The unpronouncable (at least for us) Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan and An Socach are the highest points in a wall of tops running along on the north side of upper Glen Affric, directly above the youth hostel where we were staying. Tucked away on an outlying ridge to the north is Mullach na Dheiragain.
Four of us set out to climb them on a day with plenty of sunshine forecast. However, we also had to struggle through hailstorms and heavy snowfall. It was quite an experience, but we made it back safely and Alistair ticked off two of his remaining four munros!
- I'll remember most the wintry weather
- The best bit was coming down the steep ridge from Ceathreamhnan, emerging from the mist
- The worst bit was the prospect of the climb in heavy snow up to the bealach on Stob Coire na Cloiche
- The series of waterfalls on the descent was also memorable as the snow began to melt
- Words of warning - allow plenty of time for this route, and take care on the climb back over the bealach. There are several awkward sections, which some walkers might get a bit anxious about!
Contributed by Andrew Llanwarne
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|Location||North side of upper Glen Affric in the West Highlands of Scotland|
|Date walked||14 May 2007|
|Walk type||High hills and mountain hikes|
|Difficulty||A strenuous climb requiring stamina and hillwalking skills|
|Distance||20 km approx / 12.5 miles|
|Height climbed||1600m approx|
|Time taken||10 hrs|
|Map used||OS Landranger 1:50,000 No 25: Glen Carron and Glen Affric.|
|Walk source info||Munro books|
|Getting there||Staying at Glen Affric youth hostel|
|Places to stay||Glen Affric youth hostel|