MUNRO ADVENTURE 2015
DAY 75 ( 14th JULY )
THE AFFRIC BIG HILLS
Mam Sodhail – 1181m, Munro 14) – ’rounded hill of the barn’
Carn Eighe – (1183m, Munro 12) ‘file cairn’
Beinn Fhionnlaidh – 1005m, Munro 127) – ‘Finlay’s hill”
Mullach na Dheiragain – 982m, Munro 167 ‘summit of the hawks’
Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan -(1151m, Munro 22) – ‘rocky peak of the quarters’
An Socach – 921m, Munro 270) – rocky peak of the quarters’
I spent the night where I had parked for yesterday’s hills as there was no point moving a mile down the road at this time.
The forecast for today was good so I was up early as there could be a long day on the hill to come. I had most things sorted out last night so no faffing about this morning and I was off on the bike at 7.15am down over the bridge and onto the road on the south side of loch Affric . I have done thick cycle a few times before and it’s by no means a easy ride either going in or coming back. I crossed the river , passed Strawberry cottage and Continued to the bottom of the Allt Coire Ghaidhail where I left the bike . I followed the extremely wet stalkers path up to the Bealach and onto a path which skirted round the corrie and finally onto the clear summit of Mam Sodhail.
I met a chap here who had come up from the Alltbeithe hostel and had been doing his Munros for the last 32 years and after this summit he had 9 to go to finish, he took a photo for me and I returned the favour for him . Down the steep ridge and up onto Carn Eighe in no time . There was a bit of light cloud here so had to take a bearing to pick up the right ridge down towards Beinn Fhionnlaidh and it was a wet grassy ascent to the summit . I returned to the low point and descended in a SW direction way down to the valley below and crossed the river at the 300m contour.
I aimed for the ridge which ended up at the N top of Mullach na Dheiragain and finally to the summit itself , it was a steep 700m climb but it saved a lot of miles on the long run. At least doing these hills this way you haven’t got the reascent to do on the out and backs. It’s a long undulating ridge to get onto Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan but what a grand viewpoint it was today especially to the northern hills. One hill to go but it’s down a very long up and down ridge to finally get onto An Socach . Headed NE down to the bealach I started at many hours ago and back down the boggy path to pick up my bike. It was now a 6.5 mile undulating cycle back to the van for a well-deserved brew . It was a long day today but very rewarding to get these big hills done in one outing. I have now completed all hills in sections 1/11.
Today’s totals:32.03mls:3035m ascent,9hrs 46 mins