Marhofn 269.15 - May 2013

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Eric Young (+0=1549)

Sgurr a'Chaorachain to Bidean an Eoin Deirg has a beautifully proportioned S-shaped ridge descending south towards Loch Monar. Early June gave me a Strathfarrar approach of this oft-admired yet never-visited route. Great solo walking with a short narrow arete and dreams of a lift to Pait Lodge one day.

And so it was in 2012. I suited myself. Previously observed ridge routes were adventured. Like the unnamed one on Beinn Bharrain - Mullach Buidhe on Arran. It lay on the eastern side of Coire Roinn and presented an impressive rugged tor outline, out of keeping with its surrounds. This sporting and interesting challenge - at least that is what my notes say - begins with a series of granite rock steps rising to a scrambled tor. More interesting ridge tors follow, interspersing a narrowing ridge. More akin to the better known Arran routes. A name? How about 'Ar Anne'. I revisited some of the best. Arkle, Meall Horn and Sabhal Beag with Anne were most memorable on a superb June day. Corra Bheinn, Scrinadle and Beinn Bhreac with Alison on Jura were just great - plus four adders. Exciting day out on Quinag with Iain and Anne amidst lightning and thunderstorms all around and one gie close..

The metric Munro list provided interesting diversion. Carn Gorm-loch beyond Am Faochagach provided lots of rumpled solifluxion terracing and views into the Beinn Dearg group. Having joined Alan and company on his final New Munro on A'Chailleach in Glen Coe in August, I was free to complete my own list on Sgurr Thionail on the bounds of Knoydart.

A'Chailleach, Glen Coe (photo: Alan Dawson)

A'Chailleach, Glen Coe (photo: Alan Dawson)

Corporate walking was excellent. A big thanks to all who organised Appin, Corrour, Scourie, the Islay meet, North Uist and Kirkby Lonsdale. Reminds me of a big day out from Corrour over Creag Ghuanach, Glas Bheinn and Beinn na Cloiche. The middle Corbett somehow got added to the original plan but not until after we had an interesting conversation with Alan Brook and Alistair Milner at Creaguaineach Lodge. Other list baggers met on the hill include Campbell Singer on Cruach na Capull and Audrey Litterick with Tony Kinghorn on Creag na Criche. Ever interesting. Roll on 2013.

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