I am over in the West visiting a friend the weather is wild the rivers are in full spate and the rain has been driving most of the day getting worse in the West. I had a pal finishing his Munro’s on Maol Chean Dearg and overnighting in the bothy. Maol Chean-dearg is a dramatic, steep sided dome of Torridonian sandstone in the wonderful Coulin Forest between Torridon and Strathcarron. On the north side it plunges in crags down to a lochan and has an awe-inspiring outlook over the Torridon peaks. (Walk Highlands) it’s a grand hill in a wonderful setting and spending a night in the bothy is a great way to enjoy the hill.
I had decided to pop in on my way and see them if they were of the hill. The wee car park had 6 cars in it as I arrived early afternoon. They had left earlier in the morning. It was full metal Gortex on from the start.
I decided to wear my Welly’s as I was only going a few miles to the bothy. It was a day for Welly’s snd a good choice as the big river had a bridge but the hills were full of white water bounding down. Showing me a few winter lines for future forays.
The cloud was down very low and the rain torrential I met the gillie we waved as I set off into the pouring rain. The path was flooded and signs keep you way from the Estate house I was soon wandering in my own world hood up and crossing the small Burns that come over the path.
There were few views and just before the bridge I met another stalker. We had a great chat and had seen the Munro team high up near the beleach. He said the weather was awful and they would be off on the dark. I said I was only going to the bothy where they had left their gear. I had 2 hours of daylight left but had my gear and a torch . I only wanted to drop of a can of Guinness for the Munro king,
I was soon on the bridge taking it easy. I met 3 other walkers pretty wet heading down. They had stopped at the bothy as well seen where my pals had left their overnight gear. I left my token can of beer in the bothy. They had coal and wood in the bothy it was very tidy and hopefully they had a great night after getting off the hill.
It was a wet walk down cross the bridge again and back to the van. I had stuffed my waterproof trousers inside my Welly’s so my feet were damp now.
It had been a short wet day but the rivers and the colours on the hill are superb just now. There can be great danger in the rivers so be careful and with about 7- 8 hours daylight you need to plan your day accordingly. The West has been wet for several days so be aware of the dangers of river crossings.
Today’s tip – start early for your walk at this time of year.
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