Return to Sgor Mor. March 2010

Date: Tuesday 09th March 2010
Distance: 16km
Ascent: 600m

After the exertions of Derry Cairngorm and Ben Macdui on Monday we were feeling a bit stiff so were looking for an easier walk to take advantage of the conditions. Decided to revisit Sgor Mor.

We reported this one a few years ago – ascending Carn an ‘lc Duibhe from the south and returning via Glen Luibeg. On this occasion we wanted to ascend Carn an ‘lc Duibhe from the N side.

Didn’t kick off til 0930. Took the track out to Glen Lui. We had planned to go to the bridge and head up the west bank of Lui Water to ascend between Creag an Diuchd and the first forest patch on grassy terrain but the snow allowed a direct ascent just to the S of the Creag an Diuchd crags.

For just 120m of ascent the views open beautifully. Derry Cairngorm and round through Beinn a Bhuird loom large.

Beinn a Bhuird:

Ben Macdui, Derry Cairngorm and Beinn Mheadhoin:

Avalanche debris on Beinn a Chaorainn:

From here the terrain is all easy sloped, patches of heather are short, and snow patches abound.

The snow patches between Carn an ‘lc Duibhe and Sgor Dubh were fairly crusty but giving every 4th step or so slowed progress.

Hazel ascending Sgor Dubh with Morrone and Lochnagar back:

Sgor Dubh ramps up the views a notch as the Southern end of the Lairig Ghru comes into view.

Pano encompassing from Carn a Cloich Mhuillin to Beinn a Bhuird:

A couple of km on the the Corbett summit with better angles to view the Southern Larig Ghru.

The views from the summit are excellent, particularly for such a relaxing walk. Lairig Ghru:

K on summit:

A couple of large cups in the summit rocks.

Last time we headed N over Creagan nan Gabhar to pick up the Derry Lodge to Corrour Bothy track. This gets great views of Bod an Deamhain.
This time we simply reversed route – a bit shorter and holding the high views.

Cairn Toul from Sgor Mor descent

Beinn a Ghlo:

Beinn Mheadhoin from Carn an ‘lc Duibhe:

Derry Cairngorm and Beinn Mheadhoin from Carn an ‘lc Duibhe descent:

Derry Cairngorm and pines:

Sgor Mor is a real corker of a viewpoint – the north access to Carn an ‘lc Duibhe gains the views very quickly. A nice relaxing warm-down from Macdui.


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