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LOCHABER AND LORN RAMBLERS
The walk leader should be contacted beforehand for meet-up and start times. Car sharing usually possible and people can try before they buy. Further information at www.lochaberandlorn-ramblers.org.uk
Saturday February 29, Glen Kinglass, Loch Tulla.
A walk into the wilderness.
Start at car park at Victoria Bridge NN270419 head north over bridge then turn west along track on the north side of the Abhainn Shira cross the river by the bridge just south of Clashgour then follow the track passed Loch Dochard to the watershed at NN 200411. Return by the outward route.
Grade: L. Distance: 16Km. Height to climb: 160m. Map(s): LR41, EX392. Meet at: Glencoe CP at 0915. Start of walk at 1000. Leader: Stuart McCracken 07502606711.
Thursday March 5, Fraoch Bheinn and Sgur an Utha, Glenfinnan.
A fine walk on the ancient Moine featuring a garnet-encrusted summit, breathtaking deformed schists and spectacular views of often-hidden Loch Beoraid.
Start from the lay-by on the S side of the A830 just W of the bridge over the Allt an Utha, NM873817. Cross the bridge to the start of a forestry track and follow it N to a junction just before a new bridge over Allt an Utha NM872823. The summit of Sgùrr an Utha may be seen to the NE at this point. Turn E and follow the steep ATV track up E to its end at NM880826. The ascent is now pathless over heather and rocky outcrops. Continue E up the open slope of the Druim na Brein choille, whence there are excellent views along Loch Eil. Turn NNE towards Fraoch-bheinn.
Either walk around the corrie or head up on to Fraoch-bheinn and around the line of the ridge. The final ascent to Sgurr an Utha is straightforward to the cairn at 796m. The summit is a rocky knoll with garnet-encrusted mica schists. Look out for the reddish brown pebbles at your feet and embedded in the rocks around you! The summit drops sharply to the N and provides excellent views to Gleann Donn and Loch Beoraid as well as Coal-Ghleann and Glenfinnan Lodge. Head W from the summit to NM878838 and follow the burn back down to the Allt an Utha to regain the track back to the A830. Alternatively head W to Sithean Mòr (582m) and descend S to the Allt Fèith a’Chatha hydro scheme and follow the track back. (adds about 2 km)
Grade: M+. Distance: 9 Km. Height to climb: 750m. Map(s): LR40, EX398. Meet at: Fort William WM NN112742 at 0900. Start of Walk at 0930. Leader: Toril Frantzen 07788 264007.
NEVIS HILLWALKING CLUB
Full walk details at www.nevis hillwalking.club. If anyone would like to go on a walk, contact club secretary Suzanne Theobald on 01397 701783 or email email@example.com
Sunday March 1, Sgurr nan Coireachan, Sgurr Thuilm, Glen Finnan.
A classic mountain walk taking in the Coire Thollaidh Horseshoe. Easy access to a splendid highlevel expedition in a rough and remote area.
Start from the CP on the W side of the River Finnan at NM905808. Follow the estate road for 1.5km up Glen Finnan to the bridge over the River Finnan at NM913819. Cross the river, follow the track N for 3.5km then re-cross the river on the footbridge at NM918850. Turn NE on to the track above the bridge. After about 100m, a stalkers’ path climbs N up the slope, leading to the SE ridge of Sgurr a’ Choire Riabhaich. Climb this to its summit at 852m*.
Continue to the Munro summit of Sgurr nan Coireachan. Descend its NE ridge and follow the rim of the huge Coire Thollaidh over Meall an Tàrmachain, 826m and Beinn Gharbh, 825m to reach the second Munro of Sgurr Thuilm. Descend S to a shoulder, then SW down Druim Coire a’Bheithe to the bridge over the River Finnan. Follow the track back on the W side of the river, past the bothy and join the estate road S back to the CP.
*For a shorter route that omits both Munros but nonetheless makes a fine ridge walk, descend W from the summit of Sgurr a’ Choire Riabhaich. Curve S around the rim of Coire Carnaig and up to the summit of Sgurr an Fhuarain Duibh, 749m. Turn SW down the ridge, over minor summits 576m and 553m. Locate and follow a path that descends the steep nose at the foot of the ridge, curves SE, then zig-zags down to the watershed at NM884848. Head E down Coal-Ghleannex on the N side of the burn and follow the path to reach the estate road serving Glenfinnan Lodge. Follow the estate road S back to the CP.
24km, 1548m ascent
*19km, 974m ascent
Suggested by Jane Ollerenshaw
Coordinated by Christina Tracey