Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Beinn Bhreac - a long and winding road!

The beginning of May saw us back on the bikes again to tackle this isolated Corbett at the headwaters of the Tarf Water.
Our cycle from Calvine to Bruar Lodge was hampered a little by strong winds and some piercing rain showers, but we made it in one piece and, after a snack by the Lodge, we headed off towards our hill.
A good stalkers path climbs up the side of the Allt Beinn Losgarnaich and on to the featureless, rough and boggy ground which must be covered to reach this Corbett.
Fortunately it was not so wet underfoot, but sadly the mist closed in as we reached the summit, and an icy wind forced us to retreat hastily and find a more sheltered spot for lunch further down the slope.
The bikes were a real asset on the way back down the glen, and we made good time though we were slowed slightly by a young canine companion who insisted on following us for near 15km - nothing deterred him!
It was a long trek for a small dog, and many thanks to Susan at Calvine who took him in till his owners could collect him.
One more Corbett to go Kay!!


The sun shone on us the next day too as we headed across the bridge to Skye to tackle the fine traverse of  Garbh-bheinn and Belig.
There were some airy moments on the narrow summit ridge of Garbh-bheinn, and the chance to enjoy lunch with the Cuillin ridge as a glorious backdrop.
We continued on to Belig in the warmth of the early afternoon, via the sheltered s-w ridge, before heading back down to Loch Ainort just as a light rain started to fall.

Catch up!

This is turning out to be a really busy time in the hills, and admin has taken a bit of a back seat. I've been really lucky with the weather too, enjoying lots of clear and sunny days.
Towards the end of April 3 of us set off from a very quiet Ratagan YH to cycle into Glen Elchaig to climb 2 Corbetts, Faochaig and Aonach Buidhe.
For the most part the track up to Iron Lodge is a good one and even the reluctant cyclists made good time. Large numbers of deer grazed at the side of the track, along with the highland cattle and some young calves - a previous bad experience here caused us to give the latter as wide a berth as possible!
The slopes of Aonach Buidhe are grassy and featureless on the south side and the summit was shrouded in mist with just a sprinkling of snow. We descended steeply to the col and into sunshine to pick up an excellent path up onto the summit plateau of Faochaig where we found a sunny sheltered spot by the cairn for a late lunch.
It was a pleasant descent in the Spring warmth back to the bikes and no complaints as we cycled easily back down this beautiful Glen after a long and successful day in the hills.