The North – South Walk Affric to Spean Bridge.

1976 North - South Walk

Day 11  May 19 –  The bIg Hills of Kintail  – It was a great start from  Altbeithe Youth Hostel and another big day ahead it was another good day with no wind  and great weather we crossed the river and said good bye to the amazing Aultbeithe Youth Hostel.  It is a long pull up the North West Ridge to the first Munro Mullach Froach choire 1102 metres another massive hill with its huge wild corries and more herds of deer. This is another remote Munro and one that many chase in winter the scramble along the summit ridge can be interesting scramble along the towers and intimidating in a wind, you are a long way out from here if anything happens. The one inch to the mile hardly shows the ground that you crass very different from today.  I had been on these hills before in a wild winter’s day and had used a rope on the tricky wind and cornices, not today just bits of neve in places and great walking.  The ridge along to the next Munro A’ Chraileag 1120 metres and then along a broad ridge with huge open Corries to Sgurr nan Conbhairean 1109 metres and then Carn Ghulsaid 957 metres.  Great views and we were half way into our walk and going well, my knee was stiffening up on the descents it felt like cartilage but just kept going a bit behind the boys but no problem in such weather.  Then it started to rain and we got wet  and had  a long road walk along the road to Greenfields near Loch Garry.  A yellow Sea King stops by the road and Mick Anderson a friend and winch- man jumps out giving us lots of goodies we are amazed and it is soon gone again. Paul had new boots waiting at Greenfields how he coped I will never know. We also had trouble finding the bothy as we had never been there before far less in the dark. This is an new area for me and it will be a huge day again tomorrow.. These hills and the road walks are very hard, body aching, gear very wet, great to have dry gear on after a day being wet. This is the best part of the day along with the soup and tea; I crave for bread, Looking at the map and reading my battered book before I fall asleep. This was a big day and again we see no one but lots of Deer and many are now down very low a sign of wild weather coming. I hate the roads not easy on my knee; we wear our RAF sand shoes on the road and look like tramps now with our stubbly beards.

The Great Glens were over!

Day 11

A great day though magic hills with remote corries.  Distance 22 miles and 6800 feet of ascent.

 

Day 12 May 20   The day of no bothy Green fields – Sron A’Choire Chairb, Meall na Teanga – Spean Bridge . Greenfields is a beautiful place at the back of the Glengarry Forest and the plan is the Corbett Ben Tee and the Loch Lochy Munros Sron A Choire Garbh and Meall Na Teanga. It is great to be out of the forest and a new way up old favourite hills. This is big country and great to see a new aspect to these popular hills, I wonder how many come this way? The normal route from the A82 from the Laggan Locks takes you through some forestry but not today we are at the other side of the hill today. There are few paths coming from this side until we reach the hills. It is a very steep but great ridge walking and I enjoyed the views along the Meal Na Teanga ridge and the wild descent to Clunes battering on the knees and all more new ground. High winds and more snow we are battered and nearly drop off at the beleach due to the weather but push on.

Meal Na Teanga wild land

Meal Na Teanga wild land

We sign the wee book hidden under snow on the summit hidden in a tin. The ridge walk was great and these hidden Corries are full of deer and we see many hares, we have yet to meet anyone on the hill!  We are rewarded with a great view in the clearing of the big hills ahead and Loch Lochy.  We have no bothy planned today the bothy has fallen through so we will have to bivy at Spean Bridge and after a long walk and a stop at the Commando Memorial to reflect and see the day ahead on Ben Nevis and the big Four. We manage a pint and some food in the pub but cannot get a bothy for the night. In the end we sleep at the railway station and are sleepless all night bivy .

Distance 19 miles and 5000 feet of ascent.  Munros 2 

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