Strathfarrar – Sgurr Fhuar-thuill, 5 February 2017

Winter is here at last.

It was a fairly complicated meet up at the Strathfarrar gate with ten folk and two huskies arriving in 6 vehicles from different directions, then piling into three – including a change of van for the huskies.  We had three potential new members with us: Skye (from Alaska) and Alessio (from Italy), who were the owners of the huskies, and Kirsty, who had been teaching outdoor pursuits to kids in the United Arab Emirates.  The old guard were Peter and Marion, Ewen, Lisa, Robin, Fay and Arthur.

We had various levels of kit, but everyone set out with an ice axe, which turned out to be a a good thing.  The dogs were hooked up to waist harnesses and set off, pulling Skye and Alessio up the hill.  We followed the path up to Loch Toll a Mhuic and then headed up, roughly following the path, to the ridge between Sgurr na’ Fearstaig and Sgurr Fhuar-thuill.

Old snow lay in banks under the fresh snow and given that we had no crampons, we thought it best to cut steps at these stretches.  That slowed us down a bit, but kept us all more or less together.  We all regrouped at the summit. Skirting Creag Ghorm a Bhealaich we headed off Gob a Chairn back to the path.  It was an uneventful but very pleasant day, and good to meet up with interesting, potential new members.