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Day 1 is a toughie. The drops reascents between the northern 4 are pretty big. My pal did the route over 2 days with a bivvy on Mullach na Dheiraghiain. He was fucked after the northern 4 then climbing back up from the far end. I don't think there much in the of water sources on the ridges either.

That's always been my worry with this route, you'll need to have a heavy pack because there's nowhere to fill up.

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Just now, MixuFixit said:


That's always been my worry with this route, you'll need to have a heavy pack because there's nowhere to fill up.

There's the Gobh-Altan burn which runs into the loch in the west, however that comes with all the attendant risks of low level running water. I've also seen reference to a reliable spring on the east side of the bealach below Beinn Fhionnlaidh. Even if that's the case there's still 4 summits to deal with between those two sources, unless you want to lose some real height and drop into one of the glens to refill. I think i'll be carrying hydration and purification tablets. 

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I keep one of these:

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in my pack all the time now (about £25). I originally got it because of dodgy water sources in the southern upland grouse moors when I was camping but it weighs nothing and it has come in handy if needed to be able to use basically any water I see (usually lochans that I would never think of drinking from) when I'm on a long day at height - really recommend it for multiple day stuff. 

The walk out to Beinn Fionnlaidh was the only time I badly ran out of water - we couldn't find any on a blazing hot day and I was pretty worried at the time - it was only when we dropped right off the hills that we got some.

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A fantastic thread.

I've done 6 in the last week - mostly Glenshee area. Last weekend : Glas Tulaichean, Carn an Righ and Beinn Lutharn Mhor. It took us about 7 hours all in all, quite brisk and a brief break overlooking Loch nan Eun. Fairly straight forward, although the last one was a bit of a slog and we ventured off track a bit and ended up going up a heather face, but well worth it and absolutely glorious once up.

Did Carn Aosda, The Cairnwell and Carn a' Gheoidh today. Did it all in 2hrs 40 or so. I'd recommend these for anyone who's just getting in to walking,  start bagging munros or even fitness or so. Very straight forward and not too difficult e.g you wouldn't need boots or so. Wrap up though! Carn Aosda was baltic and windy though.

I'm a fairweather climber,  but forgot how good it is getting out up there.

And even at Glenshee Ski Centre - touristy-  I didn't meet a single soul up there ; and last weekend, we met about 8 people all in all in the space of 8-9 hours walking to/from the car to the walk.

Amazing.

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I've finally managed to get some hills in the last couple of weeks. Dragged my hungover sister across the easy East Glenshee hills a couple of weeks back and yesterday had a brutal day on Carn Ban, a truly remote Corbett near Ullapool. It's about 20 miles of biking, mostly on a really rough rubbly track and 6+ miles on foot. The summit itsrlf is a great done, but with glorious views to the Deargs and Assynt mountains. I spent about 40 mins at the top, flat calm and warm. I even crashed out for 10 mins. Cycling back into what developed into a strong headwind was an irritating ending to the day. f**k being a purist and walking it all

 

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28 minutes ago, jupe1407 said:

I've finally managed to get some hills in the last couple of weeks. Dragged my hungover sister across the easy East Glenshee hills a couple of weeks back and yesterday had a brutal day on Carn Ban, a truly remote Corbett near Ullapool. It's about 20 miles of biking, mostly on a really rough rubbly track and 6+ miles on foot. The summit itsrlf is a great done, but with glorious views to the Deargs and Assynt mountains. I spent about 40 mins at the top, flat calm and warm. I even crashed out for 10 mins. Cycling back into what developed into a strong headwind was an irritating ending to the day. f**k being a purist and walking it all emoji38.png

 

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Excellent! - Is that the Strath Vaich route? Hills that are in the middle of nowhere like this are my favourite :) View in the last picture is brilliant - mountain porn - which is lucky as the visibility has been rubbish for the past couple of weeks.

My plan for this is bike in (at the moment, I fancy the Alladale approach instead) and stay at Glenbeg bothy so that I pick up a couple of other remote hills (grahams) when I'm there - maybe later this summer.

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Excellent! - Is that the Strath Vaich route? Hills that are in the middle of nowhere like this are my favourite  View in the last picture is brilliant - mountain porn - which is lucky as the visibility has been rubbish for the past couple of weeks.
My plan for this is bike in (at the moment, I fancy the Alladale approach instead) and stay at Glenbeg bothy so that I pick up a couple of other remote hills (grahams) when I'm there - maybe later this summer.
Yeah it was Strathvaich (start at Black Bridge). I had the Alladale approach recommended to me after I'd stuck that up on Facebook

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On 5/1/2019 at 06:32, jupe1407 said:

I've finally managed to get some hills in the last couple of weeks. Dragged my hungover sister across the easy East Glenshee hills a couple of weeks back and yesterday had a brutal day on Carn Ban, a truly remote Corbett near Ullapool. It's about 20 miles of biking, mostly on a really rough rubbly track and 6+ miles on foot. The summit itsrlf is a great done, but with glorious views to the Deargs and Assynt mountains. I spent about 40 mins at the top, flat calm and warm. I even crashed out for 10 mins. Cycling back into what developed into a strong headwind was an irritating ending to the day. f**k being a purist and walking it all emoji38.png

 

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Cracking pics, Jupe! 

How many have you done in total? I'm only just nearing double-figures, which is pretty appalling (from Angus too). Out of interest, what was the Glenshee ones you did? Carn Aosda etc? Not to crow, but I took me 29 minutes to get to the top. I thought I had it done wrong or it was a false-peak as my book/walkhighlands site says 4-6 hrs for the three of Aosda, Cairnwell and Gheoidh.

Anyhoos, those pics are giving me the bug to get out when I'm next home in June! 

 

 

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Cracking pics, Jupe! 
How many have you done in total? I'm only just nearing double-figures, which is pretty appalling (from Angus too). Out of interest, what was the Glenshee ones you did? Carn Aosda etc? Not to crow, but I took me 29 minutes to get to the top. I thought I had it done wrong or it was a false-peak as my book/walkhighlands site says 4-6 hrs for the three of Aosda, Cairnwell and Gheoidh.
Anyhoos, those pics are giving me the bug to get out when I'm next home in June! 
 
 
I'm on 225 mate, but as with most East coasters I did everything around me first and now have about a 3 hour drive to my nearest unclimbed Munro

The Glenshee ones I did the other week were the 4 across the road. Bigger day than the Cairnwells but still good to do get under your belt early doors. A bit of a pain in the arse if you're on your own though as it's linear and means a long walk back to the start.

I had the exact experience on Carn Aosda. It was my 11th Munro. I got up it in about 25 minutes and checked the map about 3 times looking for the actual summit

Have you done any west coast/north west highland ones yet? Some utterly glorious walks and views to be had.

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After recovering from Carn Ban I headed to Glen Shiel for the superb Forcan Ridge, and now in Skye having just repeated Bruach na Frithe, one of the easier Cuillin peaks. Wintry conditions both outings though.

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On 06/02/2019 at 20:57, MONKMAN said:

Beinn Bhuidhe today, conditions above about 700m were horrendous.


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Fair play I found that Munro an unrelenting slog and lost the path about 5 times on the way up. That was on a clear summers day as well. 

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Pregnancy and Parenting thread for this pish I know - but have any of you taken small children up some hills? My wee boy's old enough I can carry him facing forward in a papoose and he'll happily babble away for 3 hours so I feel like with the summer coming I can probably manage some nearby Grahams and Corbetts with him in tow. Is this do-able or should I content myself with your great photos and wait till he's a bit older?

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1 hour ago, MixuFixit said:

Pregnancy and Parenting thread for this pish I know - but have any of you taken small children up some hills? My wee boy's old enough I can carry him facing forward in a papoose and he'll happily babble away for 3 hours so I feel like with the summer coming I can probably manage some nearby Grahams and Corbetts with him in tow. Is this do-able or should I content myself with your great photos and wait till he's a bit older?

My brother used to do that when his eldest was a baby.  But then he's a major fitness type.

I waited until mine was a little older (4-5) so he could walk up the smaller ones himself.  

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Fair play I found that Munro an unrelenting slog and lost the path about 5 times on the way up. That was on a clear summers day as well. 
Beinn Buidhe is firmly in my "needs done but I can't be fucked with it" file.

Anyway, another day on the Cuillin ridge, Sgurr na Banachdich this time. One of the easy ones on Skye with ridiculous views.

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7 hours ago, Gnash said:

My brother used to do that when his eldest was a baby.  But then he's a major fitness type.

I waited until mine was a little older (4-5) so he could walk up the smaller ones himself.  

I think I'll do something very small just to see what he's like with wind at the top etc.

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My niece fell off Dumbarton Rock yesterday, broken pelvis and other bones. Sounds ok,  but be careful out there. 

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Anyone here done the scramble up to Sgurr Dubh Mor on the South Cuillin ridge? It looks a fairly exposed scramble up a few ledges. Is it tougher than the Aonach Eagach in terms of comparison?

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5 hours ago, jupe1407 said:

Beinn Buidhe is firmly in my "needs done but I can't be fucked with it" file.

Definitely not my favourite munro although I did do it in bad weather. But as you are on 200 odd it looks like it needs to be done. Enjoy the drive lol:lol:

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Definitely not my favourite munro although I did do it in bad weather. But as you are on 200 odd it looks like it needs to be done. Enjoy the drive lol
Cheers

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8 hours ago, jupe1407 said:

Anyone here done the scramble up to Sgurr Dubh Mor on the South Cuillin ridge? It looks a fairly exposed scramble up a few ledges. Is it tougher than the Aonach Eagach in terms of comparison?

I think Sgurr Dubh Mor is probably the  hardest munro that you do without a rope. There is some interesting route finding just to get to the scrambly bit at the end and although the Aonach probably has more sense of exposure, it is quite a bit easier IMO. We linked Sgurr Dubh Mor and Sgurr Alisdair (via a tough little basalt chimney) when we did it and the whole day felt mildly scary :) If you don't have the book "skye scrambles" already, get it - it makes these routes much easier as it describes everything in minute detail.

Great photos of Banachdich BTW - my actual best ever day on the hills ended there after coming round the ridge (Aonach x10 :) ) from Sgurr a Greadaidh/Mhadaidh).

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