Munro Adventure 2015 Day 73 ( 12th July ) A Boggy day today The Strathfarrar Munros – Sgurr Fuar-thuill : ‘peak of the cold hollow’ Sgurr a’Choire Ghlais : ‘peak of the grey-green coire’ Carn nan Gobhar : ‘hill of the goats’ Sgurr na Ruaidhe : ‘peak of the redness’

Section  12 Cannich and Carron

Section 12 Cannich and Carron

Sgurr Fuar-thuill (1049m, Munro 82) –   ‘peak of the cold hollow’
Sgurr a’Choire Ghlais (1083m, Munro 60) ‘peak of the grey-green coire’

Carn nan Gobhar (992m, Munro 153) ‘hill of the goats’

Sgurr na Ruaidhe (993m, Munro 150) ‘peak of the redness’summits
After yesterday’s wet finish we drove just a few miles up the road and parked up for the night at Lundie again , we got the van heating on and left the engine running to get some of our clothes dry for tomorrow , it was a bit like a sauna inside to be honest . The rain was hammering down and did so for most of the night, looks like it was going to be a wet one tomorrow.

The view on a good day down to Toll a Muic  - great winter climbing on this cliff.

The view on a good day down to Toll a Muic – great winter climbing on this cliff.

As we had a big day yesterday a easier day was needed today so after breakfast we headed up to Glen Strathfarrar and arrived at the locked gate at 9.30 got our entry ticket and continued down the Glen and parked at the foot of the Allt Coire Mhuillidh. The weather on the drive up looked good with broken cloud and some blue sky showing through, the clouds were moving quickly over the  hills. It looked like a breezy walk was in store for us. We had our bikes with us and set off into a strong wind cycling 4 miles up the road to the starting point , chained them up and set off up the eroded track which soon led onto a boggy path following the Allt Toll a’ Mhuic .

Another river to cross/ All photos Morrision.

Another river to cross/ All photos  Steven Morrision.

The stream was quite high and we had cross higher up than usual and regain the path / bog. As we traversed across the hillside there had been recent landslides several hundred metres across with a mixture of grass mud and hard snow. As we got out of the corrie and onto the final summit ridge the strong winds hit us along with the rain, here we go again a repeat of yesterday we thought. No point in stopping in these conditions so we headed for our second hill Sgurr a’ Choire Ghlais along the narrow ridge for a while getting well blasted on the way and up onto its final rocky summit.


On the way to summit number 3 the rain stopped the wind eased and we started to get views of the valleys below and even the summit of Carn nan Gobhar ahead cleared until we reached it and it had clagged in again. Down the rocky ridge for a bit and then a wet grassy descent to the bealach, it was just a long grass ascent to Sgurr na Ruaidhe where we got our first clear summit in 2 days.

 'rocky peak of the quarters'

‘rocky peak of the quarters’

I told Steven I could remember the descent being very wet underfoot and boy was I right this must be the worst of all the Munros ?

Wet, wet wet.

Wet, wet wet.


It was just a constant bog from top to bottom; a pair of waders would have been needed to keep dry. Got back to the van had a late lunch and drove back up the road to pick up the bikes.


Another pretty miserable day on the hill again today.

1976 walk big bags Fannichs

1976 walk big bags

todays –  15.98mls, 1606m ascent, 4hrs 52mins


220 Munros to date.

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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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