Arrived in Lochalsh on the West Coast train, after many years wanting to take it and walked for the first time across the bridge into Skye. Probably only do that once.
Once across on Skye I wlaked up the road to Broadford and got a hitch from the hostel owner to town and dropped on the Elgol road, then a second hitch with a lassie who was doing the Highland Cross the following day. She lived just outside Torrin and so within 40mins of arriving I was at the base of the hill.
Following the route I soon elected to head futher into the shoulder of the mountain and found difficult progress up the stone. Not really scree more sort of aggregate such as what you mix with cement. Mist pulled in but got to the top for a stunning view back to Broadford and then tried to pace my descent to come up along the loch for camping.
Paused for a rest and took my pack of which rolled 600 feet down the steep scree slopes jettisoning the camera a couple of feet down. Retreived camera - working and found pack at base of hill, scuffed, torn in a few places and a few broken bukles with mashed pieces and fruit all down the hill. Smashed whisky bottle with an ordour of talisker everywhere and severely dented Mess Tins. Chocolate and lunch boxes unrecognisable.
I wnet several times up and down the scree looking for my water bottle, Orange Nalgene if anyone finds it somewhere on the slopes above Loch Slapin.
Camped on loch side immediately before the rain came.
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