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Coire Loch and Dog Falls with parents

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Date walked: 14/06/2024
Distance: 6km
Ascent: 250m
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Winter in June - Sgor Gaoith and Mullach Clach a' Bhlair

Munros: Mullach Clach a' Bhlàir, Sgòr Gaoith

Date walked: 08/06/2024

Time taken: 8.75 hours

Distance: 31.5km

Ascent: 1100m

Munros: Sgor Gaoith, Mullach Clach a' Bhlair
Date: 08/06/2024.
Distance: 31.5 km.
Ascent: 1100m.
Time taken: 8 hours 45 minutes.
Weather: Cold and breezy - some sun, some hailstones.

A slight exaggeration in the title but is was unseasonably cold today. In fact the original plan had been to take part in the Wateraid Munro Challenge (where the aim is to put a team on every Munro on the same day) with work colleagues but this was cancelled at the last minute. We wondered what to do instead, and in the end decided to stick to the intended destination - Sgor Gaoith. Jackie was keen to include Mullach Clach a' Bhlair as well so oddly enthused, we set ourselves up for a day of being hammered by wind and snow showers.

Parked up near the gliding club in Glen Feshie, we were on our way by 10. The drive down hadn't been promising - heavy showers and the Cairngorm plateau looking oppressive. We set off in the dry, wondering how long before it started raining. Behind us on the other side of the Spey there was sunshine over the Monadhliath. Maybe things wouldn't be so bad?


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ImageSunshine over the Monadhliath

ImageCarn Ban Beag and Creag Ghiuthsachain

ImageGeal-charn and Meall Buidhe

I don't think I have been up this way before - easy going enough with a good path and only the occasional boggy section. We could see the summit ahead - despite 2 or 3 days of this cold weather there was no obvious snow up there (I thought the snowline would probably start below 1000m). We got our jackets and gloves on before joining the plateau in anticipation of the howling wind that would be up there but in the event it wasn't too bad. Cold, certainly and not entirely calm but my visions of battling through a blizzard were not realised...yet. The only snow on the summit was the faintest crust on some of the blades of grass and we were even able to find a place out of the wind for lunch. The cloud was wafting over the summit with the views down to Loch Einich coming and going and the extra 150m of elevation on Braeriach meant that it did have a light covering of snow.

ImageEast face of Sgorr Gaoith

ImageHead of Loch Einich

ImageSnow on the summit...

ImageSummit of Sgorr Gaoith

ImageLoch Einich

ImageGeal-charn and Meall Buidhe

ImageSgoran Dubh Mor from Sgorr Gaoith

We knew we could just go back down at this point but we decided to make the most of the OK conditions and turned south towards Carn Ban Mor, passing a few folk along the way. The walking here is easy with an obvious path to follow - a massive improvement (underfoot at least) on when we camped up here in early December last year, and had to wade through about half a meter of fresh snow in places. After passing the big path back down to Glen Feshie we could see a shower moving in from the east and got our waterproof trousers on. Some of this was hail and the cloud came down. As we were digging out the map to see where to go (the path was less obvious at this point) it lifted again and we made a straight line for Meall Dubhag. This was a slight diversion from our route but not much, and we were soon dropping down to the lowest point between the two Munros above Coire Garbhlach.

ImageBack to Sgorr Gaoith and Braeriach

ImageLochnagar

ImageBeinn Iutharn Mhor

ImageWest towards Ardverikie and Loch Laggan

ImageAcross Coire Garbhlach from the Moine Mhor

ImageTop of Coire Garbhlach

This corrie is the most impressive thing on Mullach Clach a' Bhlair and well worth a look. Unfortunately on the ascent on the other side the hailstones reappeared and were much heavier this time. Not pleasant to walk into!

ImageHailstones

Fortunately the hailstones stopped after only 15 minutes or so and we joined the landrover track which crosses the Moine Mhor for an easy stroll to Mullach Clach a' Bhlair, passing some soggy looking mountain bikers. Retracing our steps, we began to descend the track towards Glen Feshie. After the initial descent the track comes out on the southern edge of Coire Garbhlach where some of the best views of the corrie can be seen. We left the track here and followed the edge of the crags for a short while, until Jackie got fed up of the heather.

ImageSgorr Gaoith from Mullach Clach a Bhlair

ImageLandrover track down Mullach Clach a Bhlair

ImageCoire Garbhlach

ImageLooking towards Meall nan Sleac

ImageJackie above Coire Garbhlach

ImageFionnar Choire and Coire Garbhlach

Our shortest way back to the carpark was to go over Meall nan Sleac and down to the crossing of the Allt Garbhlach but instead we decided to carry on down the track and make a quick visit to Ruigh Aitechain bothy as I hadn't been in here since it was renovated. More rain (too low for hail now thankfully) made us grateful for the brief shelter of the bothy where there were already quite a few people in for the night.

ImageNorth from near Meall nan Sleac

ImageCarn Dearg Mor across Glen Feshie

ImageRuigh Aiteachain bothy

From the bothy it was a (mostly) straightforward 10km walk north along the Feshie to finish up. The River Feshie must be one of the most moveable rivers in the Highlands, seeming to change course after every big flood. Some of the paths I had used on previous visits had now disappeared into the river channel so we followed a new path through the woods which had some unexpected ascent. The crossing at the Allt Garbhlach was as interesting as ever with the banks being eroded away at an impressive speed. There is even a vertical wall of mud and pebbles here which must collapse soon.

ImageUnstable bank on the Feshie at Allt Garbhlach

ImageMeall Dubhag and Coire Garbhlach

ImageNorth up Glen Feshie

Predictably Jackie wanted a swim so we decided to go for a spot we had stopped (but not swam at) a couple of times before by one of the few remaining bridges over the Feshie. It was cold but a great spot with deep pools.

ImageSwimming near Achleum

A short walk further brought us to the road which we followed for 3.5km back to the carpark tolerating another shower. We were both complaining a bit at this point as neither of us had walked this far in a while!

This turned out to be a great day out, and it was a shame that the Wateraid event was cancelled as the weather was nowhere near as bad as we had expected. Understandable that there needed to be caution for an event with people of such a wide variety of ability but good luck picking an alternative day that doesn't have worse weather!

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Attachment(s) Fionas: Creag Ruadh (Kinloch Laggan)
Date walked: 02/06/2024
Distance: 10.5km
Ascent: 530m
Views: 140


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Attachment(s) Fionas: Binnein Shios, Binnein Shuas
Date walked: 01/06/2024
Distance: 26km
Ascent: 870m
Views: 106


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Attachment(s) Corbetts: Creag Rainich
Date walked: 26/05/2024
Distance: 21.5km
Ascent: 660m
Views: 117


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Attachment(s) Munros: Ben Wyvis
Date walked: 18/05/2024
Distance: 14.5km
Ascent: 935m
Views: 211


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Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Bin of Cullen, Knock of Braemoray
Date walked: 12/05/2024
Distance: 23.5km
Ascent: 530m
Views: 18


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Attachment(s) Date walked: 27/04/2024
Distance: 10.5km
Ascent: 385m
Comments: 1
Views: 167


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Attachment(s) Fionas: Beinn Mhór (Uist)
Date walked: 26/04/2024
Distance: 14.5km
Ascent: 700m
Comments: 1
Views: 282


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Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Eaval (North Uist)
Date walked: 25/04/2024
Distance: 12km
Ascent: 450m
Comments: 1
Views: 254

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Location: Inverness/Glasgow
Occupation: Civil Engineer
Interests: Walking, Scrambling, Cycling, Mountain Biking
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Fiona rounds: 1

Munros: 282
Tops: 212
Corbetts: 222
Fionas: 219
Donalds: 80+37
Wainwrights: 140
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Sub 2000: 319
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2024

Trips: 34
Distance: 518.5 km
Ascent: 21505m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 7
Fionas: 9
Sub2000s: 14

2023

Trips: 92
Distance: 1327.5 km
Ascent: 55630m
Munros: 17
Corbetts: 12
Fionas: 14
Donalds: 3
Sub2000s: 18
Hewitts: 14
Wainwrights 19

2022

Trips: 82
Distance: 934 km
Ascent: 46615m
Munros: 20
Corbetts: 12
Fionas: 11
Donalds: 7
Sub2000s: 26
Hewitts: 1
Wainwrights 1

2021

Trips: 73
Distance: 783 km
Ascent: 40150m
Munros: 11
Corbetts: 2
Fionas: 17
Donalds: 3
Sub2000s: 34
Hewitts: 14
Wainwrights 20

2020

Trips: 73
Distance: 840.25 km
Ascent: 43115m
Munros: 9
Corbetts: 4
Fionas: 21
Donalds: 2
Sub2000s: 41
Hewitts: 15
Wainwrights 23

2019

Trips: 72
Distance: 1114 km
Ascent: 66725m
Munros: 23
Corbetts: 19
Fionas: 17
Donalds: 4
Sub2000s: 43
Hewitts: 12
Wainwrights 2

2018

Trips: 74
Distance: 1529 km
Ascent: 85110m
Munros: 20
Corbetts: 29
Fionas: 21
Donalds: 28
Sub2000s: 41
Hewitts: 51
Wainwrights 20

2017

Trips: 59
Distance: 1009.8 km
Ascent: 54765m
Munros: 27
Corbetts: 11
Fionas: 9
Sub2000s: 36
Hewitts: 23
Wainwrights 9

2016

Trips: 55
Distance: 1132.8 km
Ascent: 59985m
Munros: 18
Corbetts: 20
Fionas: 20
Donalds: 4
Sub2000s: 33

2015

Trips: 50
Distance: 1009 km
Ascent: 58815m
Munros: 10
Corbetts: 18
Fionas: 35
Donalds: 5
Sub2000s: 26

2014

Trips: 52
Distance: 1143 km
Ascent: 56245m
Munros: 11
Corbetts: 23
Fionas: 43
Donalds: 33
Sub2000s: 23

2013

Trips: 45
Distance: 1121.2 km
Ascent: 52310m
Munros: 9
Corbetts: 23
Fionas: 36
Sub2000s: 26

2012

Trips: 61
Distance: 1911.9 km
Ascent: 64050m
Corbetts: 8
Fionas: 16
Sub2000s: 19
Hewitts: 96
Wainwrights 16

2011

Trips: 49
Distance: 867.2 km
Ascent: 45165m
Munros: 5
Corbetts: 21
Fionas: 31
Sub2000s: 11
Hewitts: 18

2010

Trips: 45
Distance: 987.3 km
Ascent: 49290m
Munros: 7
Corbetts: 33
Fionas: 32
Sub2000s: 10
Hewitts: 4

2009

Trips: 43
Distance: 741 km
Ascent: 35725m
Munros: 8
Corbetts: 35
Fionas: 14
Sub2000s: 5
Hewitts: 1

2008

Trips: 47
Distance: 540.5 km
Ascent: 37865m
Munros: 15
Corbetts: 22
Fionas: 18
Donalds: 3
Sub2000s: 6

2007

Trips: 40
Distance: 471.5 km
Ascent: 30550m
Munros: 22
Corbetts: 19
Fionas: 7
Donalds: 3
Sub2000s: 4

2006

Trips: 36
Distance: 472 km
Ascent: 32785m
Munros: 39
Corbetts: 7
Fionas: 4
Hewitts: 1

2005

Trips: 29
Distance: 464 km
Ascent: 27635m
Munros: 29
Corbetts: 7
Fionas: 1
Sub2000s: 2
Hewitts: 5
Wainwrights 8

2004

Trips: 43
Distance: 839.4 km
Ascent: 47975m
Munros: 60
Corbetts: 6
Fionas: 2
Donalds: 2
Sub2000s: 1
Hewitts: 1

2003

Trips: 45
Distance: 798 km
Ascent: 51905m
Munros: 68
Corbetts: 5
Hewitts: 5

2002

Trips: 47
Distance: 634 km
Ascent: 42245m
Munros: 46
Corbetts: 3
Fionas: 3
Hewitts: 24

2001

Trips: 61
Distance: 738.5 km
Ascent: 59035m
Munros: 45
Corbetts: 1
Sub2000s: 1
Hewitts: 53
Wainwrights 23

2000

Trips: 51
Distance: 512.5 km
Ascent: 42190m
Munros: 19
Corbetts: 2
Sub2000s: 1
Hewitts: 55
Wainwrights 26

1999

Trips: 47
Distance: 504 km
Ascent: 43786m
Munros: 23
Corbetts: 1
Hewitts: 48
Wainwrights 4

1998

Trips: 37
Distance: 378 km
Ascent: 33525m
Munros: 12
Hewitts: 46

1997

Trips: 43
Distance: 512.1 km
Ascent: 44205m
Munros: 19
Corbetts: 4
Fionas: 1
Donalds: 2
Hewitts: 63
Wainwrights 6

1996

Trips: 40
Distance: 476.5 km
Ascent: 40740m
Munros: 12
Corbetts: 2
Hewitts: 75
Wainwrights 17

1995

Trips: 2


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