It is good to be back on the hills. Our first outing after lockdown saw ten people in three parties head for three different locations, trying to keep parties small so we didn’t have too many cars going to the one place and following the rules about how many people can meet up.
Steve and Jim had a successful day in Perthshire Marilyn bagging. They met up at the Road to the Isles car park and went up Sron Smeur, the Marilyn due south of the Corbett Beinn Pharlagain. They then drove the short distance to Bridge of Gaur and went up Meall Chomraidh; this little hill is an excellent viewpoint. On descent Steve’s ankle started playing up so they decided to close the innings and head for home, but Jim couldn’t resist another tick and continued on to do the neighbouring Leagag, Scotland’s tenth highest Marilyn.
The bike run up to Fannich Lodge, largely on a tarmac road, was much enjoyed by John, Catherine, Michael and Ewen; especially the latter two who had electric bikes! A good stalker’s track made the walk up Meall Gorm easy, but a very strong wind on top made them decide not to do the other Munro, An Coileachan, returning instead by another track having made use of the very comprehensive windbreak near the top of the hill.
Richard, Brian, Robin and Arthur wandered over Tom a’Choinich – pictured, top – and a couple of the Munro tops westwards along the ridge towards Carn Eige in fine weather. There were a surprising number of snow patches lingering high in the east facing corries. The view into the rough Coire Lochan below Beinn Fhionnlaidh was a great end to that section of the ridge, and at the aptly named Garbh Bealach we headed down to the loch of the same name to lounge about for a while. We then skirted the lip of Coire Mhic Fhearchair (a different one) down into the trackless Gleann nam Fiadh and then back to the welcome hydro track and forest path to the car park before Chisholm Bridge. Despite tales of crowded hills and parking areas in other parts of the Highlands, we only saw four other parties on the hill throughout the day and a similar number of other cars in the car park.
Participants; Jim, Steve, John, Catherine, Michael, Ewen, Brian (and Monty), Richard, Robin and Arthur.