Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019

Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019
On the Archduke's Path in Mallorca

Saturday, 13 March 2021

Ullapool 2007 - 26 March - Stac Pollaidh

Monday 26 March

Quite a few of us felt a gentle day up Stac Pollaidh would suit us. Andrew needed socks, and I needed medicine, etc, so we thought that would take some time. In the event, Boots sorted me out in ten minutes, and Andrew's socks were easily acquired. so six of us - Andrew, Dave, Barry, Pam, Paul and me - set off up Stac Pollaidh with various other unknowns at 11:10.

It was a lovely day, the car park was full, the rocks were warm, and the scrambling was easy. We reached the col by 12:20, then we lazed for a while, chatting to others on the hill, before strolling to the eastern summit.

On the col

The view to Suilven

Suilven, Canisp and Cul Mor

Coigach from Stac Pollaidh's pinnacles

The view along Loch Lurgainn

Looking towards the coast

The view to Cul Beag from near the eastern summit

In view of Cul Mor, where in 1981 Martin managed a fall that resulted in life-long tinnitus

Dave and Barry were then more purist than the rest of us in progressing to the western, higher, summit - they took the high route that I find difficult. The other four of us went by a lower path but still over a good part of the ridge.

Pam and Paul negotiate a thrutchy section near the summit

All except Andrew made the last little section to the main summit - an exposed scramble, or a sloping gully that I prefer, but at least he got over the sloping rock that we always find a bit unnerving, and we enjoyed a long lunch before retracing to a place where we could leave the ridge - at 14:25 - and return by the path around the mountain - really well built and bedded in. Back at the cars by 15:50, still in bright sunshine.

Plenty of time then to return to prepare a roast chicken dinner as our part of the progressive meal for all nine of us. Pam and Paul produced an excellent mushroom and cheese tartlet starter, and Sue and Phil provided a crumble and a cheesecake pudding. It was an excellent and most sociable evening.

Julie, Sue and Phil went up Sail Mhor, an outlier of An Teallach, on this superb day.

Our route - 5 km with 600 metres ascent, taking 4.7 hours

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