South Glenshiel Ridge

The south Glenshiel ridge is a very long walk over 7 munros of 17miles, 1800+m of ascent and 2000m of descent as the end point is 200m below the start.

The forecast was looking increasingly good for the day Anna chose. Light winds, a little cloud at first but soon clearing to have a fine day with sunshine. Only clouding over again into the evening.


Remarkably 5 of us started and 5 finished just under 13hours later.

Inversion over Loch Cluanie
Inversion over Loch Cluanie

Crossing the Allt Giubhais on way to Creag a' Mhaim
Crossing the Allt Giubhais on way to Creag a' Mhaim

I don't like walking in groups and this reminded me again. Suffice to say there were many reasons.

Inversion over Loch Loyne
Inversion over Loch Loyne

Creag a' Mhaim summit cairn with Anna and I
Creag a' Mhaim summit cairn

After about 3 munros I lost track of where I was. Not that it was a great problem. The way ahead was easy. I just had to make sure the speedsters were heading in a plausible direction and follow them. But looking back it was not satisfying in the same way I get on my own, or with just Anna. At a break, a certain person would decide they were ready to walk and that was it break over and don't wait for anyone.

The wee scramble to Druim Shionnach
The wee scramble to Druim Shionnach

Bridget and Patricia at Druim Shionnach
Bridget and Patricia at Druim Shionnach

It wasn't all bad, far from it, there was a fine inversion and the sun shone with a pleasant breeze. The views were stunning in all directions. I'd have liked to have identified the Forcan ridge, but...

Looking down on the Cluanie Inn
Looking down on the Cluanie Inn

The way to Aonach Air Crith
The way to Aonach Air Crith

Having a break at Aonach air Crith
Having a break at Aonach air Crith

Descending from Aonach Air Crith
Descending from Aonach Air Crith

Rough descent on the south west ridge of Aonach air Crith
Rough descent on the south west ridge of Aonach air Crith

Looking down towards Loch Quoich
Looking down towards Loch Quoich

On Maol Chinn-Dearg
On Maol Chinn-Dearg

A man and his Eeyore  on Maol Chinn-Dearg
A man and his Eeyore on Maol Chinn-Dearg

Sgurr an Lochan from Sgurr an Doire Leathen
Sgurr an Lochan from Maol Chinn-Dearg

Sgurr an Lochan
Sgurr an Lochan

Aria on Sgurr an Lochan
Aria on Sgurr an Lochan

Creag nan Damh
Creag nan Damh

By the time we reached the last munro I, and everyone else was thoroughly beaten. And the mission was not over yet. We still had to get down!

7 of 7 munros, me on Creag nan Damh
7 of 7 munros, me on Creag nan Damh

Tags: munro, outdoor, scotland Written 15/07/19 

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