Sgurr Mhic Bharraich.

A hard days snowplodding on the Saturday in addition to two nights imbibing Oddbins Chateau Trois Pour Dix Quid Reserve had taken it`s toll on most of us.We found it hard getting out of bed on Sunday morning,in fact,some of us had found it quite difficult actually getting into bed a few hours previously πŸ™‚

The previous evening Angus signified his intention to get down to some serious swally by donning his Drinking Hat…

Scott,Stuart and I managed to crawl out of bed at 6.50 am and make a start on tidying the bunkhouse and doing the dishes.Eventually we had to move round the various rooms with the hoover going full blast to rouse the other occupants.I`m sure they appreciated our efforts later that day if not at 7.20 am πŸ™‚

It had been decided beforehand that there would be a mass ascent of Sgurr Mhic Barraich on the Sunday to share the trailbreaking duties.The Cornwallis entourage however were heading up Glen Shiel in pursuit of his third Munro round,Stuart headed home to Ballater,Craig and Neil went off for some ice climbing on the Steall Falls in Glen Nevis and Angus was still in bed when we left.That left eight of us.

We pulled into the snow covered car park at the shop in Glen Shiel with the daylight just breaking above the Saddle.

Sunrise over the Saddle.

Fortunately the path,though icy,had been given a good trampling from folk going up the Saddle in the previous week and it proved easy enough going for us,even the ones with hangovers. We stopped for cigarettes,sweets and drouth removal juice around the 1000 ft mark just as the going got a bit tougher but Jules doesn`t like cigarette smoke so she was sent of in front to break trail for the boys πŸ™‚

Fag break….

A quick flog up the slopes and out onto the level for a bit followed by a steeper snowplod up to a handy rock for lunch.

Camp 1

We managed to link up the windblown and rocky patches bypassing most of the drifts making it a pleasant day out in comparison to the day before.The views opened up with height…

John B. defies his age…

Iain with the Five Sisters behind….

Beinn Sgritheall made an appearance.The North East ridge looks well worth a visit from Suardalan bothy maybe…

Summit fever breaks out…

A more leisurely approach for the rest of us….

Yours truly with Skye as a backdrop….

Jules has a cup of coffee after her trailbreaking exertions….

The summit…

We must have spent the best part of an hour on top but the need to get back down and the prospect of the long drive home to Glasgow had us heading off….

A zoomed shot of Eilean Donan castle with the huge corries of Beinn Bhan looming behind…

The drive home was notable for the ice crystals on the trees at the Glen Moriston junction.Minus 12 according to one of the other guys behind.We recorded minus 20 on Rannoch Moor on the way up on Friday night.On the run down to Invergarry the weight of the snow on the branches had caused them to lean over and touch the road….

Thanks to Scott for a couple of pics πŸ™‚

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