Wednesday, 20th. July, 2016
This was the sixth day supervising a D. of E. trip for a bunch of lads from Kent and, having had a long day out in brilliant weather on the preceding day, we were greeted with a bleak morning of low cloud and persistent rain. It was a reorganisation and rest day for the boys (before they began their assessed expedition on the Thursday) so, after waiting to no good effect for the weather to improve, I set out to climb Beinn Eighe's "new" Munro, Spidean Coire nan Clach. Sadly, the weather was appalling pretty much throughout - but there were one or two highlights:
- The appearance of a dog wearing a jacket at the beginning of the climb up the Allt a'Chuirn - the only other living creature seen on the hill all day!
- A quite exciting crossing of the Allt a'Chuirn before an enjoyable scramble up on to Creag Dhubh in pouring rain.
- Good scrambling over Bodaich Dubh which would have been better if it had been possible to see anything.
- Lovely walking along the narrow ridge to the north of the main summit.
- Excellent fun down-climbing a big, slabby crag at the end of this ridge when I bore slightly too far to the right above Lochan Uaine in the mist.
All things considered, not a great day but a better experience than staying in the valley!
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