a couple of days in the hills

Thu, May 8, 2008

I met up with my old pal Allan last weekend for a couple of days in the hills, heading for Carn Dearg in the Monadhliath and Beinn a’Chaorainn above the Laggan dam. After weeks of sunshine over April and continuing into May, we were hoping for fine weather but the forecast for the Sunday was pretty dire, with 60mph winds and heavy rain. In the end it wasn’t too bad, with Beinn a’Chaorainn on the edge of the weather system, although it was windy and we were caught in some heavy rain for a bit on the way down.

Allan in Gleann Ballach

The walk up Carn Dearg was warm down in the glen, heading up Glen Banchor, taking a right turn up the Allt Fionndrigh, to the wee bridge at the head of the glen, then making for the 600m contour on Meall na Ceardaich once the path had petered out. That way you can contour round into Gleann Ballach and it’s an easy plod up the ridge onto the summit of Carn Dearg

Looking down Gleann Ballach from 600m

On the way back I stopped to look at a very weird contraption onthe 600m area. It consisted of a wire cage, where it seemed you could peel back the top and it was stepped down into a bog. Presumably it was built on the slope for a reason as there’s plenty flat ground next to it, that would accommodate its size. Also, there were flags in the bog and leading onto the flat ground, with a set of footprints crossing what would normally be a bottomless pit, a place you’d normally steer clear of. No idea what was going on there.

Weird cage on 600m area of Meall na Ceardaich

Sunday had us on an Alpine start (midday!) heading up Beinn a’Chaorainn into the gales and clag and we sat in the bothy bag on the summit, being blown about by the wind. A compass bearing from the south top then took us straight back to the big rock where we had lunch on the way up. Not bad I say!

Allan on the summit of Beinn aChaorainn

On the way back we detoured down the river side, on a delightful path. Much better than the forestry road on the way in. All in all a superb three days away.

You can all the pics here and here.

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