Steadily closing in on that elusive last Munro! The final quest has been plagued by one of the most unsettled early summers for years. Finding good weather days that coincide with work-free days has proved to be a challenge. And so, needing only two more good days, the long weekend of Selkirk Common Riding looked like an opportunity. I was working in Glasgow on the Wednesday, and Anne wouldn't be free until 3pm, so we planned to meet up in Stirling at 7pm. Anne travelled up by bus and train; I drove up from Glasgow after my meeting.
|Aonach Mor from Braes Guest House, Spean Bridge|
|view across Loch Cluanie to the South Glen Shiel ridge|
|gradient lessening as we reached the ridge - view across to Am Bathach|
|on the ridge of A' Chralaig at about 800m|
|on the path round the rim of the eastern corries, before the final rise to the summit of A' Chralaig|
|Anne at summit of A' Chralaig|
|Anne sheltering while the shower passed over|
Less than ten minutes after leaving the summit, a squally shower caught us - wind and cold rain. Fortunately, there was a handy sheltering place behind a little rock wall to the right of the path, so we "cooried doon" there for 10-15 minutes while the shower passed by.
|Na Geurdain from Stob Coire na Cralaig|
|looking back towards A' Chralaig from Stob Coire na Cralaig|
|A' Chralaig from Na Geurdain|
|Anne on the split rock just before the final climb to the summit|
|summit of Mullach Fraoch-choire - 2 to go!|
|Glen Affric from the summit of Mullach Fraoch-choire|
|on the way back along Na Geurdain|
Eventually, we reached the valley floor right on the watershed, and followed the boggy and intermittent path south until it joined an old metalled track, which led down An Caorainn Mor to the car - about 3 miles.
An excellent day. The big question: would the weather hold for "compleating" on the Aonachs tomorrow?
|Aonach Mor from the Command Monument above Spean Bridge|
Looks like the weekend of 2-3rd July will be the next opportunity! Maybe see you then?