1118 m. |
Translation: Windy Peak
Heading north from Kingussie we stopped over at the Cairngorms to bag one Munro on a half-day hike. From Feshie Bridge we drove up the road leading to the parking a kilometre off Achlean farm. The day was quite nice. Sun and clouds took turns. From the parking we walked the road to the farm. A few hundred metres before the farm the path branched off to the left and we began the long but not too steep climb.
Once above the trees much of the ascent to Carn Ban Mor was clearly visible. Visible too was the fact that we were only two of dozens and dozens of hikers on the path. On we plodded overtaking a few walking parties and meeting two mountain bikers who rode down the path. This was quite appalling since the path was not at all suitable for bicycles in many places. Money spent on this very well-engineered path should not be put to waste by bicycles grinding up the path surface. At the short level section of the path before the final steep 250 metre climb the wind picked up considerably and we put on some more layers of clothes. Soon we reached the shoulder or col south of Carn Bàn Mor from where turned north, crossed the summit of this subsidiary top, reached the beallach at about 1020m below Sgorr Gaoith and climbed the final 90 metres to the summit of the Munro.
The wind was quite strong and we sought shelter to eat our sandwiches and have some tea. Directly east of the cairn a few ledges two metres below the summit offered a sheltered spot and perfect views of Loch Einich and the western slopes of Braeriach. Wonderful scenery, really wonderful! Soon after we left the cold summit of Sgorr Gaoith we were caught in a short snow shower- the only precipitation of the whole hike. On the way back we pondered bagging Mullach Clach a’ Bhlair, too, but decided we did not have the time to do that: Shopping for supplies in Aviemore and the drive to Loch Broom would have become too much hassle had we extended out beautiful hike. The return leg was a uneventful as the ascent and after five hours of walking we reached our car. Nice Munro, great views, nice weather, great path, many fellows on the hike. A good half-day outing. We are looking forward to returning to these parts and to climbing the Northern Caringorm hills still remaining on our list!
Max elevation: 1131 m
Min elevation: 301 m
Total climbing: 1128 m
Total descent: -1134 m
Total time: 04:37:33
Description The north end of the Glen Feshie range, to the north of Carn Ban Mor, forms a well defined ridge between Loch Einich and the upper reaches of Gleann Einich to the east, and the wide bowls of Coire Ruadh and Coire Mharcaidh to the west. The highest point on this ridge is Sgor Gaoith, a fine peak as seen from the east, whose summit cairn is right on the edge of the high cliffs above Loch Einich. 1½ kilometres to its north, the slightly lower top of Sgoran Dubh Mor is almost the twin of Sgor Gaoith, and like it has a very impressive line of crags above Loch Einich. The most direct route to Sgor Gaoith starts from the road in Glen Feshie at the bridge over the Allt Ruadh and goes up the track in that corrie, then by the path which leads round the south side of Meall Tionail to end at the Allt a' Chram-altain. Continue fairly directly uphill on easy slopes of grass, heather and gravel to the summit of Sgor Gaoith. As an alternative to returning by the same way, go north along the ridge to Sgoran Dubh Mor and continue along the undulating ridge which separates Coire Ruadh from Coire Mharcaidh and ends at Geal-charn. From there descend south-west down slopes of heather mixed with boulders to regain the path at the tree-line in Coire Ruadh.