Date walked: 05/02/2017

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 8km

Ascent: 470m

Apologies for the singing!

Wanted to climb Ben Hee but mostly wanted to see the view over Bealach nam Meirleach to Ben Hope and Ben Loyal which is just as well. When I got to the CadhaMor viewpoint above Bonar Bridge I thought oh no, another duff weather forecast as there was a lot more cloud than expected. However, as I reached Loch Merkland some glimmers of blue skies and white capped peaks were evident but still mostly also cloud capped peaks. It was 11am and an improvement was forecast for 2pm so I was still quite optimistic despite the cloud draped over Hee's slopes.
Even more optimistic as I set off up the Bealach nam Meirleach road with clear snowy tops off to the west and north, under a mainly blue sky. Surely only a matter of time then until Ben Hee cleared.
I cached a bottle of water at the path turn off and set off along the narrow ascent path. A wee bit squelchy but not too bad though the eroded parts are a bit of a pain.
Tried out my water filter/straw at a pool along the way and had a more successful experience than last time out. Still not too easy to get water out of the damn thing but good for emergencies I think.
Fed up at the prospect of trudging in soft snow along a clearly non-clearing, cloudy top I decided to cut off north to Sail Gharbh and this was fine until I hit the boulders near the top which were really treacherous with all the gaps filled up with soft snow. I easily persuaded myself then to cut the day short and just head over to nearest possible viewpoint for Bealach nam Meirleach. Once I'd made that decision I started enjoying the day again. Very impressive view north to Bens Hope and Loyal.
Then wandered up to the 582m top and was pleased to see that Ben Hee was still clouded over; I hadn't made a hasty bad choice. Easy walk back down to the car.

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the road up to Bealach nam Meirleach

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A' Ghlaise

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looking back down the road with the crags of Meall an Fheur Loch top right

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Ben Stack

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A' Ghlaise

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view over Bealach nam Meirleach with Ben Hope and Ben Loyal on the horizon and the northern slopes of Ben Hee to the right

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Ben Hope

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A' Ghlaise

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heading up to the 582m top

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Loyal again

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not so clear to the south

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my Darth Sidious impersonation

ImageDSCN0341 by John Little, on Flickr

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A' Ghlaise

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