Saturday, 2 June 2012

3 Peaks and a week in Knoydart

Last Friday I was up Ben Nevis with a group of three peakers. We left Glen Nevis at 5.00pm in 30 degrees C heat! A little warmer than we're used to in Fort William. Needless to say we found the first couple of hours fairly hard work, particularly for those of us who find their optimum functioning temperature between -10 and 15 C! However, we all made it to the summit and back in just over 5hrs and got some stunning views and clear skies.

On Monday I headed to Knoydart for the week, working for Wilderness Scotland. Oz, Elise, Brad and Thomas had a week of wild camping and wilderness walking planned. We headed from Mallaig to Inverie on the ferry and then hiked over the Mam Meadail pass to the head of Loch Nevis. High temperatures and heavy packs certainly put us through our paces! Tuesday we headed up Sgurr na Ciche to bag Thomas and Brad's first Munro! A bit of cloud on the summit but a stunning day. Wednesday was a great day of getting off the beaten track to eventually join the pass leading to Barrisdale. After fighting a losing battle with the midges we camped at the bay area to an awesome sunset. Some rain on Wednesday night and a cloud base of 200m Thursday morning canned our plans for Ladhar Bheinn so we headed along the south coast of Loch Hourn. Friday we headed up to the Mam Barisdale pass and managed to get to the summit of our second Munro, Luinne Bheinn (affectionately named Loony Bin by the group!). We had 360 degree views to the Cuillin, Torridon, Nevis and beyond, amazing. A great feed in the Old forge in Inverie topped off a truly memorable and thoroughly enjoyable week.