• Ruadh Stac Mor and A'Mhaighdean (The Great Wilderness)

    The climb from Poolewe to the these two remote mountains hidden from view within the area known as The Great Wilderness has been an undertaking long desired. The view from the summit of the latter peak is said to be amongst the finest from any Munro, so a good day was needed.

    The long walk in alongide the river, to Loch Maree, Kernsary and the open moorland beyond gradually becomes more and more wild until the walker feeels hemmed in by soaring peaks that surround the twin lochs of Dubh loch and Fionn Loch. Here at Carnmore, the path finally ascends to an initial bealach before a further rise to Fuar Loch Mor. This deep loch appears black and brooding overlooked by the great peaks above.

    The crumbling edifice of Ruadh Stac Mor forces falling rock to echo into this great cleft but soon the final bealach is reached from where a clamber over a steep boulder field leads the walker to the summit with a fine view to the North of the back of An Teallach.

    Descending to the bealach, the rise to A'Mhaighdean is straightforward, leading to a broad flattish summit and final climb to a rocky outcrop sitting above. Here lies one of the finest views from the summit of any Munro: The remaining three Munros of The Fisherfield Forest lie to the east, The bulk of Slioch (Destined to be the final Munro) to the South East, The great long ridge of Beinn Lair and Beinn Airigh Charr runs west leading the eye to the distant coast. The route descends along the western ridge to join the outward route before the long return home.

    A fine day of great length (14 hours) under blue skies and rising heat (9 litres of water consumed!)

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