DAY 88 ( 27th July )
THE Beinn Dearg Group.
Am Faochagach (953m, Munro 210) Place of the Shells
Cona’ Mheall (978m, Munro 176) ‘adjoining hill’
Meall nan Ceapraichean (977m, Munro 177‘hill of the stubby hillocks’
Eididh na Clach Geala (927m, Munro 257) ‘web of the white stones’
Beinn Dearg (1084m, Munro 57) ‘red hill’
Parked up for the night at the big car park just up from the Braemore junction again. Awoke this morning to the sound of rain and a strong wind blowing not what I needed for today’s plans , the forecast was to get better later on but certainly didn’t look like it at 8am. It was the last hills to do in the Ullapool area so wanted to get them done while I was here but needed reasonable weather, I hummed and hayed will I wont I, where else could I go without driving to far, my options are now quite limited , thought about going to up to Assynt but it was a 60 mile drive away . By 9.30 it was still raining so IDrove up to Loch Droma to see what it looked like, the tops were just in the cloud and it was only light drizzle falling now so decided to give it a go what could possibly go wrong!!.
There was another car there so I wasn’t the only out and about today, on my way at 10am across the road and onto yes you guessed a bog but not your normal bog this is a serious bog for about a mile then you reach the river , there were 2 ladies on the other side who were heading for Am Faochagach putting there boots back on after having crossed it bare foot , I asked how deep and they said not to bad, I picked a line and ran across surprisingly dry when I reached the other side, now it was just normal bog for a while till some height was gained and the summit ridge was much better, Am Faochagachs summit was just in the clag when I arrived so just carried on and headed for Loch Prille , the cloud level was lifting all the time and I was getting a view of Seana Bhraigh in the far distance and the rest of today’s hills .
Crossed at the outflow of the loch and a steep rugged climb up onto Cona Meall which was clear of cloud , a rough descent to the bealach and a short climb back up to a higher bealach took me to the start of my out and out again to reach the next 2 hills Meall nan Ceapraichean and Eididh nan Clach Geala and of course all the ascent to get back , the clag came down for a while along with a light rain shower but only lasted about 15 minutes. After about 1.5 hours I was back at the bealach and started the climb to Beinn Dearg following the huge wall till it changed direction through the gap and cairned path to the summit which unfortunately just in cloud. I was now into unknown territory a quite steep narrow ridge heading S back towards the van , I came to where place they say to leave the ridge had a look at it and decided to carry on the ridge to keep off the wet ground below a big mistake as the ridge was all deep heather big rocks and holes everywhere but I was committed and had to get on with it .
Once on level ground I eventually picked up a old stalkers path which kept me out of the bog for a while till the final part back to the van where the 2 ladies I met earlier were just about to leave. It turned out to be a lot better than expected today but it was cold high up and not a day to linger about , saw plenty of ptarmigan with chicks which varied from almost fully grown to ones that had only just fledged.
Today’s totals:18.84mls,2179m ascent,6hrs 59min.
265 Munros to date.
The great man visited me yesterday he was in fine form and looking great. A few hills left but enjoying it all. H is sponsors Murdochs Pies Of Forres are doing well.