Wednesday, September 02, 2009

105. Moruisg (255) (+Sgurr nan Ceannaichean) 31/08/09

Looking for a slightly shorter walk in order to fit in a drive back via Applecross, we aimed for these two to the south of the Fannaichs. They took about 4 and a half hours, so footed the bill nicely.

It started with a long slog up the grassy slopes of Moruisg, but the top gave good views and made it worth our while. A meandering ridge took us on to the more interesting Sgurr nan Caennaichean. More interesting not only in pronunciation, but also in character and definitely in weather. The last part of the climb was steep and rocky and on the way we endured a battering from a windy shower. The weather did pass though, and we were soon lapping up the surroundings from the top. There are some good examples of hills in the area - looking south there is a vast expanse of peaks all the way to Kintail, to the north there are the remote Fannaichs and we could just about make out the Torridon hills to the west.

The descent was admittedly a little tedious for the middle section owing to the slow nature of the terrain, but once we found the path progress continued more quickly.

Later in the day we could be found living it up eating seafood at Applecross in the murk and then driving back across the probably-very-impressive 'pass of the cattle' in the cloud.

About a week after returning home from this trip, we read in the news that Sgurr nan Ceannaichean had just been re-measured and demoted from a Munro to a Corbett. Dammit.

The summit plateau of Moruisg.

Cloud hanging in the western corrie of the ridge back to Moruisg.


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