tramping on the mountains of kintail
Mon, Jun 16, 2014
The great north run with Penguin had seen us climb Ben Klibreck, Ben Hope, overnight at the fantastic Sango Sands campsite at Durness (a personal favourite), make an abortive attempt on Conival and Ben More Assynt (horrendous rain and thick cloud) and finally stagger back to Skye for a breather. Breather over, we headed down the road to the north Glen Shiel ridge to climb Carn Ghluasaid, Sgurr nan Conbhairean and Sail Chaoruinn.
The forecast was good until around 3-5pm when we could expect thunder and lightning to trundle through. Having camped high on the south Glen Shiel ridge in a lightning storm (hint, it’s like camping inside a neon tube!) I wasn’t prepared to go through the experience again, so we set a good pace up to the summit of Carn Ghluasaid.
Superb walking round to Sgurr nan Conbhairean, with memories of fox prints on the cornice a few years ago.
The sky was beginning to cloud over, with some lazy rain in the east but nothing to worry about.
The descent towards Sail Chaoruinn took us above the wild remote corries of Ceannacroc and I was dismayed to see what looked like a new landrover track scar.
Gorgeous walking across grassy fields high above wild places, what a wonderful area this is.
Back up towards the top of Sgurr nan Conbhairean, branch off around 1000m to skirt the slopes. The Ben was still visible to the south so we were ok for the weather. It was beginning to look like the storm wouldn’t arrive.
A long long long descent rather than retrace our steps along the ridge, down to the old military road where we crossed the burn as it enter the trees. A damp tramp back over the low ridge to the mast and back to the car. A superb day out but the star of the show was the clouds.
As we drove back to Skye some raindrops spattered the windscreen but the thunder and lightning never came.
You can see all the pics here