And after 2 failed attempts I was determined today!!
Easterly wind which helped a bit - apart from on the track on the return!!
On past the point where I turned back last time - the big pointy sticky out boulder! On to Troisgeach then down to a boggy wet beallach. A lot of the snow had gone- only pockets remained and that was soft and most of it could be bypassed.
Back to what felt like a good old Scottish hill. Boggy and wet.
On up to the shelter. Good views across to loch fyne and Beinn Buidhe and across loch sloy and Ben vorlich.
Next , the Graham or not- Yes, because that done me before as well. 1st time attempting these 2 I sacked it at the bridge. Knee deep in snow and falling about wasn't fun!!
Retrace your steps a few hundred metres and pick a point to start heading down. Carefully in some places as it's rocky. Eventually followed one of the streams down to the right of the wee lochan.
From here Beinn Damhain looks mighty steep. I suppose it is as there a about 300m height go up in under a km. Started going right telling myself the slope would be easier- ended up going back left and up straight as it isn't too bad. On up to the cairn, not hanging around as the weather was starting to deteriorate. A puma( I think) flew close by and seemed to spend a lot of time over Beinn Chabhair area. Hopefully no one in bother up there today.
Down carefully again. Quite craggy and rocky - no path. Pick a point at the end of the lochan and head left of it where the stream is crossed and your soon at the footbridge by the wee dam.
Back on the good track all the way back- now with the wind and drizzle in my face.
Good day and glad these 2 are done now - ya beauty
Ps there's still lots of snow on the higher tops - take care and go prepared out there.
Pps if you decide , like me, to start at the drovers , watch yourself on the A82
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