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No Forcan way, not without my Buckfast
by Stretch » Mon May 16, 2011 9:40 pm
Route description: The Saddle, Forcan Ridge and Sgurr na Sgine
Munros included on this walk: Sgurr na Sgine, The Saddle
Date walked: 14/05/2011
Time taken: 8 hours
Distance: 14 km
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JB's report for the Forcan Ridge with Alan - http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=12004
Willie's report for the alternate route with Alastair S and I - http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=12008&st=0&sk=t&sd=a
Although Willie and I decided to bail on our plans to do the South Glen Shiel Ridge, this weekend was still a hoot - well, at least when the wind wasn't blasting sleet in our face, and when Willie's knee wasn't deteriorating on our steep descent from Faochag. The banter with the boys was as good as always, and they were so kind to provide me with some fine wine made by monks down in England. Seems these monks ship this wine in large quantities to parts of Scotland where it is enjoyed by only the finest members of the population. Buckfast is sweet and syrupy, but tasty all the same. However, I was warned that if I drank too much of it I might temporarily forget how classy I am and start bashing unsuspecting fellow walkers. So a few sips it was, enough to help me sleep .
I found the route up to the start of the Forcan Ridge really easy, but with the fierce wind and slippery conditions I didn't fancy trying to go over it. Having heard James and Alan's success story about a dozen times after they made it over the ridge I am now all for going back to do it on a sunny day.
It was also good to meet up with Alastair - we've all seen his fine photos in the past, sadly this day offered little for us photo enthusiasts.
Finally, if anyone at the Cluanie Inn reads this - I (and the boys) really appreciate you hooking us up with the rooms for the two nights. However, please note that for nearly 12 pounds, your 'slice' of Steak and Ale Pie was not enough to make a dent in a 6'-7" American's stomach - the whole pie would be appreciated at that price.
Now, where's my Bucky?
by skuk007 » Mon May 16, 2011 9:48 pm
by JB likes a beer » Mon May 16, 2011 10:05 pm
by Stretch » Mon May 16, 2011 10:13 pm
JB, did I understand you correctly when you said you went over the Forcan Ridge? I must have missed that over the weekend. Great time with you Stirling boys as always, AE is next up
by rockhopper » Mon May 16, 2011 10:29 pm
by Alan S » Mon May 16, 2011 11:41 pm
Wish you had done the ridge with us you would have loved it, did i tell you about the part where .....
Really glad you liked the local wine
See you in june mate
by Jockstar » Tue May 17, 2011 12:07 am
Your billet was well researched as home comforts were evident, especially where there are a lot of photos with drink being strongly to the fore !
by Alastair S » Tue May 17, 2011 12:16 am
It was really good to have company on such a poor weather day - kept the spirits from flagging. Just finished tarting up my piccies so you can now sneak a peek over on Flickr. Hopefully will get my report done tomorrow.
by gammy leg walker » Tue May 17, 2011 1:44 pm