Blue Sky, Sunshine, Panoramas and Sunsets   8 comments

A flicker of bright light caught my eye as I stirred, followed by the sound of zips and a “blam!” from GM. I was outside in a flash and this was the scene that welcomed me into the day

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Nothing finer than a wild camp and sunny clear morning, especially after a couple of days under grey skies. It was perishingly cold but you just can’t waste a scene like this. I ate my breakfast outside while GM and TJS cowered in the tents. The views were just sensational

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A low mist hung over the valley and the low sunlight highlighted the browns of the heather and the streaks of snow

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What really attracted the attention was Ben Nevis and Aonach Beag framed perfectly between the valley sides. We’d been here for two days and had no idea they were there. Whilst not exactly a surprise to find them there it was beguiling to suddenly find them filling the view. They continued to be focus of my attention while around the tent

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We packed up and were off before 9, the sun warming the day by the second and making the trudge back down to Loch Treig a little lighter.

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Such was the increasing warmth that we paused at the bridge over the Abhainn Rath to de-layer – thermals were not needed.

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Then the hard work began. After a brief chat with a guy who seemed to be living off-grid for several months, in a tent by the derelict Creaguaineach Lodge we headed around the edge of the loch and began the long climb.

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This was to be TJS first real experience of heavy Scottish conditions, no path’s here to tame the heather and grass. We aimed directly up Creagan a Chaise, 450m of steep heather. Whilst the climb taxed the legs, the views pulled us upwards. Close at hand the small peak of Creag Ghuanach was magnificent, further afield the Mamores dominated the view west.

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Binnein Beag in particular, with its perfect cone caught the eye, more so than it’s much higher more dominant neighbours.

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As we gained height the full spread of the Southern Highlands were revealed, contrasted by the glass smooth Loch Treig. All the while the warm sun and clear skies made it pretty much the perfect day. I kept reminding TJS that he was lucky to be out in the middle of the Scottish mountains on such a stunning day and he should savour this one

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We took an early lunch basking on the rocks near the summit, soaking up nourishment, sun, and views in equal measure. I could have sat there all day to be honest but there was a summit to be bagged and we were only halfway up.

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We skirted around the summit trying to find the line of least resistance to the Moine na Gaibhre. It’s a really rather nice area of rock slabs and outcrops and grassy terraces, a perfect place for a high level wild camp.

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Once across the boggy peat around the small tarn our next objective was to reach the south ridge of Stob Coire Easain, still 150m above us. The ground was steep and the thawing snow deep and wet. We managed to pick a way through, avoiding the worst of the snow but still managing to get bogged down from time to time.

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Once up on the ridge the going always seems easier and with the goal in sight we picked up the pace. Coire Easain Mor was just a wall of perfect snow that looked primed and ready to slide off into Loch Treig.

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There were massive cornices to be steered away from as we hit the snow slopes that drew us up to the summit. GM and TJS seemed to have summit fever as they left me trailing on the final slopes that seemed to go on forever.

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Finally, after a long climb (long mostly as we’d been savouring the day as we should) we reached the top and TJS had his first Munro.

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Despite being an Easter weekend and the mountain being relatively accessible we had the place to ourselves. We had a full spread from Southern Highlands through Glencoe to the North West Highland beyond the Great Glen. East was Ben Alder and the Cairngorms.

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Schiehallion as always from this direction looked pointy, rather than its real whale-backed shaped, the most false-summitted mountain in the world I seem to remember from when I climbed it

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As always on a such a grand day it’s tough to drag yourself away. We returned along the ridge and to vary the route a little we headed down the western slopes towards the Allt na Lairige.

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I preferred the long runs of deep wet snow for rapid and cushioned progress, benefitting from having over-boot gaiters to keep my feet dry. This killed about half the descent in a matter of minutes. To celebrate we stopped and had second lunch by a cool and refreshing snow-melt stream. Me and TJS felt the benefit of our load from the first two days as we feasted on wraps filled with salami, cheese and chutney.

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GM had oatcakes. He protests (a little too much if you ask me) at how fine they are but to me they are truly the driest and blandest creation. He once convinced me to use them as the basis for my lunch on a backpacking trip. I was hungry most of the time and often wished I’d just eaten the packet. Such was the barrage of sarcasm and gloating that he received as we tucked in he could take it no more and headed back down although I did offer him some pork pie as a peace-offering. It seemed to do the trick as he had a brew ready when we got back

The descent from there was easy and trouble-free and the Allt na Lairige a splendid valley full of wild camping potential.

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There was a small sting in the tail as the river plunges into a deep ravine before it enters Loch Treig giving you a surprising and unwelcome 200 feet of ascent that wasn’t needed. We were tired and heavy legged as we returned to base camp after a top drawer day. We have been so lucky that the past three Easter trips have delivered so many awesome days. I’m not sure when I’m going to pay for it

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Lochaber 3

We had a long relaxing lie on the grass and many brews of tea to recuperate and recover and were able to eat or evening meal outside in the watery sunshine.

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There had been a bank of heavy cirrus cloud that drifted over us when we returned to camp but as the sun set the skies cleared again and treated us to a magnificent sunset. The colours deepened and intensified as the sun went down.

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Then the remaining wisps of cloud went pink and red before the skies darkened on a magnificent day.

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There was just time for the ritual burning of the rubbish into a less messy and more manageable quantity.

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No wood unfortunately to get a proper fire going but meths made an acceptable substitute.

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8 responses to “Blue Sky, Sunshine, Panoramas and Sunsets

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  1. Absolutely wonderful, Andy 🙂

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  2. Awesome photos and probably some kind of record for the most obscure route up a first munro. By coincidence I climbed the Easains a couple of weeks ago – in full winter conditions – my first day out since Suie Lodge trip. Their extra height makes for quite a big day.

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    Deutschland Jim
    • Yeah it was a bit of an unusual approach and a tough introduction to Scotland for TJS. We had winter conditions up high on the first day but even on the summit the snow was wet and mushy on this day. Pretty good route up in fact with plenty of interest although wall to wall blue sky always helps! 🙂

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  3. Blam! Pretty special for a first Munro! If he isn’t hooked after that, then he’s unhookable. I haven’t done that one. Great photos – I particularly like the ptarmigans.

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    • Absolutely major day with a stonking sunset to finish. I’m pretty sure he enjoyed it, hard to tell looking at a teenage sulky face. Ptarmigans did pose for me quite nicely. My favourite shot is the zoom photo of the Ben – 6th one down

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  4. Looks like perfect weather!

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