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broken window reveals shower curtains

Route: Triple Buttress of Coire Mhic Fhearchair

Date walked: 01/05/2021

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 14km

Ascent: 540m

I thought I'd spotted a morning weather window for Saturday before the showers would get going. However, from Inverness to just before Torridon and from not long after dawn there was frequent drizzle and cloud capping the hills. So the hoped for clear morning wasn't going to materialise. I did ponder driving further west (Skye) in seek of drier conditions but couldn't be bothered as the western horizon wasn't exactly dazzling blue. So I decided a walk to Coire Mhic Fhearchair would do as an easy to follow route that wouldn't get too confusing if the rain came on or cloud came down to low levels.
I usually try stick to dry weather so this felt like a bit of a throw-back to pre-internet days when the weather forecast comprised the BBC sticky-on cloud, rain and sun symbols and the newspaper version of the same, days when the forecast accuracy wasn't so good anyway and you were always taking a chance and hoping for the best. Well I suppose this was a bit different in that I didn't doubt that the showers were on and off for the day.

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Weather clears towards Torridon.

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Actually looking not bad on Liathach and Ben Eighe.

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But the cloud is oscillating around the summits.

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Looks the same further north too

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Beinn Dearg.

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I had considered a walk up Sgurr Dubh but cloudy, slippery quartzite might not have been too much fun so I'm glad at this point that I didn't go there.

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Cloud starting to dip onto Liathach's northern pinnacles.

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Slow moving showers they (mwis) said but what happens when slow moving shower meets slow moving walker?

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Turns out this particular shower isn't that slow moving! But it's actually a mix of hail and light drizzle and I eventually get clear of it.

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Shower curtain draped over Beinn an Eoin.

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A' Mhaighdean in the distance.

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Cloud below A' Mhaighdean's summit gone in seconds.

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Last few steps to the Coire.

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Nlot a bad view.

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Another sudden change; this time it is the triple buttress getting a shroud of mist.

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Looking north.

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East.

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Clearer on the way back.

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Overall not a bad walk and the showers over Beinn an Eoin were dramatic looking.

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Activity: Mountaineer
Mountain: Alligin
Place: Assynt

Munros: 117
Corbetts: 61
Grahams: 28
Donalds: 1
Wainwrights: 10
Hewitts: 12
Sub 2000: 47



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Statistics

2021

Trips: 20
Distance: 147.1 km
Ascent: 5850m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 1

2020

Trips: 39
Distance: 226.7 km
Ascent: 11266m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 2
Sub2000s: 3

2019

Trips: 31
Distance: 187.05 km
Ascent: 9684m
Munros: 3
Corbetts: 3
Grahams: 2
Donalds: 1
Sub2000s: 1

2018

Trips: 28
Distance: 191.9 km
Ascent: 12074m
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 2
Sub2000s: 3

2017

Trips: 31
Distance: 226.75 km
Ascent: 8838m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 2
Sub2000s: 4

2016

Trips: 20
Distance: 229 km
Ascent: 9236m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 3
Sub2000s: 6

2015

Trips: 39
Distance: 286 km
Ascent: 12583m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 3
Sub2000s: 9

2014

Trips: 29
Distance: 3564.25 km
Ascent: 15847m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 2
Sub2000s: 9
Hewitts: 3

2013

Trips: 29
Distance: 206.75 km
Ascent: 16700m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 5
Grahams: 4
Sub2000s: 4

2012

Trips: 12
Distance: 73 km
Ascent: 5261m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 2

2011

Trips: 6
Distance: 55 km
Ascent: 3917m
Grahams: 3
Sub2000s: 1

2010

Trips: 6
Distance: 22 km
Ascent: 2200m
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 1

2009

Trips: 4
Distance: 24.5 km
Ascent: 2194m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 1

2008

Trips: 3
Distance: 24 km
Ascent: 3189m

2007

Trips: 5
Distance: 31 km
Ascent: 1896m

2006

Trips: 3
Distance: 37 km
Ascent: 3730m

2004

Trips: 4
Distance: 44 km
Ascent: 2706m
Corbetts: 1

2003

Trips: 5
Distance: 50 km
Ascent: 5760m
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 2

2002

Trips: 3
Distance: 29 km
Ascent: 2449m

2001

Trips: 6
Distance: 46 km
Ascent: 4245m
Munros: 2

2000

Trips: 1
Distance: 16 km
Ascent: 1300m
Munros: 3

1999

Trips: 1
Distance: 28 km
Ascent: 900m
Corbetts: 1

1998

Trips: 1
Distance: 8 km
Ascent: 1055m
Munros: 2

1997

Trips: 1
Distance: 27 km
Ascent: 1400m
Grahams: 1

1995

Trips: 4
Distance: 80 km
Ascent: 4322m
Munros: 3
Grahams: 1

1994

Trips: 2
Distance: 35.5 km
Ascent: 2477m
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 1

1993

Trips: 1
Distance: 10 km
Ascent: 1100m

1992

Trips: 2
Distance: 46 km
Ascent: 2345m


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