Fraochaidh From Duror

Corbetts: Fraochaidh

Date walked: 12/02/2017

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 15.2km

Ascent: 1136m

I Know there are a few reports of this hill but they mostly say that going from Duror is a bit of a bomb scare and really I felt that the reports were a bit unfair :? I realise that a couple of years ago when most of the felling was taking place it would be a mess, but not now. I read the reports and made my decision, while I liked the Ballachuilish route the lack of daylight and suffering from a bout of cold I thought the Duror route might not be so bad :thumbup: So after an uneventful drive other than a full setting moon that I had to use my sun visor to block out :shock: (how many times do you have to do that)?? And the odd stop to play with my new box of electronics and glass.
Bridge of Orchy moon lit hills
So I arrived at Duror and soon was on my way with a cool but dry wind, it had the feel of a good day in the hills so following the route plan I was soon on the forestry tracks and it was steep-ish but really not bad at all
The start of the forestry roads
A wee look back to Ardgour
. All was frozen so I guess that the walking was maybe a bit easier than if it was wet and soggy, its a good couple of miles walk but soon enough you come to the end of the main track,
The start of the new path up to the hill
while I was walking I was thinking of the ramble up through the felled forestry via stumps etc etc and not really looking forward to it at all when at the end of the road there was a really very steep but new path roughly going the direction I wanted :wink: It was going a wee bit more west than ideally I would have liked but as I had made good time this far I decided to follow it and sure enough after maybe 30-45 mins I was out of the trees and exactly where I wanted to be
Getting there
Nearly at the end of the new path
Great views all around :-)
The views were all starting to open up all around especially to Ardnamuchan and into Ballachulish and the Aonach Eagach area, Stunning!
So I was where I wanted to be so I continued up the obvious ridge heading for the lochans that are marked on the maps, I headed for the S/West end of the first lochan just to get around it but if it is misty at all be careful as there is a bit of a drop into the lochan and I guess you could get caught out if not paying attention, once past this wee issue there is no more problems that should trouble you, if its clear just follow the obvious ridge,
The fairly obvious ridge to the summit
A wee break just to take in the views
Ardgour again
Beinn a` Bheither etc
but if a bit claggy the old fence line will take you to the same destination. I had it very good so I just soaked in all the views and took numerous photos in every direction. It was a fairly easy walk and in around 2.5-3hrs you should be at the summit and oh the views are some of the best I`ve seen in this part of the world :D
Final ridge to the summit
Summit selfie
Summit Pano :-)
Once you`ve had your fill of photos
I love this type of thing, on my way down now.
Once wee were out of the wind we stopped for tea, and what a view!
its just a simple matter of re-tracing your steps back to the forest track and back down (the fairly steep and new un-consolidated path) till you meet the forest roads and eventually back to the welcoming committee
The welcoming committee when you get back down (never noticed on the way up) !!!
One last view back to Fraochaidh
soon after back where you started in all it took me just over 5hrs so I guess 5-6hrs is a fair estimation for most folk
Stats for this walk
Go on a clear day if possible and I`m sure you will mostly enjoy this wee kind-of out of the way Corbett :D

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