Friday, 2 August 2013

When the wind took control

A slightly disappointing day today due to uncontrollable circumstances. I was out with Nigel who was keen to summit the Northern 3 Munros on Skye. Sgurr nan Gillean, Am Basteir and Bruach na Frithe.  We knew from the off set it was to be windy, grass was pushed horizontal, streams were spraying water onto us as we walked by, my sun glasses were blow off my head and taken to the depths below. On arrival to the base of Sgurr nan Gillean, the wind was strong, accelerated over the col, we pressed on but only to be blown to the ground. We were not going up today. We salvaged the day by summiting Bruach na Frithe and left Am Bastier for a calmer day.  Rain on the ridge is manageable, strong gust on the ridge is playing with fire! I didn't want to get burnt! As disappointing it is to bail out of an objective, it is good to come back in one piece knowing that the mountain will be there for an ascent another time.
Nigel enjoying a bit of shelter
Looks nice but the wind was howling through
Sunny over there but not here

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