Date: Saturday 9 May
Route: as planned from Coire na Breabaig to Sgurr na Lapaich, then to Garbh-choire via the northern spur as the planned eastern spur made me shake with fear. Excellent camping spot (bottom picture) at 735 metres (NH 172 351)
Distance: 16 km (Cum: 40)
Ascent: 1600 metres (Cum: 2900)
Time taken: 8.8 hrs including 1.7 hrs breaks (Cum: 16.9 hours including 3.3 hours breaks)
Weather: Another blue sky day with gradually increasing cloud. Afternoon showers to our north, and a cool breeze on the ridge.
Click on the link below (Day 2) for details of our planned route:
This is another 'second attempt', my first effort having disappeared into the ether just as I was finishing it! This version is somewhat briefer, brevity being a virtue when you have to do the same piece of work several times.
Simply a superb mountain day traversing the six Munro and Munro Top summits of the north Mullardoch ridge with wonderful views throughout.
We saw no other Challengers today, just a group of six day walkers armed to the teeth with ice axes and crampons. These were unnecessary as the snow was soft. The dour Scots looked at our big packs with disdain.
Sue is pictured on the summit of An Riabhachan - the middle one of the three Munro summits.
Fantastic views, superb weather, chatty plovers, snow buntings and ptarmigan. What more could you want?
Okay, a great camping spot. We have that as well. Unlike last night, which we enjoyed in an exceptional and memorable silent calm, with just the occasional tweet from an unknown bird, tonight we have a tumbling stream and a light breeze to lull us to sleep.
There's a short slideshow for the day (56 images) - here. Click on the first image, then click 'slideshow'.
Next Day - Day 3