Tuesday 9 October 2012

Sgor na h'Ulaidh - Holiday in Lochaber.

Driving south - views west over Loch Linnhe

Aonach Dubh a'Ghillinne - the view from Glen Coe

A beautiful day with views for miles, over mountains, sea and islands from a lesser known Munro, accessed from the western end of Glen Coe.

Rafe - Achnacon - the start

Glen Coe and Aonach Eagach from the start of the walk

Jim and Rafe - Sgor na h'Ulaidh and Gleann Leac-na Muidhe

Gleann Leac-na Muidhe

Gleann Leac-na Muidhe with views to Aonach Eagach

Rafe - Sgor na h'Ulaidh from Gleann Leac-na Muidhe

Jim - Sgor na h'Ulaidh from Gleann Leac-na Muidhe

A longish walk in, via a good landrover track, a boggy route around some locals gardens (!) and after a further trek along the landrover track, the upper glen path was boggy in (lots of) places by the burn.

Gleann Leac-na Muidhe

Aonach Dubh a'Ghillinne
a steep grassy - but quick - ascent

We struck off up the very steep and grassy side of Aonach Dubh a'Ghillinne, with improvong views every metre of ascent.

Views west whist climbing Aonach Dubh a'Ghillinne

Dog on a Rock - Rafe
Aonach Dubh a'Ghillinne

Aonach Dubh a'Ghillinne - views north from the ridge

Bidean nam Bian and  Stob Coire Screamhach from Dubh a'Ghillinne

We had our first lunch at the summit, followed by an excellent walk along the ridge, down into the first bealach and up onto Stob an Fhuarain.

Views south west from Aonach Dubh a'Ghillinne

Views north from Aonach Dubh a'Ghillinne

The start of the ascent of Stob an Fhuarain

Ben Nevis and friends from Stob an Fhuarain

The views were tremendous! From Loch Rannoch to Mull, Ben Nevis (briefly clear !) and beyond and far to the south.

Views north including Ben Nevis from Stob an Fhuarain 

Stob an Fhuarain - views towards Sgor na h'Ulaidh

Views north west from Stob an Fhuarain

Buchaille Etive Mor from Stob an Fhuarain

A friend on Stob an Fhuarain

Bealach between Stob an Fhuarain and Sgor na h'Ulaidh - yes, that is ice.

Jim - Ascent of Sgor na h'Ulaidh

Not another person to be seen. The hills were our's.

Views south west from the ascent of Sgor na h'Ulaidh

Our steep grassy ascent route - from Sgor na h'Ulaidh

Jim nears the summit of Sgor na h'Ulaidh

We continued on to the Munro which had equally great views.

Looking back along our route from Sgor na h'Ulaidh

North from Sgor na h'Ulaidh

Loch Etive and the Isle of Mull from Sgor na h'Ulaidh

We had our second lunch here, between the taking of many photographs.

Jim on the summit of Sgor na h'Ulaidh (994m)

East from Sgor na h'Ulaidh

North west from Sgor na h'Ulaidh

Rafe and Jim - Views west from Corr na Beinne

We descended to the small top of Corr na Beinne and then started north down the very (very !) steep slopes to Belach Easein, via long grass and scree.

Jim - Descent from Corr na Beinne to Belach Easain

Views to Belach Easain and Ben Nevis

The going was pretty hard, but the views still great.

Sgor na h'Ulaidh and Gleann Leac-na Muidhe

When passing the houses in the glen, a local said that the day had been one of the best in the year weatherwise and that he hadn't seen anyone else heading up to our mountain all day.

Sgor na h'Ulaidh and Gleann Leac-na Muidhe

We were just a few minutes late for another coffee and cake at Glen Coe, it should be open til 5.30pm !!

Jim - Gleann Leac-na Muidhe

Route:  Car park at Achnacon (NN118565), track SW in Gleann Leac-na Muidhe, continue S into the upper glen, at approx 300m contour ascend E up Leacann na Bo Cairtidh to summit of Aonach Dubh a'Ghilinne (845m), Stob an Fhuarain (Munro Top 126, 968m), Sgor na h'Ulaidh (Munro 19, 994m), Corr na Beinne (920m), descend steeply to Belach Easain, return to start via Gleann na Muidhe.

Statistics:  Distance: 13.5km.  Ascent: 1100m.  Time: 7 hours.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Beinn Bhrotain and Monadh Mor

Setting off from Glen Feshie - it was chilly - before the sun had a chance to peep over the hills...  Off we go! Jim - Setting off near Auch...