25th March 2012.
The clocks had either gone back or forward the previous evening but in the fuzzy hour before dawn I wasn`t exactly sure which. I stepped over the still sleeping bodies to brew a couple of cups of coffee which gave the sun the time to rise over the glen.Opening the door to a beautiful early morning I headed up the hill leaving the sound of gentle snoring behind.
There is no gentle start to this hill if using the bothy I can tell you.It`s straight up from the off and necessitated a couple of stops “to admire the view” before it levelled out a bit at the 1,900 foot contour.
The couple of hours after dawn are my favourite time of day on the hills.
Looking over to Sguur nan Coireachan and Sgurr Cos na Breachd-laoidh…
Like my companions in the bothy the local wildlife was still a bit on the dozy side also.Put up a few drowsy stags and then came across this mountain hare.I followed my friends advice and sat down,staying quite still and talking gently to it and lo and behold did it`s inquisitive nature not get the better of it 🙂
A couple of views south of the ridge to the Corryhully horseshoe side….
The Sgurr na Ciche ridge to the north….
And finally to the summit of Carn Mor…
I meandered slowly back down to the bothy, arriving at lunchtime, where Bob was waiting,packed up,and cycled back out to the end of Loch Arkaig in the warm sunshine 🙂
A couple of pics from the friend mentioned above….
An owl lifted the mother and left six baby skunks orphaned.They were hand raised and are now back out doing what skunks do,whatever that is 🙂
Couple of young marmots…