An unplanned retreat from the high hills, but with excellent views of snowy peaks!
Distance: 8.5km; Ascent: 170m; Sunny; with Colin
Well, last night will probably go down as one of my worst night's sleep in a tent since sitting out a storm on the first night of the 2009 TGO Challenge near Loch Calavie (a mere 13km away to the WNW from my current location). This was almost certainly due to the frequent gusts of wind shaking the tent and depositing spindrift on the end of the tent where our heads were, which then in turn gradually melted and dripped onto us! Also after I had a slightly cold night, I made a mental note to make sure I brought a thicker sleeping mat next time I camped on snow!
|Our tent at dawn|
|False summit of Carn nan Gobhar at dawn|
|Sgurr na Lapaich at dawn|
|Our scenic overnight halt|
|Sunrise from our overnight camp high on Carn na Gobhar|
Colin headed up to the summit of the Munro to admire the views, whilst I headed back inside the tent to pack up my stuff. Soon Colin returned and at around 9:15am I set off for the summit, grateful for Colin's steps in the deep snow. Soon I reached the summit cairn of Carn nan Gobhar (Munro, Marilyn) and was admiring the absolutely fantastic views of snowy mountains in every direction! Sgurr na Lapaich looked particularly impressive out to the west and there were also good views down to the east end of Loch Monar and the Strathfarrar Munros.
|Summit of Carn nan Gobhar|
|Sgurr na Lapaich from Carn nan Gobhar|
|Looking north towards Loch Monar and the hills beyond from Carn nan Gobhar|
|Cairn on Creag Dubh|
|Looking down Glen Strathfarrar from Creag Dubh|
|Looking back towards Sgurr na Lapaich from Creag Dubh|
|The Munros at the head of Loch Monar|
|Loch Monar dam and the Strathfarrar Munros|
|Creag Dubh from Coire an t-Sith|
|Descending by the Allt Mullardoch|
|Waterfall on the Allt Mullardoch|
|Clan Chisholm monument|
|Loch Mullardoch dam|
N.B. 13/02/13 - Post date updated to actual date of walk, i.e. 24/11/12 (from 11/12/12)