Week 8 has been eventful as the girls progress even closer to their goal! It’s included fun scrambling on ridges, a delicious pub meal, their 200th Munro and a horrid midge apocalypse. Libby wrote:
This week has been Fun! We started the week with a scramble up the Forcan ridge onto The Saddle. It was a clear day and we had some great views across Kintail to the North, the sea to the West and back over munros we’ve previously bagged to the South. The ridge was fun and we enjoyed chatting to a guy from the local mountain rescue team on the way up. We popped across to bag Sgurr na Signe too before going back down to the valley to pick up bikes to cycle south west to Beinn Sgitheall. The cycle ride incorporated a big hill on the way out of Ratagan but we were rewarded with great views of the Five Sisters from the top. After whizzing down the other side of the hill we arrived in Glenelg, a little seaside village where the community hall had showers that were open to the public. I’m not sure I’ve ever been so grateful for a shower! We decided to spend the night in Glenelg and treat ourselves to a pub meal (now we were clean enough to be accepted into public places!). It was a great decision, the Glenelg Inn was everything a good pub should be, cosy and homely yet lively with a wood fire crackling and brilliant food. It was hard to leave!
Steve (Libby’s boyfriend) left us on Tuesday morning and we finished the cycle to The foot of Beinn Sgritheall in Arnisdale and climbed up the steep slopes to reach Beinn Sgritheall’s summit. Once again the views were spectacular. We slid down the boggy lower slopes back to Arnisdale and cycled back along the coast and over the big hill to Ratagan.
On Wednesday we did 3 of the 5 Sisters of Kintail (feeling a little guilty for missing out the other 2 as they’re not munros – we’ll be back to do them at a later date!) and the 3 brothers. We added Ciste Dubh on the end and dropped down to the A87 at the Cluanie Inn.
On Thursday we awoke to a midge apocalypse. The windows were black. After several failed attempts and a lot of the flailing-arms-slapping-face midge dance we ran away from the van feeling very grateful that midges can’t move faster than 2 or 3k an hour. We walked over Carn Ghluasaid, Sgurr nan Conbhairean, Sail Chaorainn, A’Chralaig and Mullach Fraoch-choire before dropping down to Glen Affric YHA. Glen Affric YHA is only accessible by foot (or bike if you’re not adverse to carrying your bike through a few bogs and streams). It is surrounded by mountains on all sides and this view and its remote location made it feel really special. The warden was lovely and we had a really nice evening infront of the fire chatting to other walkers.
On Friday we did a circular walk over Beinn Fhada, A’Ghlas-bheinn, Sgurr nan Ceathreamnan (?sp – the map got a bit wet and the name has smudged!), Mullach na Dheiragain and An Socach and returned for another night at Glen Affric YHA.
On Saturday we walked out from Glen Affric over Mam Sodhail, Carn Eighe, Beinn Fhionnlaidh, Tom a’choinich and Toll Creagach to drop down into Glen Cannich. We were looking forward to a rest day on Sunday but the weather had other plans. The forecast for Sunday looked clear, dry and lovely whilst Monday’s forecast included heavy rain and 60mph gusts so we decided to push on for another day and take a rest day on Monday instead. On Saturday evening we cycled round to Glen Strathfarrar then picked up the 4 munros (Sgurr na Ruaidhe, Carn nan Gobhar, Sgurr a’choire Ghlais and Sgurr Thuarthuill) to the North of Glen Strathfarrar on Sunday.