Sgurr nan Eugallt – perfect weather, imperfect health. February 2016.

Date: Saturday 27th February 2016
Distance: 9.1km
Ascent: 850m

Great looking forecast – a fair bit of swithering about plans. Wondered about a high wild camp, but in the end decided that the limitations of winter gear and winter weight would probably restrict the options rather than expand them.

A good move as it transpires as one of the team felt so viral on Saturday morning that they were of a mind not to go out at all. As a consequence the day was slow progress……but a day when it really didn’t matter.

Drove from Fort William out to Coireshubh above Kinloch Hourn…cracking morning.

Gairich across Loch Quoich:

We had been planning to repeat our Sgurr nan Eugallt/Meall nan Eun walk….we decided to start up the Corbett and see if we made it to the top.

There’s a fine stalker’s path from Coireshubh up to the NE ridge, a bit snow covered above 350m but still easily found.

Stalker’s Path:

Wandered slowly uphill, lovely to be out in full sunshine. Air temp was quite low, but it felt quite warm in the sun.

H and Sgurr a Chlaidheimh:

Snowy hills emerge into view as the hill is ascended – they look good in summer, fantastic with a bit of snow.

The Saddle:

The walk was a little harder once above the snowline, but in truth it was not too deep and with no crusting it was reasonably low effort.

Crossing the snowline:

Eventually Loch Quoich becomes visible.

Loch Quoich:

So many favourite hills in this area, great memories were popping into view every few minutes.

Buidhe Bheinn:

Vandalised the relatively pristine snow cover with our tracks.

Wandering through the snow:

Snowballs and Quoich:

Once the track traverses under a crag line the route turns up a snow slope to the bealach between Sgurr Dubh and Sgurr nan Eugallt. Once the ridge is reached the views really start to expand.

Could see Lewis out past the Trotternish.

Out to Lewis:

The NE ridge is a little narrower, but quite simple. Weaved our way along the ridge.

Ascending the NE ridge:


Off to the NE there was a partial view of some Cairngorms.

Braeriach and Cairn Toul:

Stuck the crampons on for the final 150m, possibly not needed but a bit of extra security. Up to the trig in a not very impressive, but very enjoyable (for one of us) time.

A truly splendid viewpoint – stunning views to Ladhar Bheinn and out west.

Trig point:

Trig point view east:

Sat for 40 minutes to have a bite to eat at the trig point. Little wind and a lot of sun meant it felt warm despite an air temp below freezing.

There was no way we’d manage the out and back to the Graham, so we had a wander round the summit area and over to the “true” summit further towards Sgurr Sgiath Airigh.

H on summit ridge:

A clearer view from this area down into Glen Barrisdale – our route from Sgurr a Coire Bheithe over Slat Bheinn looked a bit less appetising with snow on it.

Glen Barrisdale:

Hard to drag the eyes away from the view over to Ladhar Bheinn. What a cracker of a hill from this side.

Ladhar Bheinn and Skye:

Ladhar Bheinn:

Some glances to the south and east were also taken.

The Ben and the trig:

…but quickly turned back to the west.

Ladhar Bheinn and Skye:

Panorama:

A few other favourites to see from this viewpoint.

Sgurr na Ciche:

Beinn Sgritheall:

…and a few hills less beloved to certain team members.

The Cuillin:

Could see the tops of the Rum Cuillin behind Ladhar Bheinn. Eigg is well seen.

Eigg:

Could just see the tops of the Harris Hills over the top of Meall na Suiramach.

Harris Grahams peaking over Meall na Suiramach:

Spent another 10 minutes at the summit before turning to reverse route.

H at summit:

Must say – it was actually quite hard to turn and leave the west view. Certainly a disadvantage of the eastern approach.

Ladhar Bheinn:

Skirted a little south on the return to avoid a little steepness….the fenceline heads on to the Sgurr a Chlaidheimh ridge.

Fence and Sgurr na Ciche:

Back down the ridge before shucking the crampons.

H on descent:

Lovely afternoon light, managing to stay in sunshine as the NE side of the hill started to shade.

Overflown by a juvenile Golden Eagle at one point.

Gairich and Loch Quoich:

…and suddenly you’re below the snowline, can smell the vegetation in the sunshine and there are thoughts of spring.

Loch Coire Shubh:

Took a very relaxed drive back, out several times to admire the views and enjoy the warmth of the sun. Even the viral team member was feeling better.

Loch Garry reflections:

Cracker – such a treasure trove of hills around KH.

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