Munro Adventure 2015 Day 19 (19th May) – Glencoe No More Sgor na h-Ulaidh Beinn Fhionnlaidh

The Munro Adventure  with Graeme and Penny his dog who are hoping to do the Munros is 100 days I have been allowed to copy the diary of these great hill days.

2015 DAY 19 (19th MAY)

Sgor na h Ulaidh May Photo GMorrision

Sgor na h Ulaidh May Photo GMorrision

Sgor na h-Ulaidh – 994 metres Munro 149 “Peak of the Treasure”
Beinn Fhionnlaidh -959 metres  Munro 198 “Finlay’s Hill”

Beinn Fhionnlaidh Glencoe - a wild area

Beinn Fhionnlaidh Glencoe – a wild area

Was still parked just outside Glen Coe village last night, it’s a nice spot and was under no huge hurry in the morning as the weather was forecasted as reasonable with the odd shower and ok cloud bases. Up at 7.30 breakfast and away off down Glen Etive once again , the hills were clear so stopped a few times to take some photos on route, about 12 miles down the Glen i parked at Invercharnan paramo gear on just in case and away at 9.05 up the very good forestry road to just about the edge of the forest then a muddy track to get there . I decided to do a anti clockwise route as there was a steep ascent later which I wouldn’t have fancied going down . Basically a N direction on a very wet path which I gave up on and took to the open hill till I reached the bealach below Sgor na h- Ulaidh where once again there was a old fence line to follow, upwards on the steep NW ridge hitting the snow line about 800m today , the snow sitting on the grass made it quite slippy and had to take care on the steeper sections , again the final section had a good bit of snow on it and unfortunately it had clagged in , past where the NE ridge connects and the steep gorge and onto the rocky summit .

Sgurr na Ul and Beinn Fhionalaidh

I took a break here and just as well 5 mins later the clouds ripped apart and left superb views down into the valleys below and over onto my next objective . Retraced my steps back to the bealach and kept following the fence line to the low point at 430 m ,picked my way up the NE ridge avoiding the crags and came out at the low point on the final ridge of Beinn Fhionnlaidh headed E and topped out in no time at all , had a good look around and could see extremely black clouds down in the valley heading my way so off I went within 5mins I was getting snowed on big time but it only lasted a few minutes and cleared up again,down to the col below the 595 little hill then follow the stream down to the bridge ( Rachael you should remember this your swimming lesson ) and up the track to the edge of the woods and the road back to the van .

Only wildlife of any note was 1 half white hare which Penny soon put out of site.

Job done for the day section 3 complete.


Today’s totals
11.71 mls
1530m ascent
4hrs 55 mins
47 Munros to date.

These two great hills are hidden from view and are wild mountains in the Glencoe area. They involve tricky navigation and if you fancy the 3 in a day included Beinn Sgulaird 937 Munro 237 but a pick up or two cars are needed.  I have searched these hills on a few occasions with Glencoe MRT and had some incredibly hard testing days. In winter they are a serious proposition in shorter daylight and wild weather. Take care when descending as these are slippy hills as Graeme says with fresh snow on wet grass at this time of year. Loving his walk though – magic days.

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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