1976 – Day 9 -17 May Mullardoch Munros , a burnt boot and then a dropped boot,

Strathfarra –   Broullin Lodge bothy  –  Carn nan Gobhar (993m, Munro 151)
Sgurr na Lapaich (1150m, Munro 24)  Mullardoch House Glen Cannich. I was feeling a lot stronger still not 100% and we had a good night in the bothy. Paul had somehow burnt his boot in the fire an old Reaburn we had he had put his boots into the old oven and not noticed. One boot was in a mess and had a hole in the toe. Poor Paul but he was a bit embarrassed but said he would cope. We followed the hydro track up to the power station passed the old woods and an area I love it is called Strathfarrar Forest with pine and birch trees and is a stunning area that few see. These are usually down as 4 Munros a big day in a remote area but this area I call the Great Glens is stunning and the weather was magnificent. These Glens are so special and so few know them and at the end of winter stunning.  The boys were ahead and going well. It was a great walk and despite the heavy bags. We were soon of the track and the long wonderful ridge up to Sgurr Nan Lapaich.  This is the most prominent with its well-defined summit makes it an easily identifiable  peak in the range The views were outstanding, we were still in our trainers/ RAF sandshoes and when Paul went to change near the top he had dropped his boots!   He went back and found them about 4 miles away where we crossed the river, and then he caught us up we had a few hours on the top waiting for Paul.

BROULIN LODGE – before it was renovated.

It was just what I needed AND THE PRESSURE WAS OFF ME A BIT. We rested even Jim whie Paul ran back to find his boot.We decided to do only other Munro that day Carn Nan Gobhar.  The other two peaks are highly sought by Munro baggers An Riabachan with its fine craggy Coire and the lower extension An Socach. They are wild peaks but not for today.  Nowadays many take the boat in from Loch Mullardoch but it is still a day to remember, there is climbing in the remote Corrie and I climbed a few lines with the team in years to come.  

Lots of potential here for new routes taken a few years ago we got in by boat.

I am sure we put a new route up one winter. We were all together now and then down the very steep ground to the Loch Mullardoch, hard going it was not a hard day but what I needed. The road from the Loch took us to the Lodge at Mullardoch and another bothy for the night. The weather was good all day but poor Jim was upset we had only got two Munros in.

A few years later with Teallach.

Distance 15.5 miles and 4500 feet of ascent. 2 Munros Total 22 Munros

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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2 Responses to 1976 – Day 9 -17 May Mullardoch Munros , a burnt boot and then a dropped boot,

  1. Brilliant journal brings back so many memories when I did the N to S 1967 wish my diary was as accurate as your , …looking forward to reading more cheers Tony

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