Sgùrr a' Chaorachain
|Sgùrr a' Chaorachain|
|Summit:|| 3,455 feet NH087447 |
The southern slopes are not craggy but extremely steep. The summit is the intersection point of three ridges running north, west and east. The northern ridge skirts round the rim of Coire Choinnich before curving east to Glenuaig Lodge. The western ridge drops to a low col and on to neighbouring Munro, Sgùrr Choinnich. The eastern ridge drops down slowly to the smaller neighbouring peak of Bidean an Eoin Deirg and then down craggy slopes to the shores of Loch Monar.
The slopes to the north are the mountain's best features and feature prominently on the walk in. As Sgùrr a' Chaorachain is the highest peak amongst its neighbours its summit provides a fine, broad vista over Torridon.
It is normally climbed with neighbouring Munro, Sgùrr Choinnich which involves a wonderful traverse of the ridge between the two mountains. Sgùrr a Chaorachain has steep, craggy slopes on all its northern faces in particular to the northwest where a corrie, Coire Choinnich, bites into the hill.
Most climbs begin in the north at Achnashellach. A series of stalker's paths follow the Allt na Chonais to reach the western ridge of Sgùrr Choinnich, and Sgùrr a Chaorachain can be climbed with it. Such an expedition requires a long walk in from Achnashellach but not a walk devoid of beauty, and the revelation of the north face of the two mountains is a fine sight.