Incredible weather on The Saddle – rock hard snow be careful – wonderful views.

Great weather on the West coast - Scotland at its best and the majestic Kintail.

Great weather on the West coast – Scotland at its best and the majestic Kintail. Looking at the Forcan Ridge and the great ridges of the Saddle and  it massive corries full of rock hard snow.

The drive down was incredible in Paul’s magic car and after the ususal delay in Inverness – Ian having breakfast we took of as a group of 6 for Kintail. The views were outstanding, blue skies, snow and bright sunshine with a bitter breeze when we got out the car. I have never seen Gln Sheil looking so special. After a bit of a flaf with the rope and losing the path we wound our way up the incredible stalkers path which takes you to a neglected hill Biod an Fhithica with superb views of Kintail and Loch Duich. The parties age was from 40 – 65 so the hares were off at a youthful gallop while we struggled and enjoyed the pain of the effort and the views. We were in shade and the path was very icy in places as it was -5 all the way up until we hit the wee beleach and views of the Saddle and its great ridges. From here it was a grand walk below the Forcan ridge and we could see Paul and Alba way ahead on the ridge to be young.

Frozen turf and icy ground on the Forcan Ridge and great view of the Wonderful West Coast

Frozen turf and icy ground on the Forcan Ridge and great view of the Wonderful West Coast –  what a day what a place to be.

The snow was rock hard and with the icy turf we put crampons and helmets on and had some fun on the ridge. Time was moving and myself and Mary left Ian and John to continue and descended down a steep snowfield off the ridge. The snow was rock hard and care had to be taken a slip here would not unforgiving but with care we were soon down in the great Corrie. In the sun at last and enjoying a wonderful location. On the way off we realised that John had the car keys and thoughts of hitching to Inverness were on the mind. Technology worked and the “bairns” were soon in sight the ridge done and romping down the hill to give us a lift to Inverness. The path was still icy all the way off but views and the sun were making it  a great day out. On the way home the chat was about a great day and the drive home was as good as the drive there except we had a setting sun and a red sky. John and Ian had a great summit and a late return home enjoying the best of the West.

Steep descent - crampons  on a a helmet a vital piece of equipment for winter walking!

Steep descent – crampons on a a helmet a vital piece of equipment for winter  mountaineering.

 

The computer is acting up so only a few photos more to follow. Be aware that this great weather and the cold will make the snow in places rock hard. This is great but also  be very careful as a slip could be very serious. Have fun in the sun and enjoy the mountains and this great spell of weather.

Getting sorted on the Forcan Ridge on the West Coast.

Getting sorted on the Forcan Ridge on the West Coast.

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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6 Responses to Incredible weather on The Saddle – rock hard snow be careful – wonderful views.

  1. Andy Smith says:

    Im very jelous Heavy. The weather and scenery look stunning.

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  2. And there’s me, trying to work up the courage to reach the Munro Top of Sgurr nan Forcan (by whatever means or route I can fathom) without any snow and still fearful!
    Carol.

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