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The Western Fannichs: Sgurr nan Clach Geala etc., map 20; 26th Mar 2004 & 14th Aug 2009

Route: 12.6 miles; 4300' ascent; 7 hrs.


Access: Take A832 west from Braemore junction on A835 and park immediately W of sharp bend in A832 after forestry, 100yds W of track to Loch a' Bhraoin at NH162762.
Route: This is the south to north route which is preferred for the ascent/descent terrain, and direction of prevailing weather: there is a gentle valley ascent, then steep grass/moss corrie ascent to first top, and a more gentle pathless heathery descent from the last top to a helpful new bridge over the Allt Breabaig at NH1632474795 (not yet marked on the map).
Weather 26/3/04: Times were increased by wet, heavy, melting snow 6"-12" deep above 2500'.
14/8/09: Cloud base at 550m, 13°C, rain from 0900.

26/3/0414/8/09 Description Alt.Asc.Dist.Grid Ref.Mob.
09200610 Parking layby on A832 280   00.0kmNH161763Orange
   Road SE to end of track 275 0.1kmNH16227604 
   Track SW/S to Loch a' Bhraoin. (The path has been re-routed
through the trees, denying walkers most of the fine loch view.)
250  NH15697514 
09350625 Track S to bridge over Abhainn Cuileag at Loch a' Bhraoin
(For walking in the reverse direction, take left branch of path
50m after bridge and head for Allt Breabaig footbridge
at NH164748.)
250   0 NH15867500 
 0645 Take poor, wet path S beside Allt Breabaig to river
crossing marked by cairn on the opposite bank.
Cross river unless impossible when river is in spate.
305  50   
   If necessary continue path S and cross to E bank
at NH166724 once river splits into 3 or 4 streams.
360110 NH166724 
1120
-1150
0750
-0755
Continue S up path on E bank of valley to knoll by bealach 5553055.2kmNH17367060 
12400830 Diagonally E up to col 815 on ridge 815565 NH18437050 
13000850 S up ridge to M Sgurr nan Each 9236757.1kmNH18466977Orange
13200910 Return N to col 815 on ridge 815  NH18437050 
14100940 N to M Sgurr nan Clach Geala (Trig post is broken off.) 10939659.0kmNH18447148Orange
1445
-1455
1010 NE to col by lochan 865  NH18847218 
15101030 NE/ENE to T Carn na Criche 961106510.7kmNH1961972535Orange
15301055 Return W then head NW to col 815  NH18707270 
15551108 NW/N to M Meall a'Chrasgaidh 934128512.2kmNH18497330Orange
1610 — EITHER: Return S back to col 815  NH18707270 
  — Descend W to path at NH166724 and cross to W bank 360  NH166724 
1800 — Path dn W bank of Allt Breabaig to bridge at L. a' Bhraoin 250  NH15867500 
 —1240 OR (BETTER): Descend NW directly for new bridge 258  NH1632474795 
 —1250 W to Bridge at Loch a'Bhraoin 250  NH15867500 
   THEN: Track N/NE to A832 275  NH16227604 
18201310 100m NW on A832 back to layby. 280131518.0kmNH161763Orange


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