Have always wanted to get in behind Glencoe to the hidden mountain of treasure, Sgurr na h-Ulaidh. So with a narrow window of decent weather Ken volunteered the early start, collecting Max en-route
Tip one for this walk is to park at the right car park, right before the bridge , not the old NTS place. We sent Ken back to move the car - much appreciated at the end of the day.
Then to work heading up the glen. Exchange of views with the territorial owner who has built a 'garden' across the glen road forcing a boggy detour. Life's too short to let this spoil the day.
Great views back
Meall Lighiche is a steep ascent, tho out of nowhere came a runner who had just jogged up and back in the same time since we had left the car.. ouch!
Then down to the col to a rather oddly placed gate to nowhere: the gate to the Ben you could say..
Traversing across the lower slopes of a fearsome looking ascent of Sgurr na -h-Ulaidh itself we perfectly judged the grassy band that gives access. I don't get vertigo but this would be the place to induce it
Its hard working out the geography - from here Glen Creran curls right round back to the south.
On top views were stupendous from Islay to Skye
Some death-defying foot steps across a cornice were visible - this person had a very lucky day indeed!
the quick way down they almost took is here:
Even in mid May its full winter and we took great care picking down a steep snow patch to the col. This was the same day two folk tried bum-sliding down Ben Nevis with inevitable results.
Its fair old trek but grass slopes are easy, and you have stunning views of the Aonach Eagach to pull you home
a full 9h round with at least an hour just taking photos.
The Clachaig had superb range of beer to help us recover
Just looking forward to being able to dump the ice axe - but maybe this year there will be no summer on the high mountains! Thanks to Ken and Max for great company on a memorable day out.
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