I woke to a pleasant morning by the shores of Loch Slapin, looking over to the fine outline of Skye's only Munro, not on the Cuillin Ridge. Enjoyed some brekkie, watching the cows having an early paddle and other wildlife starting the day. Got pulled together and then drove the Bongo round to the car park for Bla Bheinn. It's a nice wander up the side of the Allt na Dunaiche, with several lovely falls and pools, then a bit more of a climb into Coire Uaigneich and the grassy bowl of Fionna-choire. Beautiful spot.
I found the route notes very handy for keeping me on track, a right turn up onto the rocky stuff, where there's a few more tricky bits of scrambling and scree to cope with. There's a few amazing gullies to stare down with views of the great buttresses, and part of the Great Prow! Way too great looking for my liking Higher up, I wondered how I'd get up through the rocks, but a route exists. Alas, by then the sun had disappeared and cloud moved in, but the views were steadily opening up.
Didn't seem to take me too long to the summit, probably less than two hours. The views were great, but would have been superb had I been an hour, or two earlier. Had a closer look at the gullies on the way down, though resisted getting too close. Long, (but quick) way down. Nearing the corrie floor, I diverted off track, trying to avoid a tricky bit of scree that gave me bother on the way up. It looked like a track worn by others too, but maybe not. It had it's own minor struggles but, nothing to worry about and took me over to the the huge boulder, I just had to visit.
By now more folk were appearing on the way up, so I was glad to have had things to myself earlier on. Back at the Bongo in three and a half hours, which I thought wasn't bad for an old codger.
So ended my second wee trip to Skye and I had finally saw something from a summit In the words of someone else "I shall return."
Now for the long trip home!
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