MUNRO ADVENTURE 2015 DAY 66 ( 5th JULY ) HEADING NORTH – North Clunnie

MUNRO ADVENTURE 2015
DAY 66 ( 5th JULY )
HEADING NORTH

Section 11 - Affric and Kintail

Section 11 – Affric and Kintail

Carn Ghluasaid (957m, Munro 204) –     ‘cairn of movement’

Sgurr nan Conbhairean  – (1109m, Munro 43) –     ‘peak of the keeper’

Sail Chaorainn – (1002m, Munro 134) –     ’rounded hill of the rowan tree’

A’Chralaig – (1120m, Munro 33) – ‘the basket’

Mullach Fraoch-choire – (1102m, Munro 49) –     ‘summit of the heathery coire’
Ciste Dhubh –   (979m, Munro 174) – ‘black chest’
When we returned to Ariundel got the bikes off the rack and went to put the front wheel on my bike and found that part of the spindle was missing it must have came off at Glenfinnan, Joe kindly gave me his one to keep me going.
Had another sociable evening with the MMC after myself and Jake had our evening meal in the van. Today I was heading north to Glen Sheil and set off from Strontian at 8 , I arrived at Corran by chance for the first ferry crossing of the day and headed up the A 82 to Glengarry and over the scenic road over to Glenmorriston. The weather forecast for today was not that good so was pleasantry surprised to see all the tops clear. Parked at Lundie and set off at 10.15 up the track to the mast before taking a good stalkers path up the hillside to the first summit of the day Carn Ghluasaid . It was just a short descent before a easy rise up to Sgurr nan Conbhairean , this is a good view point and the NE corrie below is still holding very large snowfields (Joe and Dan this is where you should tried your skiing on Saturday ). Again a short descent and even easier ascent to Sail Choarainn , I returned back the same way to just short of the second summit and contoured the hill to pick a connecting ridge which took me up to A’Chralaig where I had break in the sunshine . Seen my first people of the day on the next summit Mullach Fraoch- Choire in the distance, this hill has a interesting final part to the ridge , quite easy in summer conditions but in winter can cause a few problems if not prepared , returned back to the col and descended into the wet Coire below , my feet had been dry up until this point but within 5 mins they were soaked I was wearing trainers though, got to the bealach below and was in good time and as Jake was picking me up about 4.30 I decided to climb Ciste Dhubh which involved a steep 600m climb up a grass slope and the very shapely final summit ridge which leads to the small cairn perched on the very edge with steep drops below . It was a good plan to include this hill today as it will shorten the north Glen Sheil hills route considerably. Down the NE ridge so far then down into the corrie below to pick up good track back to the main road where dependable Jake was waiting as planned, we then drove back up to Lundie back to my van. A superb day out in much better weather than expected and a bonus hill at the end .
Today’s totals
18.76 mls: 2460m ascent,6hrs 58 min.
192 Munros to date. – I hope to meet the crazy pair today on the Five sisters all being well – Photo below on the big day at Kintail many years ago – North and South Clunnie in a day with my trusty dog – oh to be young again!

Teallach having a break on the North and South Clunnie day big hills big day!

Teallach having a break on the North and South Clunnie day big hills big day!

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