MUNRO ADVENTURE 2015
DAY 88/89/90( 28/29/30 JULY)
THE 5 LOCH MONAR HILLS
Maoile Lunndaidh (1005m, Munro 128) ‘bare hill of the wet place
Sgurr a’Chaorachain (1053m, Munro 78) ‘peak of the torrent’
Sgurr Choinnich (999m, Munro 139) ‘mossy peak’
Bidean a’Choire Sheasgaich – (945m, Munro 226) ‘pinnacle of the farrow cattle coire’
Lurg Mhor (987m, Munro 161) ‘big shank’
After Mondays hills I headed home as the weather for the next 2 days was going to be rubbish and I was due a rest day after a few long days out recently.
Today’s weather was going to be good so I set off at 6am and headed for Glen Carron but had a wee detour first back up to Loch Droma as I left my poles there on Monday when I came off the hill , no luck they were gone there was always a chance they might have been though.
Arrived at the car park at Craig got the bike ready and set off at 8.50 across the railway line then across the River Carron and a uphill cycle for 3.5 miles where I left it at the end of the path of the descent route. I continued on foot almost as far as Glenuaig Lodge and went cross country to pick up the NE ridge which ended up at the 996m top and a almost level grassy ridge to Maoile Lunndaidh , it was bitterly cold on the tops today and had to put on all available clothing , returned the same way to the 996 point spotting 3 dotterel on route then down the W ridge to the bealach . A steep climb of 500m took me up onto the level ridge just a short distance from Sgurr a’ Chaorachain , all the summits were clear today and visibility was superb even the Cuillin was clear in the far distance . After a short descent and ascent I was on Sgurr Choinnich in no time , I met a few people here one who was doing a bird survey on the summits . The last 2 hills were still a long way off in the distance and a descent to bealach Bhearnais led to a ascent of the Corbett Beinn Tharsuinn which can’t really be avoided , continued over it and down following the dyke to the foot of Bidein a’Choire Sheasgaith (Cheesecake) . It’s a very steep ascent at the start and a very tricky section to thread your way through the crags , I had to help Penny on up on a few occasions and had quite a struggle myself at one very exposed section much worse than anything I came across in Skye!!!. Once that was over it was a good path to the summit . I now headed to one of the most remote hills in Scotland Lurg Mhor but what a place to be on this fine clear day . I had done 19 miles to reach here and only had 10 miles to get back !!!!. First you have go back col between these last 2 hills then descend NE to about 400m contour round the side of the hillside and finally climb back up to the Bealach Bhearnais all on no path. Downhill all the way now and picked up the stalkers path back to where I left my bike and a nice downhill finish back to the van .
This is not exactly a natural round of these hills but a very rewarding feeling on completion.
Today’s totals:28.9mls,2957m ascent,9hrs 23mins.
270 Munros to date. – Another great day in an amazing area – see you next Saturday.