/ The Best Long Mountain Day in the UK. Is this it?
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Peter and Joe
Looks like a lush 2 dayer - could do in 1 day at a push but would need a dead early start!
Enjoyed the blog, looks like a grand day out. Shame about the blisters
Other favourite long mainland days for me are Fisherfield 6 road to road (with a pair of light trainers in the sack for the river crossing) and the round of Glencoe - up Curved ridge, off the back of the Buchaille, up and along Bidean, to the Clachaig, over Aonach Eagach back to the car by Devils staircase
A good mountain day is partly a matter of mood, but this could be one of them.
Here's one I'd love to do: Clach Glas, Bla Bheinn, over to Coruisk, up the Dubhs ridge, rest of the Cuillin. My what a dream...
Tim, I agree, Mood is definitely a factor to a good mountain day and the weather certainly helps shape the mood. What a day that would be too.
Gregor- That route sounds great! We are looking forward to heading over to Glen Coe, We should be over that way within the next 10 days. I'll have a look at our plans to see if we can do your suggestion as a route.
Have you done it before? Do you know the distance involved?
Its a shame not to drop down in to the shelterstone end of the loch avon basin when you are in the area though isn't it? Thats my favourite location of that whole area.
Dan - you're too modest. That Glen Coe round looks a right beast, the southern side of the A82 is a test in itself I'd say - without adding on the Aonach Eagach. 4200m is also some amount of ascent for a day.
PS Guidebook is good, a few minor grumbles but it's given me an idea or two..
I can second/third the recommendation of a full round of Glencoe. I ran this anti clockwise last Easter in about 8.5 hours, starting and finishing at the Clachaig. Dan's stats sound about right.
If you're doing modern munros rather than original munros, you'll have to cover extra ground. Take plenty of capacity to carry water as the extended aonnach eagach is devoid of water sources after leaving the devil's staircase. I only had a 700ml bike bottle and got pretty damn thirsty!
Not especially - I decided to do it on a bit of a whim while up there hill-walking for a week with my girlfriend and her family. I was BGR training at the time, and whilst i'd logged about 6000m of ascent already that week, it had all been at a pretty leisurely pace! I guess the only guiding logic was the attractive thought of running along a deserted aonnach eagach in the evening light with the promise of a pint in the Clachaig. Running up stob coire nam beith to start seemed a nice idea too.
My route may have been shorter than yours, as I missed out SCnL, Beinn Fhadda (sp?), and one of the summits of Buachaille Etive Beag which I think might be retro-munros now(?)
31.1km with 4,610m ascent to cover all Munros and Tops according to my 2006 calculations, but could easily be more because I've not yet rechecked that with GPS, Memory-Map etc...
In reply to Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com:
Yep, that stands up well to Bobby Shield's 7hrs 5mins 'benchmark'! Though I'm still hoping to repeat my more inclusive circuit a good deal faster than before...
New book looks great, Dan! :-)
Having had a quick measure of my route I make it about 31 km - but your route covers quite a lot more ground! I reckon you'll find it's more like Dan's figure. My ascent only comes out at around 4000m too.
Next time I'll not pussy out and I'll follow your extended route, but only if someone builds a bridge between Stob Dubh and Stob na Broige! The down and up over the Lairig Gartain was fairly gnarly!
I will have to have a look at your book Dan, it sounds good!
(there are loads people in Fort Bill at the moment.)
> (there are loads people in Fort Bill at the moment.)
Probably something to do with the A9 being closed and FW being the diversion route
Looks like a top weekend forecast - hope you guys get some decent miles under the belt.
Good going guys. How long do you expect to do this in? (sorry didnt notice previously)
Answer to the original question is the best ridge in UK obviously. The second would be the loop from Brodick(isle of Arran)taking in all the peaks including the hidden master piece of A'chir bypassed by so many peak baggers. Fantastic ridges!
In answer to your question - yes and no.
The four four thousanders in the Cairngorms is an established classic (I did it 19 years ago!) which, as you suggest is comparable with the Cuillin and the Welsh three thousanders, however I am not convinced that your 'peak bagging' detours from the classic route actually add anything to it as one of the UK's best mountain days.
I certain can't disagree with you for highlighting the Cairngorms and the potential it has.
However, IMO the only two possible contenders for the best mountain day in the UK are either completing the Greater Cuillin Traverse or a round of the 4 Classic Ridges on the Ben.
A friends dad did most/all(?) of the Cairngorm munro's on touring ski's in winter, which I would think a bit more mountaineery!
Hi James, sorry for slow reply. I have done the Glencoe round twice and with no training and I am not a runner (fair bit squash and 5 a sides most weeks only). Not quite running but moving as fast as I could otherwise (beasting the uphill bits) with almost no rests it took about 10.5 hours. I am sure you guys will be much fitter than I was with all your hill days.
Both times I went anti clockwise - so you can go up Curved ridge when fresh and cruise the gentle slopes back to base after the Aonach Eagach when legs are tired.
I guess you guys might want to squeeze in the wee Buchaille as well - ?another 2 or 2.5hrs for this
Here's an interesting 24 hour job - Bike from Gruinard to Loch na Sealga, An Teallach traverse followed by the Fisherfield 6, carrying on over Beinn Dearg Mor and Beinn Dearg Bheag and down to bike again at Loch na Sealga.
Ah! first I cycle from Gairloch, Dan !
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