Previous day - it's not all about size
When I woke up for a pee early the next morning the light suggested it could be a good day
When we were properly up and about a few hours later, it was a lovely morning. We got the tent down and drove around to the high point on the Kylerhea road.
We started up the hill – we’d thought that if we kept left-ish and stuck to the grass it would make the going easier. It turned out that it didn’t
Looking back to Ben Aslak
It was tough work – the ground wasn’t good, the gradient was steep and I wasn’t feeling good at all. For now though, the views were good, and as we climbed higher we could see Beinn Sgritheall
We kept plodding away, but could see a snow storm moving in. It looked like we were going to get hit
We hunkered down behind a rock and decided to sit it out. I was feeling dreadful so sat down and tried to eat something.
Once the storm had passed we were about to give up and head back down – I was feeling really bad, but thought it we continued a few metres higher we’d get some views. We plodded higher and soon the gradient and the ground improved. We could see ahead to the summit ridge
Caught the edge of another snow storm
Looking back to Rum
The Cuillin starting to appear
I was beginning to think that maybe we’d make it to the top of the first hill – I was feeling slightly better and the snow had cleared (for now ). We were now around the same height as Ben Aslak, so not too far to go…
Applecross hill starting to appear as we hit the ridge
Finally – the summit in sight!
Summit of Sgurr na Coinnich
It was an absolutely incredible viewpoint – I was so glad we’d made it.
Beinn na Caillich and Loch Alsh
Ben Aslak and the Sound of Sleat
We found a spot to sit down and had a bit of a breather. It was beautiful and not even that cold now the snow showers and wind were gone
We could see another shower coming so we dropped down a little so we’d be more sheltered.
Once the snow storm was over we thought that we’d continue dropping off the back of the hill – although we hadn’t been contemplating the second hill, now that we were looking at it…
Looking back up, the sun was starting to appear again so we continued down towards the bealach
Looking down to the Skye Bridge and Applecross behind
Looking back to what we’d just come down
Looking ahead – we decided to head up the left hand side where there were some ledges and we could head up diagonally and not too steeply
Some frozen waterfalls – generally the rock was dry though, and the snow was powdery here
We managed to zig-zag up the side of the hills, weaving inbetween the crags when they started to appear. We could see the Storr across the water
We were looking straight down on the Skye Bridge
Knoydart was starting to clear
Finally on the ridge we could see ahead to the summit – I was knackered but managed to drag myself the last few metres…
Jaxtering on the summit of Beinn na Caillich
Looking across the Skye Bridge towards Portree and north Skye
The Applecross Corbetts above Kishorn
Black and Red Cuillin
Looking across to Beinn Sgritheall
Looking down Loch Alsh
Torridon – Beinn Alligin particularly prominent
It was beautiful and we didn’t want to go, so sat around for a while before heading down
Dropping back down to the bealach wasn’t as bad as I’d thought it might be, and before long we were trying to make our way around the base of our first hill to drop back down
The ground wasn’t too bad as we rounded the base of the hill, and the views across to Beinn Sgritheall were superb
Once we dropped out of the snow the ground got much steeper and very heathery. I was shattered by this point as was struggling. I suggested getting on the road as soon as possible.
It was hard work but we were making slow progress
Suddenly we were above the road…and it had got steeper
The last section to the road was horrendous, but at last we were there. Unfortunately we had to walk back up the hill, which was torture.
Finally back at the car we went for the world’s laziest camp
The views were spectacular
And it was even a good spot for the sunset!
Next day - lovely coast walk and some paths!
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