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Re: The Hills and Outdoors thread
« Reply #140 on: April 23, 2019, 06:54:38 PM »
 Latest adventure recently was the 4 Munro circuit called the Ring of Steall,up Glen Nevis,Fort William.A long day(10-12 hrs),with narrow ridges and bits of scrambling for added fun.John,my walking pal, recently did the Mont Blanc traverse,ie a high alpine route through the Alps,avoiding summits),and said this route was as close as it's felt to being an alpine route.Typical section below

 

 Route details here https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/fortwilliam/ringofsteall.shtml
 
 If that route doesnt float your boat,The walk up Glen Nevis(around an hours walk there,hour back) is worth a wander in itself,walking thru a rocky narrow gorge,ending at one of the best waterfalls in Scotland(Falls of Steall).Only downside is if you want to get right up and close to the waterfall,you have to cross this wire bridge to get to it.2 wires for hands,one wire for feet.Click to enlarge



 Failing that theres a shallow crossable stream to the right if yuove a pair of crocs or wellies



 
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Re: The Hills and Outdoors thread
« Reply #141 on: April 30, 2019, 10:00:44 AM »
Awesome pictures Elgin! 

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Re: The Hills and Outdoors thread
« Reply #142 on: April 30, 2019, 05:23:29 PM »
 Cheers.A couple of local,more family friendly walks since the weathers so fine lately

 The Princess cairns,Balmoral.Think theres about 5 cairns erected by various phases of the Royal family since the 1800s.Only came across them by accident,but a fine wee wander if youve kids,they involve a bit of searching since some of the paths are pretty indistinct

 https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/cairngorms/balmoral-cairns.shtml

 Hill of Newe,Glen Buchat Strathdon - An easy hill,about an hour up an hour down with great views of the surrounding valley and countryside.The quiet roads within Glen Buchat are a fine wander in themselves at this time of year with various wildlife pinging about,Glen Buchat castle nearby

https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/cairngorms/ben-newe.shtml

 One of the Balmoral cairns
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Re: The Hills and Outdoors thread
« Reply #143 on: June 24, 2019, 05:16:45 PM »
 Returned to Achilitibuie this year for our annual fishing/walking trip.Normally for trout,we're happy with anything close to a lb,but one of our party fluked this freak at 4.5lb.

 

We normally catch and release,but thought this one had had a good innings.

 


  Thought I'd recommend this little beauty of a local hill,Sgurr an Fhidlier,a pretty famous hill in hillwalking circles just along from Achiltibuie,which at 590m,punches well above its height for views and ease of access

 

 Looking back to the summer isles on the way up



The easy approach can lull you into a false sense of security as further on at the far end the sharp drops take you a bit by surprise

 

 Wont give away the views but at Only 590m of ascent(less than Bennachie),the views at the end are unbelievable.Very worth the effort,and for thrill seekers,can be combined with Ben More Coigach for a narrow arete to end the day in style   :thumbsup:

 Ben More Coigach ridge from the roadside(click to enlarge)



https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/ullapool/sgurr-an-fhidhleir.shtml

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Re: The Hills and Outdoors thread
« Reply #144 on: August 11, 2019, 07:49:46 PM »
Latest trip was over to the Cuillin,Skye to do an undone munro,..Am Basteir.Failed in my quest to get to the summit because of a 3m blind down climb(but it didnt stop my walk partner  ::)).
   In the process though,we followed an unplanned circuit well worth a wander for non regular hill baggers,which gets you high up and into the heart of the Cuillin without any over taxing climbing.Parked slightly beyond the Sligachan hotel on the A863 where a path starts off on the lhs of the road and follows the Allt Dearg Beag on its rhs all the way up to the Basteir gorge,seen at the top of the stream to the left of the path


Once into the gorge,you can see the route all the way ahead mid photo to Am Basteir,the lump of rock.But the aim is to simply head for the lowpoint to its left,where youll get a cracking view of the Southern Cuillin and out to Rum etc.From there you head back down a bit,under the lump of rock,and over to the rhs to Sgurr a Basteir


Heading underneath the lump of Am Basteir and over to the start of the ridge of Sgurr A Basteir on the right



And follow the ridge along to the easier summit of Sgurr A Basteir,which leads steeply,but not overly difficultly back to the Allt Dearg Beag,and a pint and meal back at the Sligachan hotel.We bivvied up near Bealach Basteir overnight,but would allow 7/8 hrs.Superb views






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