Martin on Cnicht

Martin on Cnicht

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Day 2 - TGO Challenge 2015 - Coire na Breabaig to Garbh-choire

Date: Saturday 9 May

Route: as planned from Coire na Breabaig to Sgurr na Lapaich, then to Garbh-choire via the northern spur as the planned eastern spur made me shake with fear. Excellent camping spot (bottom picture) at 735 metres (NH 172 351)

Distance: 16 km (Cum: 40)

Ascent: 1600 metres (Cum: 2900)

Time taken: 8.8 hrs including 1.7 hrs breaks (Cum: 16.9 hours including 3.3 hours breaks)

Weather: Another blue sky day with gradually increasing cloud. Afternoon  showers to our north, and a cool breeze on the ridge.

Click on the link below (Day 2) for details of our planned route:

http://www.topwalks.com/tgoc2015.html

This is another 'second attempt', my first effort having disappeared into the ether just as I was finishing it! This version is somewhat briefer, brevity being a virtue when you have to do the same piece of work several times.

Simply a superb mountain day traversing the six Munro and Munro Top summits of the north Mullardoch ridge with wonderful views throughout.

We saw no other Challengers today, just a group of six day walkers armed to the teeth with ice axes and crampons. These were unnecessary as the snow was soft. The dour Scots looked at our big packs with disdain.

Sue is pictured on the summit of An Riabhachan - the middle one of the three Munro summits.

Fantastic views, superb weather, chatty plovers, snow buntings and ptarmigan. What more could you want?

Okay, a great camping spot. We have that as well. Unlike last night, which we enjoyed in an exceptional and memorable silent calm, with just the occasional tweet from an unknown bird, tonight we have a tumbling stream and a light breeze to lull us to sleep.

There's a short slideshow for the day (56 images) - here. Click on the first image, then click 'slideshow'.

Next Day - Day 3

6 comments:

Alistair Pooler said...

Looks like a lovely camping spot :-). I shall have to remember it for when I'm up in those hills in July!

Phreerunner said...

The Mullardoch round is a great one Alistair, with lots of wild camping options.

Anonymous said...

Looks lovely! Good luck for the days ahead. Hopefully filled with lots of stunning views and fine weather.
Hazel, Al, Andrew & Kate xx

Alistair Pooler said...

So I've heard Martin. I was up that way a couple of years ago and had to abandon my attempt due to deep fresh snow, making progress very slow, so I'm looking forward to a re-match :-)

afootinthehills said...

Not a bad day's work and a cracker of a camping spot Martin. Your route is virtually identical to the one I planned two years ago before my knee problem - then I realised the boat across Loch Ness only ran for Challengers, so it wasn't really on anyway!

Hope the weather continues to be reasonable for you both.

Phreerunner said...

Thanks Gibson. The entire trip would be worthwhile just for the first two days. Peering into the back of the little Lumix FT4 reveals some quite nice images to remember them by.as well.