeit, I have only approached the halfway mark. It had been several weeks since my last walk out - as hectic a November as I can remember. I had booked a night up in the Glenuig inn and was really impressed with this part of the world. Just the view down Loch Eilt was sublime and I stopped to get a photo - exquisite.
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Loch Eilt

After a great breakfast the next day, I was parked at the lay-by by 0900 and it was very cold but clear. I began the walk up the excellent Land Rover track and very quickly, height was gained. There were lovely views back over to the Corbetts above Loch Eilt.
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Back down the track
Glas-Charn was visible now but that would be for another day. I was surprised how far up the mountain the track went on my intended hill. At 470m, I left the track and began the climb up towards my objective. A herd of deer raced across the mountain, with the snow-line now being encroached upon. Just me, the mountain and being in the wild. It is great to get back to being 'organic'. This is where we belong.
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Frozen lochain and beyond


Visibility was excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed the yomp across to the ridge between Sgurr an Utha and Fraoch-Bheinn. Eventually, I levelled out on the ridge and the views across to the Glenfinnan Munros and Streap were outstanding.
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Streap and Munros
It had been a good few years since I'd been that way with Graeme and now sadly departed Lucy :( . The wind was pretty chilly at this point and so I made my way to the summit. The coire dropped away sharply and Loch Beoraid stretched to the West.
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Summit experience
As wild a glen as there probably is. However, I couldn't believe that I could now also see Rhum, Eigg and Skye. I didn't pause too long at the summit, as it was very cold and I knew I had some tricky negotiations ahead of me down the South-West ridge in the snow. It was fabulous just taking my time down the mountain and it didn't feel long before I made it over the burn, and back on to the Land Rover track. As I made my way down, the land owner presumably, drove up in his 4x4 and said he was "orf to shoot some hinds". What a life. Mine will do nicely thanks. I can't wait to get back to this part of the world, lots of hill experiences to be had.

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Munros: 257
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Statistics

2018

Trips: 5
Distance: 77.5 km
Ascent: 3992m
Munros: 3
Corbetts: 3

2016

Trips: 1
Distance: 4 km
Ascent: 650m
Grahams: 1

2015

Trips: 1
Distance: 7 km
Ascent: 500m
Corbetts: 1

2014

Trips: 1
Distance: 3.5 km
Ascent: 300m
Corbetts: 1

2013

Trips: 6
Distance: 73 km
Ascent: 3980m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 2

2012

Trips: 15
Distance: 183.9 km
Ascent: 13441m
Munros: 11
Corbetts: 5
Grahams: 6
Donalds: 3

2011

Trips: 24
Distance: 508.7 km
Ascent: 30040m
Munros: 45
Corbetts: 12
Grahams: 10
Donalds: 1
Sub2000s: 1

2010

Trips: 23
Distance: 258.5 km
Ascent: 12453m
Munros: 13
Corbetts: 14
Grahams: 2
Donalds: 6
Sub2000s: 1

2009

Trips: 26
Distance: 143 km
Munros: 33
Corbetts: 2
Sub2000s: 1


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