The Big Munro Round: Week 7

Author:  CORIN

Rain, rain and more rain wreak havoc on week 7 of Lisa and Libby’s Munro Adventure, but it doesn’t stop them from continuing.  Lisa wrote:

It has been a wet week!

Photo from the top of Munro 190!

We started the week with a long soggy walk out from Ben Alder bothy over 5 Munros (Sgor Gaibhre, Carn Dearg, Beinn na Lap, Chno Dearg, Stob Coire Sgriodain) to Fersit. It rained hard all morning so we took a quick pit stop at Loch Ossian hostel (really cute!) to have a look around, change into dry clothes and eat sandwiches in the dry. The rain eased off but the ‘stream’ between Beinn na Lap and Chno Dearg was uncrossable, even some of the smaller tributaries were challenging, so we detoured to find a bridge.

View at Loch Ossian Hostel

We have now completed all the Munros south of the Great Glen! Tuesday we had a slightly easier day and between showers we cycled to Clune then mountain biked along the Loch Lochy cycle track to climb Sron a’Choire Ghairbh and Meall na Tanga.

We took a rest day on weds and were really grateful to stay with Libby’s friend Ailsa on Tuesday night. Thanks for the delicious meal, hot shower and comfy beds! We did some last minute route replanning to avoid swollen rivers so on Thursday morning we cycled round to Loch Quoich (feature image above) to begin another long two day route through Knoydart, bagging Gairich, Sgurr Mor, Sgurr nan Coireachan, Garbh Choich Mhor and Sgurr na Ciche on Thurs and Meall Bhuidhe, Luinne Bheinn and Ladhar Bheinn on Friday.

Libby in Knoydart.

Thursday started miserably wet but soon brightened up when we reached the ridge and we had stunning views. We reached Sourlies bothy just after dark and had the place to ourselves, what a luxury. Carrying our overnight stuff and the wet rocky ground slowed us down and we had another late finish in Kinlochourn on Friday night.

On Saturday we woke up, achy and tired to torrential rain. As everybody knows psyche is water soluble so we made the wise decision to stay in the van. Steve, Libby’s boyfriend arrived, and brought a selection of care packages; cake and party supplies (the van is now very sparkly) from Zora, loads of treats from Ali in NZ, more birthday cards and decathlon supplies from Steve. Thanks everyone!

Steve and Libby on Shiel Ridge

We did a lot of route replanning and decided to just bag Sgurr a’ Mhaoraich in the wet and link Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach to Shiel ridge on Sunday. This was a great decision and we were rewarded with beautiful calm, sunny weather to bag 9 Munros on Sunday. What an awesome way to end the week.

Munro count at the end of week 7: 193

Using the ever helpful rock tape to support the knees for the steep descents.

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