Friday, 19 November 2010

Schiehallion Sunday 14 Nov 2010

On route to Schiehallion "The Queen's View"

This is the 4th time on Schiehallion and never had the complete view but hope this is the beginning of the first of the good winter hill walking days. Just the usual start from the Braes of Foss car park which follows the well constructed path by The John Muir Trust a job well done I will add

On the John Muir path up Schiehallion
At about 800m we disappeared into cloud which there were a few glimpses now and again but that was pretty much it til we came back down, so hence the lack of photos today.While standing at the summit waiting for Paul a raven landed right beside me, these are big  boys like and quite scary as was just a huge black shape out of the cloud as was all by myself, think it thought I was dinner.
Myself at the Summit Rocks

Tweeting from the Summit

After leaving the summit at about 900m the wind whipped up and was blowing the snow around causing Paul to remove his glasses which was even worse cos then he was totally blind, the words I heard were he could see diddly-squat, not the best ! Anyways back at 800m and out of the cloud and almost out of the snow it was like a different world and an easy descent back to car. So maybe next (5th) time lucky to getting the complete view ?  I did the feeling that some hills just don't like you and don't want you on them.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Ben Tirran (The Goet) Sunday 7 Nov 2010

Have climbed Ben Tirran many times as only a half days walk and as was out the night before it was the perfect choice. Not really a great deal to this hill but views up Glen Clova & Doll are beautiful and the climb looking down on Loch Wharral is also stunning, the skiffing of snow just adding to it. To top the day  we got the closest view we have ever had of a flying Golden Eagle but of course by the time pulled camera out and got it set up eagle was quite a distance away.
Glen Clova & Glen Doll

Looking down on Loch Wharrel

Golden Eagle in the distance

Mount Keen from the summit of Ben Tirran

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Meall Lighiche 31 Oct 2010

 Meall Lighiche

Started walk at a car park on the A82 just before the actual village of Glencoe and followed a private road that leads to a B&B and farm. After reaching and crossing a bridge the path now takes a detour to avoid the two houses. Once past the farm sheds we continued up the Glenn-leac-na-muidhe to where the good path ends and turns S. To reach the ridge of Meall Lighiche we had to cross the main river, which was harder than the picture suggests as it was deep in places and fast flowing.
Crossing the River

After the climb up to the NE ridge the views open out and the view back to the cloud drifting over the Clachaig gully with the autumn colours was stunning.
Looking towards the Clachaig Gully

Once on the main ridge it was a steep pull up grass slopes to reach the cairn on Creag Bhan where there were great views to Sgor na h-Ulaidh.
Sgor na h-Ulaidh from Creag Bhan

From the cairn on Crag Bhan we followed the line of iron fence posts to the summit cairn.
Sitting at the Summit

Looking down Glen Creran with the Isle of Mull in the distance

South Ballachulish & Loch Leven

Looking at Clachaig Gully, Aonach Eagach & Bidean nam Bian

After leaving the summit to return by the same upward route we were rewarded with the great view of the twin peaks of Beinn a' Bheithir all the way back down the ridge.
Beinn a' Bheithir

Another great day out this year and knew Glencoe would never fail !