1976 – The North To South Walk Day 11 May 19 – The big Hills of Kintail and a drop of by Sea king of boots and food.

Day 11 May 19 – The big Hills of Kintail

Munro Mullach Froach choire 1102metres

A’ Chraileag 1120 metres

Sgurr nan Conbhairean 1109 metres

Carn Ghulsaid 957 metres.

 It was a great start from Altbeithe Youth Hostel and another big day ahead it was another good day with no wind and great weather we crossed the river and said good bye to the amazing Aultbeithe Youth Hostel. We passed some of the wreckage of the Wellington Crash near the beleach. They all got out alive after parachuting out when they had an engine failure in the early days of the war.

After that  It is a long pull up the North West Ridge to the first Munro Mullach Froach choire 1102 another massive hill with its huge wild corries and even more herds of deer. This is another remote Munro and one that many chase in winter the scramble along the summit ridge can be interesting scramble along the rock towers and intimidating in a wind, you are a long way out from here if anything happens. The one inch to the mile hardly shows the ground that you crass very different from today.  I had been on these hills before in a wild winter’s day and had used a rope on the tricky wind and cornices, not today just bits of neve in places and great walking.  

The ridge along to the next Munro A’ Chraileag 1120 metres and then along a broad ridge with huge open Corries to Sgurr nan Conbhairean 1109 metres and then Carn Ghulsaid 957 metres.  Great views and we were half way into our walk and going well, my knee was stiffening up on the descents it felt like cartilage but just kept going a bit behind the boys but no problem in such weather.  Then it started to rain and we got wet and had  a long road walk along the road to Greenfields near Loch Garry.  As we hit the main Kintail Road we were feeling a bit low when a Yellow Sea King circled overhead and stops by the road and out jumps Mick Anderson the winchman with some food and Pauls boots for us, they are soon gone and we are so pleased.

The Late Mick Anderson and his famous Pipe.

Paul had new boots as well we headed on to Greenfields how he had coped I will never know. We also had trouble finding the bothy as we had never been there before far less in the dark. This is an new area for me and it will be a huge day again tomorrow.

 These hills and the road walks are very hard, body aching, gear very wet, great to have dry gear on after a day being wet. This is the best part of the day along with the soup and tea; I crave for bread, Looking at the map and reading my battered book before I fall asleep. This was a big day and again we see no one but lots of Deer and many are now down very low and many are now down very low a sign of wild weather coming. I hate the roads not easy on my knee; we wear our RAF sandshoes on the road and look like tramps now with our stubbly beards. The Great Glens were over. The Great Glens were over .Its amazing to see the effect of the Hydro in these Glens all built after the 50’s  that must have been some project and visionary at the time?  

Distance 22 Ascent 6800 ft   Munros for the day 4  total 33 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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