I followed this Walkhighlands route:
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- The start of the walk, looking up to the ridge. I'd dropped the car at the far end and hitched back to the start - couldn't face having to hitch at the end of the walk!
- This was a fantastic view - after nearly 2h 20m, reached the first summit, Creag a'Mhaim, and saw the ridge stretched out to the horizon ahead - this was going to be a long day!
- The ridge out to Druim Shionnach, the second munro of the day
- Part of the ridge out to Druim Shionnach got quite narrow, adding even more interest to the walk!
- Munro 2, Druim Shionnach, of the day was reached after just less than an hour's pretty straightforward walking from the first.
- It was 3km to munro 3, Aonach air Chrith which at 1021 metres is the highest summit on the whole ridge. The guys in front of me were great pacemakers - keeping me on track and making sure I didn't doddle!
- "Don't try this at home"!
- And after another hour, peak 3 was conquered, Aonach air Chrith.
- As you can see from this photo, there's quite a steep and narrow scrambly bit not long after the peak - tricky, but nothing too bad
- Looking back at that narrow section
- After about 1h 15m, the 4th peak was reached - Maol Chinn-Dearg. This photo looks back at the impressive ridge traversed so far.
- Starting to look a bit knackered! But I liked this photo, because one of the guys I met on the ridge, Chris (who volunteers for Cairngorm MR) looks like he's just sitting on my shoulder!
- The 5th munro spurred out to the right of this photo, but this shows number 6 and then number 7 in the distance - the end was finally in sight!
- Proving that I can count to 5 at the top of the 5th munro Sgurr an Doire Leathain, reached an hour after the 4th.
- Probably the finest looking ridge and peak of the day, the shortish stretch out to munro 6, Sgurr an Lochain.
- Munro 6 of the day - Sgurr an Lochain. This was only 40 mins from the previous peak, but the legs were beginning to struggle by this point!
- And finally, nearly broken, but happy as can be - NUMBER 7!! The peak of Creag nan Damh. My legs were properly knackered on the way up to this and I'd almost ran out of water - but, oh that feeling at the top!
- And just when you thought it was all over....not far from the 7th peak was this 10 meter high wall of rock! Who's idea was this?!
- After running out of water on the final peak, this stream half way down was the most welcome thing ever! And the best tasting water ever!