Munro Adventure 2015 Day 68 ( 7th July ) A “Heavy Day” Today – Big Kintail Hills

DAY 68 ( 7th JULY )

Day 68 - Kintail North


Aonach Meadhoin (1001m, Munro 137) ‘middle ridge

Sgurr a’Bhealaich Dheirg (1036m, Munro 96) ’peak of the red pass’

Saileag (956m, Munro 207) little heal’

Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe (1027m, Munro 105) peak of the black chest’

Sgurr na Carnach (1002m, Munro 133)’rocky peak’

Sgurr Fhuaran (1067m, Munro 70)  ‘peak of the wolf’

After getting back and opening up the van and getting the gear sorted out we went to leave , couldn’t find the keys ??? I know I had them so I searched high and low but no keys to be found.

Where is the keys Dad?

Where is the keys Dad?

Luckily I had the spare set and moved it to check they weren’t underneath, them must be inside somewhere. We drove round to the Sligachan hotel and had a drink before heading back to reunite Jake with his VOJ, another search and found them in the most awkward place ??

The Munro man and Penny on their 5 Munro ! Sgurr na Carnach.

The Munro man and Penny on their 5 Munro ! Sgurr na Carnach.

Heavy had been in touch last week to see what I was doing today as he would like to join me for a day or help with logistics , I kept in touch and amended my plans to suit . It wasn’t the best of weather this morning, low cloud and heavy showers ( (or as Dave McLean called it the Cluanie curtain). I drove down to the starting point and waited to see if it would clear when Heavy arrived along with his friend Gail, they came inside and we had a brew and discussed where I was needing picked up.

Life is a camper-van a retreat from the midgies

Life is a camper-van a retreat from the midgies

They decided to climb my 5th hill and I would meet them there on route . Set off at 10 full waterproofs on and slogged my way up a very wet path in the corrie which got better as I ascended onto the summit ridge of Aonach Mheadhoin , the showers had almost stopped by now but it was extremely misty on the summit, a compass bearing soon got me on the right path and a narrow ridge descent route , it was now a grassy path which led to the final rocky ridge of Sgurr a’Bhealaich Dheirg where the cairn lies along a quite short exposed ridge . It was a easy undulating path along the crest to the 3rd summit Saileag and down to the bealach an Lapain. I had forgotten how long and and rough some of the ground was to get to Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe , I had a break here and texted Heavy to see where he was just about on Sgurr na Carnach he said so off I went so he didn’t have to hang about for too long,

Sgurr na Carnach G and Penny

I had taken off my waterproof trousers by now as it had stopped raining and was getting warm ,I was in shorts again and was getting the occasional view to the valleys below as the mist was getting thinner but it never quite cleared all day . Met them on the summit and a after a few photos we headed off towards my final summit for today Sgurr Fhuaran , it’s quite a steep descent and had to use the hands on more than one occasion to reach the col, again a steep rough ascent to the summit.

On the way sorry we were so slow!

On the way sorry we were so slow!

After a short break we started on the 1000m descent which was constantly steep all the way to the valley below and very slippy with all rain that had fallen. We picked a land rover track which took us back to their starting point at Achnagart . It was good hearing all Heavies stories about his mountain rescue days and his hill days of the past with his dog Teallach. I got a lift back up the road to my van and had a brew and a blether before they headed home. Many thanks to Heavy for the lift and the ration pack he supplied and the company of himself and Gail.

Penny  - sorry for being so slow!

Penny – sorry for being so slow!

Today’s totals:12.2mls,1900m ascent,7 hrs 6 min
202 Munros to date.

Over 200 Munros done – I have done a blog on our small part of a great day. What an incredible pair – Penny and Graeme going great with a joy of the hills – impressive!

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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