Monday, 3 June 2019


Fabulous cloud swirling over Beinn Dearg 
Misty fun
I've been up in The fabulous NW Highlands this weekend. 3 days guiding in the Dundonnell/Ullapool area. Saturday and Sunday I was leading a group of 5 folk for Kingdom Guides.  Saturday saw us on An Teallach,  the finest mountain on the planet.
The team on Corrag Buidhe,  An Teallach 
Fun on the ridge 

Looking good

Lord Barkeley's Seat

Sgurr Fiona

A great day despite the poor weather and lack of distant views. An Teallach never fails to entertain.
Loch Broom sunset, Saturday 

On Sunday we headed onto the group of four Munros at the end of Loch Broom.  These hills have a long walk -in and a feeling of wildness. It's a big day out. Feeling even longer when in cloud and rain!
Beinn Dearg

Clouds parting!

Munro number 3 in the sun

Fabulous clouds

We we're walking in cloud, drizzle and longer spells of rain for much of the day. As we made our way up towards Munro number 3, Meall nan Ceapraichean,  the clouds suddenly blew away and we we're in sunshine!
A fine end to the day with the final two Munros in sunshine and views. A long 11 hour day in total and 4 more Munros 'in the bag' for the team. Good craic with all the lovely folk whilst wandering about in cloud!
On our way to Eididh nan Clach Geala, final Munro

Late afternoon on Munro 4, Eididh nan Clach Geala

A lovely end to the day
On Monday I was out again guiding for Tarmachan Mountaineering. Father and son team Mark & Duncan from Virginia, USA had booked me for a traverse of An Teallach. Unfortunately the weather forecast was even worse. Cloud, rain and high winds of 45-60mph on the summits.  We decided to shelve the worlds finest mountain for a more sensible option. It was back to the 'Deargs'. For much of the route onto Meall nan Ceapraichean it is sheltered through the long Glen na Sguaib. We only battled the winds for the final hour to the top. It rained on and off through the day but the guys did well, coping in the Scottish conditions for their first Munro.
Second day up Gleann na Sguaib

The cliffs of Beinn Dearg

First Munro

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