Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Saileag and Sgurr nan Spainteach

It started to snow as we reached our first summit of the day. Proper snow. Small flakes, but not the ' blowing in the wind' stuff which has been normal on this trip. Hills and ranges of hills took turns to be obliterated from view as the snow showers swept in then passed through.

We descended to the Bealach an Lapain, an excellent way, incidentally, from Glen Shiel to Glen Lichd and on to Glen Affric. It was warm in the bealach and nice spot for a cuppa but we decided to continue to Sgurr nan Spainteach, a Top of Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe, hoping to arrive before the next blatter swooped in from the north.

The path twists and turns, ups and downs and all in all is a delight. Beinn Fhada was gathering cloud again and the wind was strengthening. Snow swept in and the flakes were bigger this time. It felt like early winter but a cuckoo reminded that it was spring. Paramo trousers and ME jackets were eventually required and stayed on until back at the bealach. Tea. Mists formed and dissipated, rose up from the glen, flowed across the ridges. It was an atmospheric place.

The sun appeared as we made our way down; large hail stones had me pulling up my hood; it rained for the last ten minutes back to the 'van. What wonderful day we had.

Andrew W - from the road to Arnisdale (yesterday) Eigg was in sun but the interior of Knoydart, and I expect Morar, looked grim. Not much good weather to shove your way at present. It will arrive. Have fun!

PhilR - a lot can change by the time you're due in Torridon. Have a great week.

Alan R - it can't make up its mind what season it is at present. Still greatly enjoyable trip though.

Martin - won't know dates until friends make up their minds when they plan to be up here. Will know more when you get back from the Challenge. I'll follow you when I can but can't get the BB to allow me to comment! Good luck.

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1 comment:

  1. Morar looking grim. Oh dear. I hope it bucks up for them.
    Looks and sounds like you are having a great time.
    Nice ridge pic. I havn’t done that. There is so much to do in Scotland.