Saturday, 9 June 2012

Sgurr Choinnic Mor – Saturday 2nd June

 

A week to play in the Scottish mountains usually triggers a downturn in the weather, but no on arriving in Glen Coe, the sun was shining and a cool breeze would be welcome on the climbs.  A brief stop at the viewpoint at the pass to catch the obligatory first glimpse of these fantastic mountains.

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Three Sisters from the Pass of Glen Coe

On through Ballachulish to Craigallan where we were staying until Wednesday before heading further north to Ullapool.

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Looking across Loch Linnhe to Onich from Craigallan

A quick packing of a rucksack to head out to the head of Glen Nevis leaving the car and making our way up to the Falls of Steall along the path that runs through the Nevis Gorge.  The area is owned and managed by the John Muir Trust for its wilderness qualities, although this part of the path is extremely busy with families going up to the falls. 

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A few shots from the footpath up to the waterfall

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Emerging bracken

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The Falls of Steall

We soon left the crowds behind as we heading off past the ruins of Steall to make our way up on to higher ground.  Looking south were the magnificent Mamores our destination for tomorrow, while to the north east as we climbed higher the Ben came into view.

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The Mamores above and below

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Ben Nevis

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The Aonachs

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Ian planning tomorrow’s route on the Mamores

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Our objective was the summit of Sgurr Choinnic Mor the Munro at the south west end of the Grey Corries.  The rest of the Munros in this range would be saved for a full day’s outing.

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Looking up at the summit of Sgurr Choinnic Mor from the coll below Sgurr Choinnic Beag

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Summit cairn on Sgurr Choinnic Mor looking towards the Grey Corries

Leaving the Loch Leven Hotel after supper the colours in the sky were amazing with the Pap of Glen Coe catching the setting sun.

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The Pap of Glen Coe glowing in the late evening sunshine

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Sunset on Loch Leven

Great start to the week and more to come.

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