An afternoon Munro ascent to start our backpack, with an adventurous summit camp
Distance: 7.5km; Ascent: 850m; Light snow; with Colin
Colin arrived by train in Stockport yesterday evening and, after pizza for dinner, we drove north to a Travelodge on the outskirts of Perth for the night. A lack of time during the previous week had meant that I hadn't had time to pack and had merely thrown everything I might need into the car! Therefore this morning, Colin headed out to buy food for the weekend whilst I organised my gear and was pleasantly surprised to discover that I hadn't forgotten anything crucial! I had however brought lots of unnecessary stuff - oh well it would just have to sit in the boot by Loch Mullardoch for the 4 days!
It probably won't have escaped your attention that we woke up in Perth this morning, which is still a heck of a long way away from Loch Mullardoch! Therefore this morning was spent driving north to Inverness and then slightly south again to Drumnadrochit before heading west to Cannich and then finally along the single track road to Loch Mullardoch, where we had lunch in the car whilst watching the rain!
|Loch Mullardoch dam|
|Heading west along the north shore|
|Resting in the snow|
|Loch Mullardoch from the slopes of Mullach na Maoile|
|Creag Dubh from slopes of Mullach na Maoile|
|Approaching the summit of Mullach na Maoile|
Various reasons resulted in us deciding against descending the west ridge by torch light and, as the summit area was too stony and exposed to the wind to be a pleasant spot for camping, we instead descended east away from the wind. After a couple of hundred metres we found a slightly more sheltered area and so opted to camp here. As the snow was fresh we had to clear a lot of it out of the way to allow us to pitch the tent such that the tent pegs were actually anchored into the ground, rather than the snow. However we soon had the tent up and were safely inside the warmth of our sleeping bags having dinner - I was glad I had brought my winter bag with me!
N.B. 13/02/13 - Post date updated to actual date of walk, i.e. 23/11/12 (from 04/12/12)