Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Friday, 4 May 2012

Friday 4 May - Glean Lichd

Light snow showers were sweeping across the hills this morning and a cold north wind was blowing, so we opted for a lower level excursion. A wander down Gleann Lichd to the E.U.M.C Hut and then the pass to Glen Affric. Maybe. A plaque on the door informs that the hut was opened in 1956 in memory of two climbers killed in a storm on Ben Nevis in May 1955.

We had no ambitions today other than to walk, look and listen. Some soft hail fell as we left Glenlicht House but the day was improving quickly and all the burns were low, so even without the bridges the two we had to cross would have posed no difficulty. I reminded Lynne of one of our previous, always wet, trips here when the first was impassable and we turned back: she had no recollection of it, so it must have been a dream. Who am I to contradict!

Our peaceful lunch spot at the summit of the pass gave fine views south to Sgurr a' Bhealaich Dheirg and to the east, Mullach Fraoch-choire. The track eventually drops to Camban, an open bothy in Fionngleann, and continues on to Glen Affric.

Reluctantly we began our descent pausing to photograph the rather lovely waterfall created as the Allt Grannda emerges from a small gorge. Summits and lofty ridges are great places to be, but you can miss much of interest by neglecting old ways through the hills I think.

That said, it's the tops again for us tomorrow!

Distance - 20km and about 500m ascent.

Martin - Thanks. My back muscle has recovered much more quickly than expected. It took 6 weeks last time. Tonight would have been our first wild camp of the trip.....

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