The Exiles (Jen’s walking/mountaineering club) are visiting and the “Mountain of the Month” on Nick’s calendar at home is just down the road so we took the first good weather day to seize the opportunity.
The glen was looking stunning and the walk looked like it might be called off altogether as we had numerous photo stops (Nick is a very keen photographer). It got even worse when the we came upon about 20 stags standing around in the middle of the road, and we spent at least 20 minutes listening to his* camera beeping and clicking as we crept along the road.
The walk sets off straight up the hill but I don’t think anybody noticed as we were all admiring the surroundings – and Jen had Lilly the golden retriever to pull her up most the way – I think she is planning on training Dylan to do that as well! After a few small patches of snow and ice to negotiate we were soon at the first summit of Sgurr Coire nan Eirichean.
Most of us were happy to sit here sunbathing and have an extended lunch before heading back down. Although we kept saying we weren’t bothered about getting to the very top, Jen and I decided we’d leave our bags and run across the ridge to “bag” the Munro and catch the others up on the way down. We soon made it across the ridge and after a few icey-scrambley bits and a fine view we were back to pick up our bags an hour later and raced off to catch everyone up.
We had an amazing day out although I wasn’t sure about Dave at first, he kept going on about it been “gneiss” and “schist” – it took us a while to figure out he was commenting on the rock and not the walk!
*in Nick’s defence, it wasn’t just his camera clicking away, we were all at it.