Fortune favoured the brave in the few hours snatched in the only foreseeable daylight dry spell this week
Trepidation at mizzly start gave way to optimism when the increased height afforded views of increasing blue patches of sky coming in from the west. Very boggy all the way up and back, and a quick hailstorm pinned me in the foetal position for a few minutes by the lochans. Steak pie, gripped by icy-wind-numbed fingers, demolished in record time at summit, where I took 10 pics with my 20yo camera (300kb a go) and stitched them together to make the attached panorama .
Rewarded by sightings of a golden eagle and a family of ptarmigans on the way up, the latter of whom allowed me to get within 6 feet of them before they nonchalantly waddled away.
I really loved this hike: did not see another soul all day and was glad to be far from the madding crowd despite being a stone's throw from Glencoe. I found myself grinning like the Cheshire Cat in the summit cairn. Highly recommended for those who like solitude and peace.
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