Stayed at Torridon Youth Hostel and woke to an overcast sky. We were a little undecided on our destination but the most enthusiastic member of our small group, Brigitte, led the charge up Spidean a Choire Leith.
I think I was the only one of our four who had been along Liathach before and there was a certain amount of vicarious pleasure to be had in introducing a brilliant mountain to the unsuspecting on top of the intrinsic pleasure of a renewed acquaintance.
In fact, however, my personal recollection of the start of the walk is of trepidation about the weather and whether it would be kind to us. All the way up to the main ridge the sky remained sullen and it was quite windy.
As if by magic the clouds parted and lifted about ten minutes after reaching the ridge.
By the time we reached Spidean we were bathed in warming sunshine. Everyone was glad and smiling as we could see we would likely have clear conditions for the rest of the day. That day, though fifteen years ago, stands out like a beacon in my memory.
"This is excellent" exclaimed Gheorghe as we tackled the narrowing ridge scramble. No-one dissented. It was sheer joy to be scrambling along in the sun with those dramatic drops and views all around, with the sea as a backdrop to the west.
We reached Mullach an Rathain with less than two hours of daylight left so were resigned to at least part of the descent being made in the dark but it didn't seem much of a hardship.
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