Maol Chean-Dearg - from Coulags, Strathcarron

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You have climbed 97/282 munros.

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You have climbed 10/221 Corbetts.

Maol Chean-Dearg means the bald red head hill on account of the lower slopes being quartzite but the top is of red Torridonian sandstone.

The forecast for the day was dry, bright, warm around 20c at glen level and a light breeze. I was hoping the combination of sun and dry, with low humidity, would mean the wee beasties would stay at home. Most of the following week was forecast to be wet so I was keen to get out. I figured it'd be kind of hot, but not just how brutal the heat would make it all feel.

Date started:13/08/22
Distance:10.2 miles
Ascent:941m
Descent:942m
Time taken:30120
Moving time:6:21
Average speed:1.61mph
Maximum speed:3.80mph

Me and Skye left the house early, 6:00am, and had breakfast at Coulags to ensure we got a campervan sized parking space. Opening the door to check behind me I'd let a few midges into the van so it was definitely going to be a Smidge day. And given the sunshine probably a layer of sunblock over the top once I had warmed up and the sun was high in the sky.

Once we were away from the parking area the midges we're actually okay. The sun, however, was hot right from the go so I soon put my windproof away.

Fionn-abhainn just above Coulags
Fionn-abhainn just above Coulags

Meall nan Ceapairean and track to Coire Fionnaraich
Meall nan Ceapairean and track to Coire Fionnaraich

Coire Fionnaraich bothy was occupied by a Polish couple, they were doing the Cape Wrath Trail. We gear-geeked over Altra shoes, they were both recent converts too.

Most of the walk-in was fine, midges not much problem and I felt reasonably good. It all went down hill, as it were, when the climbing started. The heat was getting to me, I had to slow down and frequently stop to catch my breath. It made it all feel utterly brutal. But, I kept going.

Footbridge over the Fionn-abhainn
Footbridge over the Fionn-abhainn

Coire Fionnaraich bothy with Sgorr Ruadh behind
Coire Fionnaraich bothy with Sgorr Ruadh behind

Terraced path to Bealach a Choire Ghairbh
Terraced path to Bealach a Choire Ghairbh

An Ruadh-Stac from Bealach a' Choire Ghairbh
An Ruadh-Stac from Bealach a' Choire Ghairbh

Scree path onto south-east ridge of Maol Chean-Dearg
Scree path onto south-east ridge of Maol Chean-Dearg

Maol Chean-Dearg showing band of quartzite topped by Torridon sandstone
Maol Chean-Dearg showing band of quartize topped by Torridon sandstone

Beinn Eighe, Liathach from Maol Chean-Dearg
Beinn Eighe, Liathach from Maol Chean-Dearg

Beinn  na h-Eaglaise, Torridon village and Beinn Alligin
Beinn na h-Eaglaise, Torridon village and Beinn Alligin

Beinn Damh from Maol Chean-Dearg
Beinn Damh from Maol Chean-Dearg

Skye at Maol Chean-Dearg summit
Skye at Maol Chean-Dearg summit

Beinn Liath Mhor and Sgorr Ruadh from Maol Chean-Dearg
Beinn Liath Mhor and Sgorr Ruadh from Maol Chean-Dearg

Skye playing in the Fionn-abhainn
Skye playing in the Fionn-abhainn

Tags: munro, outdoor, scotland Written 15/08/22 

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