A excellent round of three Munros to the east of Loch Monar in the NW Highlands
Distance: 16km; Ascent: 1370m; Dry with occasional sunshine and light winds; Solo
Back in 2009, Lynsey and I had an excellent high-level route planned for that year's TGO Challenge, of which the first three days would have been bagging all the Munros and Corbetts to the north of Loch Monar and Glen Strathfarrar. Alas the weather didn't play ball, which meant we instead had a wild and stormy two days of mainly walking past the hills, including probably the stormiest night I've ever spent in a tent! However by the third day the weather had calmed down and we were able to climb the westernmost of the Glen Strathfarrar Munros. Unfortunately though the storm had brought significant amounts of fresh snow, which meant that we had to descend after the first peak and walk down the glen to Struy.
Therefore my three remaining Munros to the north of Glen Strathfarrar were high on my list of planned walks for this week and today the weather forecast was pretty good. Access to these hills for a day walk is complicated by the fact that the tarmac road up Glen Strathfarrar is private and the gate at the foot of the glen is only opened for vehicle access between certain times of the day on certain days of the week. As today was one of the days the gate would be opened, I decided to head up the glen for a round of these three peaks. Therefore at a little after 10am I set off walking alongside the Allt Coire Mhuillidh :-)
|Sgurr a' Choire Ghlais & Carn nan Gobhar from Coire Mhuillidh|
|Sgurr na Rhuaidhe from Coire Mhuillidh|
|Looking SW from Sgurr na Ruaidhe towards the Mullardoch peaks|
|The peaks north of Loch Mullardoch|
|Summit of Sgurr na Ruaidhe|
|Looking east from Sgurr na Ruaidhe|
|Looking towards the Loch Monar hills Sgurr na Ruaidhe|
|Sgurr a' Choire Ghlais & Carn nan Gobhar from Sgurr na Ruaidhe|
|Looking NNW from Carn nan Gobhar towards Fisherfield|
|Sgurr a' Choire Ghlais from Carn nan Gobhar|
|On the summit of Carn nan Gobhar|
At around quarter past three I reached the snowy summit of Sgurr a'Choire Ghlais (Munro, Marilyn), which was marked by two cairns and a trig point. There were excellent views west towards Sgurr Fhuar-thuill, which was the only one of these hills that Lynsey & I had managed to climb four years ago on our last TGO Challenge crossing together.
|Sgurr Fhuar-thuill & Creag Ghorm a' Bhealaich from Sgurr a' Choire Ghlais|
|Summit trigpoint on Sgurr a' Choire Ghlais|
|Snowy cairn on Sgurr a' Choire Ghlais|
|The south ridge of Sgurr a' Choire Ghlais|
|Looking back to Carn nan Gobhar and Sgurr na Ruaidhe|
See here for my Social Hiking map from the day's walk.
N.B. 30/06/13 - Post date updated to actual date of walk, i.e. 17/05/13 (from 30/05/13). Links to social hiking and hill-bagging also added.