Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Catch up!

This is turning out to be a really busy time in the hills, and admin has taken a bit of a back seat. I've been really lucky with the weather too, enjoying lots of clear and sunny days.
Towards the end of April 3 of us set off from a very quiet Ratagan YH to cycle into Glen Elchaig to climb 2 Corbetts, Faochaig and Aonach Buidhe.
For the most part the track up to Iron Lodge is a good one and even the reluctant cyclists made good time. Large numbers of deer grazed at the side of the track, along with the highland cattle and some young calves - a previous bad experience here caused us to give the latter as wide a berth as possible!
The slopes of Aonach Buidhe are grassy and featureless on the south side and the summit was shrouded in mist with just a sprinkling of snow. We descended steeply to the col and into sunshine to pick up an excellent path up onto the summit plateau of Faochaig where we found a sunny sheltered spot by the cairn for a late lunch.
It was a pleasant descent in the Spring warmth back to the bikes and no complaints as we cycled easily back down this beautiful Glen after a long and successful day in the hills.

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