Hopefully today a Corbett completion by my mate Terry Moore on Am Bathach – 798 “The Byre” ( Kintail) forecast not great.

Am Bathach

I have not been on the hill for a while had a big tooth removed ( it took two hours to get it out) My mate Terry of over 45 years finishes his Corbett’s today in Kintail.

The forecast is poor wet and windy but we will have a good day. I was with him when he completed his Munro’s with Jim Morning on Sgurr Na Ciche in 1978 That was a long day.

Terry and Jim’s last Munro 1978

Terry has always been a superb all rounder. He has climbed in the Himalayas on Everest ‘s West Ridge done many peaks in the Himalayas. Yet it was on our winter West to East in Scotland in the late 70,s where he was a great companion. We were pushed to our limits yet he always remained Mr Cool along with Jim Morning way out of my league. A strong rock climber as well never phased and climbed the Skye ridge in 12 hours this year on his late 60’s. What a man of the mountains and always unassuming.

The Corbetts & Other Scottish Hills was first published in 1990 as a companion volume to the Scottish Mountaineering Club’s comprehensive guide to The Munros. This new edition has been fully updated by both previous and new authors and is complemented throughout by new mapping and a large number of new photographs. The guidebook details routes up all 222 Corbetts (Scottish hills between 2,500 ft. and 3,000 ft.) and many other popular lower hills. Other hills include popular classics such as Criffel, Tinto, The Pentlands, The Eildons, The Ochils, Ben Venue, Mount Blair, Bennachie, Stac Pollaidh, Suilven and a wide range of hills throughout the islands, from Lewis to Arran. The book has been edited by Rob Milne and Hamish Brown.

The Corbett’s

The Corbett’s are great hills I would say harder to do than the Munro’s. They take you to many places that you may not have visited and the views of the great peaks can be unsurpassed. I have only one left to climb and hope to get it done before the winter!

Today’s final Corbett is Am Bathach is often climbed with its lofty neighbour a Munro Ciste Dubh. It’s often climbed in ascent or descent from Ciste Dubh. The ascent from the main road A87 is an undulating grassy ridge is undulating and an airy ridge especially in winter. Yet the views on a clear day of this wonderful area are inspiring. I doubt we will get them today.

Am Bathach

Weather permitting !

Weather today – Southwesterly 25 to 40mph, strongest in morning when risk 45mph northern tops. Veering northwesterly by evening.

Very blustery with fairly arduous conditions for several hours, especially in the north, with marked wind chill.
How wet?
(Precipitation and its impact)
Passing showers, rain/snow later.
A scattering of showers spreading from the west, mostly brief, becoming sleet or wet snow on higher summits.

Later in the afternoon, rain spreading from the north, increasingly snow on the Munros. As it clears toward evening, snow will descend on back edge to 400-500m.

Cloud on the hills?
Chance of cloud free Munros?
Mostly higher tops, later extensive in rain and snow.
Covering many higher summits in the morning, particularly near west coast plus Clyde lochs, where patches will frequently cap tops above 800m. Inland and much of Lochaber, breaks forming toward higher tops. Increasingly extensive hill fog developing widely later in the afternoon as rain and snow develops.
30% west/south; 50% inland. Lowering widely to 20% later in afternoon.
Air clarity (below cloud)
Occasional sun, mostly well inland.
Becoming overcast afternoon.
Visibility very good, then widely becoming poor and very poor in rain and snow later.
How Cold? (at 900m)
Freezing Level
3C, lowering to -1 or -2C by evening.
Above the summits up to dawn, but likely to drop during the morning to 1200-1300m. Will then drop markedly toward evening to 600-

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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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