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 🙄
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).
Everything is fine to the bothy but the track in the forest dissolves into real quagmire at points and is a soupy struggle. 👿
There is an estate track, not marked on the 1:50000 OS which switch-backs up the Druim nan Uadhag.
Climbed the track to the ridge on legs that were feeling the weight.
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. 😯 🙄
Dropped the big bags under a huge boulder and made for Sgurr na Ciche.
The chimney was easy enough and views developed.
An easy enough walk from here to the summit. First time here had been in total clag – far better.
We varied the return by descending (with some very mild scrambling) down the SW ridge of Sgurr na Ciche to the 760m point.
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.
There is something truly stunning about lounging around at a bit of altitude and watching the sun set (or rise)
A cool night – but slept well after the day’s work.
A bit of breakfast and striking the tent allows the sun to get up a bit.
The route home is back along the glen. We stuck to the N path and avoided the forest though.
Achy shoulders approaching the car.
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.