The heavy rain and sleet, mist and low cloud did not augur well. We had delayed the meet from the previous day when the weather was even more inclement, on the promise by the Met Office of better weather.
Only on reaching the Cluanie Dam did our pessimism recede. Fresh snow sparkled in the spring sunshine, cottonwool clouds floated around the peaks and all was reflected in the mirror like surface of Loch Cluanie.
We set off up the path from Lundie wending our way between the boulders, small crags and slabs at the top of the path before joining the ridge and wandering over to Carn Ghluasaid summit. Cloud enveloped us briefly, but navigation to Creag a Chaorainn was easy – “keep the cornice to your right”.
There, Michael and Arthur turned around and strolled back down over Carn Ghluasaid. Meanwhile, Elinor, Robin and newcomer John – an expat from the Caithness Club – went on to Sgurr nan Conbhairean and returned the same way.
Glen Shiel (MG)