Monday, 12 August 2013

Munro Course day 2

Making sure we all know where we are before we head into the cloud
James, Martin and Nick on Sgurr a' Mhadaidh
Another wet and windy day was on the cards so I opted for the mid section with James, Nick and Martin. Fortunately the conditions were not as bad as the forecast had suggested. The 40mph winds did not hit us and the rain just came and went in passing showers. For a second day, the chaps have had no views of the Cuillin, just a few valley openings here and there. Enough to get a feeling of the exposure. Also for a second day running we didn't encountered any other mountaineers, understandably, as it was weather for only people who know the intricate detail of the Cuillin. We ascended into a misty An Doras and started the day on Sgurr a' Mhadaidh. The rock was greasy and the winds had picked up. After we reached Sgurr a' Ghreadaidh we tested the ridge proper but felt it was a bit too serious so dropped into the Glen Brittle side for slightly more amenable progress. We arrived on Sgurr na Banachdich as the rain descended onto us and the wind picked up. We decided to drop down to a more sheltered spot for a wee drink and snack before our final descent back to the youth hostel. The ridge of Sgurr nan Gobhar was on the cards but as it was wet and greasy we just headed down Coire an Eich for a hassle free descent. Another brilliant day. Hopefully tomorrow will bring less rain!

Nick, James and Martin on Sgurr a' Ghreadaidh

Sgurr na Banachdich in the foul weather

James put holes in his gloves, Nick put holes in his fingers and my hands went yellow from my yellow gloves!

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