Off to the West Coast and hopefully that magnificent mountain the Saddle – one of the finest in Scotland.

The Saddle & the Forcan Ridge at Kintail

The Saddle & the Forcan Ridge at Kintail

I had a great day yesterday golfing with the sun out  all day and the views across the Moray (Mediterranean) Firth outstanding. The snow-capped  Ben Wyvis with blue skies and the white waves in the Firth made it a magic day. The birds are all busy collecting for their nests is spring on its way? The snowdrops are out and all is looking great.  Tomorrow I am off to the West Coast  hopefully to Kintail where the weather is looking superb, we will have to see how it goes, I must remember a sun hat and sunscreen.

A few friends are hoping to climb the magnificent “Saddle” it is one of the finest peaks on the West coast and Scotland. Many just grab the Munro on a grand traverse that makes many Munros possible “The famous South Clunnie” Nine Munros in a day and a big finish on” The Saddle” It was a right of passage for many RAF Mountain Rescue Team members and I remember it in all weathers and over 12 ascents of the complete ridge. My dog used to love this ridge and knew every place for water on many a long hot day. Not today old age and sense means I will enjoy this great mountain with its huge corries and long ridges. There are so many ways up this great peak that we will wait and see what happens. I was on another great wee hill Sgurr Mhic Bharraich last year and enjoyed the views of the hidden corries of The Saddle and its ridges like arms resembling the letter “E” with its arm like ridges.    Over to the West we have Knoydart, Skye and so many other hills to savour, what a land we live in. Glen Sheil is a magic place with its Battle site and the “Corrie of the Spaniards” on the nearby North Clunnie ridge – so much history so much has happened here and yet we know so little.

My dog "Teallach" on another round of the South Clunnie Ridge in the Autumn - next day he did the complete North Clunnie!   Sadly missed.

My dog “Teallach” on another round of the South Clunnie Ridge in the Autumn – next day he did the complete North Clunnie! Sadly missed.  His coat went so brown like the heather at this time of year and I knew winter was not far off. A marvellous companion on so many great days and a real character. No views of wind – farms in these days, just miles and miles of beauty and wild  views! We took for granted – how long will this be!  

The West is amazing and I so love this Kintail area with its great peaks and famous Glen Sheil, many miss it on the way to Skye (another favourite) but what a place to be. The Internet is so handy for telling you how things are and Mike Lates a  local Skye guide has a great Blog which makes me so envious. I must get over to Skye this year. So much to do so little time!
 
So many interesting comments on the piece on Wind farms yesterday, please read them they are on the comments at the end of each Blog.  I had a phone call asking what we can do about it last night from a very upset person. I fear for the future, there is so much going on in the world that we miss this tragedy on our doorsteps.
 
The Ten Indian Commandments we can learn from this:
 
 
  1. Remain close to the Great Spirit. 
  2. Show great respect for your fellow beings. 
  3. Give assistance and kindness wherever needed. 
  4. Be truthful and honest at all times. 
  5. Do what you know to be right. 
  6. Look after the well being of mind and body. 
  7. Treat the earth and all that dwell there on with respect. 
  8. Take full responsibility for your actions. 
  9. Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good. 
  10. Work together for the benefit of all man kind.
  1. What would the great John Muir say about the Wind – farm policy ? I wonder

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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