Glen Dessary Corbetts.

12th January 2013.

This certainly felt a longer day that it looked on the map although how much this was due to the queasiness induced by the ups and downs of the Loch Arkaig road it`s hard to say.I suppose the previous evenings whisky may have made a small contribution also 🙂 A quick plot on the map came to 4,800 ft so maybe around 5,000ft is not far off the mark.

Up at 6.23am and away from the hut at 7.12am which wasn`t bad considering we didn`t go to bed until almost 4am 🙂 We left the car at a deserted Strathan and started walking at 9.15am.

Along the land rover track we headed past Glendessary Lodge and then up the south east ridge of Sgurr Cos na Breachd-laoidh.

Looking back down on Glendessary Lodge from the ridge with Gulvain in the background.

Glen Dessarry lodge.

Glen Dessarry lodge.

Jools looking up towards the final summit cone.

A passing tramp


The summit of Sgurr Cos na Breachd-laoidh. Funny light on the hills all day but not a breath of wind and complete and utter silence.

Sgurr Cos na Breachd-laoidh

Sgurr Cos na Breachd-laoidh

Over to the Sgurr na Ciche ridge from the summit.

Sgurr na Ciche

Sgurr na Ciche

We headed off along the ridge to Druim a Chuirn.

 Druim a Chuirn

Ridge to Druim a Chuirn

Zoomed view of Streap along the way.



It was rather obvious that it was going to be dark before we finished so we took a direct descent off Druim a Chuirn down to the col below Fraoch Bheinn to speed things up .We had a vote here and the consensus,two to one,was to carry on to Fraoch Bheinn.

Descent route 🙂

Descent route

Descent route

From the col we went up the north west ridge of Fraoch Bheinn.Sgurr Mor from the ridge.

Sgurr Mor

Sgurr Mor

As we guessed it was nightfall when we got to the top.

Summit of Fraoch Bheinn.

Sunset on Fraoch Bheinn

Sunset on Fraoch Bheinn

We got part way down before the head torches had to come out and eventually got back to the car around 6.20pm.I was buggered 🙂
A quick stop in Fort William for a fish supper and a drive down the road to Blackrock Cottage in Glencoe where we were staying for the weekend.Thankfully the clag was down in the morning as neither Jools,John or I had much enthusiasm for another hill day.

Bad day at Blackrock…

Blackrock cottage

Blackrock cottage

We didn`t want to head home too early so instead passed a pleasant few hours inflicting punishment on Graeme for contravening the club constitution namely Section 3 of the Non Snoring Act of 1996   🙂

20 years in jail for loud snoring

Culprit behind bars.

Back up for another weekend in Glencoe in three days time 🙂

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7 Responses to Glen Dessary Corbetts.

  1. McEff says:

    No wonder you were knackered. A big day like that after whisky and less than two-and-a-half hours sleep? I think I would have rolled over in my sleeping bag and closed my eyes again.
    Great pictures, Alex. That descent route looks a bit hairy, mind.
    Cheers, Alen

  2. Aye well,it takes me a week to recover nowadays as I get old.
    “Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” 🙂

  3. Yeah, I couldn’t do any kind of big day off 2 and a bit hours of sleep – I really need my sleep now I’m older. Good photos though.

    How steep is it up to the final cone of Sgurr Cos doo-dah? I’ve always thought it looked a bit hairy? Is there any kind of path when it isn’t covered in snow do you know? It looks a great Corbett though and I’m dying to do that one – that and Mhurlagain…

    • Are you getting mixed up with the one acros the glen,Bidein a`Chabair ? It`s quite steep at the top but Cos doo-dah is just a walk 🙂 Probably off in to Ardgour this weekend for a lone Corbett weather permitting 🙂

      • No I meant the very top part of the nearer ridge on Cos doo-dah – it just looked very steep at the end. I’m glad to hear it isn’t anyway ‘cos it looks a cracking walk 🙂

  4. Actually I just love that picture of all the frozen looking cars and the cottage!
    I could never cope with staying up ’till 4am even when I was at uni……
    Are you sure that descent route was a route? 🙂

    • I don`t cope too well myself nowadays either 🙂
      It wasn`t as steep as it looks although it might have been given Grade 1 if it was snowed/iced up.I did have a photo of it from another trip to look at first of all so knew roughly what to expect.
      Away up to Glencoe for th eweekend in 10 minutes 🙂

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