Sgurr na Ciche high camp March 2007

Date: Sat-Sun 24-25th March 2007
Distance: 14.7km + 10.5km
Ascent:1200m + 200m

We had been trying to cut the weight of our camping gear to allow for higher camping and had made some strides. My pack was about 20kg and Hazel’s 15kg. 😯 And that was with lightweight compact cameras πŸ™„

Fancied trying to camp on a high ridge and picked Glen Dessary.

At that point Estate signage asked walkers to take the track through the forestry, past the A’Chuil bothy and on through the next forest to the open hill. We complied (for the one and only time).

Just past the bothy

Everything is fine to the bothy but the track in the forest dissolves into real quagmire at points and is a soupy struggle. πŸ‘Ώ

Emerging from the forest

There is an estate track, not marked on the 1:50000 OS which switch-backs up the Druim nan Uadhag.

Ridge of ascent – track visible

Climbed the track to the ridge on legs that were feeling the weight.

Loch Nevis – first view

Sgurr na Ciche clearing:

In 2007 we had a cobbled together system with big packs carrying the camping gear to a forward base and then little lightweight sacks (650g) to carry the hill-walking gear on a further loop to return to the camping gear. Total weight of rucksacks alone for me 3.4kg. 😯 πŸ™„

Dropped the big bags under a huge boulder and made for Sgurr na Ciche.

Chimney

Thaw

The chimney was easy enough and views developed.

Loch Quoich from bealach

An easy enough walk from here to the summit. First time here had been in total clag – far better.

Walker on Garbh Cioch Mor

Ben Aden

K on Sgurr na Ciche

We varied the return by descending (with some very mild scrambling) down the SW ridge of Sgurr na Ciche to the 760m point.

H descending from summit:

From the 760m point there is a shelf like strip which runs back to the chimney base.

From there a stroll back to set up camp. With fine views.

Loch Nevis

Tent and Sgurr na Ciche

H and the tent

There is something truly stunning about lounging around at a bit of altitude and watching the sun set (or rise)

K cooking tea

Sunset

A cool night – but slept well after the day’s work.

Dawn

A bit of breakfast and striking the tent allows the sun to get up a bit.

Loch Nevis

The route home is back along the glen. We stuck to the N path and avoided the forest though.

Bidean a Chabhair from base of the ridge.

Achy shoulders approaching the car.

Bidean a Chabhair from Glen Dessary

Great memories of this one but a bit of a head-shaker. Winter boots, heavy ice axes, Grivel crampons, heavy stove, massively heavy rucksack. Can hardly believe we managed. Happily older knees now carry lighter packs.

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