Friday, 19 April 2013
17.9 km/838 m/07:15 hrs
Corbett: Aonach Shasuinn (No. 46)
Driving along the single track road to Loch Affric, I couldn’t believe how nice the weather was, and stopped several times to admire the views.
Loch Beinn a’ Mheadhoin (photo taken from the car).
At the car park at the road end I was pleased to see that the toilet block had recently been upgraded.
View from the bridge across the Garbh-uisge.
I first walked along the track on the S side of Loch Affric, then followed the signposted path to Cougie.
Fallen tree on the path.
According to the map, the path crosses a footbridge and continues on the W bank of the Allt Garbh, but as I couldn’t find any sign of that bridge, I just stayed on the E bank. The path on this side is clear enough, but quite boggy in places.
On the right, Carn Glas Iochdarach came into view. I remembered the very rough descent from this ridge after I had climbed Carn a’ Choire Ghairbh via the good stalkers path from the W end of Loch Affric a few years ago. On that occasion, I had neither enough daylight nor energy left to include Aonach Shasuinn in the round.
After a short steeper section, the track that leads E to Cougie, is reached. In the other direction, it continues to a small shed above Loch an Sgùid.
Creag Coire nan Each, An Tudair, Màm Sodhail and Sgùrr na Lapaich.
Loch an Sgùid.
I left the track before the bridge across the Allt Garbh and headed towards the foot of Ceann Aonach Shasuinn, Aonach Shasuinn’s NE ridge.
Trying to avoid as much of the snow fields as possible, I ascended the section slightly right of the centre of the photo.
Looking back along the glen of the Allt Garbh.
There were only a few metres across snow patches that I couldn’t avoid, but they turned out to be quite awkward. The snow was soft and I could kick steps easily, but the steep slope underneath was frozen and I couldn’t get any grip with the soles of my boots or my trekking poles. Very slowly and carefully I inched my way up, hoping the snow wouldn’t suddenly give way, making me tumble down the hillside!
Loch an Sgùid.
Coire Gorm, with the summit of Aonach Shasuinn in the distance.
But eventually I made it safely up to the plateau.
Before I headed over to the summit, I walked to the edge of the plateau and had a good look around.
Sgùrr nan Conbhairean.
A’ Chràlaig and Mullach Fraoch-choire.
Large cornice above Coire Gorm.
Aonach Shasuinn summit cairn.
Bealach an Amais and An Elric, the continuation of the round if Carn a’ Choire Ghairbh is included.
Carn a’ Choire Ghairbh.
The Allt Garbh meandering down the glen.
For the descent I chose a more direct line to the river, along the W flank of Ceann Aonach Shasuinn which was a bit steeper but completely snow-free.
Looking up the glen towards Carn a’ Choire Ghairbh.
Loch an Sgùid.
I forded the outflow of Loch an Sgùid to have a look at the (locked) shed.
From there I followed the track along the Allt Garbh.
View back up the glen.
Allt Garbh from the bridge.
After a long break by the ford across the Allt a’ Choire-bheithe I started the return route, enjoying the views across to the Loch Affric Munros on the way down.