Set out from the Kings House Hotel car park and followed the muddy track northwards until it petered out. Generally, the route I followed went up into Coire Bhalach keeping west of the river. An all-terrain vehicle of some description had recently made its way up into this corrie and I eventually found, and made use of, its tracks before breaking up northwards onto the ridge. (This was handy, as it reduced the amount of "bog snorkling" required lower down). The absence of paths on the ridge wasn’t really a problem, the going is fairly good. Essentially the route followed was pretty much that recommended in Brian Johnson’s Walking the Corbetts book. I returned the way that I came up, largely because the cloud was hanging over the mountain from about 500m up and the descent down the ridge can be difficult in poor visibility. It did clear briefly from the summit whilst I was on it, before closing in again as I set off down. Managed to get into the bar just before the rain started.
Weather: cloudy on the tops, no wind (so midges made their presence felt every time I stood still for more than 30 seconds) and generally quite warm and dry.
Time taken: 4.5 hours (including lunch on the top).
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