Day 3 May 11 – Ben More Lodge – Loch Coire Mhor bothy
This was the only day planned to purely road walk and it was along trail down to Oykel Bridge and then follows the forestry and estate road into Corriemulzie Lodge huge open moorland. In these days there were few cars and we had an easy walk to the hotel and very upmarket place for the famous fishing on the river Okyel.
On our feet we had the famous Curlies a very basic boot issued to the RAF Teams and on the road we wore RAF issue “sand shoes” a very simple early trainer mainly for use in the bothies at night but were good for road walking.
From here it was head down and into the wilds the weather was again special and after Corriemunzie Lodge the track along Strath Mulzie and into Loch Corrie Mor and our bothy for the night below the impressive Luchd Coire and the ridge leading to Creag Duine looking so impressive. The view changes as you get closer and the 5 kilometres of cliffs are rarely seen by the Munro baggers from the West. I love this place and its history the Coire Mor bothy and the Corriemunzie Club for many years climbed these huge cliffs in winter and many are rarely visited or climbed. This is a true remote place and to see it at the end of winter with the great rim of cliffs above a featureless plateau is so impressive.
I had our first food cache hidden here and it was in good nick and we soon had a wee fire and a meal and then enjoyed the ambience of this place. All the greats of this club had spent many nights in this tiny bothy and though Spartan I revealed in its history and even had a simple guide of the time to pick out the lines on the cliffs. I would visit this again and run a winter 4 day trip a few years later.
I was outside enjoying the view until late, more herds of deer were around we had seen no one on the hill after three days and tomorrow we would hit the big hills right outside our door. Note as of 11 May 2020
COVID- 19: Bothy Closed
Owner: Corriemulzie Estate:
During the stalking season, September 1st to October 20th, please keep to the main estate tracks.
Access: Coiremor bothy is the eastern end of the building, with Magoo’s bothy (non-MBA) occupying the western end. This bothy was built by his friends in commemoration of Mark ‘Magoo’ Maguire who was killed in peacekeeping duties in Kosovo in 2001. I have just had a call from the Stone mason who worked on it in 2002 he is a real character. I may get some tales of it renovation in 2002.
Many years later this Corrie brought back many memories but this was of a good friend who was the Assynt Mountain Rescue Team Leader Phil Jones was killed in a wind slab avalanche on February 3 1991. I was at just coming home from running the annual winter course for the RAF mountain rescue Teams when the news was broken by the BBC. They just said that a MRT team leader had been killed, no name was given and it was an awful time for our families. When the news broke that it was Phil it was a terrible tragedy as I knew Phil and the Assynt team well and cannot imagine that happening during a training exercise in such a remote area.
I went to the funeral in Lochinver a very sad and difficult day and still miss Phil who was a great help to me in that wonderful area in the far North of Scotland. It took a long time for the Assynt Team to get over this tragedy.We climbed together and Phil was always showing us new cliffs and crags and some of the many rarely climbed classic routes in the area. It was 29 years ago since Phil died in that lovely but savage Corrie of Seanna Braigh and as the rain and mist came down on my walk out I had a wee thought for him and his family.
Yet it is an amazing place with so many varying memories, the peace and quiet was incredible and the hills so green and the heather coming into bloom made this a great walk out even in the torrential rain.
There was a small cairn on I am sure Quinag just of one of the beleachs/ tops with a great view of the wild Assynt that Phil loved and I visited it not long after the funeral.
Can anyone give me a Grid Reference of it please?
This was from my Blog 21 Aug 2011
The bothy is used by the estate especially in the fishing and deer stalking seasons but access is allowable so long as recognized tracks are followed.
To access the bothy, it is necessary to ford the River Mulzie at NH 292 906. If the river is in spate, a bridge can be used about 1km north of the ford at NH 298 922 although it is rough ground from the bridge back up to the path.
Derivation: Coiremor is simply the big corrie
We had a big day planned 5 Munros in a wild area and the weather were changing. The fun would start.
Today’s distance 21 Miles and 1400 feet.
No Munros – Grand Total 3