The snow started to fall quietly as we walked up to the Bealach an Sgairne heading for A’Glas-bheinn, above. This was in some contrast to our last visit on the Christmas meet last year, when we were battered by strong winds and abandoned our attempt a few metres above the bealach. There was no repeat this year. The fresh snow accumulating on the Eastern flank of the hill needed a little care when rounding the succession of bumps and false summits that guard the way to the summit of A’Glas-bheinn. The snow stopped and the ascent gave excellent walking in fresh winter conditions. No hill day is complete without finishing on steep, wet, grassy slopes. And we duly found these when descending over A’ Mhuc to pick up the path back to Morvich at the edge of the forest.
The team of eight arrived back at the Kintail Outdoor Centre to meet up with the other club members. Michael had walked part of the Affric Kintail Way up Gleann Lichd. Lizzie and Albert walked up the path beside the Allt Undalain from the Shiel Bridge campsite. Jim, Ewen and Catherine had chosen to ascend Beinn a’ Mheadhain from Killilan – a Marilyn whose modest height belies the difficulty in reaching its summit. It is defended on two sides by water, then on three sides by crags and the apparently “easy” side is defended by rocky lumps and grassy bumps – not to mention a couple of lochs. Robin was last to appear from his ascent of the nearby Corbett, Sgurr an Airgid. He had a contemplative day on the hill – his GPS showing 4 hours walking and 3 hours at rest.
Our fine Christmas dinner rounded off the day. The choice of three starters, three main courses and four sweets preceded by mulled wine and rounded off by fine chat beside the wood burning stove made for a very sociable evening.
Sunday was a less active day. I am unsure whether the crop of sore feet, sore hips, sore knees and sore heads should be attributed to the exertions of the previous day or the previous evening. Ewen, Jim, Catherine and Andreas had a pleasant walk in the woods at Balmacara; Irene and Dan followed Lizzie and Albert’s trail from the previous day; Kirsty, Michael and Arthur drove to Glenelg then decided in favour of the Eilean Donan coffee shop; and Robin got wet in the glen behind Coulags. Participants: Masoud, Andreas, Dan, Ewen, Arthur, Kirsty R., Jim, Wendell, Michael, Irene, Robin, Albert, Lizzie, Richard and Catherine.