Week 11 – The Final Push! This is the last week of Libby and Lisa’s Munro round as they finally reach their goal! Through bad weather and even more bad weather they persevere. Despite this their challenge finishes in a rather unexpected way. Lisa writes:
Last week’s bad weather continued into this week and we had another difficult decision to make on Sunday evening about whether we would attempt a long day out on Fannichs or take a rest day. We decided to take a rest day which also helped with support swap over. Lisa’s parents headed home (thanks for all the great cooking and motivating us in the bad weather!) and we collected Jim, Libby’s friend, from Fort William. Tuesday we had much nicer weather and we had a great day out on the Fannichs, it was so nice to be on such awesome ridge lines and satisfying to bag 9 munros in one day.
On Wednesday we tackled the Fisherfields (now the Fisherfield five after the demotion of Beinn a’Chlaidheimh). We had planned to stay at Shenevall bothy but the rivers are raging so we planned a route which avoided so many crossings. We mountain biked along a rough track on the north shore of Loch a’Bhraoin then did a great circuit to get A’Mhaighdean, Beinn Tarsuinn, Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair, Ruadh Stac Mor & Sgurr Ban. These mountains feel very remote and we had amazing views.
On Thursday the weather took a turn for the worse again and reluctantly we cycled into a strong headwind to Dundonnel where we started our route up to the two munros on An Teallach. The path had turned to a river and it was bitterly cold and windy but, as always we kept our spirits high by singing! The afternoon brightened up and we cycled much more easily to Inverlael and, in need of dry clothes, we checked into Ullapool hostel (primarily to use the drying room!).
Friday’s weather wasn’t much better but with only 9 to go and a dry hostel to come back to we had a good day out bagging Seana Bhraigh and the Ben Deargs.
Finally the weather improved for the weekend and we excitedly left the hostel to begin our last long cycle north. We had stunning scenery cycling into Sutherland and enjoyed Ben More Assynt and Conival (until it hailed sideways!). The evening was lovely and we completed a large portion of the cycle to Ben Klibreck. On Sunday we woke feeling very strange, this could be our last day!!! The forecast also said ‘rain not expected’ which is something we haven’t seen for a while. We zoomed along the first cycle to Ben Klibreck and caught the end of the Ride Across Britain.
We ascended the steep slopes of Ben Klibreck quickly and enjoyed a snack on the summit, taking in the views and appreciating the nice weather. We met Mike and Peg at the bottom who drove off ahead of us to get a head start up Ben Hope. We cycled along the bumpy road, singing our favourite munro songs that have been in our heads for the last two months, then wrestled the bikes into the back of the van for the final time.
We climbed Ben Hope and reached the summit at 5pm, 76 days and 9 hours after we started our climb up Ben More on the Isle of Mull. We were treated to 360° views, bubbly and chocolates. What a perfect end to an incredible trip.