Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Ardverikie Forest

Coire Mor Chlachair

Summit of Geal Charn
Summit of Creag Pitridh

    A better day promised the weather forecast, so I decided to tackle the 3 Munro's of the Ardverikie Forest. Leaving the car at Luiblea means a long walk in, but the estate roads make for easy going and at least I wasn't submerged in fir trees like yesterday. I had only walked about a mile when the first heavy shower blew through, it was to set a pattern for the rest of the day. My waterproof trousers were "on and off like a brides nightie". the real climbing only starts after Lochan na Earba, the old stalkers path has been well maintained and height was gained quickly from the col a short scrambly few crags were negotiated and good proges was made acoss the stoney ridge. The summit of Beinn a Chlachair was guarded by a mass of boulders, the view extensive as the cloud had cleared just long enough for a few photos. I retraced my steps to the col, descended the stalkers path a little way and took its northern branch for a couple of hundred yards before leaving it to stike upwards to the summit of Geal Charn. The Cairn was huge and acompanied by an unuasul trig coloum. The ground was easy so a beeline westwards brought me down to the Creag Pitridh col. A very short although steep climb and I was on the last summit of the day Creag Pitridh, once again good views. Gentle slopes led back to the outward track and a return to the car along the same estate roads. Today felt so easy in comparison to yesterday, partially the weather but it also felt good to be back in trainers, even if it meant wet feet! A round trip of 20 miles in six and a half hours.
Sandy shore of Lochan na Hearba

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