12th January 2013.
This certainly felt a longer day that it looked on the map although how much this was due to the queasiness induced by the ups and downs of the Loch Arkaig road it`s hard to say.I suppose the previous evenings whisky may have made a small contribution also 🙂 A quick plot on the map came to 4,800 ft so maybe around 5,000ft is not far off the mark.
Up at 6.23am and away from the hut at 7.12am which wasn`t bad considering we didn`t go to bed until almost 4am 🙂 We left the car at a deserted Strathan and started walking at 9.15am.
Along the land rover track we headed past Glendessary Lodge and then up the south east ridge of Sgurr Cos na Breachd-laoidh.
Looking back down on Glendessary Lodge from the ridge with Gulvain in the background.
Jools looking up towards the final summit cone.
The summit of Sgurr Cos na Breachd-laoidh. Funny light on the hills all day but not a breath of wind and complete and utter silence.
Over to the Sgurr na Ciche ridge from the summit.
We headed off along the ridge to Druim a Chuirn.
Zoomed view of Streap along the way.
It was rather obvious that it was going to be dark before we finished so we took a direct descent off Druim a Chuirn down to the col below Fraoch Bheinn to speed things up .We had a vote here and the consensus,two to one,was to carry on to Fraoch Bheinn.
Descent route 🙂
From the col we went up the north west ridge of Fraoch Bheinn.Sgurr Mor from the ridge.
As we guessed it was nightfall when we got to the top.
Summit of Fraoch Bheinn.
We got part way down before the head torches had to come out and eventually got back to the car around 6.20pm.I was buggered 🙂
A quick stop in Fort William for a fish supper and a drive down the road to Blackrock Cottage in Glencoe where we were staying for the weekend.Thankfully the clag was down in the morning as neither Jools,John or I had much enthusiasm for another hill day.
We didn`t want to head home too early so instead passed a pleasant few hours inflicting punishment on Graeme for contravening the club constitution namely Section 3 of the Non Snoring Act of 1996 🙂
Back up for another weekend in Glencoe in three days time 🙂