Great walk, we really enjoyed the ascent and the ruggedness of the terrain. We had downloaded waypoints just in case but didn't need them. We saw areas of snow as we got higher and had to cross snow on the way to the final peak. However we had not realized that the bealach for the descent recommended, ie Bealach Dearg would be full of snow!! If it was a tricky descent in the best of times we certainly weren't going to attempt that. We therefore went up Stob Coire Sgreamhach and over the other side. After discussion and advice from other walkers who were going to carry on right along the ridge towards the A82, we decided we should descend the east flank of Beinn Fhada and aim for the path ultimately along Lairig Eilde. No path, very wet slippery ground and buttresses and ravines just when you didn't want them - a very hairy descent indeed . Thanks to Andy and Nick (you know who you are) for your care for us in checking we were OK and had made it down. We enjoyed meeting you.
On looking in a Munro guide later it said the bealach in question was likely to be snowed under later than one might expect. I think for this walk a specific and clear caution about the risk of snow at that point would be well advised in the heading of the walk on this site.
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