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I really enjoyed your write-up, Janet. It made me remember how much I'd enjoyed my Morar start. Yes, hard work at times but I felt so lucky to be in such a beautiful place (even though the cloud was too low to see much!).
I also remember, with terror, the Allt Gharbh Ghaig landslip!
(I would have commented on your blog but Blogger is demanding I login).
Great write-up Janet.
I’m intrigued to know what was your FWA from Tarbet to Glen Dessary.
Just looking at the map it seems a fifty-fifty choice between the shores of Loch Nevis or Loch Morar.
Given the huge crowds starting from Mallaig/Inverie, Morar looks like an interesting choice for lovers of solitude (or in my case anti-social miserable old gits!).
So far, I’ve started well to the north - maybe a more southerly start next year? This year route is all sorted from Strathcarron.
It was a 2 day FWA avoiding the Morar ridge completely.
FWA: Day 1 Road S. Track under railway S .Skirt W edge of Blar na Caillich Buidhe to Suniletter. Track Scamadale. Path Lochan a Bhealaich. E Locahan a Choire Riabhaich, Lochan Feith a Mhadaich. E to Meoble. S and E along N shore Loch Beoraid
Day 2 Path to Kinlochbeoraid. Watercourse Gleann Donn. Path Allt a Chaol ghlinne to Corryhully. Path NE to Glen Pean - and back on course
That’s a brilliant FWA - still lots of interest - a couple of potentially dodgy river crossings, but even where the ground looks confusing east of Loch an feith a mhadaidh, you’ve only got to find a way east to find a stream down to Meoble.
That one’s definitely being added to my ‘possibles’ file for future challenges.
Furthermore - if day 1 is foul and you start on the FWA and it turns fine on day 2 there is what looks like a very interesting way up Ruighe Breac onto Sgurr nan Coireachan and over Sgurr Thuilm down to Glen Cuirnean and Glen Pean
What a great route!
I had thought of starting at Monar, but decided to go back to an Oban start. Maybe next year? That start along the ridge sounds like a must do - although I have seen (You Tube) one account of a few Challengers who didn't get the good weather that you enjoyed. I think you are right in calling it one of the hardest starts.
That day up from Loch Ossian was superb.
That descent from Geal Charn had me a bit concerned before getting there - and I'm pleased that the weather was good.
I must have been lucky, as I managed to stumble across the path down it fairly quickly.
It was great to meet up with you a couple of times after that.