Day 2 : TGO Challenge Route Plan (2010)
After breaking camp somewhere between Alltbeithe Youth Hostel and Carnach Mor, I continue along the northern side of River Affric passing Allt Coire Ghaidheil (NH108208) and several ruins on the other side of the river, arriving at Cnoc Fada (NH124209) at mile 3. At a trail junction, I head north along a smaller track in the direction of Loch Coulavie (NH132215). The way continues through heather, crossing the Allt Coire Leachavie (NH146228) before flattening off to run along above Loch Affric and through Scots Pines on the shore.
At mile 4.8, I arrive at Allt Coire Leachavie (NH148228). From here, there’s a path that climbs over 1,100 meters to a Munro named Mam Sodhail (1,181m) over 3 miles. That’s steep. A mile or so north of Mam Sodhail is Carn Eige (1,183 m), another great climb. Together these are the two highest peaks north of the Great Glen and have spectacular viewpoints.
I’m guessing that I can make it up Mam Sodhail even in so-so weather it because the path runs up a ravine that will shield me from weather coming from the west until near the summit. If the weather is decent, I’ll continue to Carn Eige. Otherwise I’ll skip it and turn around.
From Carn Eige, there is an option to continue east to two other Munros, but that would make this a full day hike. Instead, I plan on coming down the path I climbed, but making a slight detour on the descent to a subsidiary Top named Sgurr na LaPaich (1,036m). This peak was formerly on the Munro list but taken off. From there, it is a short descent down to the shore of Glen Affric.
The round trip distance for this climbing detour is about 7 miles on top of the 5 miles I will have walked to reach it. If the weather is bad, I’ll skip the ascents and continue on my way to Fort Augustus, about 2 days further southeast where I plan to spend the night in a B&B.
If the weather is good enough for an ascent, I’ll continue along the north short of Loch Affric to Affric Lodge, where there is a bridge crossing (NH185229) to the southern shore. From there, I’ll head east along the southern shore of Loch Affric which is wooded and find a nice place to camp for the night (NH165222).
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